Dr. Luc Belmans – CEO
Luc is a doctor by education and has additional Master in the processing of health data but followed also many additional courses within computer science. He is the founder and the driving force of MEDAMAN. With many years of experience as Medical Director in several Hospitals and Doctor in charge of Hospital Data and based on the conviction that insufficient action is actually being taken with the large mountain of data on which each hospital has, Luc was prompted to found his company and brainchild Medaman in 2019. He assisted many hospitals with advice on hospital financing. He also likes to teach about ICD 10 coding and processing of medical data. Medaman became also recently certified SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) for EHDEN (European Health Data Evidence Network), the European data network that aims to gain better insights into Real World data by collecting large amounts of observational data in order to obtain better outcomes for patients. The task of an SME is to check the large amount of data that the data partners provide for the required quality and to convert it into the OMOP-CDM model (Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership Common Data model), a kind of universal code language, in which local codes such as ICD 9, ICD 10, … are converted. This is to optimize the uniformity and comparability of data.
Prof. Dr. Manu Malbrain – Chief Medical Officer
Manu qualified as MD from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1991 (greatest distinction). He was Medial Director (CMO) of the Jan Palfijn Hospital in Ghent, Belgium until february 2022 when he joined MEDAMAN. In the past, he has been Director of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) in different Belgian hospitals (Ste-Anne St-Remi in Anderlecht, Europa Hospitals site Ste-Elisabeth in Ukkel, Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen ZNA Stuivenberg and St-Erasmus in Antwerp where he was also responsible for the High Care Burn Unit and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and the University Hospital Brussels (UZB) in Jette). He was medical director of the ZNA Stuivenberg and St-Erasmus hospitals between 2013-2017. He is a critical care physician (1997) with a basic training in internal medicine (1996) and he is actively involved in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and the European Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) as member of the Scientific Subcommittee. He studied the effects of raised intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in general ICU patients for the last 30 years. He is the founding President and actual Treasurer of the Abdominal Compartment Society (formerly known as World Society on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, WSACS, www.wsacs.org) and he co-chaired the previous 9 bi-annual WCACS meetings since 2004. He is co-founder of the International Fluid Academy (www.fluidacademy.org) and co-chaired the first 10 iFAD meetings since 2011. Besides IAP, sepsis and fluid management, his favorite topic is less invasive (hemodynamic) monitoring and he enjoys (bedside) teaching, training and education. In 2003 he was the first ESICM Chris Stoutenbeek Award winner in Amsterdam with a study protocol on different IAP measurement methods and he successfully defended his PhD doctorate’s thesis in 2007 on the same topic (KU Leuven). Over the years, he gave more than 1000 lectures at (inter)national scientific meetings. He is the author and co-author of more than 330 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters and two complete books on abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS), one of which has been translated into Spanish. His cumulative h-index is 54 on Scopus and 72 on GoogleScholar (with a total of 24856 citations). He was Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) between 2017-2020 and currently he is Professor of Critical Care Research at the First Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy of the Medical University of Lublin in Poland.
Dr. Dries Tant – Chief Innovation Officer
Dries is an emergency physician by education with an additional Master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Health Economics. Currently still active in the clinical world as an emergency physician, doctor geriatrics and palliative doctor but also as a tropical doctor in Rwanda and Congo. His interest and knowledge about Hospital Data , Real World Evidence Data, Python, Power Bi help him enormously in his activities with MEDMAN. In the preparation of ICD-10 courses of the non-profit association and learning platform “The Institute” from Bruges, Belgium, he ran into Luc Belmans who made him enthusiastic about the projects of MEDAMAN.
Geert Byttebier – Medical Data Analist
Geert is an engineer and medical statistician by training with a heart for statistics and figures. In a previous life Geert built up an immense network by applying his knowledge within various pharma companies such as Janssen Pharmaceutica. Within the academic world, this gentleman mastering figures is a welcome guest because of his correct approach. He currently maintains close contacts with universities and researchers all over the world for Medaman and with his professional knowledge he supervises many publications, including recent publications on the use of statins and ACE inhibitors / sartans for the survival of Covid patients. He is also a welcome guest within OHDI (Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics) or the global version of EHDEN.
Marc Lamont- Business Development Officer
Marc has a Master in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and an additional Master of Business Administration from the North Western University Chicago in collaboration with the Flanders Business School, Antwerp, Belgium. He had a long Global Business career in senior executive roles with some very well-known Healthcare companies like Baxter Healthcare, Boston Scientific and Canon Medical but built also the global business for some smaller companies and start-ups like Eurogentec (genomics and proteomics) , Clintec (joint venture Baxter – Nestlé) , Nexell (Stem Cell Therapies) and icometrix (Digital Healthcare AI). Marc was responsible for building many new business activities worldwide with those companies, both under the umbrella of large well-known companies as with smaller start-up and scale-up companies. During his career he worked in more than 65 countries worldwide, making business successful under very different conditions and cultural differences. He is also the author of several management books about building new businesses like the book “Growing Start-Up and Scale-Up Activities into a Successful Business”. Marc is also a mentor with IMEC: IMEC is a world-renowned research center for nanoelectronics and digital technology. At the same time, it is a Flemish organization that maintains strong ties with local actors to accelerate digital transformation. Marc is also a mentor with imec.istart: since 2011 imec.istart is one of Europe’s first startup accelerators.