The DigiTwins initiative aims at revolutionising healthcare for the benefit of citizens and society through the creation of Digital Twins – computer models of individuals that allow identification of the individually best therapy, prevention or health maintenance measure.
For this, DigiTwins follows a concept that has already revolutionised many other areas of people’s lives, such as aeronautics or car design: making unavoidable mistakes (such as ineffective treatment recommendations) in complex situations safely, cheaply and quickly on computer models of reality rather than in reality.
To generate these Digital Twins, we leverage the vast and ever-growing knowledge base on biological mechanisms as well as healthcare and research data generated from countless individuals to generate a generic reference model. This can then be individualised with molecular, analytical and other diagnostic data from an individual into a Digital Twin, a digital self that accompanies each person from birth onwards, adapting and reacting as we do.
Our initiative is built upon a foundation of excellence, combining visionary scientists, clinicians, medical informatics experts, experienced science management professionals, serial entrepreneurs, industry researchers, public health experts, policymakers and patient group representatives from all across Europe, who work on the common goal of revolutionising health care, the empowerment of citizens and the strengthening of European competitiveness: Digital Twins for Better Health.
Together, we have submitted a proposal to become an EU Flagship for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). 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 (EC) under its Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020. If successful, the initiative could receive large-scale financial support (up to 1 billion euros over 10 years) to achieve its goals.
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