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Tom Braekeleirs

Advisor, Podcaster, Speaker, Lecturer and Columnist , NEXXTT.HEALTH

Tom Braekeleirs is a former corporate executive who became an entrepreneur and an innovation leader in digital health. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, working for companies like EDS-AT Kearney, Navision and Microsoft. In 2015, he switched careers to lead the BlueHealth Innovation Center, a not-for-profit that supported digitalization in healthcare through the coaching of health-tech startups. Mid 2023, this organization became part of imec, after which Tom became a professor at Ghent University, speaker at Nexxworks and founded Nexxtt.Health. He is an advisor, podcaster, speaker, lecturer and columnist on topics such as the future of health, digital technology and entrepreneurship. He has worked with leadership teams around the globe from organizations ranging from a few to a few thousand employees. In 2022, he received the PRoF Award for Innovation for his contribution to advancing digital innovation in healthcare. His personal motto is: “Change the world, or go home!”

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How to build a MedTech Valley in Belgium ?

Location Einstein ABC Room Start / end time 11:15 am to 11:45 am

Let’s reflect on the current situation in Belgium to determine if it is indeed or not yet a fertile ground for medical technologies innovation.

With the cross view of companies leaders and other stakeholders, we will discuss the elements that are contributing or missing to further promote a Belgian MedTech Valley. We will also get some insights from abroad examples and inspiration from the pharma valley.

The open discussion with the panel members will lead to call for actions and provide food for thoughts to pave the way for an even brighter future.