Meet the Judges
Every case submitted for participation in the Mimics Innovation Awards is thoroughly evaluated by an independent, international jury, composed of experts in advanced 3D medical image processing. Based on pre-defined criteria they select the most innovative cases.
Wilfried Vancraen, Msc MBA
Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen began his career in 1985 after graduating with a Master of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Working as a Research Engineer and Consultant at the Research Institute of the Belgian Metalworking Industry, Fried discovered 3D Printing. Passionate about this new technology and firm in his belief that it could help create a better and healthier world, he founded Materialise in July 1990.
In recent years, Fried has been awarded the RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award, the highest honor in the 3D Printing industry, and has been selected as the most influential person in Additive Manufacturing by industry professionals and TCT Magazine. He has been listed as one of the 5 leading players in his sector by the Financial Times, and is also the recipient of a 2013 Visionaries! Award from the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Assistant. Prof. Ellen Roche
Ellen Roche is an Assistant Professor between Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Medical Engineering Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She did her postdoctoral research fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She completed her PhD at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on applying innovative technologies to the development of cardiac devices.
Her research includes development of novel devices to repair or augment cardiac function using disruptive approaches such as soft robotics, combination of mechanical actuation with delivery of cell therapy, and use of light activated biodegradable adhesives. Prof. Roche was employed in the medical device industry for over five years as a research and development engineer, and understands the regulatory pathways to medical device commercialization.
Prof. Roche has 10 patent applications and over 40 conference/journal papers. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award, the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science and an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Award.
Prof. Jos Vander Sloten
Prof. Jos Vander Sloten (°1962) obtained his MSc and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Leuven in 1985 and 1990 respectively. His first years with the university were spent as a research assistant, and later as a post-doctoral researcher for the Fund of Scientific Research in Flanders, specializing in musculoskeletal biomechanics. Currently he is a tenured Professor and Chair within the Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design at the University of Leuven. He also chairs the Leuven Medical Technology Centre (L-MTC), which he founded in 2008. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the spin-off company Custom8. His teaching assignments include engineering mechanics, problem-solving, engineering design and computer integrated surgery systems.
His research interests include computer applications in musculoskeletal biomechanics and computer-integrated surgery, a topic on which he has authored over 160 journal papers. He was recently elected Founding Fellow of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) due to his long involvement in the running of the society.
Assoc. Prof. Hanna Issakson
Associate Professor Hanna Isaksson obtained her doctoral degree in 2007 from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands in collaboration with the AO Research institute in Davos, Switzerland, focusing on mechanobiological modeling of bone regeneration. She spent three years as a post-doc at University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, working on experimental methods to determine bone quality in metabolic bone diseases before settling in Sweden in 2011 where she obtained a faculty position at Lund University. She is currently an Associate Professor with dual affiliations in Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedics. Her biomechanics research group is focusing on functional imaging and statistical shape modeling of bone, as well as on improvement of bone quality during fracture repair. She has authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and is currently Vice President and Chair of the Awards Committee for the European Society of Biomechanics.