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Nico Van Tichelen

co-Founder & Managing Director, Palatine

Nico Van Tichelen is co-founder and managing director of Palatine BV, a life science consultancy company with a focus to accelerate Belgian medtech start-ups.

Palatine supports start-up management teams to formulate financial and business plans, streamline research and development activities, strategize and execute their funding, regulatory and quality activities.

Previously he founded VIPUN Medical, a KU Leuven medtech spin-off which develops a smart Gastric Monitoring System, and guided VIPUN from incorporation to clinical-stage company.

Nico built experience in leading medtech development, sales and marketing teams at Abbott Labs and has a keen eye for synergies and co-operation between start-up and large scale life science manufacturers.

He holds a M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from Antwerp University.


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.