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Ing. René Unteregger, MSc. is currently a PhD candidate in the research group Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Overall, his PhD encompasses research at the interface between Innovation Management and Emerging Health Technologies. More specifically, René explores innovation activities/practices of early-stage entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs in their pursuit of establishing themselves on the larger health market. In this context, his studies focus on the problem-solving process, technology legitimation, customer value propositions, and strategic approaches to overcome innovation challenges. For this purpose, René charts new territories of health solutions in the fields of Personalized Healthcare, Mental Health Therapy, and Health Promotion.

Academic background

René holds an MSc in Business & Innovation Engineering from the University of Southern Denmark as well as a Master's Degree in Public Health at Umeå University, Sweden. His first thesis in health marketing focused on consumers' attitudes towards new health-enhancing nutrition products. For his second thesis, he received an award for the best scientific review in public health on the topic "A Scoping Review of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in Pregnancy - Associated Risks, Treatment, and the Pathological Role of the Gut Flora".

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Health sciences, Master, Umeå University

20152016

Award Date: 28 Jun 2016

Technology, other, Master, University of Southern Denmark

20131015

Award Date: 18 Jun 2015

Mechanical engineering, Bachelor, Management Center Innsbruck

20112013

Award Date: 9 Jul 2013

Psychology, Certificate/Diploma of Higher Education , Umeå University

2016Jan 2017

External positions

Assistant Business Analyst (Internship), Biocrates Life Sciences AG

Feb 2017Apr 2017

Event and Project Manager, Sønderborg Student Foundation

Jun 2014Jun 2015

Project Ambassador for Best Brains (Jobportal: careerindemark.com), Sønderborg Erhvervs- og Turistcenter

Jan 2014May 2014

Mechanincal Engineer (Process Optimisation and Quality Management), Felder Group

Aug 2007Jul 2013

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