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In this edition IXA news, edition 10
IXA valorisation news
Valorisation publications
Valorisation workshops
Call for proposals
News from ACE and ACE Venture Lab
In the spotlight
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IXA valorisation news
Amsterdam is investing in innovation and entrepreneurship

Amsterdam knowledge institutes and the city of Amsterdam are investing to make scientific knowledge and technology available for societal and economic applications. IXA, the knowledge institutes AMC, HvA, UvA, VU and VUmc and research institutes AMOLF and Nikhef will be collaborating closely in the new programme ‘IXAnext, Talent for innovation’. This collaboration aims to make the partners knowledge and expertise more readily available for societal and private parties. Together they dedicate themselves to increasing the use and dissemination of knowledge in the region. This will be accomplished, among others,  in the form of Innovation Labs, which will intensify cooperation with the business community and increase the support given to start-ups and spin-offs. Read more.

First Academic Proof of Concept (APCA) grants awarded

IXA has awarded the first APCA grants to two AMC projects, “Applying histatin 1 to improve integration of dental implants” by Jan Stap and Irene van Dijk and “Identification of compounds that interfere with protein aggregation in Huntington’s Disease” by Eric Reits. This APCA grant offers the opportunity to carry out conceptual, technical, social and/or economic feasibility studies on their concepts, inventions or ideas. Jan Stap and Irene van Dijk found that histatin 1 can be used to improve the attachment of soft tissue and bone cells to dental implant material. The APCA funding will be used to test the adhesion-promoting effect of Histatin 1 on cells plated on titanium.  Eric Reits and his team have developed a unique assay to visualise mutant huntingtin aggregation in neuronal cells using fluorescently-labelled mutant huntingtin protein fragments. This will be used to screen for compounds that accelerate the degradation of mutant huntingtin, which would be a direct therapeutic strategy for this deadly disease for which there is no cure.
Read more. This project is made possible by the City of Amsterdam.

Towards a solar cell for the production of methanol

Researchers of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) are working on a new type of 'chemical' solar cell that utilizes sunlight for the synthesis of methanol from carbon dioxide and water. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO has funded the research under supervision of prof. Joost Reek with a grant of half a million euros. The research is performed in cooperation with the German chemicals company Merck and the Dutch research institutes ECN and FOM-AMOLF. Read more.

Haermonics is officially ISO certified

(a spin-off of AMC) has attained EN ISO 13485:2012 Certification for the design and development of systems to flush the thoracic body cavities. ISO 13485 is an International Quality System Standard for Medical Devices. Commenting on the certification, Wouter Markus, Chief Executive Officer of Haermonics says: “Receiving ISO certification is a major milestone in the company’s evolution and serves to distinguish us from other med-tech start-up companies, who often think of this step in a later stage of the process. We value the quality aspect of the development process very much and therefore this felt like a natural step for us to take”.
Valorisation publications
The IXA valorisation guide for medical technology

Especially for AMC and VUmc healthcare professionals and researchers who wish to learn more about innovation and valorisation in medical technology, the IXA team has compiled the IXA valorisation guide for medical technology. In this guide, you will read about the process from opportunity to market introduction, collaborating with industry, regulations and patent aspects. Also included are interviews with colleagues who are already developing new medical technologies.

Read more and download the English valorisation guide.

Valorisation workshops
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.
Introduction in valorisation, Thursday 29 September, 8:30-10:30 (VU)
What is valorisation? Why is valorisation relevant to my research? How do I make a start with valorisation? The workshop “Introduction in valorisation” will deal with these and other questions.
For more information and registration.

Other workshops are o.a. The next step in valorisation and Presentationskills in networksituations.
How to valorise successfully, Tuesday 13 October, 8:30-10:30 (Science Park)
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.
The Institute Quantivision “Signaal” lecture series, 28 September, 16:00h (AMC)
The lecture “Checking your brain’s fuel pipes: quantitative neurovascular imaging” is given by Henk Marquering of BME&Physics and Radiology, AMC. The motivation of the Signaal lecture series is to bridge beta sciences, technology and healthcare on quantitative image acquisition and analysis. After the presentations, drinks will be available.
Read more.

