Chris Van Hoof is senior director of connected health solutions at imec in Leuven, Belgium and Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Imec fellow. He has a track record of thirty years of initiating, executing and leading national and international contract R&D at Imec. He’s passionate about creating things that really work, and his R&D has resulted in five Imec startups (four in the healthcare domain) and he has delivered flight hardware to two European Space Agency missions. He has taken wearable health at Imec from embryonic research to a business line with leading customers in the medical and consumer space. After a PhD in electrical engineering (KU Leuven, 1992), he has held positions at Imec at manager and director level in diverse technical fields (sensors and imagers, MEMS and autonomous microsystems, wireless sensors, body-area networks). He’s also a full professor at KU Leuven.