Supported by the Government of Flanders, MEDVIA is one of the official ‘spearhead clusters’ of Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. “MEDVIA allows compagnies to connect at the intersection of medical technologies, biotech and healthcare institutions,” Ann continues. “That way, we keep moving the industry forward and ensuring it remains competitive on a global scale.”
The ‘Yes, together we can’ attitude at MEDVIA
“Together, we can:
“Supporting innovation for better healthcare: that’s what MEDVIA is all about,” says Ann. “By encouraging unique advances in healthcare and financially supporting collaborations between companies, hospitals, knowledge centers, universities and healthcare institutions, we stimulate the competitiveness of Flanders-based companies. Developing innovations is one thing, but collaboration and cooperation with the healthcare industry is just as important.
“This leads to several unique forward-looking projects,” Ann adds. “Take Aiplant for instance, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze 3D images of the jaw to suggest optimal implant approach and surgery planning. It is a collaboration of startup Relu, University Hospital UZ Leuven and private practice Xentro Dental. Another example: medtech expert FEops, University Hospital UZ Leuven and the Oost-Limburg hospital are working together to give surgeons faster access to preoperative simulations of the interaction between the heart and an implant.”
Developing innovations is one thing, but collaboration and cooperation with the healthcare industry is just as important.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, that much is certain. Ann: “As an umbrella hub in the field of medical biotech and digital technology, we are breaking down existing silos and fostering the interactions necessary to counter blind spots. That’s why we are constantly uniting the necessary know-how, talent and infrastructure.
“In addition, internationalization is vital, for both our members and for Flanders’ entire healthtech ecosystem,” Ann adds. “We help companies build their global market by untangling the red tape and regulations. MEDVIA is also a founding member of Medic Nest, the European alliance of healthtech clusters. In tandem with Flanders Investment & Trade, we also help attract foreign companies, investors and talent to strengthen Flanders’ life sciences & health ecosystem and vice versa.”
It's our ambition to address the challenges of our members and support them with tailored services through a collaborative approach.
Flanders is home to a very strong healthcare system, and the development of technological innovations is firmly embedded in its ecosystem. Ann: “MEDVIA really builds on the strengths of Flanders’ ecosystem, helping its members to bring innovations to patients faster, better and more efficiently. Together with Flanders Investment & Trade, we are developing a strategic roadmap so that we can structurally engage the strengths of Flanders and can become one of Europe’s leading ecosystems for healthcare.”
In addition to benefiting the wellbeing of individuals and society, the innovative projects enabled by MEDVIA mostly aim to strengthen the entire health industry. “We don’t just innovate for the sake of innovation,” Ann concludes. “Our goal is clear: we want all patients in Belgium and abroad to have quick and efficient access to the latest healthcare solutions developed in Flanders.”
MEDVIA members in the spotlight