Beneficiary Drink 2018

All members are invited for a drink, where our beneficiaries will attend. They can tell you everything about the Care & Cure field, and their working experiences. 

Join us!

MIRA Institute UT – 11 Oktober 2018

We are going to the new medical centre of the UT at Enschede, Netherlands. Below you will find the program and information about the centre itself.

Departure @ 11:00

13:30 – Reception with coffee + short introduction about Technical Medical Centre
14:00 – Tour at Biomedical Signals & Systems (
14:45 – Tour at Surgical Robotics Lab (
15:30 – Tour at Biomedical Photonic Imaging (
16:00 – Tour at Magnetic Detection and Imaging (
16:30 – Closing drink

Costs for Non-Members: €3

Review: Demcon Lunchlecture

Demcon came over for a lunch lecture, during which they gave a presentation about their company. First, a former Thor Board member told us what it’s like to work at Demcon. The company is a fast growing engineering company and the vast majority of employees has a technical background, which makes communicating with colleagues easy. Their main business is working on projects from other companies: solving their problems or realizing their ideas. This makes that there is a lot of diversity in the projects they work on. As an employee, you have some freedom to choose projects in the field of your liking.

Next was a more in-depth presentation of a medical project, outlining the different phases a project goes through and the challenges that come with it. For a hospital, they improved a common surgical tool, used to grasp tissue during surgeries. The problem was that surgeons often have no idea how much force they exert on tissue, and they don’t know whether they’re grasping pulsating tissue, such as an artery. Demcon designed an improved tool with force feedback that passes the requirements of the user and the strict medical regulations. This will likely cause a decrease in complications during surgeries.

It was a really interesting lunch lecture and we got a good insight in what working at Demcon feels like.

>> Tom van Nunen

Demcon Medical Devices – Lunchlecture 28-may-18

We will organise a lunch lecture on the 28th of may, provided by Demcon. This presentation is about their Medical Devices department. In this department they develop and realise medical systems for care, cure and selfcare. Applications are i.e. in  surgery, therapy and diagnostics. Examples are a operation system for eye surgery, a handscanner for rheumatoid arthritis, a breath module and a hearing aid. The presentation will be given by a former Thor board member Tom Geelen and his colleague Astrid van den Broek. They will tell you all the ins-and-outs about the EFI project. This Endoscopic Force-reflecting instrument is a plier that uses haptic feedback during minimal-invasive surgery. More information can already be found on

The exact subject of the presentation will be announced later here.

Cost for Non-Members €5,-

Review – Kempenhaeghe

On 22ndof March, part of the Board of Eir went on a road trip to Kempenhaege. The morning was filled with pitches of startups within the medical sector and the lunch was combined with demonstrations of the devices presented in the pitches. One of the more interesting stories was of the owner of the Epihunter. The man armed with a personal story stood out to me the most. As one of his sons had been diagnosed with epilepsy and would have many attacks per day. As an engineering he wanted to help him, since no other device on the market was available thus far that would achieve his goal. A goal that was set when his son asked the question: “Papa, you are an engineer. Can you make a light that turns on when my brain turns off?”. He wanted to have a device which could indicate to other people when his son was having an epileptic episode. This would help out the kid, parents and teachers. The latter group, for example would get mad at children not realizing or knowing that the child was having an episode. The design is based on a headset which can be worn around the head and can be connected via Bluetooth to your phone. When the headset detects an epileptic seizure, a light turns on.

The following day, 23rdMarch, we went with a larger group to the symposium. We arrived with 10 people total around 8.30 at the Kempenhaege congress. Welcomed by a coffee and a tea, it was time for the first speakers. It’s always interesting to see the difference in jargon and style of presenting between engineers and clinical staff. The first speakers were mainly focused on how seizures influence people in different phases of their life and how modern technology can help them to better cope with the episodes. You can imagine that it must be hard for children with epilepsy transitioning to adulthood. As their body is changing together with their environment, it might be difficult to also manage the epilepsy.

Next up, was the lunch at Heeze Castle. By bus we got transferred to the castle where we had lunch. It was not only good, it was extensive and well organized as always! The afternoon was filled with an interesting session, again about epilepsy. One of the teachers from the TU/e was part of the chair, Rob Mestrom. Their task is to get the right speakers for their session and do the organization. During one of the talks, the bulb of the projector broke and the room had to do a 180 turn to switch to the other side of the room. This gave the talks a little dynamic. In the end it was time for drinks and a train ride home. Hope to be able to visit again next year!

>> Niels Vertegaal, treasurer of MA Eir