UTTechMedFUOS23Expert symposium

Expert Symposium

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The Expert Symposium, a day-long gathering from 10:00 to 19:00 (including the Experience programme), uniting medical professionals, researchers, businesses, and diverse professionals and organizations. Together, we'll chart a visionary course for the future beneath our skin, harnessing cutting-edge medical technologies. This symposium cultivates dynamic idea exchange and meaningful connections among experts from various fields, all working towards enhancing lives through innovative skin-related applications. Emphasizing collaboration and co-creation, we envision a future where medical technologies drive progress and elevate quality of life. We eagerly await your insights and contributions on this transformative journey.

General information
  • Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
  • Time: 10.00 - 19.00 (until 15.00 Expert sessions)
  • Language: English
  • Location: TechMed Centre, Hallenweg 5 Enschede (on the campus of the University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5 Enschede, NL)
  • Format: Live & Digital (live stream available)

The Programme

Prepare for an enriching day featuring interactive discussions and engaging activities. Collaborate closely with fellow participants to delve into challenges within specific sub-themes and collectively brainstorm initial solutions, fostering an atmosphere of innovation. The heart of the day lies in parallel workshops, where collaboration and creativity flourish. Active participation enables idea sharing and harnesses collective expertise, paving the way for potential solutions. Our plenary program includes a guided tour, offering an immersive exploration of groundbreaking innovations and state-of-the-art laboratory spaces, showcasing the transformative power of visionary endeavours. Keynote lectures from esteemed thought leaders will ignite inspiration, sparking fresh ideas and imaginative thinking. The day also includes a dedicated matchmaking program, facilitating connections and potential collaborations across disciplines.

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Speakers & Moderator

Keynote lecture
Prof.dr. Samir Mitragotri - Harvard University

Professor Mitragotri’s research is focused on drug delivery. His research has advanced fundamental understanding of biological barriers and has led to the development of new materials as well as technologies for the treatment of various ailments including diabetes, cancer, skin diseases, multiple sclerosis, and infections, among others. Many of his inventions have advanced to clinical technologies. His research has led to a number of start-up companies. At the same time, the fundamental knowledge developed through his research has advanced the understanding of the biology of barriers in the human body. Prof. Mitragotri has pioneered novel technologies using ultrasound and ionic liquids to enable transdermal delivery of proteins, peptides, and siRNA. He has also developed novel technologies including ionic liquids for oral delivery of proteins such as insulin and other peptides. Prof. Mitragotri has invented systems that make use of synthetic carriers hitchhiking on natural cells such as red blood cells, macrophages, neutrophils, T cells, and NK cells for targeted delivery of drugs and cells.

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    Professor Mitragotri is the Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He has authored over 400 publications, is an inventor on over 225 issued/pending patents, and he has given over 500 invited lectures. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors. He is also an elected fellow of AAAS, CRS, BMES, AIMBE, and AA PS. He received BS in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, India and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Keynote lecture
Dr. Patrick Anquetil - CEO, Portal Instruments (USA)

Patrick is Portal Instruments' Chief Executive Officer. Patrick brings more than 18 years of experience leading high-tech bioengineering companies from the lab to the market place and building world-class teams. Prior to founding Portal Instruments, from 2009 to 2012, he was co-founder and director of strategic planning for SynapDx Corporation, where he had responsibility for development of the company's business and operational plans as well as securing Series A funding. SynapDx went on to rais

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    Patrick began his career as a science and nanotechnology equity research analyst at Susquehanna International Group, authoring and marketing industry and equity research reports to hedge funds and portfolio managers. Patrick holds a doctorate in BioInstrumentation from MIT, an MBA from Harvard University, and a master's degree from the ETH in Zurich and the University of Tokyo. His scientific work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as mainstream media, including MIT Technology Review, Wired Magazine, PBS, and CNBC among others.

Diederik Jekel - Science journalist 

Diederik Jekel explains the field of beta sciences in an unparalleled manner through radio, television, the internet, and a book. He earned his master's degree in Solid State Physics in 2010 and briefly conducted research at the University of Twente. In October 2010, he had the opportunity to discuss science on the show "De Wereld Draait Door," and since then, he has been a full-time science journalist. He delivers presentations on science and communication to children, adults, industry professionals, scientists, and managers.

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    During his studies, he was extensively involved in popularizing science, including giving guest lectures and workshops to students ranging from elementary school to the sixth year of pre-university education (vwo). He also created scientific theatrical performances, provided tutoring, and engaged in various other activities. In late 2010, Diederik made his first appearance on "De Wereld Draait Door" to discuss the Nobel Prizes. Since then, he has produced and hosted multiple television programs, including "Met de Kennis van Nu," "RTL Boulevard," "Professor Nicolai & Dokter Beckand," "Een Goed Stel Hersens," "Willem Wever," and "De Nationale Wetenschapsquiz Junior." He has made numerous appearances on radio and television, explaining science to a wide range of audiences.

    In addition to his work on TV, radio, and the internet, he has authored a book and delivered dozens of presentations, often giving scientific lectures to a broad audience. Due to his experience in simplifying complex subjects for a wide audience, he is frequently sought after to provide communication training. This includes media training for doctoral candidates and tips on how to better explain their fields. With a background in academia and experience in the media industry, he offers valuable insights into the needs of both worlds. He has also served as a moderator at multiple conferences with diverse backgrounds, such as psychology, engineering, physics, and management conferences.

    His presentation style is often relaxed, informal, and highly tailored to the specific audience and their backgrounds. In addition to addressing numerous serious topics, he also presents in more relaxed settings, such as in a science quiz. In summary, Diederik Jekel is a versatile speaker, moderator, and presenter who can conduct workshops for small groups as well as address a television audience of millions.