Health Valley Event 2018: Reviewing the largest healthcare innovation conference 

More than 1200 doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and other interested people participated on March 15th in the tenth edition of Health Valley Event in Pathe CineMec in Nijmegen. The theme of the one-day conference was about the people who make a difference to healthcare.

10 years MedtechPartners: a milestone! 

On Thursday 29 March, MedtechPartners celebrated their ten-year jubilee together with their partners, relations and alumni at the office of KplusV in Arnhem. An afternoon with their familiar MetechMeeting and an additional parallel programme where experts could answer questions from entrepreneurs, an exhibition with innovations and partners, the presentation of the Value Voucher, and the signing of a new partnership. 

Value Voucher for Enzyre

In cooperation with Health~Holland, a Value Voucher was awarded to one of the four pitching entrepreneurs during the MedtechMeeting. Enzyre, a company that develops an innovative Point of Care Test (POCT), was on stage with a new POCT biochip for the rapid diagnosis of blood clotting factors. People with a blood clotting disorder have a risk of bleeding. A better test is needed to manage the risk of bleeding for patients with blood clotting disorder. Enzyre enables the development of a quick POCT test and personalised treatment. They won the Value Voucher of €10,000 which will can accelerate the development of the biochip in collaboration with MedtechPartners. 

The other invention initiators of the MedtechMeeting were:

  • Axiles Bionics: Every year 75,000 people undergo leg amputations in the EU. The majority discover that the current prosthetic feet only partially restore their freedom of movement. After 10 years of research at a renowned university (combining advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and human biomechanics) a new generation of single-foot prostheses has been developed by Axiles Bionics
  • EmosysEmosys offers an alternative complementary therapy for people with depression. The innovation stimulates the facial nerve at the location of the cheekbone by means of electrodes while the patient sleeps, with electrical stimulation below the detection limit. Such stimulation simulates a positive emotional state in the brain. 
  • Concord Neonatal: 1 in 10 babies have breathing problems at birth. To provide immediate breathing support, the umbilical cord is cut directly to treat the premature baby on a separate resuscitation table. The early cutting of the umbilical cord may be harmful and cause complications. Concord Neonatal offers an innovative solution for this. 

Task Force Health Care (TFHC) and MedtechPartners sign cooperation agreement

During the meeting a collaboration was signed between the TFHC and MedtechPartners by Bart Blokhuis (founder MedtechPartners) and Willem Rozenberg (TFHC). Part of the agreement is that both inventors and partners can contact TFHC directly with questions. "An important step that fits our international ambition to increase the relevance of the network, even outside the meetings says Bart Blokhuis." 

Jubileum edition of Innovation for Health

On Thursday 1 February 2018, over 850 key players and stakeholders from across Life Sciences & Health joined the festive fifth edition of Innovation for Health, in collaboration with the Global Investor Forum. With this record number of delegates and the very extensive high-level programme, this edition exceeded the expectations of both the visitors and the organisation.

During the PPP day a variety of topics were discussed such as fundraising by researchers and patients, opportunities to acquire investment, grant calls, valorisation, big data and SMEs in PPPs. In addition, the Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) talent prize was awarded. This is a prize for the best graduation research about a new medical device and/or an associated e-Health application. This year Rozemarijn Weijers received the prize of € 1500. As a Master's student in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology, she wrote an algorithm for an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) sensor, which allows an eye surgeon robot together with an eye surgeon to operate faster and more safely. In the future it will be possible to add new interventions on a microscopic level.

Visit the ZonMw website for more information about the event and the presentation links.

Photographer: Sannaz Photography