Scientific Director of the Technical Medical Centre, Prof Dr Nico Verdonschot has been appointed as Scientific Director of MedTechNL. With this appointment, Nico will step down as Scientific Director of the TechMed Centre, which he has headed for the past four years.
MedTechNL is a national consortium of more than 250 partners working on an ambitious national plan for medical technology. This broadly supported programme (BGP) of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for Key Enabling Technologies of the Top Sector High Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM) focuses on improving the quality, staffability and affordability of health and care in the Netherlands. Recently, a Growth Fund application was submitted focusing on prevention and early diagnosis, treatment within a hospital with a minimum damage burden, and monitoring and treating patients in their own living environment.
Having Nico Verdonschot lead this national programme is a great opportunity for the TechMed Centre and the UT to be well connected to this national programme. It offers an enormous network of partners with whom the UT also collaborates or could collaborate in the future. For example, MedTechNL currently involves the Dutch UMCs, three technical universities (TuD, TU/e and UT), the Dutch universities of applied sciences, TNO, the Top Sectors LSH and HSTM, the eight regional development agencies, NWO, ZonMw, IMDI, EZK, Philips, FME and a significant number of companies (large and small). There is also a strong interaction with policymakers such as VWS, National Health Care Institute, Dutch Healthcare Authority and patient associations.
Vinod Subramaniam, President of the UT Executive Board, said the following on behalf of the Executive Board about Nico's departure: "Of course, it's always a pity to see someone leave with such a track record as Nico. He has meant a lot to the UT and to the development of the TechMed Centre. We are also proud that someone of his calibre, coming from the UT, will be leading such a national programme. We are committed to maintaining good mutual connections and to remaining part of each other's network. This also offers the UT great opportunities for relevant cooperation with industry and social parties.”
The Executive Board wishes Nico every success in his new position. The procedure for finding a new scientific director for the TechMed Centre will be initiated in the short term.