Challenges in business

Every organisation faces challenges in order to grow, including companies that are active in the medical industry. During this session, various companies will talk about choices and dilemmas made with regard to how you can grow your business from 100 to 1000+ employees; how to grow from a single to an international market; what are the MDR challenges; considerations when appealing to investors (during different stage) and manufacturing of medical devices at scale. An exciting session with inspiring lessons learned perspectives and tips and tricks that can be gained from this.

Where & when
  • Time: 14.15 - 16.00 
  • Language: English
  • Room: INSPIRATION Stage (TL 2275)
  • Seats: 250

Speakers & Moderators

Bart Evers

Paul Keijser

Rik Luimes
Oost NL

Christoff Heunis
Flux robotics

Karel van Eijkeren MSc.

Dymphy van der Wilk
Baat medical

The programme

14.15 - 14.20

Welcome & introduction
Rik Luimes - Oost NL

14.20 - 14.40

How do you survive the Valley of Death as a MedTech startup?
Christoff Heunis - Flux Robotics

14.40 - 15.00

MDR CE versus FDA challenges. How to cope with both!
Dymphy van der Wilk - Baat medical

15.00 - 15.20

Manufacturing of medical devices at scale
Bart Evers & Paul Keijser - Benchmark

  • Abstract & Biography


    Bart Evers serves as the General Manager of Benchmark's Almelo site. His colleagues and customers know him as an enthusiastic person with a practical approach and an enormous drive for results. As a leader, Bart inspires and motivates the people around him to take the next step in personal development and improve business processes and results. Bart has worked in design engineering, manufacturing engineering, LEAN transformation, and operations management.


    The presentation will focus on a recent case study for a medical device which required a steep manufacturing ramp up.

    Benchmark applied its in-house manufacturing and design expertise together to conduct a design for excellence (DFX) process in three key areas to industrialize the Product.

    1. Design for manufacturability included reviewing five critical considerations of the product’s ability to be manufactured: process, design, material, environmental, and compliance. A qualified and lean single-piece flow manufacturing line was realized in a short time. Various tactics were used to accomplish this, including paperless work instructions at stations, component traceability control, and operator multi-level training.
    2. Design for test included a documented strategy considering 20 critical test considerations.
    3. Design for component combined capability considerations with supply chain availability and reliability to successfully manage the complete product lifecycle of the device.

15.20 - 15.40

Joint development under time pressure
Karel van Eijkeren - Demcon 

  • Abstract & Biography


    The presentation will show-case an ultra fast PCR test, developed under time pressure during the COVID pandamic, in close cooperation with our customer. Topics in the presentation will include:

    • Initial request, timeline and resulting product
    • Way of working in a close cooperation relationship
    • Team composition


    Within Demcon Karel is business manager IVD and BioTech systems and is the first point of contact for new and existing customers and is increasing the capabilities and experience within the Demcon team. He completed his electrical engineering masters at BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip group at the University of Twente by working on a Lab-on-a-chip for fertility determination of spermatozoa. He started his career at the start-up Blue4Green by contributing to the development of point of care calcium measurements for dairy cows to give the farmer the insight to increase animal health and decrease antibiotics use. Thereafter gained more commercial experience in a function as key account manager for a supplier of components to large high-tech multinationals before he started at Demcon as project manager for medical device development.

15.40 - 16.00

5th presentation announced soon


Rik Luimes - Oost NL