May 29, 2017

Keynote Speakers

This year four keynote speakers will give presentations, which will take you on a tour of medicine’s future; discussing several topics healthcare will be dealing with in the near future.


Jos Brunner, MBA, is currently the New Business manager at Philips Research. He is worldwide responsible for driving innovation activities with the local Philips markets. Jos has been working in diverse industries, both in and outside Philips in diverse roles, such as production management, logistics and sales in an international environment. His passion is to work on the crossroad between early business creation and technology innovation.

In his presentation, he will tell us about the vision of Philips on the future of healthcare, where Philips is headed and about the innovations the world can expect in the near future.


Christian Kromme is an experienced entrepreneur and futurist speaker with expertise in exponential technology, disruptive innovation and strategy/vision development. As a tech-entrepreneur Christian has participated in several successful ‘disruptive’ start-ups, often spin-outs in completely different industries but always focused on the interface between humans and increasing technology. In 2002, Christian founded his own agency that helped organizations such as: Shell, Randstad, Essent, Endemol, Corio, Eyeworks, ABP, Oracle, Philips, Toyota, Auping, Adidas, Rabobank to dramatically increase their rate of innovation.

During his presentation, Christian will take us on a tour through our exponentially changing world and tell us about all the big innovations and inventions our future healthcare is awaiting.


Cees Wittens is a vascular surgeon and author of the book: “De zorg is doodziek / Healthcare is terminally ill” (2016), in which he describes the current short-comings of our health care system and proposes a delta plan for the year 2050. 2050 seems far away, but not if you radically want to change the Dutch hospitals and healthcare. This is the message Cees Wittens aims to deliver.

Wittens thinks that it is possible: better care at a lower cost due to the presence of both short-comings and opportunities for change in our hospitals. Over the years, a system has grown, in which the results of medical treatments are hardly recorded and evaluated. And without evaluation, one does not know what is adequate or inadequate. Our current judgement on the functioning of specialists, departments, and hospitals is for the most part based on…yes, what exactly?

Wittens unravels a proposition for new hospital concepts, for different kind of specialists and for health care that is organized based on rational, measurable criteria. And he says himself: his proposition is not a blueprint, but an impetus for discussions about true change in health care


Peter Peters studies the immune system at a nanomolecular level, with the aim of gaining greater insight into the development of different forms of cancer and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Peters obtained his PhD in Utrecht and has since spent his career improving fundamental knowledge of the functioning of cells at the nano level, first in the US and for the last 15 years at the Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam. Peter Peters is also co-director of the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I). The M4I Division of Nanoscopy investigates cell structures at a macromolecular level. Inside cells, proteins work together in complex structures and are responsible for virtually all processes in the human body, including diseases such as cancer. To understand the working mechanisms of protein complexes, three-dimensional imaging of normal and disease-causing protein complexes is essential. This could ultimately lead to more effective treatments, but also to vaccines against diseases such as tuberculosis.

In his presentation, he will show us “the beauty and benefit of nano biology for medicine”.