Example cases: Innovation from Twente

In the period 2007 - 2013, more than 60 projects have been supported by the "Twentse Innovatieroute". Both the government and companies invested about 275 million euros in these innovation projects. You will find information about these projects on our website.

Inhale: higher efficiency solar

Solar energy is becoming increasingly important as an alternative to fossil fuels. The market is developing rapidly, which continues to improve the efficiency of solar energy. Shadow and pollution remain a problem for the return on this energy source. Hig...
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Diagnosticate through breath analysis

Technology plays an important role in making better and more efficient care. Devices, which make it possible to detect diseases at an early stage, make it possible to treat more effectively and reduce costs. Point of Care application Qmicro is a specialis...
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Game motion simulator

The gaming industry is a rapidly growing market. Simulation games are increasingly used to create a real-life experience in learning situations. Although there is a great need, it still is a relatively expensive way of learning. Augmented reality Dynteq i...
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Plate clip makes care more efficient

People with a mental- or physical disability often need help with eating their meal. This personal assistance takes up a lot of time of the caretaker. Time that cannot be spend on other tasks. By helping people actively participate in the Activities of Da...
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Digital processing of building plans

In the construction sector a lot of time and material is lost by wrong interpretation of building plans. Building components like windows and frames are incorrectly measured and must be returned to the supplier or parts need to be ordered again. Building ...
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App generates insight in traffic bottlenecks

Effectively solving traffic and transport problems is a major challenge for governments. Capturing the problems and monitoring results is done through surveys in mobility panels. This is a time consuming and relatively expensive solution. Research with an...
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Zeolite purifies drinking water

Holland Mineral Water Machinery (HMWM) specializes in technology for the purification of drinking water in developing countries. Drinking of unpurified water leads to health problems, and has an adverse effect on life expectancy. Mineral as purifier In vo...
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Pumping with the aid of heat

For the pumping of liquids such as water and oil a lot of energy is required. In order to achieve the pumping action a generator is required for example. This generator uses electricity or fuel and produces heat. In the conversion process, energy is lost....
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Hyperhat “Heat as a cure for cancer”

Cancer is the number one killer since 2011 and the number of patients suffering from this disease will only grow in the coming years. In addition to surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy there is an urgent need for new therapies and treatments to me...
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Lightweight chassis

TBD Composites manufactures lightweight solutions and specializes in the use of composites. As launching product they have developed a lightweight two-horse car. By replacing at least 50% of the steel in the chassis by lightweight composite the chassis is...
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Freezer logger

TriBelt BV in Hengelo specializes in the development and production of conveyor belts, which are used in an industrial production environment. These conveyor belts are often used under extreme conditions. The correct band tension is essential in order to ...
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From demolition to pure commodity

Two 'R' Recycling Group BV has been active in road construction and the world of concrete for a while. The company has always been involved with innovations in this industry. Recycling and upcycling of materials is an important topic, in which two 'R' lik...
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Power and heat from one panel

The use of solar panels for generating energy is booming. Many individuals and companies use solar panels already and the expectation is that the use will continue to grow the coming years. A disadvantage in the use of the present panels is that only a sm...
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Water4All: The small-scale, independent water purification system

Water4All: The small-scale, independent water purification system

Water purification plants are often large, complicated set-ups, which are centrally located in a society. These existing infrastructures often have an awkward appearance and aren’t capable to adapt to the population growth or the economy and incidents. ...
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New nano-group develops advanced multilayer mirrors

The XUV Optics Focus Group has developed an optical system with the aid of nanotechnology. This research group has worked, among others, with multilayer mirrors to manipulate extreme-ultraviolet light and light x-radiation. Multilayer mirrors are used in ...
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With one information network to help emergency service providers perform their best

Police, ambulance, fire and other emergency service personnel need the right information in order to be able to perform their best, quickly and effectively. From the moment the alarm has sounded in the control room all the way to the place of emergency. T...
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A multifunctional agricultural machine that solves soil compaction

Worldwide, arable land is shutting down. The soil closes shut, which leads to a killing off of organic activity and seals off the surface from water. Agricultural machines now in use are inadequate in the battle against soil compaction. Electric tractor T...
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An ISO container tank for transport that’s light and durable

