In the frame of the EFRD project 'Internationalization of Flemish SMEs, scale-ups and start-ups in the sector of MedTech, BioTech and RegMed', the province Flemish Brabant organised and hosted in Leuven on February 21st/22nd the two-day event 'Life-on-Chip: The Road from Idea to Reality'. The event brought testimonies of roads travelled and lessons learned by pioneering researchers, entrepreneurs and first application movers. Through a rich offering of keynote speakers, thematic sessions, prototype and product show cases and matchmaking (B2Match), the event aimed to kick-start cross-over partnerships and projects to realize the full potential life-on-chip innovations, accelerating the development of personalized healthcare solutions. Around 230 participants - in total for the two days event - took part in workshops raising issues such as the combination of human cells, mini-tissues and organs with nanotechnology, 3D-printing and artificial intelligence. Or how about cross-over innovations leading to the development of novel, personalized medicines without the need for animal testing? These and many other cross-over innovations are currently at different levels of technological or commercial development.
Check the movie of this event on the Belgian TV channel 'Kanaal Z': https://kanaalz.knack.be/events/life-on-chip-conferentie-27-02-19/video-normal-1434249.html
: spearhead of innovation in Flemish Brabant
The province Flemish Brabant is one of the founding partners of Health House (in 2018). Health House, located in Leuven, offers a platform on which partners can exhibit, learn or demonstrate their innovations and technologies or work with future trends in medicine and care themselves. Health House proves that Flemish Brabant is both nationally and internationally at the forefront of healthcare and the use of medical technology.
Health House is a unique experience center where its visitors can experience the future of health and care. They show how technology will have an impact on the future of our healthcare. Think of artificial intelligence, 3D-printing, wearables, nanotechnology, …Technology is shaping the future of health and care. The new health economy is an ecosystem in which hubs like Health House enable cross-border collaboration and knowledge-driven entrepreneurship. Health House is a key enabler in this transformation, demonstrating how technology creates better and healthier lives. https://www.health-house.be/en/
Platform RegMed: Regenerative Medicine Innovation Platform
The province of Flemish Brabant (Belgium) and its neighbouring regions together have a leading role in regenerative and personalised medicine research, translation, industrialisation, dissemination and clinical implementation. Also a critical mass of experienced and complementary actors along the complete value chain is present in this region. To maintain and strengthen this unique and high potential position in regenerative medicine a customised strategic innovation platform was established.
The goal of this Regenerative Medicine Innovation Platform (RegMed) is to create a leading public-private community that, by building on its regional actors, can drive regenerative medicine towards a real industry with clinical applications and a socio-economical return.
Workshop // VR // HEALTH (December 18th 2018) : This event was organized as part of the KneeVR project (see above), supported by the Province of Flemish Brabant. 120 attendees witnissed an inspiring workshop on virtual reality in health care.
Virtual Reality (VR) is no longer just interesting for gadget freaks and gamers. This technology is also becoming increasingly popular in healthcare. The VR technology evolves faster than ever and the possibilities for using VR in a clinical context are numerous. This workshop gave a glimpse of VR applications in healthcare. What does already exist and what does the future have in store? It was a workshop with fascinating speakers, inspiring cases and live-demos.
Visionary seminars (March 6-7th 2016): 'aging with a healthy brain’ in Kopenhagen and Stockholm. Organised by Province Flemish Brabant in cooperation with KULeuven Research & Development (LRD), Leuven.Inc and Universities of Kopenhagen and Stockholm.