17 June 2022

We are HTRIC kick-off event

The HTRIC kick-off event took place on 17 June 2022. Innovations for the future were shown and connections were made. 

Curious about the programme? Or the aftermovie? You can find it all below! Did you miss out on our kick-off? No worries! We organise another event on 16 June: ‘Discover the World of Health Technolog by HTRIC’. You can sign up now!


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

Ecosystem for optimalisation of personalised implants in de fast-track production lane

The optimization project aims for an improved method for the application of patient-specific implants, for a wide variety of patients groups. Available 3D technology can be exploited to support pre operative planning and the design of medical implants. When the surgery is performed according to the 3D surgical planning the accuracy is generally within 1-3 mm, for any type of surgery (oncology, trauma etc.). Furthermore the results are obtained independent of which surgeon performs the operation. The fast production lane requires a balanced intramural and extramural process of in silico design, cadaver testing, quality management and rapid production of medical implants. The fast production lane provides rapid production of medical implants and provides the unique opportunity to treat trauma patients as well.


Could wearable sensor technology innovations be the new standard of human movement monitoring at home and hospitals? Could wearable sensor technology assist healthy lifestyle at work and home? Could Biomedical sensors and devices automate measurements at hospitals, reduce nurse workload and improve home care? What are the recent developments in surgical robots and sensors? Join our innovation booster series which discusses these questions through a series of talks, pitches and group discussions by scientists and entrepreneurs.

*Please note that this session will be held in Dutch.

Deze sessie wordt verzorgd door het nieuwe programma Hi!Noord. Dit Noord-Nederlandse   initiatief van onder andere het UMCG, Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, het Center of Expertise Healthy Ageing en HANNN stelt zich ten doel de impact van het gezondheids-ecosysteem in Noord-Nederland te vergroten. Dit gebeurt onder andere door onderlinge versterkingen aan te brengen tussen de communities zoals dat van HTRIC met andere netwerken en door te investeren in een collectieve infrastructuur.
Bij deze interactieve sessie, tevens opname voor de Hi!Noord Podcast, staat de vraag centraal hoe we technologische innovatie beter in de directe omgeving van inwoners kunnen laten landen en hoe de verschillende actoren in Noord-Nederland hier een bijdrage aan kunnen leveren. Onder leiding van Edwin Mooibroek worden de ervaringen, uitdagingen en ambities besproken die horen bij het realiseren van gezondheidstechnologie in de directe omgeving van inwoners.


 & networking

Career Perspective Kick-off for PhD students


Innovation Booster Workshops (click on + for more info)

Digital phenotyping, the measurement of human behavioral phenotypes using personal devices, is rapidly gaining popularity. Novel initiatives, ranging from software prototypes to user-ready research platforms, are innovating the field of biomedical research and health care apps. One example is the Behapp project (www.behapp.com), which offers a fully managed digital phenotyping platform as a service. The innovative potential of digital phenotyping strategies resides among others in their capacity to objectively capture measurable and quantitative components of human behavior, such as diurnal rhythm, movement patterns, and communication, in a real-world setting. (Jagesar et al., 2021)

In this workshop, we will first present to you how we use both active assessed questionnaires and passive digital phenotyping to study social functioning in mental health, and look ahead to the possibilities of using digital monitoring for the early detection of disease, the prediction of relapse and personalized medicine. We will use the second half of the session to think together about the potential (future) applications of digital phenotyping in your own field of research or clinical practice.

This workshop will be hosted by Renate Kat and Anna Langener (Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen)

Every year, more than 1 million people in Europe die of cancer. Ursula von der Leyen – president of the EC – “the fight of those battling cancer is our fight as well”. The EC its ‘Beating Cancer Plan’ focuses on the prevention, treatment and care of cancer. It includes all phases of cancer-development, from prevention to the quality of life of cancer patients and people who have survived cancer.

The Northern Netherlands can and wants to share an essential contribution to the battle against cancer, and in doing so, becoming a recognizable part of the Europe Beating Cancer Plan. The collaboration with the University of Groningen, the Universities of Applied Sciences, the University Medical Centre Groningen and SHINE Veendam dreams about becoming a European-acknowledged center of knowledge, innovation and production for nuclear medicine – for all Europeans and far beyond.

In this innovation Booster we invite you to discuss the future of medical isotopes and nuclear medicine in general in the North, both from fabrication and application perspective. What do you think is needed? What would you like to contribute? Let’s think big and put some common goals!

Dr. Sytze Brandenburg – Nuclear medicine and the use of medical isotopes

Research of Prof. Brandenburg: https://www.rug.nl/staff/s.brandenburg/research

Wim Boeckx/Robin Schellevis – Building a factory for medical isotopes in Veendam


Dr. Walter Noordzij – Applications of modern medical isotopes

Research of Dr. Noordzij: https://www.rug.nl/staff/w.noordzij/research

Limb amputation has large impact on the patients’ participation and quality of life. In this innovation booster workshop on Artificial Limbs, we want to discuss the surgical procedures, the engineering and clinical methodologies towards rehabilitation, and the outlook to the future.

