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18 Nov

Industry Seminar - "icoMetrix: Bringing MRI biomarkers to the MS patient"

by Benedetta Biffi

Speaker: Dr Dirk Smeets, Chief Scientific Officer at icoMetrix

Date: Tuesday 18 November, 6pm

Abstract: This seminar tries to illuminate how icoMetrix has brought image processing from the university to the individual patient. When it started as a spin-off company of the universities of Leuven and Antwerp, it was selling software as a service (SaaS) to (mostly) non-technical researchers. Today, it is still doing this as an activity but its main focus has evolved to a clinical product for the follow-up of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients based on anatomical MR images.

This seminar will discuss both the research & development of our most important image processing software and the business steps required to bring it (successfully) to the market.

Speaker bio: Dr. Dirk Smeets graduated at the KU Leuven as a Master of Mechanical-Electrical Engineering, specialization medical information technology (magna cum laude) in 2008 and as a high school teacher in 2009. For his master’s thesis, he received several awards. Later, he obtained his PhD in 2012 on Non-rigid 3D Shape Matching under supervision of Prof. Dr. Dirk Vandermeulen and Prof. Dr. Paul Suetens (MIC/ESAT, KU Leuven). Dirk Smeets is author or co-author of over 25 scientific publications and has won numerous scientific awards. He also joined the PERCEPTION research group at INRIA, Grenoble for two months under supervision of Prof. Dr. Radu Horaud. After his PhD, he joined icoMetrix as Chief Scientific Officer, being responsible for the scientific research, IT infrastructure and the delivery of research projects (incl. EU projects).


Benedetta Biffi

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