Meet the people who will awe us by sharing their knowledge, expertise and wonderful stories
Prof. Stéphanie P. Lacour
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from INSA de Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral research at Princeton University (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK). Her research focuses on the materials, technology and integration of soft bioelectronic interfaces including artificial skin, ultra-compliant neural electrodes for in vitro platforms as well as in vivo implants.
Prof. Albert van den Berg
University of Twente
Albert van den Berg received his MSc in applied physics in 1983, and his PhD in 1988 both at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From 1988-1993 he worked in Neuchatel, Switzerland, at the CSEM and the University (IMT) on miniaturized chemical sensors. In 1998 he was appointed as part-time professor “Biochemical Analysis Systems”, and later in 2000 as full professor on Miniaturized Systems for (Bio)Chemical Analysis in the faculty of Electrical Engineering and part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. In 1994 he initiated together with Prof. Bergveld the international MicroTAS conference series.
Prof. Thomas Stieglitz
University of Freiburg
Thomas Stieglitz received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering with the specialty in biomedical engineering from the University of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1993. He received the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Saarland, Germany, in 1998. In 1993, he joined the Fraunhofer-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, St. Ingbert (IBMT), Germany. where established in 2002 the Neural Prosthesis Group and IBMT. Since October 2004, he is a full Professor of Biomedical Microtechnology with the Institute for Microsystem Technology (IMTEK), University of Freiburg, Germany. His research interests include biomedical microdevices, neural prostheses, neuromonitoring, functional electrical stimulation, and biohybrid systems. Prof. Stieglitz is member of the IEEE-EMBS, the International Society for Functional Electrical Stimulation (IFESS), the German Engineering Society (VDI), and the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT).
Erasmus University (retired)
Nicolaas (Klaas) Bom was born in 1937 in Velsen, The Netherlands and received his degree in electrical engineering from the Delft Technical University with a thesis on electromagnetic wave propagation. He became naval officer and subsequently worked for 6 years on SONAR research in Italy where after he moved in 1968 to the cardiology department at the Erasmus University Rotterdam starting diagnostic echo research. He obtained his PhD. with work on echocardiography in 1972 and became head of bioengineering of the Thoraxcenter in Rotterdam.
In diagnostic ultrasound, he developed the first phased array catheter and the first linear array. This started worldwide electronic cross-sectional real time imaging in 1972 with linear array transducers. He developed a portable echo machine as early as 1976. His research group became well known in echo contrast, intravascular echo catheters and many other aspects of diagnostic ultrasound. For 10 years he was also part-time (co) director of the Inter University Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands.
Nicolaas Bomhas won many distinctions and honours including an honorary doctorate at Lund University in Sweden. He (co) authored over 350 scientific papers and retired 1 January 2003.
Prof. Liesbet Lagae
KU Leuven / IMEC
Liesbet Lagae received her degree from the KU Leuven, Belgium for her work on Magnetic Random Access Memories in 2003. She has pioneered the field of molecular biochips based on magnetic, plasmonic and electrical sensing principles at IMEC, Belgium. She is currently research group leader and program manager of IMEC’s HUMAN++ /Life sciences program. She has (co-) authored 72 peer reviewed papers in international journals and holds 12 patents in the field. She is also part-time professor in nanobiotechnology at KU Leuven/Physics department.
Dr. Pim Tonino
Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven
Pim Tonino is an interventional cardiologist, working in the Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The Catharina Hospital is well known for its supraregional, tertiary role in interventional cardiology, elektrophysiology and cardiothoracic surgery. As head of the interventional catheterisation laboratory, the primary clinical focus of Pim is complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), percutaneous valve therapies and training fellows in PCI techniques. In 2010 he obtained his PhD degree at the Technical University Eindhoven (TUE) on the subject of Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) measurements. Intracoronary FFR measurements are performed with a micro-sensor that is integrated in a regular PCI wire. A large, randomized clinical trial (FAME study) was the core of his thesis, showing that a PCI strategy guided by FFR was superior to the, at that time, mainstream strategy guided by angiography. Nowadays, FFR plays a pivotal role in the international PCI guidelines (class 1A recommendation) and in all cath labs throughout the world. His current research activities include new developments in FFR, intracoronary temperature measurements, absolute coronary flow measurements and physiology based assessment and therapeutic clinical decision making in aortic and mitral valve disease. Many of these research projects are performed in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the TUE.
