Learning from each other

Activities to get our teams to work together seamlessly are in full swing, both in Minneapolis and in Eindhoven. Engineers from both sides are already engaging with each other to learn new capabilities and how to best make use of them. Also our management teams are learning from each other, exploring and implementing strategies and planning the rollout of integrated services to more fully serve our clients.

First clients already served

Very soon after our press release, the first group of the LifeTec team consisting of Jurgen, Marco and Sjoerd, visited the new colleagues in Fridley, Minnesota. We immediately set up the first Cardiac BioSimulator in the new BioSim Lab facility, and right away we were involved in ex-vivo device prototype assessments with several clients. Everyone involved was impressed with the speed and insights that such a BioSim experiment provides, and it was great to work together as a team on these first assignments.

First BioSim training on the way

A couple of weeks later, a delegation from Minneapolis visited the Eindhoven location. Sara joined to dig into financial integration and administration with Naudia, while Jake and Taylor took part in hands-on Cardiac BioSimulator training. The BioSim Lab activities in Minneapolis will be run by the local team with support of the LifeTec team, and hence training is a major focus early on in our new relationship. According to our trainer Davy, Jake and Taylor did very well and especially enjoyed the ‘system troubleshooting’ part where they were instructed to secretly sabotage each other and subsequently solve whatever they were presented with.

First PhysioHeart experience

Besides being trained on the Cardiac BioSimulator, the US-team also grabbed the opportunity to see some of the other biosimulation platforms we are applying at LifeTec Group. As can be seen in the picture, Jake, Taylor and Sara were quite impressed by seeing a real living heart without a body around it for the first time! Also this PhysioHeart platform will be available in our Minneapolis SimLab in the near future.

Nice people to work with!

Perhaps the most important of all is that everyone enjoyed working together and getting to know each other. We could clearly see that our approaches and mindsets are similar. After the serious work during the day, we also enjoyed getting to know each other more socially. In Fridley, we enjoyed some pizza and beers at the local brewery called the “Forgotten Star” and this new tradition was honored as well in The Netherlands, where we visited the “La Trappe” monastery where monks still brew the traditional “Trappist” beers. It has been truly a pleasure to see both people and projects starting to integrate this well.

  • Enjoying pizza and beer at the Forgotten Star microbrewery
  • Visit to the brewery at the La Trappe monastery
  • And of course enjoying our time together with a few La Trappe beers!

What’s in it for you?

In medical device innovation, teamwork is just as important as the capability to make something new. If you have a strong team that works well together and understands needs and capabilities, you will surely benefit. This applies not only to our two teams coming together. When you work with us as a client, we also want to form a strong team with you while we work on the same goal: to make sure that future patients will benefit from the innovations that we can bring together!

For more information, contact Marco

Head of MedTech Innovation
Marco Stijnen
Call at +31 40 2989393 or e-mail us
Head of MedTech Innovation

Marco Stijnen

Head of Research & Training

Linda Kock

R&D Engineer

Marcel Wijlaars

Senior Research Engineer

Sjoerd van Tuijl

R&D engineer

Elke van Soest

R&D engineer

Dave Wanders


Jurgen de Hart

R&D Engineer

Bart Smeets

R&D Engineer

Alicia Ruppelt

Project Manager and Engineer

Anke Waterschoot

R&D Engineer

Bertus van de Wetering

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