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IOF-TTO event: Data & Software - How open is the future? - Oct 17, 2017

Joint IOF and TTO event – personal invitation only

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What are the features of the data-driven economy of the future? What about the tension fields and opportunities this involves? How do policymakers support and accelerate the transition towards it?

Human activities, industrial processes and research all lead to data collection and processing on an unprecedented scale, resulting in new products and services as well as new business models and scientific methodologies. This new digital-driven industrial revolution offers enormous potential in all fields of society, ranging from health and food to energy and transport. How do we cope with these challenges and how open is the future with regards to data and software is a pertinent question becoming more urgent each day.

Each year the 5 Flemish universities organise 2 internal interuniversity events to discuss and tackle actual topics. One is destined to business developers and researchers linked to the ‘Industrieel OnderzoeksFonds (IOF)’. The other one is organised specifically for tech transfer staff. In 2017 both events take place in Brussels and are combined in a full-day program that is open to everyone.

The morning session focusses on challenges and opportunities in business development. Toon Vanagt will address the issue of open data and software, zooming in on tension fields and innovation opportunities. His keynote presentation is followed by 3 parallel workshops by and for IOF mandatories, researchers and business developers.

In the afternoon intellectual property, legislative and contractual issues are discussed. Celina Ramjoué covers European data policies for government, industrial and research data. Sari Depreeuw will focus on the translation of the current and upcoming legislative framework in a contractual setting with companies. 


Tuesday October 17, 2017
From 9.30 till 16.30 followed by networking drink

Paleis der Academieën
Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussel
Near Central Station and metro stations Park, Kunst-Wet, Troon
Route description
Nearest Parking

Keynote presentations take place in Troonzaal
Workshops in rooms annex: Albert I-, Stevin-, Marie-Thérèsezaal
Lunch, breaks and drink in Atrium

Registration - invitation only
You can register for the full day or only for morning or afternoon session combined with lunch and/or reception. Registration is obligatory.
Please register here.

For any questions please contact Alena Aga, VUB TechTransfer Communication & Events.


Data & Software – How open is the future?

Joint IOF and TTO event 2017

Morning: Challenges and opportunities in business development

09:30 - Welcome ‘breakfast’
10:00 - Welcome address by Hugo Thienpont, Vice-Rector Innovation and Industrial Policy
10:10 - Toon Vanagt, Tech entrepreneur, lean startup coach & angel investor
Open versus closed: tension fields and opportunities. Get inspired about the data revolution! Q&A
11:00 - Break
11:30 - Parallel workshops by and for IOF mandatories, business developers and researchers:

  • Workshop 1: The influence of the regulatory framework in clinical trials and medical device development.
    Moderator Ruani Fernando, Business Developer In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-cosmetology, VUB

    Steve Eglem, Collaborator R&D, DG PRE / R&D, Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products, FAMHP - Regulation of software as medical device
    Catherine De Greef, PhD, Kwaliteitsmanager CTC, UZ Brussel - Dealing with Data in a changing clinical trial landscape
    Steven Vandeput, PhD, IOF Industrial Research Manager, STADIUS Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics, KU Leuven, Department of Electrical Engineering-ESAT - Issues related to Medical Device Regulations during R&D phase: some preliminary cases and lessons learned
  • Workshop 2: Open Source software and related business models
    Moderators Lennert Vierendeels, Business Developer BruBotics, VUB - Alexander Neirinckx and Fons de Mey, University of Antwerp
    Winnie Poncelet, ReaGent - Open biolabo for citizen science
    Erwin De Baetselier, Luceda Photonics, spin-off VUB/UGent - A critical view on open source
    Jan Sijbers, ASTRA toolbox - How open source opens the door to other (industrial) collaborations
    Bert Lagaisse, Inmanta, spin-off, KU Leuven - Open source in a spin-off context
  • Workshop 3: The value of data
    Moderator Johan Loeckx, Business Developer Artificial Intelligence Lab, VUB
    Koen Gremmelprez, CTO of Citizenlab - Collecting the wisdom of the crowd
    Jente Van Belle, PhD researcher at Business Technology and Operations, VUB - The value of data in predicting demand
    Shamma Raghib, SaaS consultant at Collibra - Data Value chain in Financial Industries

