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Europe’s rapidly aging population could be a major shock to the system... or alternatively a unique opportunity for growth and global leadership.
Aging2.0's first European Summit in partnership with Happy Aging brings together a focused group of innovators to connect across siloes and share best practices. Can you imagine anything else as important as helping Europe adapt and thrive? Do you want to be part of a new social movement connecting innovators in aging? Come for the networking, the content and the fun. Go to the one place where you’ll meet people from all across Europe with different experiences and perspectives. We'll be focusing in particular three of the 'grand challenges' of dementia, social isolation and livable communities. Aging2.0 is a community and you’ll be able to say you attended the first ever international Aging2.0 Summit.
Join us to network, learn, be inspired and help Europe build an aging-focused ‘innovation ecosystem’ that can adapt and thrive in the new demographic reality.
LOCATION: Hasselt University (Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt, 3500)
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All of our favorite Europeans. The speakers are drawn from across Europe and across industries and are bringing a fresh take on some age old problems.
NOTE: Happy Aging Members can enjoy a 30% discount! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your discount code or learn more about becoming a member.
Stephen Johnston MBA is co-founder and CEO of Aging2.0 a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. Stephen serves on the board of Music and Memory a New York 501c3 nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for older people, He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Geert Houben received graduate degrees in Computer Science and Business Economics at Hasselt University in Belgium. He co-founded with a primary care physician Cubigo, which is a mobile platform with convenient access to healthy aging services. They are active in 4 countries with offices in San Francisco. In 2013 they won the Technology&Innovation Award from the Belgian government, in 2014 he was nominated as Young Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2015 Cubigo was selected by Blackbox, powered by Google.
Ingrid Lieten is former Director-General of the public transport company De Lijn and former Viceminister-president for the Flemish government. Now Ms Ingrid Lieten is General Manager of Happy Aging, a network of companies, healthcare organizations, research institutions , policy makers and seniors with the goal to boost innovations in healthy aging.
In 1991 Dr. Yves Breysem promoted as internist- gastroenterologist and hepatologist. After a clinical career in the Virga Jesse Hospital in Hasselt, he was appointed in 2003 as Medical Director. In 2006 he became managing director of the Jessa Hospital in Hasselt. He enjoyed various management courses at KULeuven, Vlerick Management School and Insead Business School. He holds various board positions in health care and is also chairman of the Policy Workgroup of the Limburg Hospitals (Hospilim Plus).
Nursing education with further specializations in emergency care, intensive care, hospital science and supply Chain. He has been co-responsible for the purchase of medical materials and medicines for multiple Antwerp hospitals. From this function, he has focused more on supply chain processes because he believed and still believes that there is added value, to make healthcare safer and affordable. Now as strategic manager for healthcare in H.Essers and Hospital Logsitcs, we are making concrete steps in this direction.
Former Lead Specialist in Health and Lifesciences at Innovate UK, Jackie is now a Consulting Innovation Strategist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She provides insight and sector expertise to innovative companies and organisations looking to the areas of ageing, inclusion, health and social care for market opportunities. Jackie has led a number of significant national collaborative programmes and the EU’s Active Assisted Living Programme. Jackie is renowned for thought leadership, expertise on ageing, innovation, inspiration and inclusion.
Menno is a Biochemist and Microbiologist in training. Following his mixed academic and company career in Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology, 10 years in research policy (Erasmus MC) and innovation (Medical Delta), Menno joined EIT Health and helped building it into a 140 member pan-European organisation determined to modernise citizen centered health management and health care in Europe.
Stijn Bijnens serves as the CEO of LRM since 2008. He was a member of the board since 1999. He received a Master’s of Science Degree in Computer Science from KULeuven in 1991. After building some research background he founded Ubizen and became CEO in 1995. He serves as Member of the Board at different companies such as Ridley Bikes, and Cegeka NV and is Chairman of Punch Powertrain NV. In 2016 he was named Investors of the Year.
Background in medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, software and data engineering. 10+ years experience in software engineering, knowledge management, account management, business intelligence, project management, information integration and leading innovative global projects in the area of drug discovery in a farma multinational. Linked open data evangelizer and frequent speaker at international seminars also acting as guest teacher at the University of Ghent in Semantic Web, Open Data and Big Data sessions. Passionnate about driving change with a real impact maximizing added value.
I have a degree in neuroscience and industrial design. As a solution architect, I have extensive experience in human decision making and social behavior, for which I apply data science and smart technologies. We design simple and easy to use solutions that instantly improve the quality of life of elderly people. Our mission is to create real smart home environments and to activating informal social networks around close to elderly people, through smart use of data and technology.
