Paul Breedveld studied Mechanical Engineering at TU Delft where he obtained his MSc and PhD degrees 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. Collaborating with academic hospitals, medical companies and biological research groups, the research within his group BITE (Bio-Inspired Technology) has resulted in a number of patents and spin-off companies.
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 devices for endo-nasal skull base surgery and in 2013 with an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek personal professorship at TU Delft. In 2016 he was one of the founders of the Painless Foundation: a Dutch initiative to find innovative solutions for patients with chronic and incurable pain.
In 2019 Breedveld became one of the chairs of Dutch Soft Robotics: a large national research programme of the Dutch 4TU Federation aimed at using clever bio-inspired solutions for the development of medical and agricultural soft robotic systems. In 2021 Prof. Breedveld became the director of the graduate school of the Faculty Mechanical Maritime and Materials Engineering of TU Delft.