Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar: How life sciences can benefit from semiconductor scaling

Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec.

The life sciences have been revolutionized many times through the introduction of new instrumentation. From the first microscopes used by van Leeuwenhoek, to today’s most advanced instrumentation in the form of machines that decipher the human genome. Traditionally, such instrumentation is based on conventional precision manufacturing techniques. Microsystems technology, driven by a very aggressive semiconductor technology manufacturing roadmap, can now be used for the sensing and manipulation of biomolecules, cells and tissue. Since such microsystems allow for orders of magnitude differences in parallelization and sensing/manipulation speeds that could radically speed up discovery and development in the life sciences and enable experiments that were not possible up to now.

The goal of this visionary seminar is to bring together microsystems experts, life science researchers, system integrators, and end users to review the state-of-the-art in microsystems for the life sciences.

Practical aspects

Date: Thursday October 11th, 2012
Location: imec, auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


16h30: Welcome coffee
17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc
17h10: Next-generation molecular profiling
Wim Van Criekinge, Prof and Vice President Science and Technology, MDXHealth
17h40: Towards manufacturing of living implants
Frank Luyten, Prof. Cel and Gen Therapy Applications, UZ Leuven
18h10: Coffee break
18h40: Biology up close and personal with semiconductor nanotechnology
Peter Peumans, Director Bio- and nanoelectronics department imec
19h10: Frontiers in personalized medicine
Rudi Pauwels, Founder and Executive Chairman Biocartis
19h40: Panel discussion and Q&A
20h00: Drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English 

Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please do contact us by e-mail.
logo-kmo-portefeuille Participation in our activities at -50% discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761
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Registrations before Thursday October 4th, 2012, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.


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