Organised by Prof. Dr. Raffaella Carloni and Prof. Dr. Han Houdijk

– Opening by the organisers
– Lower limb amputation by Prof. Dr. Paul Jutte
– Musculoskeletal modeling of people with lower-limb amputation by Vishal Raveendranathan, MSc
– Motor control in people with upper extremity prosthesis by Dr. Raoul M. Bongers
– ZonMV ProtheseAcademie by Prof. Dr. Han Houdijk
– Discussion and Closing


  • Opening session by chair Schelto Kruijff (surgical oncologist) and Femke van der Zant (medical student)
  • Annemarie Leliveld (urologist UMCG): Wanted! Solution for the pollution.
  • Daniek Hakkers (medical student): How to reduce waste in a large academic hospital; the UMCG project
  • Edita Jurak (biochemical engineer): First aid microbesutilizing natural machinery to convert operating room plastic waste
    Summary: While there is still a long way from being able to remove non-biodegradable plastic materials from hospital operating rooms due to strict hygiene requirements, d eveloping efficient, green conversion options by using microbes is a promising source of new technologies that can provide results within a short research timescale.
  • Jon Salt (consultant biobased and circular economy) & Wybren Kalsbeek (specialist Circular &biobased polymers) on Sustainable Plastics: on the way to green healthcare
    Summary: Take a dive into a variety of projects focussed on using biobased and recycled plastics to improve the sustainability of healthcare in the North of the Netherlands. From injection moudling and 3D printing with recycled hospital packaging waste, to alternative plastics as replacements for current materials, the possibilities are endless.

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.

Finally, you are convinced that your innovative product is ready. After months of testing, adapting and asking for feedback, you’re about to try your product first-time in-human or, after having successfully conducted human trials, launch your product to the market. Then you are confronted with the hurdle of passing the METC or legislative bodies, and you need to provide data you never thought of. Moreover, this is the first time you notice the full impact of some vague term from the past: MDR!

It sets you back months and, considering all unexpected costs mounting at your expense, it puts the whole launch at a business risk. If you recognize or fear such a situation, this booster is definitely for you! On 17 June, experts in the field of Medical Device Regulation or the Medical Ethical Review Committee and business people who experienced what MDR can do to your business share their experiences and recommendations. 

This HTRIC MDR Booster aims to make you aware of the MDR regulatory issues and how to turn this into a competitive advantage for your business. 

ZiuZ is a leading innovator in AI and computer vision for Health Care and Forensic applications. Their solutions ensure that patients receive the correct medications, support efficient and safe diagnosis of medical conditions and prevent the spread of child abuse online. ZiuZ’s customers are located in over 50 countries around the world and they work closely with universities and research institutes to develop novel technologies that solve socially relevant challenges.  

During this workshop, ZiuZ will reflect on the technical and entrepreneurial challenges the company faced over the past twenty years in growing ZiuZ from a startup to a market leader in computer vision for healthcare applications. ZiuZ’s founder, Gerrit Baarda, will share insights into how the company develops and launches novel products comprising a combination of algorithms, software and hardware – often successfully, but certainly not without failures along the way. Research Engineer Joost Calon will delve into the technology behind ZiuZ’s recent innovations and cut through some of the hype surrounding AI for healthcare to explore what we can and can’t expect from algorithms in the healthcare and medical imaging space. This informal workshop will take the form of a ‘fireside chat’ and leave plenty of room for questions from and knowledge sharing with participants.

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!


13:30-13:35 Introduction
13:35-13:55 The Big Picture
13:55-14:35 Research, design and education
14:35-14:45 Case ITM and Reducept.
How society can benefit from research; valorization and the protection of knowledge
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.

Innovation on the area of health technology, including the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), moves quickly and with high expectations. It offers opportunities to contribute to a high quality and affordable health care, but it also raises a lot of questions. A question such as which ideas and expectations people have of AI. Are these expectations too optimistic or too pessimistic?

How do our social and political values influence these expectations? And what does this mean for the development and implementation of AI and what can art mean in this?

To promote the development and implementation of trustworthy and human-focused AI, several ELSA (Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects) labs are 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 Northern Netherlands wants to contribute to the responsible development and implementation of AI in health care.

During the ELSA lab Innovation Booster, Dr. Mirjam Plantinga and Dr. Ritumbra Manuvrie will take you into the research that ELSA Lab Northern Netherlands is planning to do, to get more insight into these questions. Moreover, Dr. Judith van Elst will focus on the meaning of art in this process.

Finally, we will play a serious game in which the possibilities of the contribution of AI in health care will be explored in a playful way, and we will discuss the challenges of responsible development and implementation of AI in health care.


Break with refreshments


Plenary kick-off closing


Drinks & networking

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

There are limited seats available per audience. Please select which applies to you:

Which parallel session would you like to join? Please pick one:

Fully booked ! Sensing and monitoring: innovations transforming healthcare at hospitals and home
Fully booked ! Gezondheidstechnologie in de eigen leefomgeving

Which Innovation Booster would you like to join? Please pick one:

Fully booked ! Artificial Limbs (mechatronic design and control) 

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