The Netherlands


Every year 310 million surgeries are performed globally, requiring more than 1 billion sterile surgical instrument sets.  This huge amount of surgeries comes with many challenges, more specifically from a patient risk, ecological, and resource requirement perspective.

In the US and Europe alone, 1.3 million patients are affected yearly with Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) which can be linked to surgical instrument reprocessing.  Only in the US, 115 million kg of plastic waste is generated every year because of consumables in sterilisation processes.  Stricter infection control and medical safety regulations, combined with more complex surgical instruments, increase resource requirements significantly.



Asana aims to market a unique smart sterilization container that guarantees sterility in the operating room and is estimated to reduce surgical site infections (SSI) by 10%, reduces the carbon footprint of sterilization processes with 85% and significantly reduces labour and materials costs for healthcare facilities. 


Ansana’s patented sterilisation container allows for environmental monitoring and measurement of critical process parameters inside the container through an electronic sensor module.  This practically eliminates risk for process issues and makes the technology very suited for the increasingly complex instruments, such as endoscopes.

Asana provides a unique system solution monitoring conditions in every step of the instrument reprocessing flow.  Thus guaranteeing instrument sterility in the operating room, while providing full and real-time traceability. 




Meet the team

Dominique Surinx

Dominique Surinx


Pieter Wijffels (1)

Pieter Wijffels

Venture Partner

Pieter joined NLC in April 2020 as a Venture Partner. Before joining NLC, he spent 15 years at Philips, bringing innovation to life across the globe. He enjoys working in fast-paced environments and supporting initiatives that truly improve people’s lives.