In October, Almirall announced the launching of the second Harvest fort startups focused on medical dermatology. Start-ups from around the world presented their proposals through After reviewing the applications, Almirall selected 8 finalist start-ups, who were invited to present their business models in a virtual event co-sponsored by Almirall and HealthXL. The 6 selected winning teams, will begin a nine-month acceleration program in January at the Barcelona Health Hub.

Participants in the program, will be trained by professionals from Almirall and its global network of partners, including HealthXL and other experts. The program will also provide financial support. Start-ups will have the opportunity to collaborate with Barcelona’s reference hospitals as a digital pilot testing location, collaborate in Almirall’s real projects and access to the company’s communication and PR networks to promote their projects, among other incentives.

“We continue to strengthen our commitment to digital innovation through the launch of the second Digital Garden call. We are excited to begin collaborating with the six selected start-ups to address the current and future challenges in medical dermatology that patients face. We are convinced that this collaboration will be mutually beneficial and will allow us to develop solutions for medical dermatology and improve the lives of our patients,” explained Francesca Wuttke, Chief Digital Officer at Almirall.

The six selected start-ups share with Almirall their purpose, “Transform the patients’ world by helping them realize their hopes and dreams for a healthy life”. They focus their work on developing solutions that can help improve pharmaceutical processes and business models.

The start-ups that will be part of the second edition of Digital Garden are:

AI DERM: Cognitive Artificial Intelligence tool that allows health professionals to perform diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of skin cancer

Ampersand: Digital therapies that use behavioral science and data science to improve patients’ quality of life by providing educational, practical and personalized content in a timely and easy-to-understand manner

Legit: It offers healthcare professionals a platform for patient management that includes Artificial Intelligence diagnostics and treatment for 139 skin diseases.

Patch Ai: Empathic conversational agent that collects patient results and integrates data points from various devices to obtain information about the patient’s health status.

Tryl: Online platform and mobile application that applies consumer-level user experience (UX), behavioral science and real-time data to improve adherence, reduce dropouts and make clinical trials faster, more cost-effective and more accurate.

Vila Health: Cloud-based application that guides the user through short, targeted and highly interactive conversations that provide step-by-step professional guidance for the specific psychosocial challenges of living with a life-long illness.