Innovation Boosters:

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After a successful Innovation Booster series this spring and the “We are HTRIC” kick-off, we wish to keep the energy going towards new collaborations and innovations in health technology. Therefore, HTRIC is organising a new series of Innovation Boosters. In the upcoming academic year, some Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings will be all about the Innovation Boosters. The same concept, but even better! You are welcome to join the Boosters at the Innovation Center Chemistry & Engineering (Blauwborgje 31, 9747 AW Groningen). Currently, we are working on the details of every booster, and we are excited to share the first few dates with you! 

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Curious about the past Innovation Boosters? Check out the previous programme right here. Or listen to our podcast, one from each Innovation Booster!

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The path to success: funding opportunities and start-up support

Although you might have a great idea, it’s sometimes difficult to find funding and support opportunities, right? Why not ask some experts how THEY can support you and how YOU can find them? Lisan Assen and Deepak Veeregowda can help you navigate your way. Moreover, what happens after you get funding? One possible outcome could be funding a start-up, so we invited two founders to speak about their success story.

Speakers: Lisan AssenProject Manager at UMCG Research BV, Deepak H. Veeregowda – Innovation Consultant at RuG Ventures and Global Head at Ducom Instruments, Reinier Hakvoort & David de Jong  – Co-founders of DA-RE Health Innovation en ARNA


  1. Subsidy Opportunities – This presentation will provide you with insight into financing options for your project. The focus will be on research and business funding opportunities for all TRL levels. So if you are interested in finding good funding opportunities for your Medtech project, you should join this innovation booster. There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss your project.
  2. Capabilities of VentureLab en RuG Ventures to support ideators – Understanding why startups fail is an important learning towards successful entrepreneurship. In this regard, how to be critical about product-market fit and customer journey mapping, and how to capture this in your marketing and sales strategy to achieve your targeted revenue.
  3. DA-RE Health Innovation & ARNA – You’ve got a brilliant idea and have already read all the books about start-ups, but what’s next? Reinier Hakvoort and David de Jong from DA-RE Health Innovation will take you on their journey about how they started innovating as employees within an existing healthcare organisation. They will tell you how they became successful entrepreneurs despite working in the shadow of a flourishing organisation. Learn from their mistakes and obtain practical tips to ensure you can begin your start-up journey fully motivated.

Speak from experience: New start-up companies on health technology 

In the first innovation booster, we introduced one start-up, but luckily there are more success stories around us! For this booster, we invited Romana Schirhagl, Patrick van Rijn and Alessandro Grillini to talk about their experience from academia to becoming founder/co-founder of a start-up on Medtech. What are the hurdles, and what can be improved? What worked well?

As usual, there will be plenty of time for networking and asking questions to them!

Speakers: (1) Romana Schirhagl – Founder of Diamond Visions, (2) Patrick van Rijn – CSO & Founder of BiomACS, (3) Alessandro Grillini – Founder & Managing Director of Reperio B.V.


  1. Diamond Visions – In this presentation, I will introduce our new startup company, Diamond Visions. I will further share how Diamond Visions emerged from my research group, what hurdles we have faced so far, how we dealt with them and what diamond visions we have for the future.
  2. BiomACS – How do you get from a research idea to a company utilizing the outcomes of results coming out of that research? In this presentation, I will discuss how a fundamental research question led to a new technology on which BiomACS B.V. is founded.
  3. Reperio – I will tell about my experience as a solo-founder of Reperio and the journey of translating scientific research into a viable business. In my presentation, I will share challenges, tips & tricks, and some reality checks on what it means to transition from academia into a full-time startup owner.


Within the field of rehabilitation, many technological innovations, both high-tech and low-tech, appear in literature, online and at fairs. Some of these become successful commercially and clinically; other innovations remain within the field of research or disappear entirely. In this Innovation booster, we will present examples of arm rehabilitation and wheelchairs and put them in perspective.

Moderator: Juha Hijmans – Associate Professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Speakers: prof. Corry van der Sluis, Samantha Rozevink, Riemer Vegter & Jasper den Boer.


  1. Upper-limb rehab: prof. Corry van der Sluis – Rehabilitation physician Department of Rehabilitation Medicine & Samantha Rozevink – PhD-student Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  2. Wheelchairs: Riemer Vegter – Assistant Professor Department of Human Movement Sciences & Jasper den Boer – Senior business developer, Lode Holding.

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