Program Oct 31

Explore the TechMed Centre


  • 08.30 - 09.00: Registration and coffee

    We welcome you for day 2 of sharing knowledge, sharing experiences and networking with fellow healhcare robotics companies and entrepreneurs at The TechMed Cenrte at the campus of the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands).

  • 09.00 - 11.00: Plenary programme

    Welcome Stefano Stramigioli - President DIH-HERO

    Day 2 of the Brokerage Event will be opened by Stefano Stramigioli, with a short overview of the programme.

    Pitch your organization

    During this plenary session12 SME's stand up one by one and present themselves. Who are they, for which organization do they work, what can the company offer others and what are they looking for themselve? The pitchers will present this to all participants in just 2 minutes.

    More information about the pitch.

    Keynote: Innovation in Medical Robotics
    Cyrill von Tiesenhausen - Business Development Manager at KUKA Deutschland GmbH

    Presentation: The presentation will give an overview over current developments in Medical robotics in multiple application fields. We will see a broad range where robotics can be used already today, from diagnosis to radiation therapy, surgery, interventional procedures to rehabilitation and logistics. There will also be an outlook on what is the current focus in research institutes around the world that are developing new ideas using robotic devices.

    Biography: Cyrill von Tiesenhausen is a Business Development Manager for Medical Robotics at KUKA. He joined KUKA in 2011, in this time, he focused on robotic solutions in the medical field, especially for interventional and surgical procedures. This growing market consists of large companies that already have medical products as well as startups and universities. Together with these companies, he develops solutions that push the boundaries of medical applications with robotic technology. Cyrill received a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) from the Technical University Berlin on his research in navigation systems for maxillofacial surgery. Before working for KUKA, he was Product Manager for a software company that develops client-server solutions for radiologic data visualization.

    My organisation: KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around EUR 3.2 billion and around 14,200 employees. As a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions KUKA offers its customers everything from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their net-working in markets such as automotive, electronics, general industry, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare. The KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany.

    More information about KUKA Deutschland GmbH. 

    Keynote: The pitfalls and roller coaster road of a medical device entrepreneur.
    Amir Szold - Medical Director at Assia Medical Group

    Presentation: In the presentation I will discuss the pitfalls and roller coaster road of a medical device entrepeneaur.

    Biography: Amir Szold, MD, is a pioneer laparoscopic surgeon, trained in surgery in Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem and Mount Sinai Medical Center New York. In the late 90’s he was the founder and first president of the Israeli Society of Endoscopic Surgery, and was recently a Board Member, and the Technology Committee Chairman, European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, and Board Member, Israeli Society of Surgeons. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of iSMIT, and a member in the Technology Committee of SAGES.

    Dr. Szold is heavily involved in medical innovation. He is the Founder, advisor and board member in multiple medical device startup companies in Israel and Europe, covering fields of 3D vision, robotics, soft tissue replacements, surgical glues, laser technology, smart materials and laparoscopic devices.  He is also the Founder and Medical Director of Assia Medical Group in Tel Aviv, and the founder and current advisor of the Physicians for Human Rights volunteer clinic for illegal immigrants and refugees, Tel Aviv, Israel.

    My organisation: Assia Medical Group is a private practice dealing with interventional medicine in Tel Aviv, Istrael.

    More information about Assia Medical Group. 

    Pitch your organization

    We end this plenary session with pitches given by the participants themselves. 15 SME's stand up one by one and present themselves. Who are they, for which organization do they work, what can the company offer others and what are they looking for themselve? The pitchers will present this to all participants in just 2 minutes.

    More information about the pitch.

  • 11.00 - 16.30: Open programme (domain presentations, Matchmaking sessions)


    A lunch will be served around the  the Innovation Hub Experience Expo. The sharing disposable lunch is easy to eat and you can take this with you during the first sessions of the Innovation Hub presentations or when you're walking on the Experience Expo. For 90 minutes you have the possibilty to get you lunch. Fruit water is available at all times. 

    Innovation Hub Experience Expo

    The exhibition fair will take place during day 1 (2  – 5 pm) and day 2 (11 am – 4.30 pm). This will be the central location of the event. From here, participants can move to the open program with presentations and guided tours.  

    During the fair all 16 Innovation hubs can present their own hub and give their associate partner some space to use this as well. How can the SME’s benefit from the Innovation hubs and in which domain of robotics is the hub active? The goal is to connect the robotics network and the european end-users, which lead to cross-border relationships. 

    In addition to the 16 stands, TERRINet has a stand and SME's has the opportunity for a pre-scan of their proposal ideas to the DIH-HERO organization and get valuable feedback. 

    Speed dates & Matchmaking sessions

    Between the whole afternoon participants can arrange matchmaking sessions with other participants and/or with Innovation hubs an/or with the associate partners. In one big room there are spots created to come together 1 by 1, 2 by 2 or more persons. These meetings can be arranged on site during the event, or even before hand via the Network app (available for ios and android). 

    Need help? Come to the Innovation coaches and they can help you finding the person or organization who you are looking for.

    Starting a session? Take a seat on an available spot, indicate the required time and meet!

    More information about the matchmaking.

    5 Domain sessions:

    In the afternoon, participants can also visit one or more Robotics presentations. During these presentation (60 minutes in total) an expert will talk about his expertise within one of these domains. After the 20-30 minutes talk a moderator will lead a discussion with all participants. Questions can be asked, future ideas discussed, and more.. Open your mind during these specific presentations!

    Every domain presentation starts every 30 minutes after each other in 2 different rooms (if you only want to listen to the talk you can leave the room). Somethis there is an overlap of talks.  

    Room 1: Plenary room TL 2275 (200 persons)

    11.30 am - 0.30 pm: Robotics supporting healthcare - Birgit Graf
    2.00 pm - 3.00 pm: Diagnostic robotics - announced soon
    3.00 pm - 4.00 pm: Robotics supporting patients - Patrick Courtney

    Room 2: Auditorium TL 1133 (130 persons)

    2.30 pm - 3.30 pm: Rehabilitation robotics - Arno Stienen
    3.30 pm - 4.30 pm: Interventional robotics - Tamás Haidegger

  • 16.30 - 17.30: Wrap up and drinks

    Wrap up Stefano Stramigioli - President DIH-HERO

    A short review of the event. What have we all dicussed, by the keynote talks as well as during the innovation hub presentations? And what can we do with all this information?

    Drinks & Networking

    The event ends with some drinks. We hope you had a valuable and inspiring Brokerage Event. 

programme overview