Paul Breedveld


Paul Breedveld studied Mechanical Engineering at TU Delft where he obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in 1991 and 1996, both with honours. 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 personal research grant from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Collaborating with a number of academic hospitals, medical companies and technical and biological research groups, the research within his group BITE (Bio-Inspired Technology) has resulted in a number of patents that are being commercialized by (spin-off) companies. Being member of the BIOKON International Biomimetics Association, having received a number of prizes and awards, and being a leading researcher in a number of (inter-)national research programmes, his research was rewarded in 2012 with a prestigious Dutch VICI research grant on the development of dendritic maneuverable devices for endo-nasal skull base surgery and in 2013 with an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek personal professorship at TU Delft. In 2014, Breedveld became Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty Mechanical, Maritime & Materials Engineering of TU Delft, as well as board member of the “Friends of Reinier de Graaf” foundation of the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft. In 2016, Breedveld was one of the founders of the the PainLess Foundation: a Dutch initiative to find innovative solutions for patients with chronic and incurable pain.