Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar: ‘The power of converging technologies for tomorrow’s healthcare’


Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec. Powered by VIB.

In the past, many innovations were in part driven by fast and in-depth evolutions of different technologies, each operating in their own space. Today and in the future, new fundamental insights as well as new major innovations are and will be the result of an intimate interaction amongst different technologies. Nanotech for Health is a nice example. Our future health care system will not be sustainable without combining three major innovation drivers simultaneously: urgent need in many fields to combine better performance, better efficiency and lower cost. This can only be done through extreme miniaturization and integration... and rooting into nano-electronic platforms.

Nanotechnology and within this area, nanoelectronics offer tremendous opportunities for new insights in biological processes, in interacting at single cell or sub-cell levels, in interacting at molecular levels,...This will require increasingly to create new eco-systems combining health, biomedical and nanoelectronics platforms: integrating nodes from the life science community with those from the nanoelectronics community, offering a broad range of new opportunities for innovation. The challenge is to connect those very different communities, speaking a different language, having a different culture and having other challenges such as FDA approvals, interactions with payers (health insurance companies), being paid by governments, all suffering from budgetary constraints in an ageing society, ...

Practical aspects

Date: Thursday 6 June 2013
Location: imec, auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


16h30: Welcome coffee
17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and Jo Bury, Managing Director VIB (Chairman of the programme)
17h10: Nanotech platforms for healthcare
Paru Deshpande, Department Director LST imec
17h40: The New Age of Translational Medicine: Nanotech meets Biotech
Magali Haas, CSO One Mind for Research
18h10: Trends towards smart specialization
Koen Debackere, Managing Director KU Leuven Research & Development
18h40: Coffee break
19h10: Nanotech for health approach for Flanders
Marc Van Rossum, Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanoelectronics imec
19h40: The Dual Core Program approach: a new concept of open innovation in the life science community
Marc Van Rossum, Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanoelectronics imec
20h00 Q&A
20h15: 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
More info:
KMO portefeuille request: for this seminar you indicate 4 training hours.


Registrations before Thursday 30 May 2013, 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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