Innovation at the core
The Digital Care Transformation team is the innovation and corporate venturing arm of UCB for digital health, in charge of managing the portfolio of digital assets and the associated innovation processes and mechanisms in this space.
Inspiring care every step of the way
At UCB, we always strive to find new ways to deliver solutions, peace of mind and opportunity to people living with severe diseases. This ambition yields an opportunity to transform care delivery by using digital as a key enabler.
Our Digital Business Transformation vision is to amplify the power of scientific innovation to create sustainable value, ensuring that patients can live the lives they choose, now and in the future. And since we cannot work to solve the most complex challenges in healthcare on our own, we partner and invest in meaningful relationships with those who share our vision.
The Digital Care Transformation incubator is a startup engagement program committed to providing equity-free support to entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses. It is our objective to support entrepreneurs delivering innovation to our patients faster.
- Marie-Noel AchkarHead of DCTx Incubator Operations
Marie-Noel is passionate about solving challenges in healthcare and shaping the future of health. She oversees the daily needs of the selected startups to achieve their goals.
- Thyago OhanaHead of the DCTx Incubator Strategy
Thyago is passionate about people, technology and the future – and how these things connect. He likes to call himself a “Digital go-to guy” leading positive change in healthcare one smile at a time.
- Erik JanssenHead of DCTx Immunology
Erik is a healthcare executive with a passion for making a difference by creating partnerships and by transforming how care is delivered to patients with chronic diseases in rheumatology and dermatology.
- Colin LakeHead of DCTx Neurology
Colin spearheads UCB’s efforts to improve the support for patients and key stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem by driving UCB’s ambitious digital agenda for neurology
Partnering for greater impact
Partnering for greater impact will ensure we achieve better outcomes for our patients, faster. This is why we have partnered with the innovation and startup specialist The Bakery. The Bakery is committed to co-create with UCB a world-class incubation program that will attract the best ventures, help accelerate their growth and enable ecosystem engagement to drive transformation and impact.
- Claire DardignacHead of Client Services
With 8 years of experience managing corporate innovation and startup engagement programs, Claire is overseeing the program design, operations, and team.
- Andrew HumphriesCo-founder
As the co-founder of The Bakery, Andrew and his team have presided over hundreds of successful partnerships between global corporates and startups.
- Ross McWhirterProgram Manager
Ross is in charge of program operations and startup engagement during the program.
- Ester Perez-SalaSourcing Strategist
Ester oversees the end-to-end venture sourcing for the program, managing the research, outreach and startup relations until they are onboarded onto the program.