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In this edition IXA news, edition 15
IXA valorisation news
In the spotlight
Valorisation workshops
News from ACE Venture Lab
Funding and grant news
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IXA valorisation news
Cyanide removal catalyst shortlisted for Emerging Technologies Competition

An innovative cyanide removal catalyst invented by Dr Paula Oulego Blanco, Dr Raveendran Shiju and Prof. Gadi Rothenberg from the University of Amsterdam’s Sustainable Chemistry Research Priority Area has been shortlisted for the Emerging Technologies Competition of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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AMC patents basis of the MIA technology

Lapara Surgical and the UMC Utrecht signed a licensing agreement during the Pontes Medical Meeting at the end of May. The Intellectual Property (IP) on the Minimally Invasive Assistant (MIA, a mechanic alternative for the operation robot) was officially licensed to Lapara Surgical, an important milestone in the road to market. With the agreement, Lapara Surgical gets the exclusive rights to use the patents and IP filed on the MIA system. The Pontes Medical expert meeting took place in the Amsterdam Medical Center. A perfect location, since the MIA project started with the PhD research of Joris Jaspers in this hospital, which led to the two patents that form the basis of the MIA technology.

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Grant proposal approved for XR4Y 

The company of XR4Y successfully applied for the “MKB-innovatiestimulering Regio en Topsectoren Haalbaarheidsprojecten”. With this grant the founders of XR4Y, Wesley Poland and Joran Angevaare (UvA students), can now perform a feasibility study on their plans. They envision a mobile device that provides people, who unfortunately had an accident that possibly resulted in a fracture, to make an X-ray image of the injury.

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New cooperation police and UvA

The police and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are going to work together to analyze large amounts of seized data from investigations. Three UvA PhD candidates will conduct their PhD research with the police to directly apply their research into the current cases. 

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Medtech Innovation Challenge 2017: Award for International Women's Team: Breakthrough in Childrens Ventilation Fixation

Insertion of the respiratory tube in children on the intensive care must be done accurately and then firmly secured. For children, this remains a traumatic experience, despite sedatives and painkillers. During a two-day Innovation Challenge of Pontes Medical and U CREATE Center of Expertise in the AMC, a contest was written out involving multidisciplinary teams of medical students, technical doctors and industrial designers.

This eventually resulted in a simple and effective new concept: NaFix. The child gets a transparent mask over the nose with soft straps over the head.


 The respiratory tube simply clicks onto the mask. The mask can be manufactured in various sizes and is easily replaceable.

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The Knowledge Mile

The Knowledge Mile is an area in Amsterdam that runs from the Nieuwmarkt to the Amstelstation. The area, with the Wibautstraat and Weesperstraat in the centre, are well known for the urban challenges they face, such as high traffic volumes, flooding and air pollution. The area is also one of the most knowledge-intensive regions in the Netherlands with over 60.000 students. The Knowledge Mile community improves the quality of life in the area, by connecting the knowledge, creativity and technology of tomorrow, with today’s urban challenges.
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In the spotlight
Finalists Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

The finalists for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017 are selected. The jury, chaired by Mirjam van Praag, has selected ten finalists from all entries of the Amsterdam universities and research institutes. Innovations and new technologies offer innovative solutions for a variety of social issues.

Audience award – Online voting

Prior to the festive finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award you can vote online for your favorite idea on our website from June 6th at 9:00 AM until June 20th at 6:00 PM. On June 21st the winner of the Audience Award will be announced and awarded with EUR 2.500.-.

Science & Business event
Are you looking for innovative ideas for your company?

Then get acquainted with Amsterdams most innovative and valuable ideas at the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award. Prior to the festive award final, researchers and students present their ideas to entrepreneurs who are keen to discover more about the latest research developments and innovations. The event offers researchers, entrepreneurs and investors the opportunity for a quick meet and greet during ‘speed dates’. Read more and registration

Snelkookweekend, 10 and 11 June

On June 10 and 11 IXA is organizing the 6th entrepreneurial ‘snelkookpanweekend’ together with SIA and DutchCE for college employees at the new location of ACE Venture Lab, startup village at the Amsterdam Science Park.

During an inspirational and interactive weekend, higher vocational teachers and employees can develop their entrepreneurial ideas. This can be their personal idea, but also an idea of the educational institute to do a POC application or a Take off HBO request. Read more

Festive Finale Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

On Wednesday 21 June, the winner of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award will be announced during the festive award ceremony. It promises to be an inspirational and exciting afternoon all about innovations. Do you want to join the festive finale, please register because seats are limited.

HealthInc incubator program, starting October 2017

Ahti (Amsterdam health & technology institute) and AMC (Academic Medical Center Amsterdam) launch HealthInc – the incubator program of Amsterdam for entrepreneurs in health and technology. HealthInc is an intensive full-time incubator program for early stage health and technology entrepreneurs. During ten weeks, the participants will dive into the various aspects of developing and accelerating their venture. The first edition starts on Monday 9  October, 2017. Subscription is now open. Read more

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.
Intellectual Property and Research Contracts, Thursday 15 June (VU campus)
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. More information and registration.
News from ACE Venture Lab
Hack the future of banking
Hack the future of banking! In collaboration with MoneYou and Info Support, science incubator ACE Venture Lab offers a fully accommodated week at Startup Village Amsterdam, challenging student teams with an Informatics, AI, Business or MarCom background to come up with innovative banking solutions for a new generation! Application deadline is June 14 via: https://futurebankingbootcamp.com/.
Funding and grant news
Awarded grants

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to nine researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Academic Medical Center (AMC). The grant will enable them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group. Read more.

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