Flex-to-Rigid, the integration platform for the next generation smart catheters.
Flex-to-Rigid (F2R) is a micro-fabrication based integration/assembly platform that allows complex heterogeneous electronic systems to be squeezed into the tiny volumes available at the tip of smart catheters. Although F2R was specifically developed for complex IVUS and ICE ultra-sound imaging catheters, this open platform can be used in many applications where extreme miniaturization is required.
Ronald Dekker received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven and his PhD from the Technical University of Delft. He joined Philips Research in 1988 where he worked on the development of RF technologies for mobile communication. Since 2000 his focus shifted to the integration of complex electronic sensor functionality on the tip of the smallest minimal invasive instruments such as catheters and guide-wires. In 2007 he was appointed part time professor at the Technical University of Delft with a focus on Organ-on-Chip devices. He published in leading Journals and conferences and holds in excess of 50 patents.