Personalised Implants ends: closing event on 22 November 2023

Closing event Personalised Implants ecosystem

11 November 2023

The PI-ecosystem comes to an end in 2023, after a 4-year period. Join us in this event, co-hosted with HTRIC!

We are excited to announce about the Personalised Implants Ecosystem closing event on 22nd November from 15:00 to 17:00. The location is the Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, 9712 GC Groningen

The 4-years open innovation ecosystem Personalised Implants was initiated to deliver patient-specific solutions through the joint expertise of its multidisciplinary partners in optimization of materials, production and processes for implant design and manufacturing. The program started in 2019 with subsidy made available by Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN), the Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat en het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling (EFRO), with further support from the Province of Groningen and the Municipality of Groningen.

Partners of the ecosystem are the companies Polyvation, Witec Fijn Mechanics, Biomacs, Bether Encapsulates, Smart Polymers, VDL Wientjes, Elbo Technics, Innovizie, EV Biotech and H&P Moulding.

From the UMCG, the departments involved are: the 3D Lab and Oral and Maxillofacial surgery (Group Prof. Max Witjes and Dr. Joep Kraeima), Traumasurgery (Group Dr. Frank Ijpma), Biomedical Engineering (Group Dr. Patrick van Rijn) and Medical Biology (Group Prof. Marco Harmsen).The Biofabrication group of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (Group Dr. Gosia Wlodarczyk-Biegun ) has joined from the University of Groningen together with the Hanzehogeschool of Applied Sciences, Kenniscentrum Biobased Economy with the group of Dr. Jeroen Siebring.

Information on the projects are available at this link.

To register, please visit this page : Book your HTRIC Event | 2023 – HTRIC

What to Expect:

Insights: Explore outcomes from five innovation projects funded through our 4-year program, featuring concise 10-minute presentations.

Discussion: Engage in an open discussion session to share thoughts and ideas on the future of MedTech in the region and beyond.

Wrap-up: Discover new MedTech initiatives, followed by closing remarks.


14:45  Walking in

15:00 Introduction by Elena Merlo, UMCG Innovation Center

15:15  Project 1 Optimization personalised implants in de fast-track production lane, by Joep Kraeima, UMCG Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery & 3D Lab

15:30 Project 2 Three-dimensional virtual surgical planning and patient-specific osteosynthesis with drilling guides for pelvic fracture surgery, by Frank IJpma, UMCG Trauma Surgery

15:45 Project 3 Personalized triggered release of antimicrobials from implant surfaces, by Patrick van Rijn, UMCG Biomedical Engineering

16:00 Project 4 Personalized Resorbable Osteosynthetic Fixation Devices Through Rapid Manufacturing, by Jan van Opzeeland, Smartpolymers

16:15  Project 5 More Science than Fiction: growing spare parts ex vivo, by Jeroen Siebring, Knowledge Centre Biobased Economy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences

16:30: Open Discussion, led by Jan-Willem Veldsink, UMCG Innovation Center

  • The value of partnerships: the lessons learnt from the PI-ecosystem
  • What is next: New initiatives

17:00: Networking & Drinks


Join us as we celebrate the progress and future of personalised healthcare solutions!