Co Founder of KareInn, a care innovation company focused on improving the quality of life for our parents' generation. KareInn helps carers be more productive so they can deliver more personalised care. Former Digital Transformation Strategy Director with 27 years of delivering innovation to multi-national corporations as well as rapid growth start-ups. Part of pioneering team to disrupt telecoms industry in the nineties. Continue to deliver transformation via user focus, analytics and lean innovation.
Katleen joined LRM as an investment manager in 2013. After working for 3 years in the Platform Sustainable Societies, she is now responsible for investments within Health & Care. She is a board member of portfolio companies such as EpiGaN and Bedal. Before LRM, she worked for McKinsey & Co. and held several positions in Umicore. She graduated summa cum laude from the KULeuven in Chemistry and obtained a PhD in science. Later she obtained a MBA in Corporate Finance.
Dominique Verté has a degree in psychiatric nursing and holds a doctorate in Social Gerontology. He is professor at the Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences of University of Brussels. He is a driving force behind the Elderly Needs Surveys in Belgium, mapping the life situation and needs of people aged over 60 living at home at local level. He participates in various European projects and has expertise in social participation of older people, community development, elder abuse, etc.
Piet Stinissen is a Professor of Immunology and Dean at the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences at Hasselt University. He is chairman of the Limburg Clinical Research Program, a collaborative effort of UHasselt and the hospitals Jessa (Hasselt) and Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (Genk). Stinissen is cofounder and board member (gedelegeerd bestuurder) of Happy Aging (formerly LifetechLimburg) and board member of BioVille incubation center, two organisations that are driving forces in creating a regional life sciences innovation ecosystem.
Stephen Seuntjens, is a Partner in PHS (Personal Health Solutions), a venture firm investing in early & mid-stage businesses within digital health. He has over 20 years of global experience in building and developing new businesses. Prior to PHS, Stephen Seuntjens was CEO of Philips Lifestyle Incubator, investing in service and product concepts within the wellbeing / consumer health domain.
Pieter Van Herck graduated Medico-Social Sciences at the University of Leuven and also obtained a Master in Management and a Postgraduate Degree in Finance. He holds a PhD in Public Health. As senior advisor welfare and health policy at Voka, the Flemish network of enterprises, Peter is responsible for the think tank, networking and advocacy in matters of welfare and health policy, work and health, and social protection.
Leo joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care Team in early 2013 as a Senior Fellow leading IFIC’s work in a number of EU funded ICT enabled eHealth and integrated care projects. In addition, Leo was also a member of the IFIC team collaborating with WHO Europe in the development of their Coordinated and Integrated Health Services Delivery: Developing the Framework for Action. Most recently, Leo was appointed as Promoter of the EIPonAHA B3 Action Group on Integrated Care.
Developing software in healthcare as autodidact since 1990. Managing a nursing home since 1995.Building expertise in digital health since 2005.Organising intense healthcare innovation initiatives since 2011 (Healthstartup & Advance.Healthcare & Hyperadvancer)
Carsten Mahrenholz studied biology and received his PhD in chemistry alongside an MBA from universities in Berlin and Cambridge. After working as a consultant, he became CEO of a high-tech-transfer company. Co-founding COLDPLASMATECH GmbH in 2015, he and his team became pioneers in plasma medicine. Amongst various awards and prizes for business, innovation and technology, he has received the IQ innovation award, the Invention award and has recently entered Hall of Fame at the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
All Smart Care was started out of a belief that the best way to stay independent is to stay healthy. And the best way to stay healthy is to catch and treat problems as early as possible. Since starting in late 2015 we have been supported by a large number of organisations including NHS England, EIT Health and UCL. If you have any enquires please do get in touch.
Ilse Dewachter has expertise in studying pathogenetic mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's dementia, to identify novel targets for therapy. IDW did her PhD and postdoctoral research at KULeuven, focusing on anti-amyloid treatment. In 2009, she moved to UCL to start a novel research team focused on the pathological role of Tau. In 2017, she was nominated at UHasselt, guiding a research team focused on spreading of Tau-pathology and the link between amyloid and Tau-pathology to identify novel targets for therapy.
Dr Stefanie Buckner is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. She has recently been working on the development of an evaluation tool for Age-Friendly Cities, as well as its application in Dementia Friendly Communities. Her further research interests include welfare benefits and health in older age, and the effects of urban regeneration on older people and inequalities.
Koen Kas is a healthcare thought leader, driven by the aim to make healthcare personalised, predictive, ultimately preventive. Founding CEO @InBioVeritas he facilitates innovative disruptions in healthcare and helps create novel digital health startups. One is Healthskouts, delivering delightful, actionable innovation suggestions, insights & business models from within & outside of healthcare.
