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29-30 November 2023
EPIC Meeting on Photonics assisted Cancer Pathology and Surgery at University Hospital Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

EPIC Members
290.00 Excl. VAT
Invited companies
290.00 Excl. VAT
490.00 Excl. VAT

Photonics technologies has paved new pathways for cancer research and treatment. The special characteristics of laser light have allowed to use it as the illumination source for early detection of cancers, in combination with photonics sensors, or as a surgical tool for clear cutting and drilling in tissues. The advances in photonics technology have also enabled the development of powerful imaging systems for the visualization of detailed structures, also improving the imaging depth into living tissues. Spectroscopy and other photonics analytical techniques are also widely used in cancer detection, and new point-of-care devices and biosensors have been developed, taken advantage of the great properties of the light to obtain faster, more compact and more reliable devices. Photonics enabled technologies such as Raman, surgical laser, OCT, endoscopy, hyperspectral imaging, photoacoustic tomography, fluorescence… have the potential to introduce new solutions and equipment at hospitals and clinics.

In this meeting we will bring together the full value chain of diagnostic and therapeutic related technologies and devices, used in different oncological diseases. Medical doctors will present the status of the technology and their future needs, as a starting point to discuss with system integrators and laser and photonic devices manufacturers the potential solutions to overcome the existing limitations. The meeting will enable new paths for collaborations as unmet needs meet technology capabilities, and it will help to understand the specific regulations and certifications required for devices used in medical applications.


28 November, Tuesday

19:00 – 22:00 Optional pre-event dinner @MadeinAntwerp Restaurant (address: Koningin Astridplein 7 2018 Antwerp)

29 November, Wednesday

11:00: Bus transfer to Antwerp University Hospital (address: Drie Eikenstraat 655, 2650 Edegem, Belgium)

11:45 – 13:00 Registration & networking lunch
13:00 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Antonio Castelo, Photonics Technology Manager at EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:15 – 13:45 Welcoming words by Senada Koljenovic, Professor and Head of Department of Pathology – Antwerp University Hospital

13:45 – 15:30 SESSION 1: Diagnostics Using Imaging Techniques
13:45 – 14:15 KEYNOTE: TBA
14:15 – 14:30 Universitatsklinikum Jena – Franziska Hoffmann, Group Leader (Germany)
14:30 – 14:45 Cambridge Raman ImagingBroadband Stimulated Raman Histology for Objective, AI Assisted Tumour Diagnosis – Matteo Negro, CEO & CTO (Italy)
14:45 – 15:00 Refined LasersClinical-Compatible Stimulated Raman Imaging Device for Intraoperative Histology of Fresh Tissue Samples – Tim Hellwig, CEO & Co-Founder (Germany)
15:00 – 15:15 TBA.
15:15 – 15:30 NIREOS – Fabrizio Preda, CEO (Italy)

15:30 – 16:15 Networking coffee break

16:15 – 18:00 SESSION 2: Photonics Technologies for Diagnostics
16:15 – 16:45 KEYNOTE: TBA.
16:45 – 17:00 TBA.
17:00 – 17:15 TBA.
17:15 – 17:30 RiverD – Development of a Fiber Optic Technology Platform for Raman Spectroscopic Tissue Analysis – Gerwin Puppels, Managing Director (The Netherlands)
17:30 – 17:45 SurfixA Photonics Platform for Multiplexed Liquid Biopsy-based Cancer Screening, Detection and Monitoring – Luc Scheres, CTO (The Netherlands)
17:45 – 18:00 TBA.

18:30 Departure to the dinner place
19:00 – 22:30 Networking dinner @Afspanning de Jachthoorn (address: Doornstraat 11, 2550 Kontich, Belgium)
22:30 Bus transfer to Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

30 November, Thursday

09:00 – 10:15 SESSION 3: Photonics (Guided) Therapy
08:45 – 09:15 KEYNOTE: TBA.
09:15 – 09:30 SIPC – Swiss International Prostate Center – Stefano Regusci, MD Urologist (Switzerland)
09:30 – 09:45 TBA.
09:45 – 10:00 IMECEnabling Advanced Surgical Vision through Spectral Imaging – Wouter Charle, Program Manager (Belgium)
10:00 – 10:15 Modulight – Petteri Uusimaa, Founder & CTO
10:15 – 10:30 LISA LaserHybrid Thulium Lasers in Endourology – Samir Lamrini, R&D Manager (Germany)

10:15 – 11:00 Networking coffee break

11:00 – 12:45 SESSION 4: Fastlane to the Clinic: Regulatory Aspects and Documentation and Certification Requirements
11:00 – 11:30 KEYNOTE: TBA.
11:30 – 11:45 MD squaredClinical Evaluation: What Does it Take to Bring Your Meaningful Innovation to the Market? Getting from the Right Indication to the Right Clinical Data to Show Safety & Performance – Claus Schaffrath, Managing Director
11:45 – 12:00 TBA.
12:00 – 12:15 TBA.
12:15 – 12:30 TBA.
12:30 – 12:45 TBA.

12:45 – 13:30 Networking Lunch

Optional bus transfer to the Airport


We recommend to book your room at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp (address: Koningin Astridplein 7B, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium) directly or using or any other hotel nearby.

The bus transfers will be organized from / to UZA/ dinner place to / from Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel only.



More speakers will be announced soon.

Supported By
Program Manager
Antonio Castelo, PhD
Antonio Castelo, PhD
Technology Manager for Bio-Medical and Lasers
Event Manager
Natascha Orban
Natascha Orban
Events Manager

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