Washington, D.C., February 5, 2018—
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has launched TechEmerge Health Brazil,
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. Together these companies will explore how technology can benefit
healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. TechEmerge will provide funding
and guidance to help bring these new technologies to 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.
Bionexo.com is a Brazilian technology company that offers digital solutions
to the healthcare industry focused on process management and procurement.
Its marketplace currently holds a community of more than 1,400 healthcare
providers and over 10,000 suppliers, generating more than $2.5 billion
in annual transactions. Founded in 2000, it is the main reference for digital
health in Latin America, currently operating in five countries. Bionexo.com
has long been recognized at the forefront of innovation within the health-tech
sector, including through its newly launched whizHealth initiative that
focuses on fostering the digital healthcare entrepreneurship ecosystem.