Vibrant NXTGEN Hightech Biomed Consortium meeting in Enschede

 

The Biomed workshop “From small to large: needs for manufacturing and scaling up” was held on January 19, 2024 at the U-Parkhotel in Enschede, the Netherlands. The workshop brought together representatives of the consortium partners of the Biomed domain. The workshop was attended by 70 people on-site and 12 people on-line, representing 45 partner organizations.

The meeting was kicked off with a welcome by Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij, who passed the baton to Sabine Middendorp as the new project leader of the One-Stop-Shop (OSS). Afterwards Monika Hoekstra, managing director of NXTGEN Hightech, presented updates on the program activities. The project leaders of OSS, Lab-on-Chip, Organ-on-Chip, Artificial Organs and Cell Production Technologies, provided highlights and challenges of their projects. Work package leaders of the OSS also elaborated on the mission & vision of the OSS and presented the competence matrix of the consortium.

The multidisciplinary Biomed consortium aims to connect academic institutes and suppliers of (bio)materials, sensors and other components, with system integrators, manufacturers, and end users, building complete value chains of product development. Together, the One-Stop-Shop is representing an ecosystem and infrastructure to develop high-tech value chains with aligned technologies and processes for large-scale fabrication of demonstrators. These demonstrators are examples of end-products for biomedical purposes, such as an artificial kidney, and a modular plate connecting multiple organs-on-chip.

In the afternoon, all consortium partners discussed in more detail on their specific roles and needs within the ecosystem, to identify and resolve potential gaps in the respective value chains. The afternoon session was also attended by Ingrid Relou, the new Biomed domain leader.

Discussions with consortium partners on their roles within the value chains.

Each project leader summarized the results of the discussions on their project.

Next to these consortium discussions, we had the pleasure to welcome a keynote lecture by Robin Koops, founder of Inreda Diabetic. He shared his story of the development of the wearable bi-hormonal artificial pancreas, in a truly inspiring and informative seminar. As a token of appreciation, Fokko Wieringa, board member of the Willem Kolff foundation, offered Robin a copy of the book “Father of artificial organs”, the biography of Willem Kolff. Willem Kolff was known as the father of the artificial heart and inventor of the hemodialysis machine. Wieringa pointed out many similarities with Robin Koops, who could be seen as “The father of the artificial pancreas”.

The meeting was attended by 70 people in person and 12 people online.

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Robin Koops (r) received the book “Father of artificial organs” from Fokko Wieringa (l).

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