Redefining MedTECH

The MedLim start-up program accelerates start-ups that want to bring a new medical device and/or technology to the global market. The MedLim program has been initiated by Medtronic and LIOF, together with the expertise centers Brightlands Maastricht University, Medace, and imec.istart. MedLim provides unique and profound experience and knowledge to help startups.

The winners of 2021 visited Limburg

On June 4th we concluded the MedLim Pitch Event with two awards: a jury award and a public award. The jury award was for Paragate Medical. The audience chose Oivi. Both winners got the opportunity to come to Limburg in the autumn for an in depth program and introduction to relevant partners in this Medtech region. In october we welcomed both winners.


Oivi’s Oivi’s visit to Maastricht started om Monday with a visit to the Eye clinic, several experts within the academical hospital Maastricht UMC+ and the exploration of the Maastricht study. Tuesday was totally focussed on reimbursement. From an expert we got insights in the Dutch health care system, and talked about EU market introduction strategy. Tip: get in contact with patient- and doctor organizations in an early stage and get their feedback on your development. Wednesday we visited a health care insurer, Medtronic Bakken Research Center and Medace. And finally on Thursday we met with manufacturing company about production possibilities and visited the Euregional expo Limburg Leads. It was a week in which all pieces fell into place for Limburg as top ecosystem and foot hold location for soft landing!

Paragate Medical

Paragate’s visit started with a day filled with meetings with experts of Medtronic Bakken Research Center where very useful discussions took place. Tuesday was focused on healthcare packaging with visits in Venray, and distributor meeting for the cardiac market. Wednesday we started our day with outsource assembly company in Aachen. Later we visited Medace Maastricht where we got a tour of their flex use cleanroom facilities and spoke to medical products engineering company in Maastricht. We also ended the day in Aachen, with a visit to AmiCare – the MUMC+/Klinikum cardiorenal research cooperation for discussing clinical project. And finally on Thursday we had several meetings with Investment managers of LIOF, Thuja Capital and Brightlands Venture Partners. A lot of knowledge and contacts were shared this week!

The Medlim Fast Track Acceleration Program

You can work on your start-up with support of experts to develop the business model, vision/mission, market insights, positioning, product development roadmap and investment readiness.

The MedLim Matchmaking & Fast Track Acceleration Program  is set up to support startups/scaleups in bringing new medical devices and/or technologies to the  global market. More specifically, the MedLim program is looking for startups/scaleups that are developing breakthrough, innovative MedTech products and services in the Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Neurological & Orthopedic (spine) domains. To get a better understanding of the opportunities in the “Limburg region” and to have a close collaboration with Medtronic experts, the “Limburg Region can offer you a free of charge intensive 3-week fast track acceleration program onsite (accommodation will be paid by MedLim for max. 2 participants/startup). A collaboration with MedLim and the expertise partners is unique as they will provide support with world class experts in the field of business, medical device development, regulatory, IP and financing.

Meet the 9 start-ups of 2021

During 21 Boardoom Pitches the jury saw lots of talent, entrepreneurschip and ambition. A selection of our great candidates was not an easy feat!

We’re extremely proud to announce that no less than 9 high-potential startups have officialy joined MedLim!


Aortic diseases are a life-threatening condition. Aortic dissection, the most catastrophic, has a mortality up to 50%. Current treatments, originally designed for aortic aneurysms, present unacceptable mortality and morbidity rates. Aortyx aims at reducing mortality and morbidity by delivering specific and disruptive treatments for aortic diseases patients. Our goal is to change the paradigm of temporary repair to definitive regeneration.

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Advancing transcatheter mitral valve repair



Epihunter helps people with a brain disorder. We develop and market EEG-driven digital diagnostics (DDx) and therapeutics (DTx) with evidence-based outcomes that normalize the daily life of our users. The daily use of our solutions generates valuable real-world data and insights for doctors, insurers, and the industry.

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MedicQuant’s mission is to enable a rapid, simple and local test for measuring drug levels in patients, to provide clinicians with the answers they need for rapid and life-saving management. Our first product focuses on measuring new anticoagulants (DOACs) in the urgent care.



Oivi will prevent blindness in 10 000 people within 5 years of starting the company.


Neurosoft Bioelectronics

Our mission is to provide better monitoring & treatments for patients suffering from neurological disorders.

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Paragate Medical

To prevent fluid overload in Chronic Heart & Kidney Failure patients & shift weight of chronic disease treatment towards home-based care

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Pulsify Medical

The ultrasound monitoring patch


Uman Sense

Today, people who suffer from a stroke can be cured. Still, most stroke victims do not receive proper treatment in time. We want to change that.

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The expertise partners

The founding partners Medtronic and LIOF, together with the expertise centers Brightlands Maastricht University, Medace, and imec.istart provide unique and profound experience and knowledge to help startups.


Making healthcare better is our priority, and we believe medical technology can play an even greater role in improving people’s lives. With challenges facing families and healthcare systems – such as rsing costs, aging population, and the burden of chronic disease – we are harnessing the power of technology to take healthcare further, Innovation and collaboration are central to who we are.

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LIOF has a lot of experience in investing in medical startups. We help small and medium-sized businesses with innovative ideas, business plans and financing requests, and aids entrepreneurs who want to establish themselves in Limburg. We also help entrepreneurs with cross-border cooperation and international trade.

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imec.istart – the number 1 tech startup accelerator in Europe – will support you during the acceleration program with coaching and personalized workshops.

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Maastricht University

Maastricht University actively facilitates the development of innovations related to health and life sciences through the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus.

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Medace has extensive expertise in supporting academic groups and companies with innovative medical concepts in need of technical, quality and clinical expertise

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MedLim: your access to a successful start!

“We combined our strengths in this fast track acceleration program Medlim. On behalf of Medtronic and LIOF I welcome you here. Together with Imec, Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and Medace we are eager to realize your ambitions as a successful startup! So now it is up to you to show your company’s strengths!” Tys van Elk, managing director LIOF

Accelerate your medical device startup!

Leo Kretzers of Medtronic on Medlim: the unique incubator for Medtech startups in Limburg.

What’s in it for you?

Once selected, you will have the unique opportunity to benefit from the expert know-how, network, collaboration & funding opportunities of the MedLim Partners:

• Medtronic – as a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions – will share its extensive expertise, with an emphasis on achieving a good quality system and correct documentation to prepare the ventures for human feasibility and potential collaboration options / financing. • In terms of clinical validation support, the ecosystem also has a lot to offer in the form of in-depth knowledge available at the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and facilities such as the Medace cleanroom. • LIOF offers access to a large network in the Limburg region as well as financing options. • Interaction with other startups/scaleups • Pitch event for investors and a follow-up roadshow with relevant investors.

Get in touch

For more information you can contact Ann Van Mele at Imec: T +32 474 27 39 25

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