Today, Holst Centre – an open innovation initiative by the Flanders-based world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies imec and independent Dutch R&D organization TNO – had the honor to welcome Their Royal Highnesses Philippe and Mathilde, King and Queen of the Belgians at its offices at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The visit was part of the royal couple's 3-day state visit to the Netherlands.


King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Holst Centre to learn more about its activities in the field of Internet of Health. After an official welcome by Managing Directors Ton van Mol and John Baekelmans and a speech by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade Agency, the royal couple were shown several demonstrations by researchers. These demonstrations included the recently presented Health Patch that tracks physical and cardiac activity, the Chill Band - a wearable wireless band capable of sensing multiple physiological parameters to monitor stress and eventually coach the user - and products for pregnancy monitoring and bladder control developed by Holst Centre spin-offs Bloom Life and LifeSense.


"Holst Centre is a perfect example of a successful cross-border collaboration in innovation", stated Claire Tillekaerts in her opening speech. "Holst Centre's activities in health monitoring contribute to solutions for global challenges, such as the growing cost of healthcare, by developing tools for disease prevention and patient monitoring."


"This royal visit is a fantastic occasion for Holst Centre to showcase its latest developments in wearable health. Imec's unique wearable technologies combined with TNO's printed electronics make the difference in creating unobtrusive smart sensor systems. Sensor systems that will make a positive change not only to our health, but also in many other sectors such as smart logistics, smart cities, smart food and smart mobility", said John Baekelmans, managing director imec the Netherlands/Holst Centre. "We are very honored to have the opportunity to illustrate our activities and collaboration models with global and local partners. This way of working enables us to deliver international excellence with local impact."


Directly after the visit, Holst Centre hosted a workshop on Internet of Health, which was attended by several Dutch and Belgian companies. Speakers from Holst Centre, imec, NXP and Barco Silex discussed new innovations and challenges in this area.