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In this edition IXA news, edition 12
IXA valorisation news
Valorisation workshops
News from ACE Venture Lab
Funding and grant news
In the spotlight
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IXA valorisation news
Stop the bleeding

The biggest risk for many victims of an attack is bleeding to death. Bystanders and auxiliaries, however, can make a difference. According to trauma surgeon Leo Geeraedts of VUmc tourniquets and hemostatic meshes should therefore be available in public places. Read more (only available in Dutch).

The impact of health care technology: Launch Pontes Impact program
AMC, VU University Medical Center, UMC Utrecht and Implementation IQ launched the Pontes Impact program. The program represents translating new healthcare technology into impact in the daily practice. There is a great need for innovation in the health sector which will lead to better and more cost-effective care. Read more (only available in Dutch).

Proof of concept funding for Nico.lab
Amsterdam Medical Centre has successfully licensed core technologies and approved Proof of concept funding for Nico.lab. Nico.lab offers algorithms for analysis of neurovascular images delivering quantified biomarkers for i.a. ASPECTS, Collaterals and Thrombus perviousness. They have completed various trials, presently working on the successful MR.CLEAN trial. Our SAAS solution allows healthcare-centres/patients to easily benefit. Read more.

Funding for a feasibility study
Academic Proof of Concept Fund Amsterdam.
Do you have an innovation or invention that needs further development, but its practical feasibility and/or the (commercial) exploitation opportunities are still uncertain? Then you may be eligible for funding from the Academic Proof of Concept Fund Amsterdam (APCA)!

In a Proof of Concept study the conceptual, social, technical and/or economic feasibility is determined. For example, by addressing one of the following questions: Can an experimental setup be scaled up to a full production line? A mobile app is much appreciated by some participants as a demo, but what happens if used by laymen on a larger scale?

An application for the APCA fund can be done at IXA. The application may not exceed € 45,000, of which 50% is a loan and 50% needs to be matched (cash or in kind) by the applicant. Read more.

This project is made possible by the City of Amsterdam.

The first APCA grants awarded were, “Applying histatin 1 to improve integration of dental implants” by Jan Stap and Irene van Dijk (AMC) and “Identification of compounds that interfere with protein aggregation in Huntington’s Disease” by Eric Reits (AMC). 

Thanks to an earlier PoC funding, Jeroen Pronk of VU is now able to implement the Pestplotter into schools.

IXA can assist you with an APCA application.

Dutch innovation event

On January 23, 2017 the sixth anniversary of the Valorisation Programme will be celebrated. Together with Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs, Minister Dekker of Education, Culture and Science and Constantijn van Oranje, special envoy of Startup Delta we will look back at the results and look ahead towards new initiatives. We are working together to maximize the impact of research and strengthen the innovative power of the Netherlands.

The meeting is a good opportunity to network, get inspired and share knowledge. We welcome everyone who wants to further contribute to strengthening innovation from the knowledge base and enlarge the Netherlands top position in the field of knowledge and entrepreneurship.
Read more (only available in Dutch).
ATTRACT kick-off event

You are welcome at the Dutch ATTRACT symposium “Trends, Wishes and Dreams in Detection and Imaging Technologies” on February 9, 2017 at Amsterdam Science Park, Amsterdam.
The purpose of this symposium is to bring as many relevant, interested and curious parties together to share their ideas on the future of radiation detectors and other sensor- and imaging driven scientific instrumentation and applications by 2025.
Read more.

Innovation by co-creation
Tuesday, March 7 ZonMw organizes a meeting on public-private partnership (PPP) in Utrecht. The afternoon offers a varied program for researchers, companies and health funds. Read more (this event will be organised in Dutch).

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 16 February (VU)

What is valorisation and why is it relevant to my research? 
How do I make a start with valorisation?
I have an idea with societal or commercial potential but I don’t know how to take the first step to successfully valorise this idea.

In this workshop we will go through the entire valorisation process; from the starting point to the further development of the idea.
For more information and registration.

The next step in valorisation, Thursday 9 March (location t.b.a.)
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? Which problem will you solve for whom? And how do you organise your valorisation activities?
For more information and registration.
News from ACE Venture Lab
Bootcamp for High-tech & Science startups, February 6-10, 2017

Want to start your science or high-tech company?

Twice a year ACE Venture Lab organises a Bootcamp an intensive training program for researchers, senior scientists and MSc students. Offering unique workshops and mentorship from the best startup experts, the Bootcamp helps you to convert your idea into a successful business.
Read more and registration.

For both bootcamps you can apply till January 22.

Bootcamp for Humanities startups, February 6-10, 2017
This bootcamp will be given in Dutch.

Start je eigen bedrijf in 1 week!

Doe mee aan het Venture Lab Humanities Bootcamp programma van 6-10 februari, 2017 - een intensief programma voor masterstudenten, onderzoekers en medewerkers van de faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen die een eigen bedrijf willen beginnen. We bieden unieke workshops en mentoring van de beste startup experts. De Bootcamp helpt je om jouw idee om te zetten in een succesvol bedrijf.
Read more and registration.

Funding and grant news
Awarded grants

The European Research Council has awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant to UvA researchers Ben Freivogel, Guy Geltner and Christa Testerink.
Read more.

In the spotlight
AMC professors improve mammography procedure
Less pain, more scientific value
Ard den Heeten and Kees Grimbergen (AMC) developed a new approach to mammography: Sensitive Sigma Paddle. It features capacitive sensors to measure the breast’s contact surface, so that with women of all sizes the same compression pressure can be maintained. “This enhances comparative scientific research and quality control”, says Grimbergen. To ensure brand independency, and maximum availability they founded AMC spin-off Sigmascreening. The first devices have been sold, and - if all goes well - within a few years the new minimal force mammography will be widely available.
Read more.
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