Pontes track at Technology for Health, 11-12 October (Den Bosch)

Technology for Health will take place on 11 and 12 October 2016 in Den Bosch. This trade-fair-plus-conference is the annual meeting place for professionals involved in the development of medical devices. Suppliers, developers, service providers and care professionals meet for an annual update, new projects and contacts. Pontes Medical is giving a lecture in one of the tracks of Technology for Health. Read more.

Annual EUROSTARS event, 12 October (Amsterdam)

Interested in setting up an international project with a partner from the Netherlands and other countries? On Wednesday the 12th of October 2016, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the EUREKA secretariat will organise an Eurostars event dedicated to the Eurostars programme. Therefore we would like to bring this event to your attention.
The focus of the Annual Eurostars event is two folded: project building and providing information.

Learn how to start your own venture in health & tech, 14 October (Amsterdam)

Do you want to start your own venture and become a successful entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes to create the next big thing in health and technology? Learn how to bring your idea to the market in the Venture Mentoring Program. This is the first time that Amsterdam health & technology institute (ahti) is offering the VMP Beta Version in Amsterdam! If you enroll in October 14, 2016, the total enrollment fee is your engaged participation.
Call for proposals
Take off open call: Round 5 - Autumn 2016
Applications for Take off round five can be submitted until Tuesday, October 4th.
STW Take-off program, is making € 40,000 (as a grant) available to finance feasibility studies and € 250,000 (as a loan) for the purpose of early phase projects.
The funds are applicable for projects of product, process, care or service innovation that builds on knowledge from all scientific disciplines (science/technology, life sciences and humanities). The program is further explained on the website.
Translation of Innovative Academic Science to New Drugs – Call for Proposals

The Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3) is a drug discovery centre specifically created to facilitate the translation of innovative basic research to the clinic. To achieve this, CD3 invests in hand-in-hand drug discovery collaborations with academic research groups. Currently, CD3 is looking for proposals which can form the basis for new joint projects. If you are interested in collaborating with CD3 to advance your groundbreaking research to the clinic contact CD3 before October 31st to learn more about your work. Read more.
News from ACE and ACE Venture Lab
Final of Get in the Ring, 29 September (Science Park 306)

On September 29th six Dutch startups will battle in the Amsterdam Final of Get in the Ring. Get in the Ring is one of the biggest startup pitch competitions taking place in over 80 countries worldwide and connecting the startups with investors and fans. During the Amsterdam final the startups will pitch in the ring judged by the acknowledged entrepreneurs and investors - Johan Van Mil (Peak Capital), Remy Gieling (Sprout) and Andre Ten Wolde (Domino's Pizza). Register via this link to see an exciting startup battle!

Explore entrepreneurship in Molecular Sciences, 30 September & 7 October

Participate in the Explore Program and experience all the challenging aspects of starting a company! Learn how to launch your own venture by joining interactive lectures, taking part in workshops and listening to real-life stories of startup founders. Read more.

New entrepreneurship course within the creative and cultural sector, from 24 October

This fall ACE and Sprezzatura join forces and organize a new course entrepreneurship within the creative and cultural sector for students and alumni. Together they are organizing a new series of workshops consisting of 3 clusters of Monday-evening sessions on various entrepreneurial topics. The workshops are very practical and aimed to help you get started.
More information on the topics and dates. Please note that the main language of the course is Dutch.


In the spotlight
Collaborating with a third party? An IXA-lawyer can help
Setting up a research consortium, entering into a collaboration with a company or starting a spin-off: all these valorisation activities of researchers have legal consequences. Researchers can ask the IXA lawyers all their questions. Klaas de Vries working with IXA UvA-HvA: "Once you start working with other parties, legal issues arise like non-disclosure, intellectual ownership of the acquired knowledge, to what extent does intellectual property conflict with the scientific principle of knowledge sharing and open access, and how we can solve that problem? These are the types of questions the IXA lawyers deal with." Read more.
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