What drives me?

I am an experienced healthcare technology innovator and purpose-driven entrepreneur, committed to ensuring innovations reach their full potential to improve human health and improve societal outcomes.

In 2016, I founded Immersive Rehab, a digital therapeutics startup focused on creating engaging and personalised neurorehabili­tation programmes using virtual reality with the aim to improve patient outcomes­ and to enhance patient assessments by healthcare professionals. I have also led a number of strategic research and technology transfer projects at Imperial College London and University College London, I have been in charge of global innovation and policy projects at several international nonprofits, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations like UNESCO and the Global Disability Innovation Hub, and have worked in academia as a scientist and lecturer. As an Innovation Consultant and Fractional Executive, I am currently advising purpose-driven organisations of all sizes - with a particular focus on healthcare technology - on their business, innovation and product strategy.

With a background in Electro-Mechanical Engineering (MSc) and as a Biomedical Engineering Scientist (PhD), I am passionate about healthcare technologies, digital health, immersive technologies and its applications in healthcare, using tech for good, social entrepreneurship and innovation, and promoting diversity in science & tech.

My work experience 

Focus areas: Healthcare technology innovation, Innovation strategy, Business development, Strategic partnerships, Discovery & Ideation, Design thinking, Change management, R&D strategy & implementation processes, Product design & strategy, Academic-corporate partnerships, Service design, Fundraising, Innovation funding advice, Grant funding advice

Who have I worked with? Startups; small businesses; spinouts; product design studios like Ctrl Group; social enterprises, nonprofits & NGOs like the Global Disability Innovation Hub; governments; academia; intergovernmental organisations; corporate clients

Business verticals: Tech For Good, Healthcare, Digital Health, MedTech, Assistive Technologies, BioTech, FemTech, Mental Health, Immersive Technologies in healthcare (VR/AR/XR), Remote Care/Telehealth, International Development

More about my offered services and expertise here: Innovation Consultancy - Dr Isabel Van De Keere

Focus areas: Digital health R&D, Digital therapeutics, Software as a Medical Device product development, Clinical trial design & execution, Use of immersive technologies in healthcare settings,  Medical device design processes, Use of wearables in healthcare

Where? Immersive Rehab

Focus areas: Translational Research strategy, Innovation funding, Research grant funding, Academic-corporate partnerships, Technology transfer strategy

Where? University College London (UCL); Imperial College London; European Patent Office

Focus areas: Healthcare innovation, Global healthcare management, Design thinking in healthcare innovation, Healthcare innovation in the digital age

Where? UCL Global Business School for Health; EDHEC Business School

Focus Areas: International collaborative research partnerships, Grant funding proposal & research management, Engineering & natural sciences, International development, Global Health

Where? UNESCO; European Science Foundation

Focus areas: Biomaterials, Medical Implants, Biomedical engineering, Medical device design, Biomechanics, Bionanotechnology, Materials sciences

Where? Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Chalmers University of Technology

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My education