Ferrer4Future program

Building healthier societies through digital technologies
Open challenges

program’s goal

Through the pillars of innovation and collaboration, Ferrer4Future aspires to develop digital health solutions addressing an unmet clinical need. We seek to strike a balance between the industry expertise of Ferrer and the innovation and agility of start-ups and small businesses, so together we can accelerate the path towards healthier societies.

The program's goal


Discover the exciting opportunities of partnering with us.

  • Access Access

    We will act as a point of reference, facilitating introductions to key stakeholders in the health industry.

  • Investment Investment

    We will provide funding to pilot and validate the solution.

  • Scale Scale

    We will help accelerate your growth looking towards establishing a mutually beneficial commercial agreement.

  • Guidance Guidance

    We will help navigate regulatory and go-to-market pathways.

How it works

If you think you have a novel solution to one of our challenges, please apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below and choosing the specific challenge.

Step One

Application Opening

Read about our open challenges and see how your solution fits.
Step Two

Application Deadline

Submit your proposed solution in no more than 10 slides.
Step Three

Initial Pitch

If shortlisted, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your solution in 5-10 minutes. The solution will be evaluated on 5 dimensions: Need, Competitive Advantage, Business Model, Team and Compatibility with Ferrer.
Step Four

Final Pitch

Successful pitches will have the chance to be presented to Ferrer's Panel of Experts in a one hour Final Pitch. The expert panel will evaluate the proposed solution on the five dimensions in a greater depth and explore how F4F can be adapted to your needs.

Program Initiation

If a potential for collaboration is foreseen, the Winner will be announced and will be formally invited to enrol in the F4F program with ad hoc content and duration (3-18 months).
Expected overall duration of steps 1 through 4 under 4 months

Open challenges

Easing the burden of ALS

Easing the burden of ALS

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in the loss of muscle control and eventually leading to death.

Unfortunately, the lack of effective treatments for ALS exacerbates the challenges that patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers face in managing the disease.

Therefore, we are looking for start-ups that can provide novel solutions in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  •  Remote Monitoring: technologies that can remotely monitor ALS patients’ symptoms and disease progression to enable personalized care. This could include wearable devices allowing patients to track relevant biomarkers such as vital signs, muscle mass, movement, lung function, speech, or cognition and sharing data with their healthcare providers.
  • Beyond the Pill: digital and tech solutions that can enhance the adherence and/or effectiveness of ALS treatments, such as DTx or patient support tools. These tools could also provide support and guidance to caregivers and family members, who may be struggling to cope with the emotional and physical challenges of caring for an ALS patient.
  • Care Pathway: digital and tech solutions that can improve the patient experience throughout the care pathway, from diagnosis to end-of-life care. This could include patient education tools that help patients and caregivers understand the disease, its management, and prognosis, or care coordination platforms that help healthcare providers collaborate to deliver the best care possible.

We look forward to hearing from you and working together to find effective solutions for ALS patients.

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Past editions

  • Wellthy Winner of 2019

    Wellthy and Ferrer have co-developed a CE marked digital solution to support patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a chronic complex clinical condition. The software medical device enhances patients’ autonomy in the management of the disease, provides structured training and gives access to health coaches.

  • Portabiles HealthCare Technologies Winner of 2020

    Portabiles and Ferrer share an interest for neurological disorders that involve gait disturbances. Together we explored ways of improving the monitoring of gait to generate objective parameters which, in combination with the appropriate therapies, had the potential to enhance the quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

  • SENSE4CARE Winner of 2020

    Sense4Care and Ferrer are collaborating in the Parkinson´s Disease space with the ultimate goal of improving the management of the patient´s OFF episodes to improve their quality of life.

  • Winterlight Winner of 2021

    Ferrer and WinterLightLabs pursue a common goal that is to support physicians in improve the identification and management of patients presenting signs of cognitive illness decline to improve their quality of life.

  • Accexible Winner of 2021

    Ferrer and Accexible share an interest for the detection and monitoring of mental illnesses such a Mild Cognitive Impairment. Voice analysis technology is seen as a powerful tool to support the physician in the detection and monitoring of cognitive functions of individuals, both remotely and in person.