The topic of the SMB-meeting today was startups and startup communities. Nijmegen is strong in science for healthcare in areas like drug discovery and digital health. However, science alone is not sufficient to create an impact. Which is the core value for Radboudumc: To have a significant impact on healthcare. To kick off this event Mark Janssen from the board of Radboudumc provided a short introduction on the vision of Radboudumc towards the combination of science and entrepreneurship and will stress the importance of this combination.
In the next part of the SMB-meeting Nico Karsemeijer gave an interesting presentation about Screenpoint and their innovation to detect breast cancer in an early stage. Screenpoint is now a leading AI company but was once a startup originating from Radboudumc. They focus on improving breast cancer survival rates by detecting cancers earlier and making treatment more effective and less invasive.
After Screenpoint Sven the Cleijn from imec.istart informed us on the accelerator program they run in Belgium. Imec is the worldleading R&D and Innovation Hub in Nanoelectronics and Digital Technologies. Sven explained how imec will bring this program to the Nijmegen region. They are more than welcome as we think this program is precisely the kind of program we need in a complex sector like healthcare.
Corne van den Kieboom from XHeal Diagnostics was next up. This startup, that also originated from Radboudumc. Xheal Diagnostics has developed the Modular Breath Sampler. A non-invasive sampling device to sample the lower respiratory tract.
After the presentations given by the innovative companies, the final presentation was from Joram Sjoerts, director of the knowledge transfer office who will present about the role Radboudumc wants to play in the stimulation and creation of health startups.
Below you find the recording of the meeting: