Open Innovation Day with Boston Scientific
13-11-2018 :: Health House Leuven, Belgium

Organizer: DSP Valley, Boston Scientific & Silicon Europe Alliance

Are you a high tech SME, an Applied Research Institute or a Start-up offering innovative and breakthrough solutions for medical technologies? Then Boston Scientific, global medical technology leader, wants to explore an active partnership with you.

Therefore, Boston Scientific, together with DSP Valley (supported by Silicon Europe) is organizing an open innovation day in order to discuss about potential partnering with you. We are looking for partners offering innovative and breakthrough technologies and solutions in a number of strategically important fields for Boston Scientific with the goal to establish mutually beneficial collaborative efforts to accelerate joint commercialization of these technologies and be able to provide beneficial solutions to patients and physicians. 

Technology domains

More precisely, we are looking for partnerships, innovative solutions and enabling technologies in the following fields:

  1. Fiber optics (FO)
    • Smart laser technologies (i.e. the following areas:  development of smart fiber optics, integration of light source, detectors and spectrometers,  OCT technology as well as Auto-fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy )
    • Integration of light source, imagers and other sensing technologies. in an endoscope like device with the goal to enhance therapeutic visualization and navigation
    • Rotational technology with multiple fibers: A catheter based optical imaging device typically requires a rotatory joint to couple a rotating component to a stationary processor. It works well for a single fiber like OCT. For a more complex device requiring multiple fibers such as all optical ultrasound, we need a technology to allow coupling of light to two or more optical fibers from independent light sources, while still allowing the assembly of fibers to rotate.
    • Optical Forward scanning to be used in the vascular system
  2. Miniaturization of electronics and electronic packaging (EP)
    • Electronic packaging for embedding silicon Asics and sensors within PCBs/Flex.
    • Packaging, enabling long term hermetic sealing of flexible electronics.
    • Micro-electronic packaging enabling long term hermetic sealing allowing wireless energy charging through the packaging
    • Implantable organic bio-degradable electronics
    • High density electrodes / better charge transfer to neuronal systems

  3. Fluidics  (pressure measurement, pumps, valves ) (FL)
    • Low energy miniature fluid pumps, valves and pressure sensors for long term human implant.  Pressure sensors for long-term use in range from 0 to 2.0 PSI  and 0-20 PSI These components and the fluid will not be in direct contact with body.  Isolation between electrics and fluidics is required.
    • Measure/monitor blood flow, blood pressure waveform.
    • Vascular pressure sensors for long term applications,
    • Micro fluidics Pumps:  targeted ranges :  ( 5ml per minute , Pressure : up to 1.7 PSI  ), ( 50 ml per minute, Pressure up to 20 PSI ) 
    • Microfluidic valves: targeted leakage of < 500 ul per minute at 0 to 1.7 PSI,  Application B: Minimal leakage at < 0 to 20 PSI

    These are guidelines only and prospective partners are encouraged to show us their microfluid solutions anywhere near these ranges. 

  4. Ultrasound technology (US)
    • Phased Array Ultrasound systems: A typical BSC ICE catheter such as Ultra ICE Plus uses a mechanically scanned (rotating) single element ultrasound transducer to produce a circular imaging plane normal to the catheter axis. However, many applications require imaging in a plane parallel to the catheter axis. This is most easily produced using an electronically scanned multiple transducer array. For these applications we need a technology that incorporates the transducer array and electronics to support phase delayed transmitters, individual received signal delays, signal summation and transmission of summed signals to a host imaging system.
    • Forward scanning ultrasound systems in the vascular system 
    • Opto-acoustic technologies
  5. IoT applied to smart packaging & supply chain management (IoT)
    Currently, the main challenge for obtaining product position and environmental monitoring in a cost effective manner is at the individual unit level, in the context of the end users facility. Some companies can already get us this information for reasonable costs at higher levels (container, pallet, etc.). However, individual unit level management requires unique solutions due to:
    • Cost of tagging every product
    • Individual Hospital Restrictions (including country specific issues)
    • Competing systems i.e. wireless interference
    • Concerns over medical device interactions
  6.  Systematic firmware development for medical devices (FW)
    The programming challenge of firmware lies on interfacing with changeable front end signal sensing devices on different applications while providing a homogeneous framework that support different sets of reusable libraries for domain specific application like FFR, Intra-vascular ultrasound, implantable modulators ( i.e. neuromodulation)    We are looking for a software approach that is able to  provide a mechanism to integrate all supported peripherals seamlessly  with configuration management and not rely on code customization.

  7. Energy Technologies (EN)
    • Primary energy storage with energy densities in excess of 1W/cm³, with overall cell volumes less than 1 cm³
    • Ultra-low power electronics
    • Micro batteries for wearable sensors
  8. Any Other Technologies
    Besides the indicated topics, Boston Scientific is very interested and open to discuss about any innovative technologies, contributing to a better solution:
    • For monitoring and electronically sensoring the chronic patient at home (in particular the chronic heart patients)
    • For minimally invasive oncology
    • For neurological signal processing

Application Procedure

Registration for this event has ended !

