Spin-off day: health(y) entrepreneurship

An initiative and organisation of Leuven.Inc, KU Leuven R&D and Flanders Smart Hub.
In collaboration with The Leuven Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) and Leuven Medical Technology Center (L-MTC).

Within the healthcare domain there is a strong need for innovation and high tech solutions. These technological innovations can provide an answer to new problems associated with the ageing population and the growing number of people with chronic diseases.
A challenge for health(y) entrepreneurship!

Did you ever dream of turning your promising healthcare technology into business?

During this event we will focus on the essentials of starting a spin-off in healthcare technology. Questions such as ‘who are your first contacts, how to proceed and how to write your business plan, are healthcare professionals even willing to apply new technologies and what are the critical steps and key ingredients for success?’ will be discussed.

Target Group

This unique event targets all masters, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group and the Biomedical Science Group, entrepreneurs and everyone who wants to start up a medical high tech business.
We offer the opportunity to meet ‘likeminded’ people and learn from the experience of experts in the field.

Practical aspects

Date: Thursday 6 November 2014
Location: Thermotechnisch Instituut, Kasteelpark Arenberg 41, 3001 Heverlee


13h30: Welcome coffee
14h00: Introduction by organizers
14h15: Industrial perspective of entrepreneurship in healthcare
Hans Hofstraat, Vice President, Philips
14h45: The healthcare sector dealing with innovations and new technological solutions
Guido Van Oevelen, Chairman, Emmaüs
15h15: Starting a spin-off: the critical steps and key ingredients
Rudi Cuyvers, Innovation Manager, KU Leuven R&D
15h45: Q&A
15h50: Cases: LifeTech spin-offs
Herman Verrelst, CEO, Cartagenia
Jurgen Jacobs, CEO, Qaelum
Tim van Cleynenbreugel, Medical Business Unit Manager, LayerWise
16h35: Coffee break
17h00: Investing in the healthcare sector
Frank Bulens, Partner, Capricorn Venture Partners
17h30: Navigating the regulatory landscape for healthcare product development: key principles and best practices
mer Saka, Partner, Deloitte
18h00: Q&A
18h10: Cases: LifeTech spin-offs
Dirk Antonissen, CEO, ISW Limits
Dirk Loeckx, CEO, IcoMetrix
Bert Paepen, Founder, Pyxima
19h00: Networking reception

Participation fee

  • Free: all KU Leuven associate master students, PhD students, post-docs, researchers, IOF Industrial Research Managers and professors.
  • 50 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc, other academic representatives
  • 90 euro (excl. VAT): other industrial representatives

Registration is mandatory


Registrations before Thursday 23 October 2014 preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.

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