Iddo is business director at the Digital Society Institute DSI of the University of Twente (UT), one of the largest academic IT research institutes in Europe with over 450 researchers working together on present-day technological, economic and social challenges. Since 2017, Iddo is also program manager for all robotics activities at the UT, with participation of technical groups (electrical & mechanical engineering, computer science) and groups from behavioral, management and social sciences (ethics, philosophy, legislation). As member of the DIH-HERO Management Team, Iddo is responsible for the Business & Innovation aspects of this pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs focusing on HEalthcare RObotics. This Horizon2020 project started in January 2019 and receives 16 mln. Euro funding from the EC. DIH-HERO provides an European network of innovation hubs supporting and stimulating robotics innovation in all aspects of healthcare, from surgical intervention to care at home. Aim is to accelerate robotics innovation in healthcare, and to ensure that SMEs can develop global reach and that the advantages of robotics based healthcare can be propagated across Europe.
Prior to these positions, Iddo was business director at the UT Institute for Biomedical Technology BMTi (in 2017 renamed into TechMed Center). During this period, he coordinated several EU research networks with participants from universities, industry and health care providers. Iddo also worked with the Dutch multinational firm DSM: first as leader of the agro-biotechnology research group and later as market research & business development manager in the fine-chemicals and performance chemicals domain. Next to his main jobs, Iddo was ad-interim Business Director at DesignLab Twente, a creative and cross-disciplinary ecosystem connecting science and society through design. As one of the initiators of EIT Digital, Iddo was responsible for setting-up it’s action line New Business Creation. Iddo was also business director of the consortium BrainGain (Brain-Computer Interfaces). From 2002 to January 2011, Iddo was Board member of Technology Circle Twente (TKT), a network of more than 190 high-tech, small-medium sized enterprises. Members of this high-tech palette of the Twente region cover an enormous range of technologies and a string of breakthrough products has been realized.