Kick-off research programme Innovative Medical Devices Initiative 2.0

23 April 2018

On Wednesday 18 April, the Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) 2.0 kick-off took place in Utrecht. During the afternoon, Hans Rietman, chair of the steering group IMDI 2.0, presented the follow-up to the IMDI grant programme. In the 2.0 version of IMDI, the NWO Responsible Innovation programme approach will be an important aspect.

During the kick-off meeting, the three projects recently awarded funding as well as seven current projects from the Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) were presented. This gave a good impression of what has been achieved so far with IMDI and which developments can still be looked forward to. In addition, Cor Spreeuwenberg, chair of the initiative group IMDI, was thanked by Henk Smid, director of ZonMw, for his efforts in setting up IMDI 2.0.

During the kick-off meeting, the three projects recently awarded funding as well as seven current projects from the Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) were presented. This gave a good impression of what has been achieved so far with IMDI and which developments can still be looked forward to. In addition, Cor Spreeuwenberg, chair of the initiative group IMDI, was thanked by Henk Smid, director of ZonMw, for his efforts in setting up IMDI 2.0.

The event was concluded with a lively plenary discussion of several propositions. The panel consisting of Rebecca Abma (Dutch Heart Foundation), Henk Jansen (Indes), Jeroen Kemperman (Zilveren Kruis) and Sjaak van der Pouw (Siemens Healthineers) inspired each other and the audience with their sharp answers. The propositions mainly concerned the role of technological developments in future healthcare demand. It was a fine conclusion to a successful kick-off meeting.

IMDI 2.0

ZonMw launched the grant programme IMDI in 2010. The Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) develops new technologies. The ambition is to make a new generation of instruments available within 10 years so that Dutch healthcare can better satisfy the qualitative and quantitative requirements of an ageing population while still remaining affordable. This research and development takes place at 8 Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and is focused on the subjects imaging & image processing, minimally invasive techniques, rehabilitation and home care.

Recently, the NWO domains Applied and Engineering Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities (Responsible Innovation) joined this national initiative. Further information about IMDI is available on the ZonMw website.

In 2016, an International committee evaluated the IMDI programme. The most important conclusion was that much has been achieved with little funding. A point for attention was the implementation of the innovations. IMDI 2.0 will focus on realising the evaluation points of the international committee. Hans Rietman, chair of the new steering group, briefly stated the plans for the revamped IMDI programme.

 

Source: NWO