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In this edition IXA news, edition 08
Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award, an overview
IXA valorisation news
Breakfast workshop
News from ACE and ACE Venture Lab
Valorisation grant news
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Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award, an overview
Bram Schermers wins the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2016

Bram Schermers
of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital is the winner of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2016, the annual award for the most innovative idea of all Amsterdam universities and research institutes with his entry “MaMaLoc”. Bram Schermers received the € 10.000 prize from jury chairman Alexander Rinnooy Kan. MaMaLoc (Magnetic Marker Localization) provides an accurate and hassle-free magnetic localization marker to be used in combination with a proprietary clinical magnetic detector platform in order to guide the surgeon to the tumor. "With this technique, the cosmetic outcome of the surgery and thus the quality of life is improved significantly for women with breast cancer".
Read more about all winners.


High Potential Award
The High Potential Award of € 5.000 went to Marte Otten, a researcher at the UvA for her “Feeling thermometer”, an online application for visualization of unconscious beliefs. “I would like to make the IAT (The Implicite Association Task, tool to chart other peoples’ mind) available by an online app that allows measurement of all kinds of internal associations or to test how people (unconsciously) think about products, developments in society or their fellow man", said Otten.

Audience Award
Hedy Folkersma of the Academisch Medisch Centrum has won the audience award of € 5.000 for HEAD (Hydrocephalus Early Advanced Diagnostics), a device to detect hydrocephalus at an early stage in newborns. The HEAD technique is faster and more accurate in the determination of a hydrocephalus than current techniques, because it makes use of facial scanning and creates a 3D digital reconstruction of the head. Subtle changes of the contours of the forehead can be detected, thus predicting hydrocephalus. An early and accurate diagnosis can prevent permanent brain damage.

Find here the booklet with a showcase of ideas of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2016.

Matching Scientists and Entrepreneurs

Prior to the festive finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award a matchmaking event was initiated where researchers from Amsterdam’s knowledge and research institutes presented their ideas to companies and investors. In speed-dates researchers introduced their latest innovations and technologies to entrepreneurs to see how their innovations could be used in everyday life. The goal of the event was to boost cooperation between knowledge institutes and businesses. For some researchers and companies matching was successful and a future collaboration is close by. The Science & Business event matched 22 scientists with 45 companies and other organisations – not bad for one afternoon! Read more.

Opening Amsterdam Stock Exchange
Alexander Rinnooy Kan along with the finalists of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award struck the bell at the AEX Stock Exchange on 25 May, announcing the award ceremony on 26 May. Read more.

Kajsa Ollongren opened The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

Alderperson Kajsa Ollongren opened the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award. The Award fits in well with the City of Amsterdam’s long-term ambition to promote its highly-valued knowledge and innovation. Amsterdam recently received the European Capital of Innovation Award. Alderperson Ollongren emphasized the importance of the innovation ecosystem that is powered by a close collaboration between the city, the universities, a great variety of scientific and corporate research institutes and the many local science-based entrepreneurs and innovators.  Additionally Ollongren stressed the outstanding infrastructure that the city provides to its startups and academic spin-offs which increasingly enable the translation from science-based solutions into practice.  And that is what the Science meets Business program is all about. Read here the whole speech of Alderperson Ollongren

IXA valorisation news
Value Creation Capital invests in Optical fiber nanosensing company Optics11
Value Creation Capital is investing in Optics11 through its TechNanoFund, a fund aimed at stimulating growth and development in high tech companies (RVO SEED). Optics11 is a fast-growing high-tech company that makes measurement systems based on optical fiber technology, measuring nanoscale effects in difficult environments. Originating from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Davide Iannuzzi founded the company in 2011 together with Hans Brouwer. Building on so-called fiber-top technology, they laid the foundation for a range of measurement solutions, which are now finding their way into successful products. Read more.
Dutch horticulture on European agenda
On May 30th Greenport Holland Conference was co-organized by the Amsterdam Green Campus. The conference was dedicated to the importance of horticulture in the European Union. Euro parliamentarian Jan Huitema stressed the importance of Dutch horticultural products and companies offering sustainable solutions to European challenges such as the quality of life in cities, sufficient healthy and safe fruits and vegetables and rapid development of tailor-made varieties. Read more.

Breakfast workshop
Presentation skills in network situations, Thursday 9 June, 8:30-11:30
Almost fully booked!
Valorisation implies contacting external parties in search for cooperation or exchanging knowledge. In this skill training you learn how to get attention for yourself and your idea or research in networking situations. During this workshop you will be able to practice your elevator pitch and how to present yourself in network situations.
For more information and registration.
News from ACE and ACE Venture Lab
Rabobank/ACE Summerschool Entrepreneurship 2016, week of July 4th

Applications open for Rabobank/ACE Summerschool Entrepreneurship. Planning to start your own business or ready for the next step with your startup? Develop your idea into a complete business plan in one week during the Rabobank/ACE Entrepreneurship Summerschool.
Experts from Rabobank Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and successful entrepreneurs will help students with starting up or further developing their company.
Read more.

8 new startups in the ACE Venture Lab incubator

Meet 8 startups joining ACE Venture Lab incubator! ACE Venture Lab selected 8 science and high-tech startups that joined the incubator after a week-long Bootcamp! Read more.

Valorisation grant news
Awarded grants

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded eleven scientists of UvA and AMC and five scientists of VU and VUmc a Vidi grant. The grant of 800,000 euro enables them to form their own research group and develop their own innovative research.

  1. UvA and AMC Vidi grants
  2. VU and VUmc Vidi grants

Pontes Medical Expertmeeting on 10 June

On Friday, June 10th, 2016, the annual Pontes Medical Expert meeting will take place. The innovation network meeting in healthcare where healthcare professionals, industry and investors are brought together by Pontes Medical. Opportunities for innovation are shared with you and others who have knowledge and experience to turn ideas into innovations that can be used for patient care.

The Pontes Medical Expert Meeting is organized by Pontes Medical and Mikrocentrum and will take place at UMC Utrecht. For more information and registration (event will be organised in Dutch).

Health 2.0 Amsterdam meetup on 27 June Amsterdam

Turning clinical trial on its head
Disruptive innovations in digital health care are being welcomed everywhere, however 'Turning clinical trial on its head' hasn't been so straightforward. 86% of clinical trials still experience delays, recruitment rates hover below 7% and drug development now costs more than a billion dollars! We will look for answers but also ways to disrupt this industry which hasn’t changed much since the 80’s. Read more.

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