PIHC Events

PIHC Matchmaking event

Within the Pioneers in Health Care (PIHC) Innovation Fund, the University of Twente, Saxion, Medisch Spectrum Twente, ZiekenhuisGroep Twente and Deventer Hospital together with Reggeborgh Medical have a mutual goal: faster introduction of innovative technology in clinical practice. The Pioneers in Healthcare Innovation Fund pioneers both by developing new technology for clinical problems, and by exploring the possibilities to use existing technology for new medical applications.

On Tuesday 19 September 2023, from 17:15-19:45, we will organize the PIHC Matchmaking event at the TechMed Centre. This year we will date live, giving researchers and clinicians the opportunity to find a partner to turn their idea into a PIHC2023 proposal. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking: we will prepare a ‘who is who booklet’, organize a speed date session, and ‘meet and eat’. Winners from PIHC vouchers of previous years will share their first results and show prototypes. They might share their tips to improve your chances of finding the right partner, write a great proposal, and win a voucher to start your collaboration. This event might not only result in inspirational new project proposals for the PIHC call 2023, but also in long-lasting collaborations, additional funding and clinical impact.


17.15 - 17.30 

Get your badge, a drink and a snack

17.30 - 17.35

Welcome by Jojanneke Schuiling-Jukes (PIHC)

17.35 - 17.55

Pitches by PIHC awardees 2021 and 2022

  • PIHC2022: AMILA - Angioplasty Multipurpose Intravenous Laser-Atherectomy Catheter, by Christoff Heunis (UT)
  • PIHC2021: WAIT&WORK: VR-supported e-care path in the waiting list for chronic pain, by Syl Slatman (UT)
  • PIHC2021: Virtual prepared: realistic preoperative education for bariatric surgery using Virtual Reality, by Maartje Hendriks (Saxion) and Marloes Bekhuis (Saxion)

17.55 - 18.05

Innovation, Implementation and Impact, by Meyke Roosink (UT)

18.05 - 18.15

Short break to get some drinks


Pitches for new ideas / Speeddating, 10 rounds of 2 min


Eating and meeting




Registration page for the Matchmaking event is now closed. As we had to give the final number of attendees to the catering service. If you would still like to attend send an email to pihc-fund@utwente.nl