Mission Statement

When integrated, surgical training and technological innovation will yield the highest possible level of surgical care. To drive this concept, Orsi InnoTech wants to create a new paradigm for translational research in innovative surgical technologies.


Realization of so-called precision surgery means that -next to being proficiently trained- a surgeon has to be equipped with the most optimal tools for the job. Technological innovations development have allowed surgical care to meet today’s standards. In other words, technological innovations mean surgery can address the societal demand for personalized medicine. Examples of such innovations are the routine use of minimally invasive laparoscopic or robot-assisted procedures. The positive impact of these enabling technologies on the level of surgical care is evident. That said, relying on e.g. laparoscopic and endoscopic interventions has reduced the surgeon’s connection to the patient, which in turn has created a demand for technologies that: 1) enable surgeons to identify specific anatomies e.g. image guided surgery or 2) tools that enhance the surgeons “cutting” accuracy and positioning accuracy. To help address the need for surgical technologies, we now complement our activities in surgical training (Orsi Academy) with efforts in the area of R&D (Orsi InnoTech).

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Benefits for public and private partners

At Orsi InnoTech, we have an independent R&D strategy towards the realisation of innovative surgical training programs and (enabling) medical technologies. In addition, we make our expert knowledge and a state-of-the-art surgical facility available to accommodate external partners in high-level preclinical evaluation studies that intent to:

  • optimize product performance
  • speed up clinical translation and
  • increase the success rate of clinical evaluation studies e.g. by minimizing the chance of patient exposure to product-associated side-effects

Our InnoTech activities are supported by experts with backgrounds in (veterinary) medicine, biology, chemistry, mechanical and software engineering and/or physics. As result of our longstanding expertise in research, we can support private or public partners at any point in their development trajectory. Following an initial consultancy wherein an external customer describes the status of their enabling technology and the desired end-goals, we offer a tailored development package that is focused on accommodating product transition into clinical care. For early stage initiatives, we can partner-up and help provide a one-stop-shop R&D collaboration. If needed, we can help our customers build their product-development team by including the expertise of our trusted academic and/or commercial partners. Following preclinical validations, we can call upon Orsi’s strong (inter)national network of renowned surgeons to ensure translation into high-quality first-in-human trails.

By housing Orsi Academy & Orsi InnoTech under the same roof, we stimulate the connection between researchers/companies and clinical end-users. This provides a unique entrepreneurial platform that drives product valorisation. By matching R&D efforts with product-tailored training modules we are also support our partners in realizing a level of expert medical education that surpasses that of most academic centres. This unique setting, combined with our meeting rooms, lecture halls, and video broadcasting facilities also is optimally equipped for knowledge transfer.

All combined we feel confident that the eminent R&D possibilities that our setting at Orsi InnoTech offers is un-matched.


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IMPORTANT: Some events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New dates will be determined soon! Thank you for your understanding!


POSTPONED | 24/11/2020 | Workshop: HR and recruitment for MedTech Startups

What? Are you a MedTech startup and do you want to gain some insights and inspiration about HR processes and recruitment? Do you want to learn how to attract the right complementary profiles to your startup?
Where? Orsi Academy


POSTPONED | 01/12/2020 | Raising capital in HealthTech

What? Funders and start ups united
Where? Orsi Academy


CONFIRMED | 29/04/2021 | 13:00-18:00 | The Big Score: HealthTech Session

What? Eight startups active in MedTech, Digital Health and BioTech will showcase their latest innovations and receive valuable business feedback from an expert panel of industry thought leaders, investors and corporate innovators.
Where? Orsi Academy

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In cooperation with the city of Ghent, BlueHealth Innovation Center (BHIC) and flanders.health


POSTPONED | 22/06/2021 | EIC Procurement Day

What? Pitch your innovation to procurers from the Medical & MedTech industry! Take your chance to participate in company pitches, business speed dating & B2B matchmaking!
Where? Orsi Academy
In cooperation with the European Commission & European Innovation Council (EIC)


29/09/2020 | Regulatory Check Up Day

What? Take your chance as MedTech start-up to get one-on-one meetings with experts from the field!
Where? Orsi Academy
In cooperation with Medidee

08/10/2020 | Coming to America

What? Looking to enter the American markets with your medical solutions but don’t know the best way?
In cooperation with ScaleHealth Center

19/10/2020 | Business Models in Healthcare

What? Get advice to build a strong business and brand!
Where? Orsi Academy
In cooperation with Blue Health Innovation Center



preclinical development

As a service, ORSI offers the opportunity to companies and CRO’s to do assist in preclinical development and preclinical studies at the ORSI premises.


A young medtech company?

We can offer guidance with strategic partners: setting up trials, what studies will I need, help writing protocol, design sprints and workshops, industry expert feedback, Study directors, QA/RA profiles...


Bring your client to ORSI for their preclinical testing needs. We providestate of the art infrastructure, guidance of industry experts, animal models (incl. OR, Technicians, vets, anesthesiologists, …)

A corporate (medical, pharma, …)

Come to ORSI for preclinical testing needs. We provide state of the art infrastructure, guidance of industry experts, animal models (incl. OR, Technicians, vets, anesthesiologists, …)


Orsi Academy has its own e-learning platform, centralizing the best of existing educational content and making it accessible for approved users.

Step-by-step videos with explanatory textual information are provided in the video-library next to didactic material. Proctors can push specific content to course participants prior to the course or allow alumni to consult course material later on in their career. Next to these sections, links to a wide variety of discipline-specific literature can be found on the platform.

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