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Science, technology, and care go hand in hand

Science, technology, and care go hand in hand

Over the coming years, we will have to formulate answers to care issues which cut straight through our society. How can we successfully tackle Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other illnesses, how can we ensure that people can enjoy quality of life for longer and stay active longer, and how can we commit ourselves to efficient healthcare which gives society affordable added value?

Care consists of psychological, emotional, social, and physical care, the patient’s life story, and care for the carers. Yet it also consists of research, innovation, and technology. Healthcare goes beyond the boundaries of the disciplines, scientific branches, and health centers. It requires collaboration in order to reach solutions which will make future care a success.

Breaking down barriers

‘At first sight, there seems to be friction between the hard world of science and technology and the soft care sector,’ says Tom Aelbrecht, Head Janssen Campus Office. ‘They’ve both made incredibly great strides. It’s an opportunity to bring those worlds together to speed up innovations which our society is waiting for.’

New healthcare model

We’re moving towards an integrated care model, which covers our health and wellness throughout the entire life cycle. Future solutions won’t consist of medicines on the one hand and care on the other. ‘We’re not going to wait for someone to become ill to do something. No, we’re looking to combine elements, starting with personal health data, which forms the core of more prevention, better diagnostics, and personalized treatment, follow-up, and care. There is now more and more stress on prevention and early detection of illnesses and personalized treatment and new care models,’ says Sonja Willems, Managing Director Janssen Benelux. ‘That progress can only be achieved if the hard world of science and technology and the soft care sector join forces and share knowledge and data,’ Aelbrecht adds.

‘At first sight, there seems to be friction between the hard world of science and technology and the soft care sector.’

Tom Aelbrecht

Head Janssen Campus Office

Effective healthcare

In Flanders, we enjoy the support of effective healthcare. This is based on top-class universities and centers of excellence, good hospitals, research, innovation, and top-level training by committed care providers, from doctors and nurses over volunteer aid workers to biologists, technologists, and engineers. ‘Just imagine what we as a region could achieve if we could bridge the gap and verify innovations and integrate them into the care model fatser, and train future carers in such a way that they could apply the innovations,’ Tom concludes.