Many different liquids are transported using container tanks, over road, rail and water. The tanks now being used are mostly made of steel, which adds to the weight of transport. The MAX-ISO ADD-ON project is constructing 20-foot tanks not from steel, but...
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Safely and sustainably travel the road with heated asphalt

Infrared technology that can prevent the road from freezing over. This is what the project partners from this project are working on. This innovative system warms the roadway asphalt from inside, so that the temperature never falls below the freezing poin...
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Working towards a more robust IT architecture

Some IT and software systems are of such strategic interest that their failure could severely disrupt society. Technical systems for energy networks, production systems for oil and gas, or radar systems (so-called time-critical systems) are examples of sy...
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Bundling knowledge brings micro- and nanotechnology more rapidly to market

I2I, which exists out six R&D subprojects and one cluster development subproject, supports small and medium businesses in the micro- and nanotechnology to bring their technology and prototypes more rapidly to market. The project bundles the knowledge,...
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Instruments with “feeling” allow surgeons to operate better

Through minimally invasive surgery (MIS) doctors use long, thin instruments through the stomach lining while they watch on the monitor how the patient’s body is reacting. A disadvantage of the current MIS instruments is that the surgeon cannot feel thro...
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Sensor technology for mass application

Making high-value sensor technology possible for mass application - this is what the consortium under the leadership of Thales Netherlands is doing. The DAISY project develops radar modules that can be used in various sectors and for many purposes. Sensor...
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Better follow up for acidification for distance athletes

Distance athletes can suffer from a sudden acid buildup in their muscles. The results of acidification are cramps, pain, fatigue and failing performance. Lactate in the blood is an important indicator of acidification in muscles. Currently, the amount of ...
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Production installations for small series

Machining is an industrial design technique that is used in many companies. By using a drill, cutter, chisel or plane material is worked until it assumes the desired shape or thickness. In this project new flexible automated production installations are d...
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An alarm system for railway workers

Many accidents occur because railway workers aren’t aware of an oncoming train. Within the project Train Alarm System (TAS) a mobile and wireless system has been developed where railway workers are personally warned of impending danger. A prototype is b...
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A newly automated spraying process

In this project the process of cleaning and lacquering two component surfaces of centrifuge products so that the installation is economical, labor non-intensive, environmentally friendly and innovative. It deals with the entire process after machining, th...
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Innovative road salt spreaders

A new, innovative design for road salt spreaders and a production design that prevents waste. This project has been successfully completed. Short movie about this case (in Dutch):
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New vision system for the maritime industry

Goal: development of new vision systems for the maritime industry. Focus in this project is the improvement of vision while manning the bridge on ships and work platforms. This improved the working conditions, ergonomics and safety. The technical prototyp...
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Uniform designs

Machine factory Almi and the design bureau People Creating Value have developed together a block cutter with more added value. With the aid of uniform design rules the production process can be automated, which reduces the cost price. Various prototypes a...
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Xigo: a handheld terminal for outpatient caregivers

The developing of a handheld terminal that has been designed for outpatient caregivers in healthcare, including back and front office software. The module as well as the communication and control system are ready and are now being submitted to long term t...
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A production line for static coolers

Statiq Cooling and Tebrutech are working together on a complete product line for the production of unique cooling unit interiors. These are cooling systems that only allow 15% of the energy to escape as in normal air conditioners. These machines are expec...
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The Optical Precision Scanner

Not only small, but also large machine and installation parts need to be made with high precision. The company Boessenkool makes large parts for, among others, dredging vessels and compressors. The company wants to be able to make parts that are more than...
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Halal chicken and fish specialties

KPH Chicken Specialties has developed a varied chicken and fish specialty that conforms to Halal regulations. Decon Food Equipment delivers the equipment. There has also been a corresponding production method developed: a mixing machine that keeps the str...
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A widely implementable pump

Bredel Hose Pumps and Stevens Ide Partners wanted to develop a new type of widely implementable pump for “difficult” fluids. They’ve delivered a new product range of pump designs, using material innovations and a fully renewed test method. Short mov...
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A new machine for styrene filtering

