This was the business lunch of ISCOMS 2019, check back soon for updates on ISCOMS 2020.

Business lunch

On Wednesday the 5th of June a business lunch is organised during which you will come in contact with different companies instead of participating in a workshop and a usual lunch. The business lunch provides motivated (bio)medical and biotechnical students with the opportunity to get acquainted with different companies in a casual environment. During this business lunch you will find out about different career opportunities and what companies can offer you in the future. Meanwhile, these companies are offered the chance to spot talented future doctors or biomedical engineers and to promote their brands in a face-to-face manner.

During the business lunch there will be a variety of companies which will make it interesting for all kinds of students. Parties that confirmed their presence are: Health Hub Roden, Polyganics, JAN and the Groningen Transplantation Centre.

Health Hub Roden

Health Hub Roden is centered in the world of medical technology and healthy ageing. We form a so-called ‘hub’: a connection between businesses, knowledge institutes and government bodies. We make this connection using our network, our finances and our knowledge, and by providing facilities. Together with businesses, knowledge institutes and the government we pursue the same goal: improving quality of life through innovation.

Knowledge institutes
At Health Hub Roden theory is put into practice. Students, lecturers and other people connected to education are welcome at our workplace. Here they can learn from, and with entrepreneurs. An inspiring look into the future work field.

Do you have research questions within the area of Healthy Ageing or medical technology? We help businesses finding answers. Our students and tutors can start looking for innovative solutions, but we also know how to get the right information and reach the right organizations. For example, when it comes to grants and patents.

The government encourages and facilitates Health Hub Roden. Health Hub Roden is unique for the North of the Netherlands. We expect that employment opportunities will increase, and a better connection is created with other companies. Besides this, Health Hub Roden creates work experience places for people with poor job prospects. Do you have questions regarding government subsidy and laws and regulations? Through Health Hub Roden you can reach the right governments.

New job opportunities
Health Hub Roden offers new chances to people who struggle to access the labor market. We offer specialized training programs. We do this in association with one of our partners who has a job opening. Through us, our partner will get a fully trained new employee. Please contact us if you need more information about Health Hub Roden.

Hanzehogeschool Groningen is lead partner and responsible for Health Hub Roden.


Polyganics is a medical technology company with multiple versatile polymer platforms. The Company develops, manufactures and commercializes innovative bioresorbable medical devices that facilitate tissue repair and regeneration.

Polyganics’ portfolio includes products developed in-house and in collaboration with leading medical technology companies and academic centers of excellence. In the Peripheral Nerve Repair (PNR) field, the portfolio includes three marketed products: VIVOSORB® for minimizing unwanted tissue adhesions after surgery; NEUROLAC® for supporting PNR following hand surgery; and NEUROCAP® for the management of symptomatic neuromas. In the Neurosurgery and General Surgery field, products in development include a sealant for the dura membrane (LIQOSEAL®) and a liver and pancreas sealant patch.

In 2014, Polyganics sold its Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) surgery business unit (the Nasopore® product family including Hemopore®, Sinupore®, Otopore® and Nasopore-FD®) to Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Polyganics continues to manufacture the Nasopore® product range for Stryker. To date, Polyganics has produced and delivered more than 4.5 m devices.

Polyganics is profitable and privately held. The Company is based in Groningen, The Netherlands, a center of biomedical engineering excellence, in an ISO 13485-certified manufacturing facility. The Company’s polymer platform technologies are protected by a broad portfolio of patents and its products have received clearance from the US FDA, CE-approval, and approval from CFDA and other international authorities. For more information, visit:

UMCG Transplant Centre

Within the UMCG Transplant Centre all possible types of organ transplantation are carried out. In the fields of kidney, liver, lung, heart, small intestine, stem cell and cornea transplantation the UMCG has gained profound expertise.

The UMCG Transplant Centre is in a constant state of change, innovating to uphold the highest levels of knowledge and expertise.

UMCG Transplant Centre – An introduction All transplant programs in the UMCG cooperate through the umbrella organisation of the UMCG Transplant Centre. Each transplant program; however, remains independent and its own entity. That being said many similarities remain. The programs reinforce each other in these and overlapping areas by combining knowledge and experience. Examples of this include post-transplant care, joint lines of research and centre-oriented education. The motto of the UMCG Transplant Centre sums up this collaboration as: ‘Shared care for shared organs®’.

Patient Care Independent of the organ transplanted, a transplant patient will receive care from many different disciplines in the outpatient setting, both pre- and post-transplant. Examples include the nurse specialist, dietician, physiotherapist, dermatologist and endocrinologist. Almost all patients will receive care from these disciplines at some point during their transplant process.

Developments in Patient Care Through the means of a multidisciplinary transplantation outpatient clinic the most appropriate care is offered to transplant patients. Secondly, the first results of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme at the UMCG Beatrixoord proved to be successful. This programme will be continued and also an outpatient lifestyle clinic has been established. Furthermore, the Organ Preservation and Resuscitation (OPR) unit is a facility that aims to increase the quality of donor organs, resulting in more patient’s organs being successfully transplanted.

Research Constant improvement is crucial to ensure the highest standard of care for patients. Therefore, the UMCG Transplant Centre has a wide range of research initiatives. On the one hand this research focuses on improving the care for donors and their next of kin. While on the other hand extensive research is conducted in the field of improving the quality of donor organs, known as organ preservation. A biobank for transplant patients, called Transplantlines, has been conducted. The extensive cohort of Transplantlines supports the long-term follow-up in healthy aging. The UMCG Transplant Research Fund provides financial assistance for small and/or high risk research projects experiencing difficulty securing funds through other means.

Education and Training The UMCG Transplant Centre aims to provide high quality patient care and world class research which requires highly qualified professionals and an inspiring work environment. Therefore, modern education and training facilities are of the utmost importance. Just like patient care and research, education is also co-ordinated by the UMCG transplant centre. The UMCG Transplant centre aims to create an efficient and high-quality training ‘climate’ to facilitate education both internally and externally.

There will be a selection procedure as there are only a few spots available. The selection procedure will be based on your motivation letter. We will let you know by e-mail if you are selected.

Please note: attending this networking lunch means you will not be able to attend another workshop this session!