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In an interview with Arthur Olesch from, Lucas Scherdel talks about how DayOne is helping to overcome barriers to better healthcare for as many patients as possible by building innovative new digital health ventures.

Lucas Scherdel

Digital transformation in healthcare is facing many hurdles such as regulation and fragmentation of the market, and some believe these new developments might be too modern for the current system. Berlin-based digital health journalist Artur Olesch wanted to know how to overcome these challenges from Lucas Scherdel, Director of DayOne by Basel Area Business & Innovation.

In this interview, Lucas Scherdel tells us that one way to drive the digital transformation in healthcare is to fund promising ventures and to provide access to experts and network, just as ventures benefit from their participation in the DayOne Accelerator. The support they get is worth more than money, it’s a mindset: To succeed as a digital health startup, new solutions need to be “slightly ahead of the curve”. At the same time, the startup team needs to be willing to take risks and be exceptionally aware of the regulatory landscape – traits that usually don’t come together, says Lucas Scherdel.

In the future, DayOne will expand its offerings, pushing the development of digital health innovation even further and making room to “reform the healthcare system and its reimbursement models”. One key ingredient for this development is collaboration. “Collaboration of new ventures and models with existing structures is key to going together and so that’s why DayOne is based in Europe’s life sciences capital and works with some of the biggest biopharma companies in the world,” Lucas Scherdel says.

Thanks to its position in the three border region, digital health startups also benefit from access to France, Germany and Switzerland. Digital health startups also benefit from the high innovation potential, top universities and access to venture capital.


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