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In this edition IXA news, edition 04
IXA valorisation news
Valorisation publications
Valorisation workshops
Research grant news
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IXA valorisation news
Drop of blood will be soon enough to diagnose cancer

Researchers from the Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA) of VU University Medical Center have developed a groundbreaking technique that can detect cancer at an early stage in a drop of blood. Researcher Professor Tom Würdinger of the CCA: "It is important to identify and treat cancer as early as possible. The new technique with which we "can read" cancer in blood will play a major role in that and hopefully save lives ". It is still in an experimental phase. Würdinger expects to have the test available for the first patients within five years. Read more (in Dutch)

‘Tata Steel’ announces its cooperation with UvA spin-off ‘Scyfer’

Multinational steel-making company Tata Steel opened its office at ACE Venture Lab and announced its collaboration with Scyfer – a spin-off from the University of Amsterdam that applies cutting edge machine learning and predictive analytics techniques to help companies gain competitive advantage. Scyfer will use its automatic visual recognition software to help automate the steel manufacturing process. This event marked the beginning of Tata Steel’s collaboration with innovative science & tech companies at Amsterdam Science Park. Read more

Kleurenlab gives insight into research on conservation and reconstruction of color

On 28 October an exhibition launched as part of an interactive Kleurenlab at the Heritage Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam. In the lab research techniques for preservation and reconstruction of colored objects are shown. This exhibition is part of the exhibition ‘Looking for Van Santen & colors of the Golden Age’.
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(in Dutch)

VU, VUmc and Red-kite sign an agreement to bring Oncokompas2.0 to the healthcare

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam are going to collaborate with Red-kite, a distributor of hospital software in the Netherlands. This collaboration makes it possible to bring the Oncokompas2.0 from the test phase to a complete e-health tool available to all hospitals in the Netherlands.
Oncokompas2.0 is an on-line self management tool, that helps patients with cancer achieve a better quality of life. Read more (in Dutch)

Jurre den Haan (VUmc) one of the three finalists of TedX Amsterdam

Jurre den Haan (VUmc) is one of the three speakers at the TEDx Amsterdam on November 27th. His nomination is about (I-READ) Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, a study which will start soon on the use of the spice turmeric to early and patient friendly detect Alzheimer disease in the eye.

Can an easily available spice help diagnose Alzheimer’s decades before the first symptoms occur? Jurre den Haan proposes a system using turmeric to tag the proteins that cause Alzheimer’s. With den Haan’s system, the proteins that manifest themselves in the brain can be seen in the eye, which he calls “the window to the brain.” Read more


Valorisation publications

IXA valorisation guide Alpha-Gamma

IXA developed the IXA valorisation guide, Practical handbook for humanities and social sciences researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA)

The IXA valorisation guide was compiled by the humanities and social sciences team at IXA. The text is based on the knowledge and experiences of researchers and the IXA team. These experiences, together with the lessons learned, form the basis for this valorisation guide and are incorporated into, for example, interviews, a step-by-step plan, and do’s and don'ts. As a result, this guide offers a practical handbook for independent valorisation. The valorisation guide is now available in Dutch and will soon be available in English. Read more

Online publication valorisation Rathenau

Rathenau Institute has developed a digital publication on valorisation. For many valorisation is a vague concept. Many researchers are valorizing but often they do not recognize it as valorisation. For policy makers and officials, often it is not clear what happens in practice. Researchers at the Rathenau Institute conducted numerous interviews over the years, including members of IXA, they gave training workshops and made a clear overview of all aspects around valorisation in their e-publication.
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Impact report of academic health research
In the just released ASTP-Proton Impact Report 2015, 11 stories can be found about developments in the area of life sciences and healthcare that have led to products that have reached the market and now actually benefit patients and society. One of the articles featured concerns Glybera, the first gene therapy product ever to reach the market that was developed by uniQure, based on an invention made a.o. by Prof. Kastelein at the Academic Medical Center.

Another story is about the Cassini, a diagnostic device that offers ‘true corneal shape analysis’ for better outcomes in diagnosis and corrective procedures such as refractive surgery, cataract surgery, and corneal transplant. The Cassini technology is an invention of VUmc. Please click here to read the whole story behind this development and how the technology transfer people were involved in the early stage.
Valorisation workshops
Patent workshop

Date: Tuesday 24 November, 10:00-12:00

What is Intellectual Property? What is a patent? Why should I apply for it?
What can I use it for? What’s in it for me?
In this workshop these and other questions are being addressed. The patent workshop is a highly interactive program, with much room for questions and discussions. For more information and registration

How to activate your network

Date: Tuesday 1 December, 14:00-17:30
During this workshop you will practice how to activate your network. Topics are:

  1. How to map your network
  2. Elevator pitch: less is more, have the nerve while retaining authenticity
  3. Making contact: from monologue to dialogue, what’s in it for your interlocutor?

This workshop will be organized together with De Federatie. After this workshop, you will know how to approach your network productively.
For more information and registration

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 & Research Contracts

Date: Thursday 10 December, 8:30 - 10:30
What should you take into account in collaborations with an external partner. What do you need to settle in a contract. Who is authorized to sign and should Intellectual Property (IP) always be included in a contract? These and other topics will be addressed in this workshop.For more information and registration:

How to create a successful collaboration?

Date: Tuesday 15 December, 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

ACE Venture Lab selected ten startups for the Bootcamp

ACE Venture Lab selected ten science and tech startups to participate in the Bootcamp – an intensive training program for researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs with technology-driven ideas who want to start their business.
The Bootcamp will take place on 30 November till
4 December. See the selected startups here.

Bootcamp grants scientists look at entrepreneurship
Amsterdam Institute of Sports Science, AISS, is organising a three-day boot camp 'From Science to Business " together with IXA and ACE Venture Lab especially for scientists in sport, exercise, health, nutrition and urban vitality. On November 26, December 3 and December 10 a more entrepreneurial perspective is given on its own scientific product and field. The bootcamp is open to all researchers: professors, PhDs, postdocs, associate / assistant professors, lecturers and teacher-researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, AMC and HvA.
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Research grant news
STW Take-off grant for novel RNA biomarker tool for cancer diagnostics

VUmc/Cancer Center Amsterdam-based team (Koppers-Lalic, Pegtel, Hackenberg, Würdinger & Bijnsdorp) received an STW Take-off grant to develop its proprietary technology based on the detection of disease-associated small RNAs in patients’ liquid biopsy samples (e. g. blood and urine). Read more

ERC Starting Grants awarded to six UvA researchers

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant to six researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Read more

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