13:00 - Lunch and networking 

Afternoon: Data sharing – legislative, intellectual property and contractual issues in research and innovation

14:00 - Jiri Pilar, DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology, Data Policy and Innovation, European Commission

Building a European Data Economy: EC policies and possible ways on access to and re-use of data
Jiri Pilar’s presentation covers European data policies for government, industrial and research data (including H2020), and suggests ways forward on bringing these together. He will share the EC’s policies towards potential new legislative initiatives. Q&A
14:50 - Break
15:10 - Sari Depreeuw, Partner IP/IT, DALDEWOLF, Professor at Université Saint Louis Bruxelles
Navigating the legal minefield: how to make contractual sense of regulation in the digital economy?

Sari Depreeuw will examine how current and upcoming legislation (on copyright, trade secrets, personal data and other data) can be translated in manageable contracts with companies. Q&A
16:00 - Closing by Sonja Haesen, Head of VUB TechTransfer

Followed by networking drink with a Brussels' touch

Bio's speakers

Toon Vanagt

Toon Vanagt
Tech entrepreneur, lean startup coach & angel investor - -

Toon Vanagt has been a startup entrepreneur since 1999. His latest ventures are (structuring Belgian business information from official sources) and (full text search in millions of legal publications). Both these freemium businesses are built on unstructured data and heavily relying on open data. Toon is a strong believer of all things open, which he supports via the non-profit Open Knowledge Belgium. He enjoys being the "master of ceremony" during FinTech events, which has grown into a grass root non-profit federating the Belgian FinTech community.
 He recently also became in charge of, a coworking space and community at Business & Technology Incubator ICAB.
Toon holds a Commercial Engineering degree from Solvay Business School at the VUB and was awarded "ICT manager SME of the year 2002" by Datanews. He followed the Virtualization industry for over a decade as the publisher of His failures include being too early with in 1999 and launching a hardware device "infamously" named IPhone in 2005...
Toon has a broad experience in all aspects of setting up, managing and scaling internet ventures. His career is filled with hands-on experience in delivering e-business, consulting, big data and ICT projects in general. Toon splits his professional time between entrepreneurial and innovation coaching roles, while trying to keep focus on the development of his ventures. Interested in early-stage startups as well as companies “on the bubble”.


Jiri Pilar
DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology, Data Policy and Innovation
European Commission

Jiri Pilar is Legal & Policy Officer in Data Policy and Innovation Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). Following the legal and journalism studies in the Czech Republic (Prague), Ireland (Limerick) and France (Paris), Jiri worked for several years at the Prague and Paris branches of the law firm Linklaters, focusing on commercial law transactions. After joining the European Commission, Jiri worked for five years in the unit that develops the policy and oversees the implementation of the EU’s regulatory framework for electronic communications. For the last several years, he has been working on policy initiatives addressing new and emerging issues related to data (such as non-personal data access and transfer) and advancing the EU open data policy by ensuring the correct implementation of the Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive.

Sari Depreeuw

Sari Depreeuw
Professor at Université Saint Louis Bruxelles

Sari Depreeuw graduated from the law faculties at Université de Namur (1999) and KULeuven (2002). She holds a Master degree in Intellectual Property from HUBrussel (2006) and a PhD degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2011). She is a member of the Brussels bar since 2002. Sari works mainly in the field of intellectual property law (with a focus on copyright) and IT law.
In addition she is affiliated to the law faculty at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (research group LSTS) and she teaches at Université Saint Louis.
Sari Depreeuw has published several articles on Belgian, European and international copyright and contributes to conferences and seminars on a regular basis.

You can download the presentations below.