The solvent styrene is used in polyester processing. It’s necessary for the process, but it can be harmful for those working with it. There has been a new machine developed that cleans the air where styrene is being used. The styrene is trapped in a fil...
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Custom software for flexible production

Small series manufacturing and declining follow-up orders lead many companies to suffer high conversion costs and extra work. CNC Netlink has developed and delivers software that help to control and monitor a flexible 24/7 production environment. Goal: to...
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A fully automatic meat slicing machine

The Quality Slice: a fully automatic meat slicing machine, developed for supermarkets. The consumer gets the chance to choose what meat they want, how many slices and the thickness of the slices. A prototype of the Quality Slice is now being designed. Sho...
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A unique coating technique for lenses

Plastic and ceramic lenses have many adaptations for industrial optical systems. The partners of this project have developed a unique coating technique that protects plastic or ceramic lenses using any desired coating at low cost. Various coatings are now...
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A self-cleaning package for food

Whomever has taken food out of a plastic package always seems to have to deal with plastic scraping. Part of the food stays stuck to the plastic. In the project “Self-cleaning packaging” a plastic packaging is being developed that doesn’t allow food...
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Towards better diagnostic and treatment for oxygen deficiency in the brain

Oxygen deficiency in the brain is the most important cause of the approximately 40,000 strokes per year in the Netherlands. Approximately 25% of the deaths associated with heart and arterial disease occur on account of brain hemorrhaging. Better diagnosis...
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New minilab results in a healthier cow

Calcium shortages are rather common for cows and lead to many diseases and reduced milk production. Blue4Green together with the veterinary practices De Graafschap has developed a new technique where the calcium shortages can be measured quickly and accur...
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Business accelerator for high-tech companies that want to grow

VentureLab Twente had helped between 2009 and 2013 a number of starting and established high-tech entrepreneurs and companies with growth ambitions. The support program included a year-long personal guidance program from a business coach, access to releva...
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Towards a shorter drying time for membranes

Membrane technology can be applied in many production processes. The separation filters, that selectively allow particles to pass through, are used in the purifying of drinking water for use in the production of cheese, beer and other commercially produce...
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New silicon microneedle makes injections pain free

The company U-Needle asked for a patent in 2008 to produce a microneedle out of pure silicon. Thanks to their own production method the microneedles from U-Needle are extremely sharp and have a very precise design. Edges and surfaces of the needle are sha...
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A toolbox for Serious Gaming

T-Xchange has successfully completed its Ecosystem Development project. The project was an important link for the further development by the knowledge institute in the professionalizing of Serious Gaming. The project laid a theoretical basis for Serious G...
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Thermoplastic composites: the material of the future?

Thermoplastic composites, which are made from fiber-reinforced plastics, are much lighter than existing materials, and are especially useful in products where weight is an essential property. Thermoplastic composites can be applied in, among others, aircr...
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Discarded textile gets a high-value second chance

The Open Innovation Center Texperium focuses on sustainable reuse of textile. Discarded or overstocked textile is very poorly utilized at this moment. Roughly 80% is burned or simply thrown away in the garbage. Traditional recycling is limited to discarde...
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New discovery makes complex procedures intuitive and more efficient

In the middle of the 1980s, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) made its entry into the medical market. By way of small incisions it was possible to insert an endoscope and long instruments into the body of a patient to do surgery. Since then, many instrumen...
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Nano-components are becoming more advanced and smaller

Nanotechnology is a strongly growing branch of business. Materials with revolutionary materials can be made from the miniscule nano (a billionth of a meter). Nano opens the way for, as examples, searching for DNA variances, drug research, or making still ...
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A connection between road surface, noise and safety

The project ‘Quiet Safe Road Traffic’ (in Dutch Stil Veilig Wegverkeer) is working on how to reduce tire noise while increasing safety. What is unique about this project is the cooperative connection between university, tire manufacturer and road cons...
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A new smart bicycle helps elderly remain active

Bicycling is healthy for both the body and mind. The rise in the number of electrically-assisted bicycles has caused the number of cycling seniors to rise dramatically. Despite this, a large number of elderly between the ages of 75 and 80 feel that they s...
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Staying self-sufficient longer through wireless sensors

