Bart van Straten is an expert in the field of sustainability and the circular healthcare economy. He is affiliated to the company Van Straten Medical and several educational and government-related institutions. He co-founded GreenCycl, an organization with the mission to decrease medical waste. Bart holds a doctorate in BioMedical Engineering from TU Delft with a specialization in circular reuse of surgical devices and surgical waste materials. During his PhD research, Bart codeveloped a Field Lab with Tim Horeman for experimental research on reprocessing surgical waste into new raw material and medical products. For this work and building the world's first recycling process for hospital waste, he was recognised in the ‘Utrecht Circular Innovation Top 20’.

He published widely on the use of operating room as a valuable source of new raw materials. Bart joined Tim Horeman’s research-line 'Sustainable Surgery & Translational Technology' at Delft University of Technology, where he is a lecturer on medical device prototyping and related courses. He focuses on integrating sustainable engineering and circular design in education as a researcher and lecturer. 

As co-author and chairman of the Dutch NEN Platform 'Sustainability & Medical Devices' he was involved in writing the Dutch national NEN-3 guideline for reusing single-use medical devices which was published by NEN on 1 June 2020. 

research interest

  • Medical Device Technology/Sustainable healthcare
  • Circular Healthcare Economy
  • Urban Mining

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Expert in the field of sustainability and the circular healthcare economy


PhD, BioMechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology
MBA, Business Administration, EU Business School

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