Not only has he done this very same exercise in the Brainport region, but also in the US: "From the research hub in Cambridge, we have set up an ecosystem with a number of hospitals and universities in the Boston metropolitan region. We wanted to jointly provide access to research talent and clinical experts."
Whether it's Cambridge, Massachusetts, or Eindhoven Brainport, the benefits of collaboration between hospitals, universities and a medical technology company are the same everywhere, argues Franklin. "We brought in top PhD candidates who were really drawn to that partnership. Research has been done into innovations that would not have been possible without e/MTIC. The Healthdot, for example, a wearable sensor for patients at home, has been developed in close collaboration with the Catharina Hospital. Together with us, they did the validation with a group of 350 patients."