The project partners in the Senior project develop sensors and communication technology that is designed to improve the safety of the elderly and chronically ill when they are at home. Wireless sensors can easily monitor the daily habits of the patients. ...
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An energy efficient car tire from rubber and nanosand

Developing an energy efficient car tire using innovative materials - this is the central idea with the project ‘Safe Tyres, Save Energy’. Tire quality plays an important role in the fuel efficiency of a car. The most important aspect is the bond betwe...
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Robot arm is a new weapon in the battle against depression and ADHD

Patients with ADHD, depression or epilepsy are sometimes helped with a therapy that stimulates the brain with a magnetic pulse. Immediately above the head a short, very strong magnetic field is generated that gives the brain a painless jolt. This techniqu...
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Rapid manufacturing: production method of the future?

Rapid manufacturing is seen as the production method of the future. It is a collective term for techniques where products are built layer upon layer. A digital design, for example through a 3D printer, is takes shape directly as product. The advantages ar...
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Leader in modern construction techniques and processes

The Pioneering Foundation is working on developments and applications for new technologies and processes in construction. This includes climate neutral renovations, smarter laying of roadways and further development of flexible building concepts. The goal...
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A new line of bone substitutes

Every year some 100,000 Europeans undergo replacement surgery for their loose fitting artificial hips. This hip replacement surgery works to secure artificial hips to living bone tissue in the upper thigh. During such an operation, it is often observed th...
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The future is with open innovation and advanced materials

Combine artificial grass technology with water filter technology and you’ve got a new field for water management. This particular bundling of core competencies can be applied worldwide at sport areas and landscaping. GreenSource is not only knowledgeabl...
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New minilab gives possibilities for independent, home-care patients

Patients with high blood pressure, chronic kidney failure, heart and arterial disease can soon monitor all of the symptoms at home using a mini-lab. The mini-lab, as small as a pack of sugar, uses the lab-on-a-chip technology from the MESA+ Institute at t...
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The future: more skin sensitive materials

The skin is the largest human organ. One and a half to two square meters of surface area covers the body, protecting it against damaging effects, regulates its temperature and has feeling. Despite this, there is relatively little insight into how products...
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Crossborder networking in manufacturing

The Network GMA promotes cooperation between Dutch and German companies in manufacturing. The network organized trade missions to industrial regions in Europe and presents itself at international trade shows. Industrial small and medium-sized businesses f...
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High-tech production platform fills gap in mobile consumer electronic market

Components for mobile consumer electronics are becoming increasingly smaller. Chips, speakers, microphones, cameras - the miniaturization continues and market demand continues to rise. Unique modular construction The current generation of microsystems nee...
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The future: a better, intuitive controllable arm-hand prosthetic

The loss of a hand or part of an arm through amputation can be a shocking occurrence. If only because of all the various functions a person’s hand performs, such as fine motor skills, touch and non-verbal communication. In the Netherlands, this happens ...
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Active aids for the elderly and chronically sick

A graying population means an increase in the number of chronic diseases and associated healthcare costs. MIAS focuses on the results of this ageing population. The German-Dutch project builds on a crossborder innovation platform in the area of medical te...
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Wastewater sustainably treated with the Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR)

Anaerobic decomposition (decomposition without oxygen) of organic materials in wastewater is, together with membrane filtering, an interesting sustainable purifying concept especially for the food industry. Local purifying and reuse of wastewater can be m...
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The meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors

The meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors Masters of the Future in Twente is the number one meeting place where entrepreneurs and investors can come together. Innovative startups and first-phase growth companies can all vie to obtain risk capital ...
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Smart cooperation on innovations in manufacturing

A fully automatic meat slicing machine, a new coating technique for lenses, halal chicken and fish specialities - these are examples of new, innovative products that have come from the treasure chest that’s the manufacturing industry in Twente. Niche ma...
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Quicker recovery with a rehabilitation robot

After a cerebral hemorrhage, many people are partially disabled. The disabled portions of the body can recover, but it requires much effort and time, from the patient as well as a physiotherapist. The robot walks with you A rehabilitation robot can help p...
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Leader in Robot Technology

