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The Catalyst method accelerates and heightens the potential impact of biomedical research on health technology.

Catalyst Europe is a program that supports talented PhD students, postdocs, researchers in companies or academia, and clinicians to identify and evaluate unmet medical needs, build multi-professional teams to design solutions and plan research projects that show strong potential for healthcare impact, in collaboration with industry and hospitals. 

Opportunity To Enhance
Research Translation

The traditional research journey allows for little opportunity to consider unmet needs with a broad lens. Innovations that achieve healthcare impact must navigate complex, nonlinear paths and draw on diverse talent pools to overcome challenges. They require more than the expertise and resources of a single discipline or organization, and they reach real lives only through sustained, agile commitment to research and development. Catalyst provides the framework to start this journey on sure footing.



Program dates: May 4th - Nov 18th
Debrecen (Hungary) | Erlangen (Germany) | Luxembourg (Luxembourg) | Madrid (Spain) | Boston (US)

A method to increase research's impact on health

Identify and validate unmet medical and health-related needs, discover new project opportunities, and develop action plans together with other multidisciplinary experts in an iterative process. Expand your global network of leaders in biomedical innovation. Become the new generation of translational research innovators

Each new cohort of part-time Catalyst Europe Fellows work together to craft a portfolio of research proposals through an iterative process guided by an experienced mentoring team.

Project teams build multiprofessional collaborations to develop and test their solutions, with sustained mentorship guiding and accelerating progress toward impact.

A Method That Accelerates Impact

Accelerating Impact

Nucleate original need-driven research without the constraints of a single lab or organization, by teaming up with Fellows coming from multiple disciplines and professions.

Process driven by you. You will accelerate your career as innovation leader through hands-on research and project development that you will co-lead with other Fellows. What you and your team develop during Catalyst Europe Phase 1 is just the beginning.

Mentored by cross-disciplinary experts from academic research, clinical care and industry. Collaboration across medicine, technology, and business.

The most promising projects continue to execution in Phase 2 while still supported by the Catalyst framework, and eventually graduate Catalyst to independence – past teams have launched start-ups, established new lines of research, and embarked on new career trajectories.


Online format in 2021

Debrecen (Hungary) | Erlangen (Germany) | Luxembourg (Luxembourg) | Madrid (Spain) | Boston (US)

The program is simultaneously run in three European hubs: Debrecen, Erlangen, and Madrid.

The program is run by partners located in strong healthcare innovation regions accross Europe, and counts with the guidance of the MIT in Boston. European academia, clinical settings, industry and other healthcare stakeholders provide their expertise and support, and interact with Fellows who develop new impact-driven research projects. 

Fellows work remotely during the weekly sessions/workshops. However, to foster personal interactions, the Clinical Immersion in Madrid and the Intensifications in Erlangen, Debrecen, and Boston will be run in-person (conditioned to the covid-19 pandemic situation). 


PhD students, postdocs, researchers in companies or academia (science or engineering-focused) and clinicians based in Europe who want to focus their careers on mission impact innovation and translational research.


Experts from academic, clinical and business background who mentor, train and support Fellows during the program.

Catalyst Community

Corporate Champion

Industry leader that provides knowledge about the domain for innovation - the focus areas that Fellows will be working on - and mentors the process to maximize tech transfer potential.