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.

Episode Seven: Medical Device Regulation

Do you have a bright idea and are stepping into the field of entrepreneurship and medical devices? Besides what a normal entrepreneur does, as finding customers, searching for money, making the first prototype, you will find additional challenges in the medical field. Like finalizing the MDR certification process. What does Medical Device Regulation mean in the MedTech segment? Which hurdles do you need to pass and how can we help you?

For entrepreneurs in Med Tech, those steps are doable, and we would like to explain you, during this Innovation Booster Podcast: how you can make small steps, to make a giant leap.

In this seventh episode of the Innovation Booster Podcast, we would like to make you aware of the MDR regulatory issues. And instead of viewing it as a pain in the ass hurdle, we aim to inspire you to turn this into a competitive advantage for your Business. We will dive into this very important topic with three experts in the field of Medical Device Regulation and the Medical Ethical Review Committee. First, we welcome Jelmer Sjollema, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the UMCG and member of the METC). Secondly, we will welcome Ilona Brouwer. Ilona is a true expert in the development and implementation of medical devices and medical technology, and is are working as an Innovation Consultant at the UMCG Innovation Centre. Thirdly, we welcome Jan-Willem Veldsink, who is working as a Business Developer at the UMCG Innovation Centre.

Episode Eight: AI & Imaging

Are you ready for some Artificial Intelligence and Imaging? In this eighth episode of the Innovation Booster Podcast, you will learn everything about the role of AI in medical imaging. In this episode, professor Tina Kretschmer is stepping in as a host. She will talk to three guests about the next steps in medical imaging. The first guest is Peter van Ooijen, who is a computer scientist at the radiation oncology department of the UMCG and who is also the coordinator of the Machine Learning Lab of DASH (DATA Science Centre in Health).

The second guest of this episode is Hendrik Erensteijn. Hendrik is working as a lecturer at Hanze university of applied sciences and is a true expert in radiation safety and radiology. Thirdly, we welcome Simon Dalmolen who is a lead architect and senior scientist in data sharing and data ecosystems at TNO. We will learn how Artificial Intelligence can have a significant impact on the lives of patients and how we will build bridges from science to application.

Episode Nine: Technology in the Operation Room

From Robotic systems that help surgeons perform complex operations to the newest organ preservation solutions. We see a rapid increase in technology and robotics in the Operation Room. In this ninth episode of the Innovation Booster Podcast, we will explore the development and implementation of technology in the Operation Room.

We will learn everything about how smart technology and robotics can make a huge difference for both health professionals and patients. What are the newest developments when it comes to tech in the Operation Room? Is this giant leap towards embracing complex, high-tech systems innovative, or are we being bombarded with technical solutions searching for clinical problems? And how do we ensure that these technologies really fit the needs of surgeons and patients? Which human factors do you have to take into account when developing state-of-the-art surgical tools?

We will dive into this very interesting theme with three very special guests with a variety of backgrounds. First, we welcome Christoff Heunis from Flux Robotics. He will learn us everything about how we can integrate magnetic robots in the OR in order to Empower surgeons through magnetic robots.

Secondly, we will welcome professor Henri Leuvenink from the UMCG. Henri Leuvenink will share the story about The development of the Groningen Preservation Machine to illustrate why Northern inventions fueled worldwide changes in the OR.

And thirdly, we will talk to Elisabeth Wilhelm, Assistant Professor in Control of Robotic Systems for Assistance and Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Groningen.

Episode Ten: The Future of Medical Isotopes

Although we are used to stressing the dangers and discomfort of radioactivity, the application in diagnostics and medicine can be really useful. In this episode of the Innovation Booster Podcast, we are going to discuss the future of medical radio-isotopes in the North, from production to application. What are the current applications of radioactivity, and what are the next steps? And how do you ensure a safe environment for everyone involved in the production and application of medical isotopes?

We will explore this important field of health technology with two very special guests. Firstly, we welcome Walter Noordzij, Nuclear Medicine Physician at the University Medical Centre. Secondly, we welcome Harrie Buurlage (who is the general medicine of the European SHINE Medical – Director Europe). Shine develops and produces medical isotopes for diagnostics and treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

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