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Successful VentureLab Weekend and Life Sciences & MedTech Bootcamp

17 April 2018

You are young, student, and talented, building your competences and skills with the aim to transfer knowledge and new ideas into business. Why not seizing the opportunity? The University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship (UGCE) organized VentureLab Weekend, March 2018 edition. UMCG and partners organized the first Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp, April 2018 edition. And the winners are …

Prof. Aard Groen celebrating with MedGro MT first prize VentureLab Weekend
Prof. Aard Groen celebrating with MedGro MT first prize VentureLab Weekend

VentureLab Weekends

VentureLab Weekends concept helps aspiring entrepreneurs sound and test their ideas, develop business models and pitch to an international jury.

And the winners are:

Courtney Bamrick and Claire Scales (Hanze UAS) and Vera Carniello and Nina Klaver (UG/UMCG) claimed first prize VentureLab Weekend March 2018 with MedGro health company. The team developed an efficient, cheap and fast way to test biomaterials through a multipurpose cell plate. This modified cell plate reduces man hours, decreases costs and allows for more tests in less time.  

For more information on VentureLab initiatives, please go to the website.

Leo Dvortsin
Leo Dvortsin

Winners Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp

The first Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp delivered training challenges for entrepreneurs, including Intellectual Property Management, Product Development innovation, Reimbursement in health care, sales and marketing and R&D and scale up training in pharmaceutical industry and medical technologies.

Leo Dvortsin, Northern Knowledge Transfer Technology Officer, and initiator of the Bootcamp in Groningen, is proud of the young entrepreneur contesters: ‘ The jury thoroughly scrutinized the pitchers ideas on feasibility and market introduction. Putting medical devices on the market is subject to many rules. The complexity of regulations demands endurance and thoroughness.’

The Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp jury, consisting of Mr. Robert Polano (Carduso Capital), Mr. Jan Sikkema (Business Development Director UMCG ), Mr. Hilbrand van der Zee (Investment Manager Triade Group) and Prof. Aard Groen, professor of Entrepreneurship and Valorisation, University of Groningen, awarded Health-tech startup Fennema/Zantema with the first prize. The Leeuwarden based company developed VRelief, a serious game and therapy for the treatment of chronic pain.

Second prize went to CC Diagnostics. CC Diagnostics developed a novel methylation test kit for the epigenetic detection of early stage cervical cancer.

Third prize to runner-up health company Med-E link. Med-E Link focuses on connecting the medical world with engineers. Med-E Link is founded by Rutger Flink after he graduated the MSc Biomedical Engineering program of the University of Groningen.

Will there be a follow-up session to Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp 1?

Leo Dvortsin: ‘Yeah, definetly, at some point next year.’

Programme Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp
Programme Life Sciences and MedTech Bootcamp

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Last modified:24 April 2018 1.54 p.m.

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