Dr. Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij
Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij is managing director and member of the board of the Institute for human organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT) in The Netherlands.
She studied biochemistry at the University of Nijmegen. At this University (faculty of mathematics and natural sciences) she obtained her PhD in 1985 on the thesis ‘Calcium-binding lens membrane proteins’. She pursued her career as a group leader at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht. Her research focused on the role of growth factor and growth factor receptors in embryonic development and tumor formation, using stem cell cultures as in vitro model system. In 2000 she started at the Comprehensive Cancer Center South in Eindhoven as Chief of the Patient Care Department, and in 2003 she became the Chief Executive Officer of this Institute. Under her regime the department of epidemiological cancer research and registry developed into a renowned international group that became European leader in this field. The numerous analyses of quality of cancer care, quality of life of cancer patients and trends and new developments in the cancer field have resulted in many new insights and improvements for cancer patients in The Netherlands and outside.
Dr. Bert de Colvenaer
Bert De Colvenaer was appointed Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking as of January 1st 2016. ECSEL is a public-private partnership on nanoelectronics, embedded software and smart system integration established as an autonomous European Union body through the merger of ENIAC and ARTEMIS JUs.
As Executive Director, he is the legal representative of the ECSEL JU and is the chief executive responsible for its day-to-day management. Prior to his appointment he was Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) mandated to bring the FCH technology to the point of market readiness. Bert De Colvenaer has been involved in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, in the field of power-train production engineering and advanced research. He has been working on fuel cell research from the early 90's and was involved in high level group activities and major EU research projects. In 2002 he established and led the Advanced Technology Division of Toyota Europe, focusing on breakthrough research in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen, robotics and new automotive production technologies. Prior to Toyota, he worked for Volvo. His academic background is in mechanical engineering and in industrial management.
Ron Kroon, PhD.
Presently leading a corporate start-up venture in the cardiology field within Philips’ Image Guided Therapy business. Before that created new medical device propositions in China, and delivered the Allura X-ray cathlab product line for Philips Healthcare.
Educated as a chemist and physicist, corporate entrepreneur by nature.
Ir. Maurits Butter
Maurits Butter is an expert in industrial innovation policy. He graduated at the faculty of chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology and started his career as an environmental consultant with a Dutch consultancy firm. In 1994-1998 he worked for the Netherlands’ Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM). In 1998 he joined TNO as senior advisor innovation policy. He is involved in the interface between technological innovation and policy, focusing on industrial innovation policy. He was the research leader for the TNO research program on “Renewal of Innovation” and now is expert in connecting research to industrial innovation. At Tebodin, he was involved in supporting companies in “prevention of waste disposal and emissions”. He took this practical experience with him to the Ministry and as a civil servant to develop industrial innovation policy, combining people, planet, profit. Today his focus is strongly on Key Enabling Technologies and the digitalization of the industry. In the Netherlands he co-developed the Dutch Smart Industry strategy and was the scientific coordinator of the multi-KETs pilot lines project (EC). Also he is one of the core experts in the XS2I4MS project, that aims at further stimulating digitalization of the manufacturing SMEs. His present focus is understanding the development and financing of public private partnerships where sharing expertise and infrastructures are used to cross the valley of death.
Dr. Peter Dirksen
Peter Dirksen obtained his PhD degree in physics at the Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. In 1990 he joined Philips Research Eindhoven. Until 2006 he worked on optical lithography, including the field of alignment and exposure-tool characterization. Between 2001 and 2006 he was stationed at IMEC Leuven for Philips. Back in Eindhoven, he initiated the development of CMOS post-processing compatible MEMS (CMUT) ultra-sound transducers. Until today he remains the leading CMUT architect within a growing team of multidisciplinary experts, with disciplines ranging from physics-based modelling to medical application development. They succeeded in optimizing the performance of the CMUT transducers, so that they can compete with commercial piezo transducers available today. Furthermore, they have been able to demonstrate new application opportunities. In addition, he worked on integrated pressure sensors. Peter Dirksen is an inventor of 40 patents owned by Philips worldwide in the field of CMUT.