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In this edition IXA news, edition 03
IXA valorisation news
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IXA valorisation news
Whom do I trust my medical records?
This week UvA researcher Guido van 't Noordende starts with the pilot project Whitebox, an alternative to the National Switch Point (LSP), which allows safe communication of medical data. The pilot will run until the end of this year. Why this option and how does it work? Read more (in Dutch)
UvA and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., to start research lab

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), global leader in next-generation mobile technologies, are jointly starting a research lab. The lab will undertake research projects investigating state-of-art machine learning techniques for processing sensory data including image recognition on mobile and embedded systems.
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One step closer to renewable fuels

The development of renewable fuels is brought one step closer through the findings of researchers F. Brouwer and Hung-Cheng Chen. The researchers have found a new method for artificial photosynthesis. Since photosynthesis is the ultimate source of energy for biofuel production, this brings us another step closer to the availability of renewable fuels. Read more

Five vouchers for research collaborations Network Institute

The VU Network Institute awarded five research-business collaboration proposals with a voucher of
€ 5.000 each. Businesses-research matches were made with 2CoolMonkeys, Konnektid, Akvo.org, ETCBC and Eigen Werk. The vouchers equal approximately one month of research, during which companies and researchers work together on the realization of a project, product or service.
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about these five awarded projects

Launch research E-nose in the doctor’s office

AMC and Lung Fund are testing a new version of the electronic nose among 3000 patients. Just 'blow' at the doctor and instantly know whether you have a lung disease and determine the appropriate treatment. This is closer than you think. The electronic nose, or e-nose, "smells" a lung disease within a minute. The study "E-nose in the doctor’s office" will start September 8. In cooperation with the Longfonds, AMC will launch a large-scale test of this e-nose (Spiro Nose) especially for the doctor’s office and hospitals in the Netherlands. The study was made possible by a contribution from the VriendenLoterij. Read more (in Dutch)

Breakfast workshops on valorisation

IXA is organising a new series of workshops in the form of breakfast sessions on various valorisation topics. The breakfast workshops are open to all scientists from AMC, HvA, UvA, VU, VUmc and NWO Institutes. Participation is free of charge and breakfast will be served. The workshops are very practical and aimed to get you started immediately. Read more

How to valorise successfully

Date: Tuesday 22 September, 8:30-10:30
Do you have an idea with societal or commercial potential but you don’t know what steps you should take to be successful? In this workshop we will go through the entire valorisation process; from the starting point to the further development of the idea, the organisation around the valorisation process, the legal aspects and identifying your network.
For more information and registration

The next step in valorisation

Date: Thursday 8 October, 8:30-10:30
Generating ideas is not too difficult. To make your idea more concrete is usually more complicated. Which steps are to be taken? In this interactive workshop we show different models to develop your idea one step further: What are the benefits? And which problem will you solve for whom? And how do you organise your valorisation activities?
For more information and registration

How to create a successful collaboration?

Date: Thursday 15 October, 8:30-10:30
You have interesting research results or a great new idea, and you hope they can benefit society. To bring them to societal use, often a company has to be interested in taking your idea further. . But how do you know your results are interesting to a company? In this workshop you will get an overview of what industry is looking for, and how you can prepare yourself to enter into a dialogue with industry. For more information and registration

Explore Program for PhD students in beta sciences
Does your research have commercial potential? Are you thinking of starting your own company?

Date: Friday 25 September and Friday 16 October 2015, 09:00-17:30
Participate in the 2-day Explore Program and experience all the challenging aspects of commercializing your idea and starting a company! Learn by joining interactive lectures, taking part in workshops and listening to the real life stories of first time founders. For more information and registration

Meet up Health 2.0 Amsterdam

Advances in Genetics: Implementation hurdles, opportunities and new directions

On September 24th all relevant parties in technological innovations in the field of genetics are invited to come to the Meet up: Advances in Genetics: Implementation hurdles, opportunities and new directions. This Meet up is organised by ACE Venture Lab, Health 2.0 Amsterdam and Academic Medical Center on technological innovations in the field of genetics and, more broadly, precision medicine.
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Pontes Medical on Technology for Health

This year again, Mikrocentrum organizes the Technology for Health Congress. This is the event in the Netherlands for meeting other parties active in the development of medical devices. In addition to the conference, there will be a large exhibition floor.

Pontes Medical will give lectures during the event. Read more about Pontes program

For more information and registration of the Technology for Health Congress

Award and grant news
Two projects of VU have received an STW Take-off grant

Two VU projects have received a STW Take-off grant of € 40,000 for a feasibility study: De PestPlotter (VU) of Jeroen Pronk, and Digital Interactive Drawing (VU) of Sander Begeer. With a feasibility study of Take-off academic entrepreneurs gain time and resources to explore if their plan or pilot is technically and commercially feasible for knowledge utilization. Jeroen Pronk will develop a digital, user-friendly diagnostic instrument, the Pestplotter, to support schools in selecting an appropriate anti-bullying program.  Sander Begeer will develop the Digital Interactive Drawing Test which can be used in the identification of possible autism in children and may contribute to the diagnostic process.
Read more (in Dutch)

New Call Take-off program

The financial instrument Take-off is open again for new applications. Take-off is an NWO program to stimulate economic activity and entrepreneurship at Dutch universities and research institutes. It may involve product, process, healthcare and service innovation in the broadest sense of the word, in all scientific fields (science / technology, life sciences and humanities / social).

The Take-off program has two components: feasibility studies (phase 1) and early stage projects (phase 2). Application for both parts are via STW and are possible until September 28, 2015, 17:00. Read more (in Dutch)

News from Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship
Get in the Ring Amsterdam

On September 24th the eight most promising startups from Amsterdam and other Dutch cities will battle in front of investors, fans and top entrepreneurs in the Local Amsterdam Finale of Get in the Ring. Get in the Ring is one of the biggest startup pitching competitions - ‘the Olympics for Startups’ - taking place in over 64 countries worldwide and giving the startups a global podium from which to connect with investors and create a fan base. Get in the Ring Amsterdam is organized by ACE VLab and Ernst & Young.
For registration

Scyfer received € 217,000 to launch a medical image analysis platform

Scyfer (an UvA-affiliated company and part of Startup Delta en ACE Venture Lab) was awarded a € 217,000 grant by an e-health accelerator program FICHe that selected Scyfer out of 300 European entries. According to the startup’s founders, its smart algorithm technology provides a breakthrough in the automatic pattern recognition of medical images, improving the quality of healthcare and making it cost and time efficient. With this funding Scyfer plans to launch its medical images data analysis platform into the eHealth market. Read more

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