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.

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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. 

Prof. Jos Vander Sloten

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.

Nicole Wake

Nicole Wake, PhD is the Director of the 3D Imaging Lab at Montefiore Medical Center, an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Instructor of Radiology at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Wake specializes in creating 3D images from radiological imaging data. Specifically, she has coupled MRI data with a range of 3D printing, augmented reality, and virtual reality technologies to create individualized anatomically precise anatomic models for pre-operative planning. She is using these models to guide patient management and is investigating the added value of 3D modeling in personalized medical care. Dr. Wake is currently the Treasurer for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 3D Printing Special Interest Group and is actively involved in the North American reimbursement efforts for 3D printing in hospitals. She is the author of numerous high-impact publications evaluating 3D printing in medicine and is an Associate Editor for the 3D Printing in Medicine Journal.

David Lloyd

David Lloyd is a Professor of Biomechanical Engineering in the School of Allied Health Sciences and director of the Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE) in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. GCORE is an alliance between Griffith University, the Gold Coast University Hospital and other hospitals on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. David was also co-founder of and a Professor in Griffith’s new Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute (ADaPT), and leads ADaPT’s Medical Domain. David is a mechanical engineer who first worked in the aeronautical industry, but then completed a PhD at the University of New South Wales and post-doctoral training in computational biomechanics and neurophysiology at the premier Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Medical School.

Flowing from David’s career in biomechanical engineering he is now an elected Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics, recipient of the 2020 Geoffrey Dyson Award by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, and named 2019 Field Leader in Biophysics in Australia. David and team have developed computer-simulation methods to study the causes, prevention, and management of various neuromusculoskeletal conditions. These methods and technologies are now being adopted worldwide in laboratories, orthopaedics and neurorehabilitation industries.

David and team are currently developing accurate personalised digital twins of humans and devices with real-time capabilities by combining data from laboratory-based instrumentation, multimodal medical imaging and wireless wearable devices. These technologies are being applied to a range of medical diagnostics and devices including personalised surgical planning, implant design and manufacture, and assistive devices. David and team work with hospitals, and sporting organisations, and medical imaging, orthopaedic, and wearable device companies. He has published more than 240 full refereed scientific articles, in excess of 320 refereed conference abstracts, which have attracted over 14100 citations with a H index of 62 (Google Scholar). David has been a chief investigator on successful grants awarded more than $AUD26 Million in research funding.