One year ago the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged, that since then has distorted economies and healthcare systems worldwide. In most countries, the first and second wave of infections and cases of Covid-19 have posed enormous challenges, not only for epidemiological models, test capacities, public health policies and clinical treatment, but also for rapid and effective procurement of medical equipment.

During the crisis all actors have learned valuable lessons. Experience and research results gained in the first wave have provided insights that can be deployed for prevention and to fight the second. At the same time new challenges occur, also in the field of healthcare procurement. For example the procurement of patient monitoring and allocation software, improved (rapid) tests and vaccines.

After a short introduction of the PiPPi-project, speakers involved in the procurement of medical equipment and technology for university hospitals in Europe will share their experiences. They will look back at the turmoil of the first months of the crisis, present their lessons learned and look forward to the challenges ahead. After their presentations there will be time for Q and A’s.


Martina Ahlberg, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Coordinator H2020 PiPPi-project
Martina Ahlberg is Innovation Program Manager at the Center for Innovation of Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Her background is in med tech with management positions within business development and change management. During the past eight years Martina has been involved in a large number of PCPs (Pre-Commercial Procurement) and PPIs (Public Procurement of Innovation Solutions).

Lasse Lehtonen, Director Diagnostics department, Helsinki University Hospital (HUS)
Lasse Lehtonen is Professor of Health law at the University of Helsinki and Director of Diagnostic services in Helsinki University Hospital (HUS), Finland. These diagnostic services cover a population of 2 million people in Southern Finland. He has been a member in several Finnish and international expert groups including the EXPH expert panel of the European Commission. As an expert of healthcare and law he has taught procurement law for several years.

Francesco Gardenal, Product Owner at VORTAL Connecting Business, Milan
Francesco Gardenal is an expert in public procurement and e-procurement with 12+ years of activity working in the public sector and for leading e-procurement solution providers. During his career he provided consultancy on procurement issues to over 500 contracting authorities in Italy. He regularly researches on the topics of public procurement performance optimization, digital transformation and change management, with publications cited in scholarly articles. Francesco is an active member of the International Public Procurement Conference network.

René Dullaart, Manager Procurement and Facilities, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
René Dullaart is responsible for strategic and operational procurement at Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Formerly, he has worked as the global head of sourcing at a large medical device distributor, mainly driving the sourcing of own brand medical devices. This gave him the unique opportunity to gain insights in all steps of the full supply chain of medical devices. His experience has proven to be valuable during the Covid-19 crisis, when local market players got cut off from their supplies.

This webinar is the first in a series organized by the Platform for Innovation of Procurement and Procurement of Innovation (PiPPi) using Zoom. Stay informed about PiPPi or join the Community of Practice here.

PiPPi aims to capture unmet needs of university hospitals and to identify opportunities for innovation in digital health and care services. In order to do so PiPPi, is building a Community of Practice that involves all critical stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, policymakers, innovators, entrepreneurs and industrial representatives. For a more detailed update on project activities, visit the website.

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Thursday 21 January, 2021, 11am – 12pm CET