Bioengineering and Medtech against Cancer


24 November 2020 - 25 November 2020


To meet the challenges in healthcare of the 21st century, we need to develop novel approaches by combining Bioengineering and Medtech to cancer diagnosis and prognosis. Each has a role to play in this open innovation model: clinician, engineers, industrials, entrepreneurs, doctors, MedTech companies and, of course, patients.

It’s in this optic, to bring together the different stakeholders and increase collaborations, that the digital oncology short course will take place the 24th and 25th of November 2020 in collaboration with IBEC and the Biocat.


Day 1


9h00 –9h15

Opening ceremony (Medicen, Biocat, IBEC)


9h15 – 10h15 (Session 1)

Liquid biopsies – Towards an early diagnosis and real-time

monitoring of cancer (Chair: Joan Montero)

•     Päivi Östling - Karolinska Institutet - Finland

•     Julien Taieb - AP-HP, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou – France – tbc


10h15 – 10h30



10h30 – 11h30 (Session 2)

Tumor-on-chip – a 3D tool for precision oncology (Chair: Nuria Montserrat)

•     Stephanie Descroix - Centre de recherche de l'Institut Curie- France

•     Matthias Lutolf- Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) -Switzerland



14h00 – 15h00 (Session 3)

CAR-T cells: engineering patients’ immune cells for cancer treatment (Chair: Elias Campo)

•     Alvaro Urbano-Ispizua - Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC) - Spain

•     Sonia Guedan - IDIBAPS – Spain


15h00 – 15h10



15h10 – 16h10 (Session 4)

Mechanics of cancer growth and migration (Chair: Pere Roca-Cusachs)

•     Laura Machesky - Beatson Institute for Cancer Research – UK

•     Jochen Guck - Max Planck Institute - Germany


16h15 - 17h00

Open round table for the general public



Day 2


9h00 – 10h00

(Session 5)

Tumor-targeted drug delivery systems (Chair: Samuel Sanchez)

•     Maria José Alonso - Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC)- Spain

•     Jan Van Hest - Eindhoven University - The Netherlands

10h00 – 10h15


10h15 – 11h15 (Session 6)

Making it happen (Chair: Teresa Sanchis)

•     Luís Pareras - Invivo Capital Partners, SGEIC, S.A. – Spain

•     Laia Crespo - Sanofi Ventures- France

•     Jan-Willem VAN DE LOO - European Commission


14h00 – 16h00 (Innovation track)

Pitch of start-ups and R&D projects

16h00 – 18h00

Partnering session

18h05 – 18h20

Closing ceremony of the short course


In this context, Medicen Paris Region and Biocat launch a call for expression of interest for a pitch elevator session! The objective is to identify and federate international actors of the oncology field to pitch their innovations in front of renown experts.

Who can participate? Startups, potential entrepreneurs (at the proof of concept stage) and project holders.

NEW Deadline: Application before 18th of October 2020. 

>> Registration


>> Expression of Interest

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