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  • 08:00

    CxO breakfast meeting: for CEOs, CFOs, COOs and CBOs active in the life sciences sector

    Presentation Saskia van den Muijsenberg Director, founder, Certified Biomimicry Professional at biomimicryNL: ´How can biomimicry contribute to the innovation of products and organizational processes in Life Sciences?’

    Limited places are available and only to MT members from (R&D) life sciences companies who are attending the conference.

  • 08:00

    Investors forum part 1 - breakfast session -

    The investors forum is an exciting opportunity for those companies looking for equity capital and/or partnerships with companies and institutes across the life sciences value chain, from biotech, med tech and pharma companies to financiers and universities. The forum offers excellent opportunities for presenting your company or university to all major Dutch life sciences investors and discuss your business strategy, technology direction and capital-raising plan.

  • 08:45

    Exhibition and Startup corner

    Present your company, products, technology or service. Open from 08:45 till 18:30 hours.

  • 09:30

    Plenary morning programme

    Hosted by Leiden Bio Science Park

  • 10:45


    Time for networking and to visit the exhibition and startup corner.

  • 11:15

    Parallel morning sessions

    Biomedical imaging – impact for patients

    Hosted by Leiden Bio Science Park

    Presentations by:
    Dr. Marleen de Bruijne, Associate Professor Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam
    Prof. Freek Beekman, CEO MILabs B.V.
    • Hans Reiber, Prof. of Medical Imaging, CSO at Medis Medical

    From R&D to commercialization

    Hosted by QAD

    Presentations by:
    Michael Kolias MBA, Director QAD
    Bart van Zijll Langhout PhD, VP, Strategic Alliances EMEA & Janssen the Netherlands Campus Lead
    Nigel Stapleton, International Business Developer HALIX B.V.

    Personalized healthcare in oncology

    Hosted by PwC

    Presentations by:
    • Thomas Solbach, Partner PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH
    • Wim Timens, Prof. and Chairman Dept. Pathology and Medical Biology - University Medical Center Groningen / Board Dutch Society of Pathology
    • Ronald Plasterk, Founder & CEO Frame Therapeutics

    Advanced breakthrough therapies, from idea to patient!

    Hosted by Quality by Design

    Presentations by:
    • Bart van Acker, Founder/Managing Director Quality by Design
    • Jan Schrooten, Co-Founder & CEO Antleron
    • Ingrid Maes, Managing Director & Co-founder Inovigate
    • Hans de Munter, CEO Neuroplast

  • 12:30


    Time for networking and to visit the exhibition and startup corner.

  • 13:30

    Parallel afternoon sessions

    IPO, M&A - the do´s and don´ts

    Hosted by SkylineDx

    Presentations by:
    • Markwin Velders PhD., VP Operations & Managing Director Kite Pharma EU B.V.
    • Erik Manting PhD, CEO DCprime
    • Daniel de Boer, CEO ProQR Therapeutics

    Cannabis applied in pharma and food - latest developments

    Hosted by Axon Lawyers

    Presentations by:
    • Tjalling Erkelens, CEO Bedrocan
    • Iris Freie, Secretary Cannabinoiden Adviesbureau Nederland (CAN)
    • Karin Verzijden, Attorney at Law at Axon Lawyers

    Digitization - accelerating change in healthcare

    Hosted by Orikami

    Presentations by:
    Charles Smeets, Innovator | Founder Urbancooker
    Yosef Safi Harb, Founder Happitech
    Sonja Cloosterman PhD, Principal Consultant Personalized Health Care Orikami

  • 14:45


    Time for networking and to visit the exhibition and startup corner.

  • 15:30

    Closing plenary programme

    Wrap up parallel sessions

    • Announcement winner ´Progress Investors Forum prize´

      The winner of the Investors Forum will be awarded a partnering ticket, national or international, by Progress PME and Progress EXS with a total value of EUR 2,500 and will present their pitch.

    • Celebration ceremony ´25 years Mibiton´

      Already since 1994 the Mibiton Foundation invests in Life Sciences equipment and facilities enabling Dutch SME’s to accelerate their commercial activities. Examples of investments include analytical equipment, first series of medical devices, clean rooms and agro-food production facilities. During the session we will highlight our 25th anniversary.

    • Dr. André Kuipers, Astronaut and Ambassador of Earth

      ´Technology, innovation and medical aspects in space travel´

      Being a physician André Kuipers was inspired by the idea of helping humanity to be able to continue its ever growing space travel aspirations. The way in which the human body adapts to the conditions in space has always been intriguing for him. In the field of aerospace medicine André Kuipers was involved in a wide variety of research projects. During his space missions he conducted various medical experiments, in which he himself was the test subject most of the time. From his own experience he tells about the effects of acceleration forces and zero-gravity on the human body. Moreover, the medical aspects of being on board the ISS are discussed: the gym, the defibrillator, psychological issues and radiation as well as the system for air, food and water which are put in place to make life in space possible.

  • 17:00


    Hosted by Mibiton

    Drinks, bites and networking.
    Exhibition and startup corner open.

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