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Julien Penders    






Julien Penders is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Bloomlife, where he’s building the future of prenatal health using wearable technologies and predictive analytics. Passionate entrepreneur in digital and mobile health, Julien is committed to the development of technologies that empower people with their own health, towards disease prevention and a healthier life. Julien has over 10-year experience heading international R&D and product teams through the development of innovative health and wellness products for market leaders in both the medical and consumer spaces.

Prior to Bloomlife, Julien was Program Manager then Program Director for Wearable Health at imec. There he has led multiple projects in health and wellness, including the development of a cardiac monitoring patch that was successfully taken to FDA, the development of EEG headsets for brain computer interface, and the development of the reference sensor module for Samsung’s Simband platform.

Julien has (co-) authored over 60 papers and 12 patents in the field of wearable technologies and connected health. He has been a keynote or invited speakers at multiple public events and conferences, including TEDx and the Creativity World Forum. He was general co-chair for the Wireless Health conference in 2013 and 2014. He serves on the IEEE Technical Committee on Biomedical Health Informatics, and sits on the Program Committees for several international conferences. Julien was a 2004/2005 fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Systems Engineering from University of Liege, Belgium (2004), and a M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, MA (2006).


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Presentation abstract


The biggest determinant of lifelong health is the period from conception through the first 1000 days of life. Yet pregnancy and postpartum remain the land that science forgot. Technology used in the hospital has not changed in forty years. Technology used at home is unreliable or simply unavailable. Moms-to-be crave more information. Doctors crave better evidences. The convergence of mobile, wearable tech and machine learning, combined with a growing consumer involvement in their own health, creates a unique opportunity to address the needs of expecting moms and their care team.

Bloomlife combines connected devices and predictive data analytics to provide personalized guidance and reassurance to expecting moms, and better and more timely information to doctors to improve clinical decision-making. We empower expecting moms with convenient and direct access to reliable information, while generating new knowledge on maternal and fetal health thru consumer-generated data.  

This talk will take the audience through the journey of imec entrepreneurs who took up the challenge of improving the health of moms and babies worldwide, from start-up to scale-up. A journey to deliver answers to people’s most profound questions about health and wellbeing, while enabling a radically new, consumer driven, approach to clinical discovery. 


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