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Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of integrated IT solutions, diagnostic imaging and contrast solutions for hospitals and other medical centres.
With more than half a century of experience in diagnostic imaging, Agfa HealthCare, with its innovative medical devices or IT, is present in every other hospital worldwide today.
Geert Claeys, technology manager
03 444 62 47
Partner of BlueHealth Antwerp
Agfa HealthCare is one of the initiators behind BlueHealth Antwerp. Geert Claeys: "Healthcare offers many opportunities for innovation by, inter alia, the emergence of new technologies and recent market developments.
As an innovative company, we recognize the importance of startups to introduce innovations onto the market quickly. That's why we want to actively help in promoting startups in the healthcare sector.
In addition to the many existing initiatives for startups, we felt there was a huge need for a vertical incubator. A cluster of expertise and resources specifically targeted at eHealthcare, where the different players (industry, universities, hospitals, government) are actively involved.
As we want to help create such an atmosphere of innovative entrepreneurship here in Antwerp, we decided to support BlueHealth Antwerp.”
Geert Claeys: “To us, BlueHealth Antwerp is a proving ground where we create opportunities for startups to experiment and develop. Agfa has global expertise in the development of medical devices and clinical IT.
Developers in healthcare should take into account very specific and strict rules about patient safety and often find themselves pushing up against the boundaries of security and privacy. This is an area in which Agfa can offer startups specific support.
Also in terms of technological developments and general business coaching, we hope to help budding entrepreneurs considerably.”
Geert Claeys: “In 18 months’ time, we should be able to coach startups from an existing prototype and business plan to their first sold service or product.
For Agfa, it is important to keep abreast of continuous innovation and also to roll out the red carpet for new technology that is useful and commercially viable.”