17 December 2011
What will the future of Healthcare look like? On December 16th, LifeTechLimburg tried to answer this question on their yearly symposium ZorgIdee 2011. New trends, future challenges and opportunities of healthcare innovations were discussed. Moreover, minister Jo Vandeurzen and governor Herman Reynders handed the ZorgIdee Award 2011 to the White Yellow Cross Flanders’ Telethuis®-project.
Distant telemonitoring of patients
The White-Yellow Cross Flanders received the ZorgIdee Award 2011. Their Telethuis®-project carries out research in search for the potential of telemonitoring in patients needing controlled blood pressure measurements. Concrete: the caregiver is able to monitor his patient, who is at home at that moment, from a distant location. This project convinced the jury “because the newest technologies are efficiently incorporated in a homecare environment”.
New healthcare technologies with an enormous impact
ZorgIdee focuses on innovative projects in the healthcare sector. And that is priceless, says Flemish minister Jo Vandeurzen: "ZorgIdee is an important initiative considering the enormous impact new technologies will have in the future of healthcare. That is why, today, different government policies already invest in promising innovations within this sector."
Piet Stinissen, chairman of LifeTechLimburg, ads: “Limburg has the potential to play an important role for what new healthcare technologies concerns. This is illustrated by a few specific examples that were presented at ZorgIdee 2011.” One of these was ReSkin: a new and innovative bandage that can prevent exudation wounds in bed bound patients. ReSkin saves a lot of time for nurses and provides a lot more comfort for the patient than standard bandages. Only recently, the new ReSkin Silicone Skin Technology was selected as a demonstration project for Flanders’ Care.
13 December 2011
On the 13th December, 6 international opinion and decision makers visited LifeTechLimburg in the framework of the Flanders’ Inspires international visitors programme, which is an initiative of Minister-president Kris Peeters. With this programme, the Flemish government invites foreign guests to follow an intensive programmeto get in touch with Flanders’ spearhead activities. This programme was focused on Flanders’ care and innovation in healthcare. .
The purpose of this personalized programme is to present the opportunities/strengths of Flanders to these international guests. Hopefully, this will lead to a qualitative international collaboration. At the opening of the programme in Brussels Minister-President Kris Peeters said the following: “By embarking on this path of public diplomacy, Flanders clearly opts for a dialogue with international opinion makers, such as yourselves. The next five days will be an excellent opportunity to visit and to learn more about Flanders in a unique way. Apart from offering an in depth understanding of how Flanders operates, the programme aims to install a mutual exchange of ideas and opinions. I hope this program will provide a productive base for future cooperation projects.”
The programme started in 2010 with a focus on Education & culture, Technology & foreign policy and creative industry & green energy. In December 2011 the focus of the programme was Innovation and entrepreneurship in Health Care in Flanders. The six international guests for this theme came from South Africa, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Latvia and United Kingdom.
During this week (12-16 December) the guests visited several organizations active in biotechnology, pharmaceutics and healthcare. Also LifeTechLimburg was invited to receive the guests and give them some insight into the Limburg Life Sciences, and the role of LTL in this life sciences development. The meeting focused on care technology. The White-Yellow Cross Limburg (a home-nursing organization) introduced their new telemonitoring technology in home health care. Telethuis and the Limburg Development Agency elaborated on their involvement in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion project ‘Future proof for cure and care’.
24 November 2011
On the 24th of November LifeTechLimburg, together with Flandersbio, LifetecZone and LifetechAachen-Jülich, organized the second open innovation workshop of the Euregional pact II – the Euregional platform for research and development of innovative therapeutic biologicals for advancing cancer treatment, in the Limburghal in Genk. During this workshop representatives biotech industry and universities discussed possible collaborations in the field of oncology.
Partner universities presented their emerging cutting-edge technologies and expertise in the oncology field and several biotech companies like Pronota and arGEN-X, elaborated on their oncology related innovative therapies and technologies. Furthermore, success stories of collaborations between universities and biotech companies were highlighted.www.euregionalpact.eu
11 October 2011
Together with its cross borders partners, LifeTechLimburg and Hasselt University organized an Interregio Technology on October 5th. Theme of this network meeting was ‘Internationalization in life sciences. Since the Limburg life sciences are relatively young and many biotech companies are still in the R&D phase, it seems that going international is not at issue in this sector. The successful examples of internationalization that LifeTechLimburg presented during this meeting, however prove the contrary
More than 100 participants coming from industry, academia and hospitals were presented an interesting mix of presentations, success stories from companies, short pitches. And off course plenty of networking opportunities.
Link to presentations