11 April 2022 / 15:00 - 17:00
EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Medical Fiber Sensing
Online Event

Endoscopes, catheters, forceps and many other medical devices can be enhanced by the integration of optical sensing fiber. On the range from diagnostics to even tissue ablation tools can benefit from sensing systems. At this meeting, we will learn from clinicians and medical doctors what are the current demands to improve the standard of care, while the photonics value chain will present and discuss their current solutions and new developments.

Spirit of the meetings

During these online technology meetings, we are looking for the challenges the industry is facing and bringing together the entire supply chain to address these challenges. Bringing together end-users with component suppliers and system integrators that will answer the EPIC question “What can you do for them and what can they do for you” creates the perfect foundation to establish new business relationships and find ways for new collaborations and partnerships.


Alexis Méndez is president of MCH Engineering LLC - a firm specializing in optical fiber sensing technology. Dr. Méndez was the former Group Leader of the Fiber Optic Sensors Lab within ABB Corporate Research (USA). He has accumulated over 25 years of experience in optical fiber technology, sensors and photonics. He has written 70 technical publications, published 2 textbooks, holds 5 US patents and is recipient of an R&D-100 award. Dr. Méndez is a Fellow of SPIE, and received a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 1992.

President at MCH Engineering

Éric Pinet graduated as Engineer in Physics and Chemistry from ESPCI ParisTech. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris and moved to Canada where he worked 3 years developing synthetic hydrogels for spinal cord repair at Organogel Canada. He then became a Post-Doctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering department at Laval University in Québec before joining FISO Technologies, where he worked on optical fiber sensors for more than 20 years now. He is presently Principal Research Scientist, specialized in Medical Integration.

Principal Research Scientist at FISO/Resonetics

Mauro Sette gained a MSc in Biomedical engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy), a PhD in Mechanics with a thesis in Robotic Assisted Surgery at the K.U.Leuven in Belgium, since the 2013 he is the CEO of Medyria.

Bram Van Hoe is Director Sales & Marketing at FBGS, a Belgium / Germany based company developing and commercializing fiber optic sensors, measurement systems and complete solutions. FBGS offers a unique combination of In-house expertise and high-volume production capacity, both on fiber and fiber Bragg grating manufacturing as well as on interrogator hardware technology.
Bram Van Hoe graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2008 and obtained his PhD degree from the Centre for Microsystems Technology (CMST), an IMEC associated research lab at Ghent University, in 2013 with a dissertation entitled “Photonic Skin Based on Polymer Embedding of Optical Sensors and Interrogation Units”. He is (co-)author of over 40 publications and co-inventor of 3 patents.

Director Sales & Marketing at FBGS

Stefano is working on medical robotics and on surgery digitization at Asensus Surgical. He is an engineer by education, a passionate inventor by heart, and after spending a life in R&D, he moved his attention to Marketing and to surgical innovation for the benefit of the patient.

Director Surgical Innovation at Asensus

Remco studied applied physics at the University of Twente in The Netherlands and obtained his MSc in 2005. He started his industrial career at ASML in Veldhoven within the Sources and Dose control development group as a lead engineer. In 2009 he moved to TNO Industrial Innovation as an optical research scientist within the field of photonic sensing (fiber optics and integrated optics). Most of his work focused on fiber optics for sensing applications and he started leading the group Fiber Optic Sensor Systems within the Optics department in 2012. At the end of 2014, due to the development of a commercial Fiber Bragg manufacturing tool which was initiated by Remco a few years earlier, he moved to the Hittech group, located in The Hague to pursuit further development and commercialization of the NORIA Fiber Bragg Grating manufacturing tool (currently a product of EPIC member NorthLab photonics). Remco established and led the optics group within Hittech starting November 2014 till December 2017, after which he co-founded Somni Corporation B.V., a startup company focused on the development and manufacturing of Fiber Bragg Grating based sensors.

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