Winner ShellLiveWIRE

Xilloc Medical has won the prestigious Shell LiveWIRE Award 2011. The winner was announced by Maxime Verhagen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

Congratulations of Minister Verhagen

“Companies like Xilloc Medical prove that entrepreneurs with a technical background are an asset to the Dutch Economy,” said the minister. “Their ideas they don’t just build a company, they also find solutions to social challenges such as rising health care costs.” He deeply congratulated the winner . Read the official speech…

True entrepreneurs

Xilloc Medical is a startup company that specialises in the delivery of patient-specific implants by means of a 3D-printer. Customised solutions limit the need for multiple interventions for patients. Not only does this improve the quality of life of a patient, but it also leads to a decrease in the cost of healthcare.


According to the jury, Xilloc distinguishes itself by providing a high-tech solution for a societal problem. Furthermore, the former students are true entrepeneurs with all the required skills. Their ideas are protected with patents and they developed a marketing concept within weeks. These are so convincing that the sales departments are regularly requested in telephone calls to the participants.


Shell LiveWIRE is a world-wide program to stimulate youth in becoming entrepeneurs. In the Netherlands, this training- and coaching program is conducted by Syntens, a governmental organisation that stimulates innovation in the small- and medium business sector. 300 young and innovative entrepeneurs with a technical background participate in LiveWIRE.

The Shell LiveWIRE Award is an initiative from Shell and Syntens  and sponsored by NAM and BDO.

Source: Rijksoverheid , Zorgondernemers winnen prijs voor technostarters, 14-12-2011