The multidisciplinary IDE team partners with its clients and usually stays involved as a supplier or design partner, sometimes also as an investor, after product launch. The benefit of IDE’s involvement is that the project team easily transforms according to the current task. For example, in one of the products IDE delivers, the client requested an iteration that involved building in a sensor to read test data more accurately than the current analog method. This request could effectively be tackled because IDE has team of electronics engineers that could be allocated to the project only for the time necessary for this task. So the team can grow and shrink and involve different disciplines at different times.
IDE has many startups as its clients, but also several multinational companies. These large corporates often encounter difficulties with achieving transformative innovation, for various reasons. To stay in tune with market developments, they often scout for innovative startups, that they invest in and act as a launching customer for. Here too, IDE’s expertise is brought in to get the innovation from idea to the market.
Enhancing entrepreneurship in MedTech
With the Medical Technology convergence programme of Erasmus MC, Erasmus University Rotterdam and TU Delft, updating IP policy and licencing agreements is a subject of diligence. The idea behind the programme, is to give the world a healthier future. This can’t be accomplished unless a smooth path is created for innovations to reach commercial success, and be introduced to patients around the world. Willem Mees has been involved in many valorisation projects and is well familiar with how IP-policy influences the chance of success of new medtech innovations. Willem Mees: “I am following the developments around the convergence and campus with great interest. They are very interesting for IDE and the local ecosystem.”
Succesful valorisation and entrepreneurship is facilitated in various other ways in greater Rotterdam – The Hague as well, one of them being regional innovation programme ZorgTech. This programme awards vouchers up to € 70.000 to collaborations of startups, fieldlabs and care providers for product commercialization. IDE participated in such a collaboration to test parenting robot Luna in the real life environment with parents with a mild intellectual disability that are under the care of youth care professionals.