Paul Breedveld

Paul Breedveld received the M.Sc.(Hons.) and Ph.D.(Hons.) degrees in mechanical engineering from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft, The Netherlands, in 1991 and 1996, respectively. Extending his experience in space robotics to the medical field, he continued his research with developing ingenious surgical devices inspired by smart solutions in nature, sponsored by a personal research grant from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Collaborating with a number of academic hospitals, medical companies and technical and biological research groups, the research within Breedveld’s group BITE (Bio-Inspired Technology) has resulted in a number of patents that are being commercialized by (spin-off) companies. Dr. Breedveld being a Member of the BIOKON International Bio-mimetics Association, having received a number of prizes and awards, and being a leading Researcher in a number of (inter-)national research programmes, his research received an award in 2012 with a prestigious Dutch VICI research grant on the development of dendritic manoeuvrable devices for endonasal skull base surgery, and in 2013, with an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek personal professorship at TU Delft. In 2014, he became Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering of TU Delft.

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Steerable Catheters in Cardiology: Classifying Steerability and Assessing Future Challenges
A large variety of commercially available catheters exist, being adopted in different treatments in interventional cardiology. However, a number of complications arises in positioning and steering the catheters due to the complex and dynamic cardiac environment. As a result, both... Read more