The TechMed Event

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On November 3 & 4 around 600 medical professionals, representatives of MedTech companies, researchers and students came together for the hybrid 2021 TechMed event, at the TechMed Centre (Twente). Various activities took place to inform and inspire the healthcare community and to explore future medical technology. Collaboration and clinical practice were key topics at this event organized by the TechMed Centre and WTC Twente in collaboration with MedTech Cluster Twente.

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    The event brought together various experts to improve healthcare by means of medical technology. It started with the “Dreaming about the future” opening show around the topic Diabetes on Return including 5 stakeholders (from patient to clinician) and the essence to collaborate. Followed by an inspiring keynote talk by, engineer of the year, David Fernandez Rivas regarding the latest insights on needle-free injection. Afterwards visitors could personalize their own programme with information sessions and discussions such as Innovation meets Industry, Technical innovations in clinical practice, TOPFIT Citizenlab, Women’s health, International growth and Acceleration implementation.

    During lunchtime it was possible to connect and listen to 'pitch the crowd' presentations. Our keynote Prof. dr. ir. Jean-Paul de Vries then addressed the theme of technology and medicine - a necessary combination for treating your patients.

    After another round of informative sessions including vascular diseases, neurological diseases, movement disorders and oncological image-guided interventions, the Fireside Chat with Special Envoy of Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau followed. It was an interesting conversation about scaling up MedTech companies. Many thanks to the great input of HollandBio, Bond3D, Xsens, Holland Innovative, Locsense and Lipocoat. Day one of the event concluded with a startup event, where startups could meet and connect with successful MedTech companies.

    An exclusive business programme was prepared for the second day of the event. With 1200 one-to-one matchmaking, Pitch the crowd sessions and innovations tours of Xsens, DEMCOM en Micronit. Based on current issues, the development and implementation of new medical technologies was discussed.

Together we empower our future healthcare with medical technology

We kicked off the TechMed Event 2021 with an inspiring show where 5 stakeholders shared their dreams to decrease the number of people with diabetes and that the disease impact is less severe. Angela de Rooij (Diabetes Association and a diabetes patient), told straight from her heart what impact the disease has on her daily life and expressed the hope that the disease, not only for herself but also for others, can be treated better. Robin Koops (Inreda Diabetic), Rens Vandeberg (Diabetic Fund) and Prof.dr. Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten (University of Twente) concluded that, in order to fulfill Angela's wish, it is necessary that curiosity, innovation and collaboration help to create, discover and set out advances to improve the Diabetic patient's journey. Finally, Killian Kappert (ZGT) as a technical physician strives as best as possible to support patients in their diabetes management (using these technologies in a safe and optimal way, interpreting their data and advising on personalized settings) by using of the available technologies.

Check out our inspiring sessions and impressive speakers 

This year we've organised multiple information sessions spread over our two days. In the programme, there was plenty of focus on practical application: how medical innovation from the cooperation between technicians and clinicians can be deployed faster. The development of a business case is a common thread throughout the programme. In addition, the program focuses on creating an accessible way of meeting the leading TechMed stakeholders and MedTech experts. 

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Technology is a tool to enable high-quality healthcare. Not only for diagnosis and treatment, but also for improving the quality of life and to stimulate independent living. We strive to have a significant impact on society, both by scientific excellence as well as by linking fundamental research to clinical applications, from the nano to the global scale. Ultimately, we bring our technology to the clinic or to the home environment. For this purpose, it is imperative to have close working relations with clinical and industrial partners. The TechMed Event is a joint effort by the TechMed Centre of the University of Twente and World Trade Center Twente in Hengelo. Read our full story