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In this edition IXA news, edition 22
IXA valorisation news
In the spotlight
News from ACE incubator
Funding and grant news
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IXA valorisation news
VUmc spin-off raises 16 million in funding round
Lava Therapeutics, a spin-off from VUmc, founded by oncologist Hans van der Vliet, raised € 16 million for the development of experimental anti-cancer drugs. It is one of the biggest investment rounds this year for a non-listed biotech company.
The company develops bispecific antibodies for the control of cancer. The new capital will enable Lava Therapeutics, among other things, to make its most important candidate medicines suitable for testing on patients. Read more.

Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence officially launched

Science and business in the Netherlands are joining forces in the field of artificial intelligence. The Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) will be officially launched at Amsterdam Science Park. The first lab within ICAI is a partnership with Ahold Delhaize. ICAI is focused on the joint development of AI technology through industry labs with the business sector, government and knowledge institutes.
Read more.


Barlaeus diner
At the Allard Pierson Museum on Thursday 24 May, academic, business and public representatives met over dinner to discuss the theme of “Trusting Data on the Blockchain”. The Keynote speech was delivered by Balázs Bodó PhD, founder of the Blockchain&Society Policy Research Lab, Institute for Information Law, UvA. The Barlaeus dinners aim to build cross-sectoral dialogues among researchers, profit and non-profit organisations and government. With these dinners IXA UvA hopes to establish new possibilities for collaboration opportunities between the University of Amsterdam and third parties. Read more.
In the spotlight
Finalists Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award presented

The finalists for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award and the nominations for the Impact Award are presented.

Innovation Award
The jury, led by Barbara Baarsma, selected five finalists for the Innovation Award from all submissions from the Amsterdam knowledge and research institutes. The innovations and new technologies offer innovative solutions for a wide range of social issues.

The winners will be announced during the festive finals on Tuesday, June 19. The finalists will pitch their idea to a professional jury and the public. The expert jury, consisting of representatives from industry and the Amsterdam knowledge institutes, will take into account the innovativeness, feasibility and fulfillment of market needs. The finalists have a chance of winning the top prize of € 10.000.

The finalists for the Innovation Award are:
André Baart | VU | Kasadaka: a voice-service platform to bridge the digital divide
Berno Bucker | VU | Attention Architects: Eye-tracking research in the outside world and Mixed Reality
Oscar Franken | VU | Experimental setup to simulate effects of climate change on ecosystems
Wouter Potters | AMC | EEG controlled triage in the ambulance for acute ischemic stroke (ELECTRA-STROKE)
Adriana Zekveld | VUmc | LISET: the first LIStening Effort Test


Impact Award
This year, the Impact Award will also be presented for the first time to researchers who have made an important contribution to society. For this award, researchers were nominated from the Amsterdam knowledge institutions and the jury nominated six researchers. On 19 June the Impact Award will be awarded in two categories: alpha/gamma and beta/life sciences.

The nominees for beta/life sciences are:
René Bernards | AvL | Molecular Carcinogenesis
Marcel van Herk | AvL | Radiotherapy
Sophia Kramer | VUmc | KNO-Hoofdhalsurgery, section Ear & Hearing - Amsterdam Public Health research institute
Philip Scheltens | VUmc | Neurology - Alzheimer's center

The nominees for alpha/gamma are:
Erik Scherder | VU | Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences IBBA: Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam
Peter Weijs | HvA | Exercise, Sport and Nutrition

If you want to attend the festive finale sign up because a limited number of seats are available. Visit the website of Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award for more information.

News from ACE incubator
ACE #1 Incubator in the Netherlands!

ACE Incubator was named #1 Incubator by Emerce100 in the category “Venture”.

In its five years of existence, ACE has helped more than 100 projects go from initial concept to startup. Boer: “We are a university incubator. That means that we support researchers and students of all Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes when they venture out from their research to start a company.” Read more.

Attention Architects


We came in first and that’s something we want to celebrate. Furthermore, it’s an excellent opportunity to explain to the IT-sector what it is that we do here.” ACE director Erik Boer.

Get to know ACE startup founders & find out what drives them!

The ACE-List is a regular installment where startup teams from the ACE Incubation Program will introduce themselves and share a little insight into their startup journey!
1) Dyme
2) Attention Architects, VU researchers who are located at the Demonstrator Lab and follow the ACE Incubation Program.

IXA workshop - How to fund your idea (June 7, VU)

From valorisation grants to collaborating with companies
In this workshop we provide an overview of the financing possibilities in the different stages of the valorisation process. We are going to discuss the various types of valorisation grants and funds.
The utilisation paragraph will also be discussed. And we will cover other forms of financing, like crowdfunding and collaborating with a company. What is a company looking for and what are important criteria for them to collaborate? Read more.

Mini seminar: Use physics for your innovation challenge: 'bring your toughest problem' (June 12, UvA)

During a mini seminar on June 12, physicists from UvA, VU, Nikhef and Amolf will present innovative and practical knowledge in solving R&D issues, followed by speed date sessions with researchers in which a non-committal exploration for advice and/or collaboration is possible. Read more and registration (this event will be organised in Dutch).

IXA workshop - Intellectual Property and Research Contracts (June 28, VU)
What should you take into account in collaborations with an external partner? What do you need to settle in a contract? Who is authorised to sign and should Intellectual Property (IP) always be included in a contract? In this workshop we will answer all these questions and we will also discuss IP and patenting briefly. Read more and registration.
GSK lunch presentation about their DPAC program (July 4, AMC)
AMC and VUmc are organizing a lunch presentation of GSK about their DPAC program (Discovery Partnerships with Academia). GSK has developed DPAC to translate new therapeutic ideas into medicines that benefit patients. With DPAC they will enable academic researchers to develop new medicines based on new targets via an intensive collaboration program.
Read more and registration.

Pontes Medical Expertmeeting (July 5, VUmc)

Moving forward through technology
Do you want to discuss and experience the latest innovations and developments in the field of medical technology with doctors and technical professionals? Come to the Pontes Medical Expert meeting on Thursday 5 July from 12.30 to 18.00 at VUmc in Amsterdam. Read more and registration.

One of the highlights will be the Student MedTech Innovation Challenge, in which students come up with solutions for health care problems.

Funding and grant news
UvA researcher Birte Forstmann awarded prestigious Proof of Concept (PoC) grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded an ERC Proof of Concept grant to Birte Forstmann, professor of Neuroimaging in Cognitive Neuroscience at the UvA. Forstmann is one of fifty recipients awarded a €150,000 grant. The grant, which is only awarded to researchers that previously obtained an ERC award, is intended to explore business opportunities, prepare patent applications or verify the practical viability of scientific concepts. Forstmann received the grant for her proposal to create an atlas of the human subcortex. Read more.

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