Krystel van Hoof

Krystel van Hoof joined Eucomed in February 2013 as a communications trainee. Prior to this, she has completed an internship as a communications officer at Dentsu Brussels.Krystel is a Dutch national who was mainly raised in Belgium where she received a Dutch/French education after having lived in Switzerland. She also lived in Scotland and Germany during her studies. Krystel holds a Masters degree in Germanic Languages and Literature (English/German) from the University in Liège as well as in Translation (English/German) from the University in Mons-Hainaut. In addition, she recently graduated with great distinction in Multilingual Communication and International Relations from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). As a French/Dutch bilingual, Krystel is fluent in German and English and has got good basic knowledge of Italian.

From the day I embarked on my journey in the world of medical technology as a Eucomed Communications Intern, I have been impressed by the wide spectrum of technological breakthroughs that surges forward with unprecedented speed. At the same time, I have come to realise that innovation plays a key role in the medtech industry as it helps to improve patients’ lives. And one technology that substantially contributes to driving innovation is three-dimensional printing – also termed ‘additional manufacturing’ – which has already been used for the production of medical devices, bones and, most lately, for a tracheal splint that saved a baby’s life. This printing technique takes on yet another dimension when it comes to producing human tissue and manufacturing human organs. However real this may seem, researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey, the United States, have made the impossible possible. The team has conceived a 3-D ‘bionic’ ear, interwoven with electronics and tissue – and capable of hearing radio frequencies by far surpassing the range of a natural human ear. If only Van Gogh and Beethoven were still alive, one would think.
Lady Gaga
Just Dance. People love dancing, whether it be for fun, as a workout or professionally as a dancer performing choreographies with great passion in front of an audience. This passion has resulted in a hip surgery for Lady Gaga, the American singer-songwriter known for such hits as Bad Romance, Poker Face, and – appropriately – Just Dance. For fans all over the world, the hip fracture was a synonym for cancelled concerts and missed opportunities to meet their idol. But why did this happen so suddenly? Why did we not hear about her problems earlier?