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

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
  • 17h10: Nanotech platforms for healthcare
  • Peter Peumans, Department Director Bio- and Nanoelectronics imec
  • 17h40: Interactions with interactome
  • Rudy Lauwereins, Vice President imec on behalf of 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
  • Petra Andries, Senior Researcher ECOOM (Centre for Research & Development Monitoring)
  • 19h40: The Dual Core Program approach: a new concept of open innovation in the life science community - Johan Van Helleputte, Senior Vice President Strategic Development, 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. 

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Registrations before Thursday 30 May 2013, preferably via the online registration form or by email to

Language: English
Organization: LeuvenInc
Price: 175 EUR