Our podcast: Innovation Booster

Welcome to Innovation Booster, the HTRIC podcast about health technology for more healthy years of life. In this podcast we’ll talk about everything related to research and innovation in health technology with our host, dr. Ruth Koops van ’t Jagt. 

Episode One: Safe by Design

In this first episode we will discuss the importance of safety first in developing and designing health innovations. In which ways are health and medical innovations planned and developed taking into account safe implementation in public health or patient care? How do researchers and companies apply ‘safe-by-design’-principles in their business or research? And isn’t this safety first-principle a killer for creativity and innovation? We will talk about this topic with prof. dr. Hélder Santos from HTRIC, Jaco Westra from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and prof. dr. Max Witjes, oral maxillofacial surgeon and founder of the UMCG 3D Lab.

Episode Two: Sensing and Monitoring across the Health Journey

In this second episode we will learn everything about Sensing and monitoring across the health journey: which innovations do we see in smart sensors from head to toe and from prevention to care? How can we use smart sensing and monitoring technologies to make healthcare more sustainable? 

Do these technologies have the power to transform healthcare both in the hospital and home setting? Could sensor technology support us in a healthy lifestyle at work? And how can we learn from the whiskers of seals if we want to design smart wards in hospitals with intelligent infusion pumps or other fluid systems?   

We will talk about these topics with six very special guests with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. In the first part of this episode we will talk with Claudine Lamoth, (Professor of Movement Analysis & Smart technology in Aging and scientific Director of Sprint), Elisabeth Wilhelm, Assistant Professor in Control of Robotic Systems for Assistance and Rehabilitation, and Bart Verkerke Professor in BioMedical Product Development and technical-scientific Director of Sprint.  

In the second part of this episode we will talk with Ajay Kottapalli and dr. Amar Kamat, both researchers at the Engineering and Technology institute and co-founders of Sencilica, a health tech company based on their research. And we will talk with Natasha Maurits, Professor of Clinical Neuroengineering (SMOVE). 

Episode Three: New Generation of Bionic Legs

In The Netherlands, more than 3000 individuals are annually confronted with an amputation of their lower-limb. Lower-limb amputation has a large impact on the patients’ mobility, participation, and quality of life. Protheses are really important for these patients.

The Netherlands has roughly 10,000 lower limb prosthesis users, making it a really important topic for health technology. In this third episode of Innovation Booster, we will learn everything about the new generation of bionic legs: what are the patients' needs? What are the current clinical challenges? And which innovations do we see that literally support people with lower limb amputations?

We will talk about this topic with six very special guests with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. In the first part of this episode, we will talk with Jeroen Olsman, from OIM Orthopedics, Niels Jonkergouw, clinician at the Military Rehabilitation Centre 'Aardenburg and phd student at the UMCG, and Peter Slijkhuis from Ossur, a company in noninvasive orthopedics. In the second part of this episode we will talk with prof. dr. Raffaella Carloni, Associate professor and Director of the Robotics Laboratory at the University of Groningen, prof. dr. Han Houdijk, professor of Clinical Movement Sciences at the UMCG, and Charlotte Bosman, PhD candidate at the university medical centre Groningen.

Episode Four: Business Generator: Great Idea! Now what?

You have a great life science or medtech idea. But How do you proceed? Is there a need and a market for your invention? IP-protection, patenting are definetely not your cup of tea. Who can help? Strategy advice, more research and funding. Where do you start? Contract and licensing negotiations, legal issues. Who to turn to?

In this 4th episode of the Innovation Booster podcast, we will learn everything about the challenges and opportunities in bringing research to the market successfully. We talked about this topic with three special guests: Herman Groen, Business Developer Life Science MedTech at Business Generator Groningen, Maarten van Roosmalen, Technology Transfer Officer at Business Generator Groningen. Business Generator Groningen supports researchers of the University of Groningen and the UMCG in bringing their research to the market.

We started the episode by the example story of Nutte van Belzen. Nutte is the co-founder of CC Diagnostics, a company that was started based on a UMCG / RUG patent and that aims to market a superior method for diagnosing early stages of cervical cancer.

Episode Five: Using and protecting health data

Apps that track your sleep pattern, your heart rate and your exercise level and sedentary behaviour. In the app stores, over 320.000 health and wellness apps are available that people can download and use to track their health and health behaviours. But what if your GP asks you to share your strava Records or the heart rate data of your Smartwatch? What do these companies do with the personal health data that they collect?

What is the role of law and legislation when it comes to data that is collected with commercial health apps and wearables? In this 5th episode of the Innovation Booster podcast, we will learn everything about the role of law in protecting personal data generated by health apps and wearables. This episode is supported by dHealth, PCH Ecosystem and DASH (Data Science Centre in Health).

We will talk about this topic with four very special guests: we welcome Trix Mulder, who is a senior legal expert at the ministry of Public Health and very recently successfully defended her PhD thesis about this topic. We also welcome Theo Hooghiemstra, who is also working at the crossroads of data and law and is a member of the board of the foundation Medmij.  MedMij ensures that anyone who so wishes has access to their health data in a personal health environment of their choice. We also welcome Aline Klingenberg, who is an Associate Professor IT-law at the University of Groningen.

Finally, we will dive into a case study together with Michelle Luxwolda, Michelle is working as a science advisor At Chrono@work. In their research project Sleep in Sync, they aim to track sleep data to be able to support people’s healthy sleep behaviour.

Episode Six: Serious Gaming in Health

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 health-care environment, many challenges need to be overcome:  a serious approach is required from the start of the game development!

In today’s Innovation booster we will dive into the complex development process of Games for Health. We will discuss the importance of co-creation along the road from the exploration of the issue, via development to evaluation and implementation. What can we as professionals in health technology and e-health learn from serious game design? And why is a design-based approach essential to create effective health interventions?

From the theoretical underpinnings to the challenging reality of designing games that really work, we will explore the playfield of serious gaming for health with three very special guests: Professor Ivo Wenzler, Steven de Rooij and Jetse Goris, all three from NHL Stenden University.

In collaboration with ODE

One of the goals of HTRIC, the LIFE Cooperative and ODE is to encourage and support medical technology innovations from bench to bed. The ODE Open Diagnostics Ecosystem, is happy to help HTRIC to reach a wider audience with their interesting Innovation Boosters by this valuable podcast. In the LIFE Cooperative, 45 companies and startups from Life Sciences en MedTech in the Northern Netherlands work together in innovative projects from medicine and diagnostics to medical technology. The ODE Open Diagnostics Ecosystem offers access to a network of companies, knowledge institutions, healthcare partners and open innovation facilities that use their knowledge and abilities to develop new techniques for making medical diagnoses. The goal of ODE is to turn the Northern Netherlands into a global expert in the development of innovative diagnostics. Want to know more? Have a look at https://opendiagnostics.nl