Before, he spent 15Y in Executive positions at 4 leading biotechs. Koen is professor Molecular Oncology @GhentUniversity, genomics expert and chairs the European Cancer Prevention Organisation scientific committee
Stuart has a Harvard MBA and worked for IBM and McKinsey in the UK and USA. He has been a Cambridge-based start-up Entrepreneur since 1984. He is Chair at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which has just built a new £12Mn Hospice and transferred over 100 NHS staff to look after patients. He thinks of himself as being ‘unemployed but not retired’ and has deep experience of the world of aging, not least as he grows older himself.
Olivier Constant (1982) holds a Master Degree in ‘Social Sciences’ and a Master Degree in ‘Film Studies & Visual Culture’. For five years now, he’s responsible for the communication policy of the Flanders Centre of Expertise on Dementia.
Dean Faculty of Business Economics, UHasselt. Professor of marketing & international business. Academic director School of Expert Education (UHasselt|SEE). Founding member of Limburg StartUp. Co-founder of PXL-UHasselt StudentStartUp. Internationalization is my game.
Michiel van den Berg and Michelle Wolters studied business together and while studying they came up with the idea of Klup based on a personal story of Michelle's father. After studying, Michiel started his career at Red Bull in marketing and sales. Since april 2016 Michiel is fulltime working on Klup and since their launch they won several prizes. Recently Michiel was finalist at the Global Mobile Challenge, hosted at the Mobile World Congres in Barcelona.
Associate Professor at Open University of Catalonia and Open Evidence Co-founder.Applied Social Scientist and Data Scientist working on both Behavioural Economics and monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of ICT and innovation (Health 2.0 and eHealth)
Grace Andruszkiewicz is Aging2.0’s Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. Grace manages the Aging2.0 brand, internal and external communications, social media, maintaining and growing engagement among the Aging2.0 community and building the global network of chapters. With a background in integrated marketing communications, Grace has worked in the healthcare, commercial real estate, non-profit and consumer industries.
Huisarts sinds 1984, met steeds ruime interesse voor multi disciplinaire samenwerking. Sinds meer dan 15 jaar voorzitter van LISTEL vzw en de daartoe behorende palliatieve ondersteuningsequipe. Ook actief binnen het overkoepelend overleg op Vlaams niveau.
Jeroen De Backer is currently working as CEO and Founder of Pridiktiv, a health-tech startup that has developed a mobile service platform, streamlining administration and operational tasks for care takers in order to create operational excellence throughout the entire organisation. He previously worked at BlackBerry (RIM) in the EMEA business development team. Prior to this role, Jeroen held Senior positions in several national and international Telecom and ICT companies."
Daan Bultje (1981) is director of the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands (HANNN). Before becoming director of HANNN, Daan Bultje spent five years scouting, developing and supporting Healthy Ageing initiatives within the University Medical Center Groningen. Before the UMCG, Daan worked for the Northern-Netherlands branch of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers. He also was member of the Provincial Council of Groningen for eight years (2003-2011).
Dr. Keren Mazuz, M.A, Ph.D is a Medical Anthropologist; Associate professor at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, consultant for the Jerusalem Municipality and Tel Aviv Municipality in the design of age-friendly cities, specialized in anthropological and interdisciplinary research of Elderlycare, Aging and Technology, researcher and member in an advisory board for healthy Aging innovative lab.
Frank is autodidact with more than twenty years of experience in international business positions within a Dutch multinational. Four years ago he followed his dream to become an entrepreneur and set up his own company, Gociety Solutions. Gociety’s goal is to substantially increase older adults ability to live longer at their homes independently and enable caregivers to organize remote care more efficiently. Frank’s ambition is to develop the „ Tricoder” for seniors, to enable prevention, early diagnosis and continuous care.
Rainer Planinc received the PhD degree from the Vienna University of Technology in 2015. Since then, he is working at CogVis in the area of AAL and became CEO of CogVis in March 2017. He is responsible for the development of the fearless Life Comfort System as well as the coordination of European research projects.
Johannes studied Business and completed his Masters in 2009. After working a few years as a business developer he started his own company together with a fellow student in 2011. This company became "fitbase" and has 6 FTE now, being located in Hamburg, with Johannes as the CEO.
