It is with great honor that we come to announce that Bionexo – the company that created whizHealth – was chosen by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, as the local partner to help implement TechEmerge Health Brazil.
TechEmerge Health Brazil is a matchmaking program offering market access and funding to global technology startups with proven health innovations relevant to Brazil. IFC is seeking applications from technology companies interested in scaling their business in this market. Applications can be submitted at www.techemergebrazil.org through March 10, 2018.
TechEmerge will identify top health technology innovators from around the world and match their services with interested healthcare providers in Brazil. These pairs will together explore how the technology can be implemented to benefit healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. The program will provide funding and guidance to commercialize new technologies in the Brazilian market.
“New technologies are transforming healthcare delivery and can improve affordability, reach, and operational efficiency”, said Mary Porter Peschka, Director of IFC’s Cross-cutting Advisory Solutions. “IFC’s TechEmerge Program brings innovations to emerging markets, where they are needed most. In Brazil, more than 20 large healthcare systems have already signed up to the Program and are looking for new technologies in areas such as patient engagement, clinical data analytics, artificial intelligence, and point of care, among others.”
The open application launched today invites health technology innovators from around the world to apply to the program. Innovators will be selected through a competitive process. Selected innovators will be invited to meet with TechEmerge healthcare providers in Brazil to discuss how to commercialize their technology in this market.
Brazil is faced with a shortage of skilled doctors and nurses, variable quality of services, long wait times, high cost of care, and a growing burden of non-communicable disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. New technologies and innovative business practices are key to addressing these challenges. Meanwhile, the Brazilian healthcare market, the 8th largest in the world, is set to grow to $232 billion by 2021, offering great business and impact potential for global health tech innovators.
The TechEmerge program is part of IFC’s approach to support entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging markets, and leverage the private sector in Brazil to increase and improve access to quality health services. IFC has a global investment portfolio of more than $1.7billion in the healthcare sector.
The program is being implemented in partnership with the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry. It is supported by Bionexo, a Brazilian company offering digital solutions for the healthcare industry.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
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