Karger Publishers has launched the Vesalius Innovation Award for startups in the field of innovative Health Sciences publishing. Five finalists presented their projects at a pitching event during the Frankfurt Book Fair, recently.
Karger is granting the Vesalius Innovation Award for the first time in 2020. It encourages talented young scientists and entrepreneurs who are involved in earlystage startups, which are developing innovative solutions for the huge evolving needs of the Health Sciences ecosystem in the fields of science publishing and communication. Participating startups are mentored by Karger Publishers and the advisory board members of the award. Last week, the five finalist startups made their pitches and impressed the jury with their innovative ideas. The five finalists selected by the advisory board are: 4D Interactive Anatomy, MagmaLearning, MediFind, Scholarcy, and Scite.
The vision for the Vesalius Innovation Award comes from the work of entrepreneurial and innovative surgeon Andreas Vesalius, who laid the foundation for entirely new insights into the anatomy of the human body with his major publication De humanis corporis fabrica in 1543. Now, Health Sciences publishing is going through a similar innovative and disruptive transformation, which has been accelerated dramatically by COVID-19 publishing imperatives, as well as the shift towards Open Science and the increasing use of diverse intelligent digital technologies in healthcare. Researchers, doctors, patients, health policymakers, governments, and many other stakeholders are both creating and desiring fast versatile access to a vast number of knowledge resources with new suitable publishing technologies. This award is designed to highlight and stimulate entrepreneurs to respond to these Health Sciences publishing needs.
On December 3, 2020, the advisory board will decide which startup will win the award at an STM online event.
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