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29 May 2020

The algorithms of BioRICS, a KU Leuven spin-off, pick up when a body undergoes an infection. The technology will be validated at a foreign pharmaceutical company in the coming months.

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BioRICS, a KU Leuven spin-off, has developed software that detects infections. With the "infection detector" the company wants to break through internationally in 2020. At Milan Lab, known from AC Milan football club, they are already fans of the company.

To realize this international breakthrough, the scale-up (2006°) already raised 500,000 euros of fresh capital from its own shareholders in May and attracted an external CEO with Hans Wilmots (photo below), until recently CEO of the consultancy firm BDO Belgium. Edward de Boer, 16 years CEO of the sports technology company Inmotio Nederland, will join the BioRICS team as Sales & Business Developer. The company is now for the first time looking for external investors to finance its international growth.

The Leuven spin-off company BioRICS convinced with its patented algorithms the renowned Milan Lab of the football team of the same name AC Milan (Italy), but also Adidas (U.S.A.) and Getspeed (Germany). Today BioRICS is ready for the international breakthrough, not only with the existing monitor for chronic stress and energy management, but also with the latest technology for infection monitoring. This technology is currently being validated in a larger medical research project.

"BioRICS, together with KU Leuven, has built a world-renowned research team in "real-time" monitoring of living organisms and has succeeded in being the only one in the world to break down the energy balance of moving people in real time into its sub-components, including the mental energy balance. Moreover, now that BioRICS is also able to detect infections, it is necessary to enter the market in a structured way and with an international mindset," says Daniël Berckmans, founder and chairman of the board of directors.

BioRICS focuses on algorithms to map people's physical and mental health. Among other things, it developed a system that predicts when a driver will fall asleep. But the research of Daniel Berckmans, KU Leuven ordinary professor and founder of BioRICS, also resulted in a revolutionary technique in which the mental component of a person related to physical performance can be measured via simple portable technology on the body. The aim is to better manage and optimize physical as well as mental performance.

Source: Made In Vlaams Brabant
Translated by Leuven MindGate

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