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02 May 2018

European Commission supports DigiTwins

On Friday 18 May, The School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences in partnership with DigiTwins received an invitation from the European Commission (EC) to enter the next stage of the competition to become an EU Flagship for Future and Emerging Technologies with Prof Tony Ng, Head of the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences currently co-leading one of the work packages (Imaging) presented. Professors Ralph Sinkus and Rene Botnar from School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences are also involved in this Pan-European collaboration.


In February, the DigiTwins initiative submitted a first proposal to the EC and thus took the first step, of a three stage process, towards becoming an EU Flagship for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). Stage two, in which a full proposal for a candidate FET-Flagship is submitted, will kick-start with a DigiTwins partner meeting in Berlin at the end of this month. If successful, DigiTwins would be financially supported by the EC over a one-year period to prepare for stage three: the final selection of the FET-Flagships. FET-Flagships are science- and technology-driven, large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives built around a visionary unifying goal that are promoted and financed by the European Commission under its Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 with one billion euros over ten years.

DigiTwins, a large research initiative in Europe and beyond aims at revolutionizing healthcare and biomedical research for the benefit of citizens and society and at contributing to Europe’s Digital Single Market strategy through the creation of Digital Twins. Since its foundation, DigiTwins has grown from an innovative idea to an initiative with more than 200 partners in 32 countries and first applications of its concept in real-life trials.

Today we’re a significant step closer to the establishment of a system of truly personalized healthcare and health maintenance throughout Europe, which will save millions of lives and billions of healthcare costs in the future.

Professor Hans Lehrach, Initiative Lead

The DigiTwins Coordination Team has gathered to celebrate and to plan the next steps leading up to the submission of the full proposal to the EC in September this year. “We’re well prepared for the next stage of the competition, but the next three months will be marked by intensive efforts together with all partners and stakeholders, to create a convincing application.”, predicts Dr. Nora Benhabiles, Co-Coordinator of the initiative.