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We are HTRIC kick-off event

Do you want to learn about the latest developments in health technology? Meet researchers from UG, UMCG, Hanze and NHL Stenden? And connect with successful MedTech companies in the Northern Netherlands? 

Come and join us on 17 June for HTRIC’s greatest event yet! This summer marks our official take-off to the next level, as we are bringing the best heads in health tech together. Expect parallel sessions, innovation boosters, keynotes and more!


Friday 17 June 2022, Forum Groningen (Nieuwe Markt 1)


Walk-in & registration


Kick it off: Welcome, opening and keynote


Break with refreshments


Parallel sessions (click on + for more info)

Molecular imaging will be an indispensable tool in the operating theatres of the future. With its unparalleled ability to provide specific information on the location and nature of malignancies, it will guide surgeons in their work to provide safe, personalized treatments. In this session, we will highlight the use of imaging in pre- and intra-operative setting and evaluation of therapy, taking both the academic and company perspective.

The following distinguished speakers have accepted our invitation:

  • Prof. dr. Philip Elsinga, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, University Medical Center Groningen (live)
  • Dr. Yi Qiu, Senior Application Specialist, iThera Medical GmbH (online)
  • Prof. dr. Wouter Nagengast, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Center Groningen (live)

The recovery of tissue or bone damage, can be stimulated through the use of biomaterials. The use of new materials and specific, custom-made implants promises exciting perspectives.

For this session the following speakers are invited:

Prof. dr. ir. Tina Vermonden, Biomaterials for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine, Utrecht University

Shrinking printing: technology to enhance the resolution of complex 3D-printed hydrogel scaffolds.

Hydrogels are ideal soft materials for applications in regenerative medicine as they can mimic many properties of the extracellular matrix in natural tissues. Using 3D-bioprinting, cell containing hydrogels can be fabricated into complex structures that represent the organization of tissues or organs. However, the resolution of 3D-bioprinting of these soft hydrogel materials is still rather limited and cannot reach realistic dimensions of tubular structures present in the body such as blood vessels and kidney tubules. The shrinking printing technology makes use of hydrogel materials that can be shrunken post printing to enable reaching these small dimensions.

Luuk van Laake, Soft Robotic Matter AMOLF Amsterdam

Fluidic control of soft robots for future medical applications

Soft robots made of elastomers with elastic modulus comparable to living tissue show great promise for safer interactions with humans. Such interactions might include medical applications such as external assistive devices (such as exoskeletons and rehabilitation gloves), as well as implantable soft mechanisms for muscle or organ replacement. We have developed a system that enables complex actuation of fluid-powered soft robots in- or outside the body without the need for electronics (such as electro-mechanical valves and controllers). This greatly facilitates future integration of (embodied) control with existing or yet to-be-designed soft sensing and actuation systems, leading to the development of lightweight, fully soft, and more durable self-contained systems.

Prof. dr.  Max Witjes, 3D Lab

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 & networking

Career Perspective Kick-off for PhD students


Innovation Booster Workshops (click on + for more info)

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The Green OR: The Road to a More Sustainable Environment

  • The UMCG OR sustainability project

  • Green Innovation in the OR

  • Sustainable Anesthetics

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Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to achieve innovation in healthcare. It facilitates personalized, targeted and regenerative medicine by delivering the next level of new drugs, treatments and implantable devices to clinicians and patients for real breakthroughs in healthcare.

Nanomedicine also enables early detection and prevention and drastically improves the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of many diseases. 

Nowadays, nanomedicine has hundreds of products under clinical trials, covering all major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular, viral infections, neurodegenerative, musculoskeletal and inflammatory. Nanomedicine already accounts for approximately 80 marketed products, ranging from nano-delivery and pharmaceutical to medical imaging, diagnostics and biomaterials. The most recent and well-known case is the development and clinical application of the COVID-19 nano vaccines that have unprecedentedly revolutionized both healthcare and the pharmaceutical and nanomedicine fields.

In this workshop, invited speakers will present and discuss the current status of the nanomedicines, the benefits (and challenges) in translating them to the clinic, how to move from bench to successful pharmaceutical businesses, specific successful case stories, and provocative questions to engage with the audience.

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Games have proven to provide attractive applications in many healthcare areas. Examples can be found e.g. in training games, diagnosing aids and behaviour changes. However, to launch a successful game in the healthcare environment, many challenges need to be overcome: a serious approach is required from the start of the game development!

On the 17th of June, NHL Stenden university will host an Innovation Booster Workshop to provide insights into the complex development process of Games for Health. By using a practical case as an example we will illustrate the steps we take from the exploration of the issue to the design and evaluation of the implementation. By joining this workshop you will experience yourself how the game design process has changed by co-creation with the audience involved.

If you ever thought about developing games for healthcare applications, or work as a healthcare professional and are looking how a serious game can help boosting your daily professional work, then this Innovation Booster Workshop is for you. Don’t miss out!

Herman Groen – Business Developer at Business Generator Groningen: What does a Knowledge Transfer Office like Business Generator Groningen do and why is that important for you as a researcher?
Annemiek Tepper – Patent Attorney at Patent & Trademark Office VO: Patenting may be important for you as a researcher, and patenting and publishing does not have to be in each other’s way.

Health technology innovation, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) development, is moving fast and with high expectations. It offers opportunities to contribute to high-quality and affordable healthcare but raises many questions. To promote the development and implementation of trustworthy and human-centred AI, several ELSA (Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects) labs are being set up in the Netherlands, in which researchers, societal partners, companies, citizens and patients work together. In this innovation booster, we will explain how the ELSA lab in Northern Netherlands aims to contribute to the responsible development and implementation of AI in healthcare. You will learn about responsible development and implementation, and by making use of a serious game, you will be able to reflect upon and discuss the challenges of responsible development and implementation of AI in healthcare.


Break with refreshments


Plenary kick-off closing


Drinks & networking

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