LEO - the Center for Service Robotics stimulates research in the development and realization of robotics applications. Robot technology has been booming in the last few years. A new generation of intelligent robot systems and service robot applications ha...
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Renewer of technical education in Twente

A renewer in technical education. This is the mission of the Integral Practice Center (IPC).  The IPC uses the newest technologies and machinery in metal, mechatronics, and electrotechniques in educating lower and middle-level vocational students. This c...
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Risk capital for innovative companies

The Innovation Fund East Netherlands has helped innovative small-business owners with financing the startup or first development phases of their companies. Innovative startups and first-stage growth companies often find it difficult to raise necessary cap...
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Product Innovation through innovative materials

Product innovation often begins with the use of innovative materials. Materials form the basic building blocks of any product. Unfortunately, materials innovations often never leaves the laboratories at universities and research institutes. The knowledge ...
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Opportunities for entrepreneurs in micro- and nanotechnology

High Tech Factory is a production facility with cleanrooms, laboratories and offices where companies in micro- and nanotechnology can produce their products in high volumes. The number of companies in micro- and nanotechnology is growing. They have a pres...
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Faster rehabilitation and recovery with instant 3D movement monitoring

Physiotherapists currently have no trustworthy, routinely available tool in which they can precisely measure what the effects of treatment is on the coordination abilities of the patient. In this project, there has been developed a practical method of 3D ...
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Working towards a sustainable food industry in Twente

The Twente Innovation Platform had for a number of years a food cluster as focus area. Companies from the food and beverage industry worked together towards sustainable innovations. Focus areas were water, energy, packaging and human resource management. ...
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Advanced techniques improve healthcare for the elderly and chronically sick

An intuitive lift that you can ride, a towel for treatment and cleaning, a medical diagnosis chip. These are the healthcare innovations that have been brought more rapidly into the market thanks to FieldLab for Client Centered Care. FieldLab works on acce...
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Technical textiles become much smarter with inkjet technology

Active self-cleaning canvas, sensors on firemen’s protective suits, solar cells on window shades, sheets that can deliver medicine, battle uniforms with integrated electronics: inkjet technology can help develop new properties for technical textiles. Th...
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Working to bring more international knowledge workers to East Netherlands

Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Saxion) and the University of Twente (UT) have teamed up to offer through their Connect program international talent for companies and institutions in East Netherlands. This program is especially attractive for small...
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Finding diseases early through medical imaging

The Center for Medical Imaging Twente (CMI Twente) has developed new medical imaging technology by using existing technology, such as PET, MRI and ultrasound, or a combination thereof. These technologies can look and photograph inside the body to help fin...
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A boost for the semiconductor industry

The Netherlands is a leader in the development of semiconductors, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), integrated circuits (ICs) and sensors. These form the basis of modern electronics. East Netherlands plays a prominent role in this industry as it has...
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A nursery for green energy and ingredients

The Bio-energy Park helps to bring technologies for energy and green ingredients a step closer to the future. It offers “plug and play” facilities for pilot projects with a focus on converting biomass and trash to energy and green materials for reuse....
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East Netherlands: Leader in bio-based paints and yarns

There is a blooming renaissance in natural paints, brushes, pigments and yarns. In East Netherlands a total of fifteen companies and institutes are developing them. This bundling of resources means that from the middle of 2014, not only will there be new,...
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3D-weaves make new material constructions possible

Thermoplastic composites are a relatively new, advanced material based on textile technology: very light but at the same time very strong and with a great deal of tensile strength. It can also be easily formed under pressure and heat. Thermoplastic compos...
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From drawing blood to analyzing breath properties

Exhaled breath contains biomarkers, which are particles in very low concentrations that may signal disease. With the advent of new, innovative sensor technology biomarkers are becoming intensely interesting. Breath analysis is more pleasant for patients t...
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New detection method for metastasized breast cancer

In the Netherlands, breast cancer occurs with relatively high frequency, affecting some 13,000 women every year. In doing follow up research to detect possible spreading of breast cancer cells, a ‘sentinel node biopsy’ is used. This involves injecting...
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