Innovative contrast fluid contender of Herman Wijffels Innovation Award

Tide Microfluidics has been nominated for the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award 2015. The company from Enschede, located at Kennispark Twente, develops techniques for ultrasound contrast fluids. Tide Microfluidics is nominated in the category Care & Vital Communities and is in the running for the first prize of € 30,000 euros. Tide Microfluidics has also the chance to win the audience award. The Herman Wijffels Innovation Award encourages participants to realize their promising sustainable innovations.

Ultrasound contrast
With the technology of Tide Microfluidics, it is possible to produce a custom-made ultrasound contrast fluid through which ultrasound images has up to 20 times more contrast. The fluid is optimally tuned to the needs and characteristics of the patient. As a result, the smallest structures become visible, and a physician can more quickly and accurately make a diagnosis. An invasive and expensive MRI scan is often no longer necessary. Especially for children this is a major step forward.
In the category of Tide Microfluidics, three other innovative companies are battling for the first prize. Tide Microfluidics is in the race to win the Audience Award of 5,000 euros too. The audience determines which innovation is ultimately the most sustainable and has the greatest impact.

Wim van Hoeve, managing director of Tide Microfluidics, is pleased with the nomination: “This is not just a big boost for our team, the nomination also gives great exposure to how our innovation can contribute to better care in The Netherlands and abroad. This allows us to further expand our network and bring our product to the market faster.”

Herman Wijffels Innovation Award
Rabobank awards the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award annually since 2002. All entries were judged on innovation, social impact, customer focus and profitability. That was done by a jury of specialists in the field of innovation and sustainability. The judges have also been on business visits. Out of 440 entries the jury nominated twelve innovative companies as a contender for the prize. The innovation is divided over three categories: Food & Agri, Circular Economy and Vital Communities & Care. Per category the contender can win a prize of 30,000 euros.

Award ceremony
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 12th at the Automotive Campus in Helmond. Rabobank is arranging the Herman Wijffels Innovation Event including an innovation market where the finalists will present themselves. There are also workshops and speed dates with finance specialists from Rabobank. You can register via www.rabobank.nl/innovatieprijs.