Flávia Rodrigues has a degree in Organizational Communication and is Public Relations Specialist of the Innovation Department at Cáritas Coimbra.She works in communication, events and also in projects (e.g. GrowMeUp, IdoVis, PrimerCog, Tice.Healthy, DesIgual), helping the implementation of the pilots, with direct contact with the users and developers. Flávia gives support to Caritas activities in the EIP-AHA and the Vice Presidency of the European Convenant on Demographic Change.
I am an information systems engineer and PhD student in the area of AAL. In 2015 I have started the project TAVLA, which is now by business. We have launched our first product this summer and are looking out for investors.
Seamus Small is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Kinesis Health Technologies. Prior to co-founding Kinesis in 2013, Seamus spent over 6 years leading the TRIL centre, a €22 million ageing research programme and managed the startup phase of the Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Centre in 2013.Seamus previously spent 8 years working for Intel as a Senior Project Manager. Seamus is a BSc Hons Computer Science graduate from Ulster Unniversity and MBA graduate from Dublin City University.
Dr. Yves Breysem promoveerde in 1991 als internist- maag-, darm- en leverarts. Na een klinische carrière in het Virga Jesseziekenhuis in Hasselt werd hij er in 2003 aangesteld als medisch directeur. In 2006 werd hij algemeen directeur van het Virga Jesse Ziekenhuis en in 2010 van het Jessa Ziekenhuis Hasselt.
Het Jessa Ziekenhuis is een topklinisch referentieziekenhuis en samen bouwen het klinisch netwerk Zuid-West Limburg uit. Jessa heeft in april 2016 als eerste Belgische ziekenhuis de NIAZ-Qmentum accreditatie behaald.
Over 20 years experience in launching, building and advising ecommerce and online media businesses including Confetti (CEO and Co founder).
8 years experience in brand marketing with Y&R, Nestle and Johnson & Johnson in the UK and US
Horst Krämer is a Programme Officer at the European Commission's DG CONNECT. His portfolio includes the Silver Economy, Age-Friendly Smart Living Environments, eHealth and mHealth as well as research and innovation projects and topic coordination in Horizon 2020. He is the Commission's correspondent for the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives". In the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, he follows the Action Group on Age-friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments.
I’m a clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. I’ve been working in the field of dementia and cognitive impairment for several years, conducting neuropsychological assessments and cognitive rehabilitation at the Memory Center of the Hospital of Forlì. In the last years, as an indipendent consultant, I’ve been involved as scientific coordinator within European research projects on promotion of Healthy and Active Aging through the use of ICT technologies, collaborating with IT companies, and elderly organizations.
Mats Manderbacka is the founder and current Chairman of the Board and CEO of HUR. HUR is the pioneer and Worlds Leading supplier of Computerized Strength Training Equipment and software for the Aged Care sector with more than 10.000 installations on 5 continents.
Since 2008: national programme manager for the Active & Assisted Living Programme (AAL) in the Netherlands, ZonMw.2001-2008: programme officer national programme ‘Transparancy & consumer information about the quality of healthcare providers’, ZonMw.1984-2001: coordinator of several local/national development projects in education & welfare for children in low-SES urban areas, especially immigrants and refugees.
Joy, a Silicon Valley native, was interested in entrepreneurship before Y2K. Her career began as an immunologist. After which she gained experience in health management, new medical technologies and at a biotech start-up. She thus has a healthy respect for patient- and consumer-driven healthcare. Currently, she works at EIT Health managing the Accelerator programs designed to expedite health-related start-ups. Joy believes in pushing the boundaries of European innovation, without further casualties to the European Union.
"Experienced CFO in growth environments - including fund raising and corporate finance
Mentor and speaker at startup accelerators and events
Guest lecturer at Solvay Business School (VUB) on entrepreneurial finance
Member of the jury MIT under 35
Author of ""Financiering voor groeibedrijven"" (Die Keure, October 2017)"
Alexander is an intrapreneur working on improving innovation and technology capability and strategy. He designs, coaches, and guides innovation portfolios and initiatives.Much of his focus is the systemic alignment of technology and digital solutions and partners with market opportunities and business strategy - and supporting others to better understand and articulate the challenges and options they may have before them.His background is in consulting, financial services, and health and social care working with or within large international organisations.
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Strategic business consultant for both enterprise an startup companies. Over 20 years experience across multiple industries including aerospace, telecoms, digital media. Developed the Business Ecosystem Plan methodology to help clients identify their key value propositions, business models and go to market strategies.
Ela Neagu interests focus on healthcare design, particularly projects investigating user experience and behaviour, and dealing with sensitive information. Her main area of focus is information distilling and methods to create better communication. Ela joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre in 2015 as a Research Associate working with Arthritis Research UK. She is currently head of product at Nettoken - a start-up she co-founded.
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