The Brain Innovation Days bring the brain ecosystem together to foster dialogue, exchange knowledge, accelerate investment in research & innovation and facilitate business development.

Look back at the 2022 Brain Innovation Days 

This year’s Brain Innovation Days took place on 11-12 October 2022 in Brussels. The event was centred around Connecting Brains: bringing together industry leaders, top researchers, investors, clinicians, patients, start-ups and beyond – all dedicated to strengthening innovation in the brain space.

 

Organisations and Companies Featured This year:

Be part of the Brain Innovation Days

If yes, we warmly invite you to join the Brain Innovation Days and apply for:  

  • A poster presentation in the Brain Innovation Hall 
  • An innovation showcase in the Brain Innovation Hall 
  • The BIDays pitch competition  

Abstract submission is now open and will end on 31 August 2022. 

Brain Innovation Days in numbers

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5 events so far –
digital & on-site

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Over 1200 
attendees so far

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120 speakers in the field of brain research

85 countries
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Countless connections made

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Brain Talks is a podcast that invites key opinions leaders from the wider brain community to speak on exciting topics in the brain field, including neuroscience breakthroughs, leading innovations, policy-driven issues and creating successful start-ups.

Missed a previous digital session or want to have a look back at your favourite one? Watch all the replays and highlights of the Brain Innovation Days journey so far, right here.
The Brain Innovation Days aim to create matchmaking and networking opportunities for all members of the brain innovation community. Looking or offering a job or funding opportunity in the field?

Researchers, start-ups, big pharma and beyond are all working tirelessly to provide innovative solutions. Want to learn more about the latest in the field? Read about the latest here.

Brain Innovation Timeline

Over the past 50 years, brain research has made great advances, giving the prospect of a better life to those living with brain and mental diseases. Discover some of these milestones with us and get ready to learn about those of the future.

1952
The first Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published
1957
André Djourno and Charles Eyriès invented the cochlear implant
1963
The first scientific journal devoted to behaviour therapy (Behaviour Research and Therapy) began publication
1986
Stanley Cohen and Rita Levi-Montalcini awarded Nobel prize for their work on the control of nerve cell growth
2000
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center implanted electrodes in monkeys’ brains to control a robotic arm and pick up food
2001
The Human Genome Project sequenced and mapped our genes
2014
John O'Keefe, Edvard Moser, and May-Britt Moser share the Nobel Prize for their discoveries about cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain
2016
Michael Merzenich receives the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience "for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function
2022
2nd edition of the Brain Innovation Days



Sponsors & Partners

PLATINUM SPONSOR

WITH SUPPORT FROM

Knowledge partners

Members of the european brain council

Support the Brain Innovation Days

Are you a company, funder/investor or start-up interested in supporting the Brain Innovation Days?

A number of sponsorship packages and add-on perks are available to choose from, including access to the programme, customised online content, exposure for your company/organisation and more.

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Articles

brain strength

Researchers, start-ups, big pharma and beyond are all working tirelessly to provide innovative solutions. Want to learn more about the latest in the field? Read about the latest here.

Brain Talks

DNA

Brain Talks is a weekly podcast a that invites key opinions leaders from the wider brain community to speak on exciting topics in the brain field, including neuroscience breakthroughs, leading innovations, policy-driven issues and creating successful start-ups.

Job Opportunities

brain forces
The Brain Innovation Days aim to create matchmaking and networking opportunities for all members of the brain innovation community. Looking or offering a job or funding opportunity in the field?

Videos

Missed a previous digital session or want to have a look back at your favourite one? Watch all the replays and highlights of the Brain Innovation Days journey so far, right here.

PITCHING SESSIONS

After careful analysis of over 90 applications from start-ups all over Europe, 9 finalists had a chance to impress the jury and the public by pitching their product or idea in 180 seconds during the second digital event held on 26 January 2021. We are very pleased to announce that PIPRA AG (short for Pre-Interventional Preventive Risk Assessment) became the winner of the 1st Brain Innovation Jury Award for Best Pitch. PIPRA AG is developing a cutting-edge AI-based pre-operative test to assess patient’s risk of suffering from cognitive disorders after a surgery. The 1st Brain Innovation Public Award for Best Pitch went to Icompanion, the digital companion for people with neurological conditions and their physicians. 

Congratulations to our winners!

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2 days of exciting events and multiple activities

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Available to both physical and virtual audiences

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Over 200 attendees expected from various expertises

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Prominent, disruptive speakers in the field of brain research

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An advanced meeting platform for one-on-one meetings

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Virtual launch event, exploring how brain innovation is changing Europe 

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Online panels, interviews and more with prominent speakers in their fields

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“My Start-up in 180 seconds” Pitching Competition with an award for the ‘Best Pitch’ 

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Matchmaking and networking opportunities  

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Online content streams with regular updates on the latest in brain innovation 

Key takeaways from our 2021 speakers

Monica Di Luca

Immediate Past President, European Brain Council
“It is crucial, in our opinion, that Europe sets bold targets aimed at accelerating brain research, reducing the societal impact of neurological disorders and mental ill-health. Now is the time to act.”

Raúl Martín-Ruiz

Partner, Ysios Capital
“What we want to see is an indication, like in CNS, of unmet needs. We want to invest in something that can really make a difference and where there is a clear unmet need.”

Patrice Boyer

Immediate Past Vice President, European Brain Council
“The main goal of the Brain Innovation Days was to put together academia, researchers, private companies, civil society representatives and patients, industry, investors, etc., and in this respect it has been a great success because the interaction has been excellent and extremely promising for future.”

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
“I'm very pleased to have been invited to this very important event on the brain, which is certainly something which is fundamental because we all are affected by this. We know people who have been affected by brain diseases and we know this is something which is quite common in Europe and everywhere in the world.”

Kim Baden-Kristensen

CEO, Brain+
“I think it's really wonderful to have both the scientists, the clinicians, the patient representatives here and to be able to showcase some of the new innovations that we're doing here.”

Christian J. Suojanen

CEO, Broadreach Global LLC
“Watch the sessions if you haven't seen them yet and get involved and come next year. Great meeting, you should be there."

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