The Silicon Europe clusters, together with Boston Scientific, will make a selection of companies and research institutes who will be formally invited to participate in the Open Innovation Day. The target is to allow the 50 most relevant companies to participate.

All selected companies will be scheduled for B2B meetings with the relevant experts of Boston Scientific, with a personalized agenda. In addition, a subselection of the participants will be invited to have a short pitch for the full audience of the Boston Scientific experts and the other participants.

Only the companies and research organizations invited to participate, will have to pay the participation fee.

The selected companies will have a chance to

Learn about Boston Scientific’s business facts and orientations:

  • Market segments and applications at stake
  • Innovation that Boston Scientific is seeking for its development of products and services

Pitch their unique and innovative capabilities and know-how

Meet Boston Scientific experts during B2B meetings to discuss and explore opportunities for cooperation

Network with the other participating European innovative SMEs and start-ups and research institutes in the domain of (implantable) medical devices.


09:00 am – 10:00 am: Boston Scientific presentation

  • Boston Scientific overview
  • Focus on Boston Scientific needs:
    • Innovation strategy
    • Technological orientations: the CTO’s point of view
    • Applications and offer (market segments, products, services, solutions)

10:00 am – 12:30 am: Pitch session (6’ pitch per company + 3’ questions)

12:30 am – 02:00 pm: Lunch break

02:00 pm – 05:00 pm: individual B2B meetings with Boston Scientific experts:

  • Sensor technologies and monitoring devices
  • Innovative microsystems
  • Novel processing technologies

In parallel, also B2B matchmakings can be set up with the other participants to the Open Innovation Day. The scheduling of these B2Bs will be done on the spot.

05:00 pm – 05:30 pm: short wrap up by Boston Scientific and networking drink

Boston Scientific Participants

 Jeffrey Stahmann  Sr R&D Fellow Systems & Softwrae Arden Hills, Minnesota

 Keith Maile

 Sr R&D Fellow  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Michael Kane  EE  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Arnholt Devon  R&D Fellow Electrofysiology  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Scott Healy  Director R&D Cardiac Rythm mgmt  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Jim Blood  Electrical Engineering Fellow  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Wyatt Stahl  Fellow, Product Manager IC  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Daniel Burgess  Packaging Engineering Fellow  Arden Hills, Minnesota
 Wenguang Li  Sr R&D Fellow: imaging group  Fremont, California
 John Rivera  Director R&D firmware dev.  Valencia, California
 Mark Boden  Sr Fellow specialist polymer systems  Marlborough, Massachusetts
 Thomas Hasenberg  Sr. R&D Fellow Urology  Marlborough, Massachusetts
 George Duval  Principal Engineer Endo  Marlborough, Massachusetts
 Anming Cai  Fellow, Imaging Systems  Boston, Massachusetts
 Jonathan Goldstein  Director R&D corporate  Tel Aviv, Israel
 Michael Keane  Director  Clonmel, Ireland

 Noel Smith

 Electronics Engineering Fellow  Clonmel, Ireland
 Jan Weber  Sr. R&D Fellow  Kerkrade, Netherlands
 Frank Moonen  Director process engineering  Kerkrade, Netherlands
 Frank van Velden  Technology Manager  Kerkrade, Netherlands
 Alexander Hermann  Business Scout  Berlin, Germany
 Yingbo Li  Technology Scout, Principal Scientist  Shanghai, China
 Crispina Tay Technology & Business Scout  Singapore


Health House
Arenberg Science Park
Gaston Geenslaan 11
3001 Leuven (Belgium)

Participation fees

Member of Silicon Europe Alliance cluster: 100 € (excl. VAT)

The clusters of the Silicon Europe Alliance are:
Business Cluster Semiconductors (NL), DSP Valley (BE), Fondazione Distretto Green & High Tech Monza-Brianza (IT), GAIA (ES), HighTech NL (NL), MESAP (IT), MIDAS (IE), Minalogic (FR), TechWorks (UK), SCS (FR), Silicon Alps (AT), Silicon Saxony(DE)

Non-member of Silicon Europe Alliance : 400 € (excl.VAT)

Only the selected participants will be invoiced.


Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit us at Boston Scientific is a member of the DSP Valley cluster.

DSP Valley is the Low Countries cluster organization on smart electronic systems and IoT solutions. An important application domain is Smart Health, with a special emphasis on body wearable and body implantable medical devices. DSP Valley stimulates innovation by bringing businesses and research institutes together in new innovation projects. For more information, visit us at and

Silicon Europe
is a collaboration of European clusters bringing together the technological expertise and resources of Europes leading research institutes and companies in the digital technologies and IoT areas such as micro and nanoelectronics, photonics, ICT and software. The 12 clusters represent more than 2500 members, including a large group of high tech SMEs. The Silicon Europe clusters are active in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK. For more information, visit us at

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