The Innovation and SME Forum is a one-day event that provides the platform for experts from the private and public sector who work on AI in health research to discuss challenges and opportunities in health digitalisation and data-driven innovation.

This event contains a mix of high-level speakers, giving companies the chance to present technological advances in the field of AI for healthcare applications. The participants will have the chance to learn about Health-RI and ELIXIR resources and reach out to relevant networks from industry and academia.


  • Registration and welcome coffee
  • Health-RI and ELIXIR introduction (Lincoln Zephyr room)

    Topic: Health-RI’s mission, current objectives and the connection with the European bioinformatics infrastructure, ELIXIR.


    • Ruben Kok (Health-RI / ELIXIR-NL)
    • Despoina Sousoni (ELIXIR Hub)
  • Struggles and successes on accelerating the adoption of (AI) technology in Health and Life Sciences (Lincoln Zephyr room)

    Topic: Stakeholders representing the whole value chain will set the scene for AI in health research. This will include SMEs with experience in working with larger organisations (public and private) and large organisations with experience or ambition towards engaging with SMEs, presenting bottlenecks and opportunities in working collaboratively.


    • Dennis Hoeff, IQVIA (Large enterprise perspective)
    • Arthur Post Uiterweer, Quantib (SME perspective)
    • Mercedes Tuin, BOM (Investor perspective)
    • TBC, Rotterdam Medical Center, ErasmusMC (Academic perspective)
  • Coffee break (Grand Café)
  • Panel discussion on how to improve the ecosystem (Lincoln Zephyr room)

    Topic: Panel discussion and Q&A on how to improve the ecosystem, reduce struggles and boost innovation at the national and European levels, improve the incubation environment for AI in health research, what scares companies in the health sector and what good practices in the sector.

    Speakers from the previous session and:

    • Gerty Holla, Amsterdam Economic Board
    • Pieter Jeekel, NL AIC
    • Leone Flikweert, Health RI
  • Lunch break
  • Flash talks (5 min presentation) from companies (Lincoln Zephyr room)

    Topic: SME and start-up representatives will present their products and innovative activities in the healthcare sector, struggles and needs for partnerships (up to 10 speakers).

  • Short break
  • Roundtable discussions

    Topic:Flash talk presenters will discuss with participants areas where building collaborations are essential for innovative achievements.

  • Networking drinks


Gerty Holla

Lead Health

Gerty Holla will present the Amsterdam Economic Board’s role in bringing together parties at the intersection of healthcare, artificial intelligence and data. She will also talk about our initiatives Smart Health Amsterdam and Health Data Infrastructure.

More information

Co-organisor Health-RI is closely involved as a partner in the Health Data Infrastructure, an Amsterdam Economic Board initiative.

ELIXIR is a distributed life science data infrastructure connecting 22 countries and over 220 of Europe’s leading life science organisations. It coordinates, integrates and sustains hundreds of databases, software tools, interoperability resources, training and compute resources across its member states.

This research infrastructure manages and safeguards the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research and enables users in academia and industry to access services vital to their research.

Where and when?

Board on stage

Contact us

  • Gerty Holla | Amsterdam Economic Board

    Gerty Holla

    Lead Health

    Amsterdam Economic Board




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