Entrepreneur and Scientist, passionate about helping the elderly and chronically ill remain independent for as long as possible.Tell me what you feel when you see elderly people get lonelier every day, while our care is increasingly becoming a luxury product. Don’t you feel the immediate urge to do something about this? I do. When it comes to health care, I feel we should change the way we think and act. Only in this way we can help elderly and chronically ill people stay independent in their own homes for as long as possible, with the personal care and attention they deserve. My passion to make this happen arose when I worked in an elderly care facility, years ago. I saw the loneliness and helplessness of our residents with my own eyes and it moved me deeply. Inspired by this feeling I founded FocusCura, after having finished my studies on Business Administration and Medical Technology at the University of Twente. Since that time, for 8 years in a row FocusCura has been listed as one of the fastest growing Dutch companies and was awarded prizes like ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Most Innovative Company of the Netherlands’, multiple times.Because I believe we should all cooperate in fulfilling our important mission, I decided to share my insights in 10 years of innovation in health care and by initiating the Futurelab for Care: a (virtual) network for knowledge- and idea-sharing. In 2015 I was appointed a councillor in the Council for Health and Society (RVS). This Council, consisting of eight people, provides our Cabinet and Parliament with solicited and unsolicited advice on trends, topics and developments in the domain of Health and Society. I am honored with this appointment and highly motivated to use this role to contribute to society. When I see vulnerable patients who use our innovative technologies actually become more independent, healthier and less lonely… this really makes me tick! Will you join me in realizing this dream?