We asked Sjoerd and Jurgen to share one memory that made TVT Chicago unforgettable for them:

Sjoerd van Tuijl

Sjoerd van Tuijl

“One thing I won’t forget in a hurry was the look in the eyes of one of the hotel employees.

The unsuspecting man came into the room where we had built a ‘beating heart’ platform that day. As a true professional, he kept a straight face - just what you’d expect from the staff of a renowned hotel. But his eyes were wide and slightly panicky. A beating heart, surrounded by surgeons in OR outfits, in a Chicago hotel… To him it must have looked like a scene in a gangster movie. 

  • Cardiac Biosimulator Platform | TVT Chicago
  • Cardiac Biosimulator Platform | TVT Chicago

As it turned out later, he and some of his colleagues had not been informed by the hotel management. The hotel apologised profusely. I mainly felt sorry for that poor man getting such a shock.”

Jurgen de Hart | TVT Chicago

Jurgen de Hart

“Working for a great client, as well as watching the interaction between Sjoerd, the client’s team and the client’s guests…. I loved it.” Jurgen speaks with enthusiasm and justifiable pride. 

“The cherry on the cake, for me, was a brief moment at Starbucks. I was standing in line with some of this particular clients’ people, I won’t mention any names. But as we stood there, they met some of ‘the competition’, people I also knew. They had a quick conversation: 

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“Hey, are you guys here too? With LifeTec Group?” 

“Yes, that’s right. Do you work with them as well?” 

“Yes, of course - I’d almost say: who doesn’t work with LifeTec Group these days?”

Jurgen beams.“Isn’t that fantastic? Two leading medtech companies meet in Chicago at a Starbucks, they know you, and they sing the praises of LifeTec Group…

It made me feel so great, and very proud of the LifeTec Group team. At that moment I realised how much we’ve already achieved together.”

CEO

Jurgen de Hart

Senior Research Engineer

Sjoerd van Tuijl

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