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Benjamin Mertens

Co-Founder & CEO, Lys Medical

Benjamin Mertens graduated as a civil engineer in biomedical engineering from the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2007. Following his studies, he gained international experience at IBA in Louvain-la-Neuve. Subsequent to this valuable experience, he pursued a doctoral thesis at the Université libre de Bruxelles, successfully completing it in 2014. Concurrently with his doctoral research, he enhanced his skills through an executive master’s program in management at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

Currently, Benjamin serves as the co-founder and CEO of Lys Medical, a spin-off of ULB dedicated to developing solutions for lung cancer diagnosis through endoscopic procedures. The company has already obtained several CE markings and implemented its solution in multiple hospitals across Europe.

He has successfully raised over 3 million euros in private capital and secured more than 4 million euros in subsidies and other financial assistance. Benjamin leads a multidisciplinary team of approximately 10 individuals.

On a personal note, he is a father of three children and has a keen interest in sports, aviation, and space exploration.


Exploitation of innovation from academia

Location Einstein ABC Room Start / end time 9:30 am to 9:50 am

With the quality of Belgium academic research groups, there is no wonder very innovative start ups found their origin as spin offs of universities.

Through this panel session, we will see some examples of how academic research can lead to practical applications in the field thanks to the intervention of two entrepreneurs and technology transfer office representatives of two universities.

Together, we will reflect on how to further encourage and accelerate the emergence of innovative spin offs and how to best support them at a very early stage, when it comes to IP protection, financing or defining the business case.