On Tuesday Juli 4, Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award winners Kenneth Chin and Juultje Sommers were interviewed by Meindert Schut about their winning innovations.
The award for Amsterdam’s most innovative scientific idea
Nathalie de Vent and Joost Agelink van Rentergem of the University of Amsterdam are the winners of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017, the annual award for the most innovative scientific idea of all Amsterdam knowledge and research institutes.
They received the award for the Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI), a new online infrastructure for the improvement of neuropsychological diagnostics.
The High Potential Award was won by Kenneth Chin of the Academic Medical Center for a new optical imaging technique for nerve identification during surgery.
The Audience Award went to Juultje Sommers of the Academic Medical Center and Marike van der Schaaf of the Academic Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam for the ICU Mill: a mobile, simple and safe solution for rehabilitation of patients on Intensive Care.
ANDI – a new online infrastructure for the improvement of neuropsychological diagnostics
Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI) is a website for the analysis of neuropsychological test results to improve the diagnosis of brain trauma or brain disease. ANDI has a large database of representative standard data of healthy controls, which makes the comparison of a patient with the standard group more precise than when the traditional standard tables are used. Also, demographic background variables are taken into account in this equation. Nathalie: “This way, ANDI facilitates and improves neuropsychological diagnostics, which can also improve care for patients with brain diseases.”
Nathalie de Vent and Joost Agelink van Rentergem received the prize of € 10,000 from Mirjam van Praag, chairman of the jury. “ANDI can make the difference for thousands of people. The jury was initially surprised that such a platform did not already exist: it sounds like something that is practically possible and that serves a clear question. ANDI takes this up and uses big data and networks in an innovative way, “said Mirjam van Praag.
High Potential Award goes to optical imaging technique for nerve identification
The € 5,000 award was won by Kenneth Chin, a student and researcher at the Academic Medical Center. “What started out as a crazy hobby project with my cousin Patrick, is now a new optical imaging technique that is capable of recognizing nerves in operations in real time thus preventing nerve injury in patients,” said Kenneth. With the current techniques it is difficult to distinguish, in particular the smaller nerves, from other tissue, unfortunately causing nerve injury during surgery. By selectively looking at the unique polarized light scattering of the nerves we can distinguish the nerves during surgery. Prevention of nerve injury is beneficial for patients and therefore has a positive effect on healthcare.
Chairman of the jury Mirjam van Praag: “The optical imaging technique is a very innovative idea. We are very impressed with Kenneth’s entrepreneurship based on a promising scientific basis.”
Audience Award: treadmill for safe rehabilitation of patients on the intensive care
Juultje Sommers and Marike van der Schaaf received the € 2.500 award from VU rector Vinod Subramaniam for the ICU Mill: a special treadmill that helps with rehabilitation of intensive care patients at an early stage. Seriously ill patients on the intensive care (IC) experience a drastic decline in walking power resulting in a prolonged rehabilitation period. Marike and Juultje have therefore developed a mobile treadmill. Juultje: “Walking again gives hope and offers a perspective for going home. However, walking with IC patients is difficult because they are often weakened and stuck to different lines (respiration, ECG, infusion cables, etc.). That is why we have developed a weight supported treadmill, which can be placed next to the bed, so no lines need to be disconnected. The weight support makes it possible for patients who are not able to walk without this support, to already start rehabilitation.”
Marike van der Schaaf is a physiotherapist/researcher and special lecturer rehabilitation in acute care at the Academic Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam and Juultje Sommers (MSc) is a physiotherapist and researcher at the Academic Medical Center.
Honorable mention for XASPect, a bench-top X-ray absorption spectrometer
A special honorable mention went to Monalisa Goswami and Moniek Tromp from the University of Amsterdam for XASPect, a bench-top X-ray spectrometer. This is a machine that helps you to see what everything around you is made of and how it works, from auto catalysts, to batteries and paintings. “We make pictures and videos of materials to understand what (chemical) processes are occuring and why, for example, batteries explode or paint discolors on paintings,” said Moniek Tromp.
Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award
The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the annual award for the most innovative idea with a social and/or commercial application, derived from scientific research. This year is the twelfth edition of this award. The Award is organized by IXA (Innovation Exchange Amsterdam). Partners of the Award are the City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Science Park, Sanquin, NKI-AVL, Rabobank, Port of Amsterdam, Equinix, Surfsara and De Vries & Metman.
The finalists for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017 are selected. The jury, chaired by Mirjam van Praag, had the difficult task to select ten finalists from all entries of the Amsterdam universities and research institutes.
The finalists are:
Bauke Bakker (Orlando Cabanas, Roberto Pizato, Dion Gavriilidis )| Alumni network Medialab Amsterdam – HvA | SHHH – See How Households Hear
Ruth Zinkstok (Margriet Pol) | HvA | The development of an activity application for mood self-management, the I-ACT
Kenneth Chin |AMC |Real-time intraoperative nerve identification using collimated polarized light imaging
Marike van der Schaaf (Juultje Sommers) | AMC |First steps to recovery. The ICU Mill: a smart, simple and safe solution for rehabilitation in acute care
Daan Geerke (Marc van Dijk)|VU|MDStudio: Molecular Dynamics workflows made easy
Monalisa Goswami (Moniek Tromp) |UvA | XASPect-A bench-top X-Ray Absorption Spectrometer
Ben van Oeveren | VU |Move Metrics, Innovation in feedback
Sytze van Stempvoort |VU |PeelPioneers – valorization of citrus peel waste
Hanneke Hulst (Jeroen Geurts; Quinten van Geest, Marijn Huiskamp, Piet Bouman, Benthe Westerik, Floor de Boer, Stella van het Klooster, Wietke Babelioswky) | VUmc |Science of Society (S.O.S.)
Nathalie Ramona de Vent (Joost Agelink van Rentergem) |UvA |ANDI – Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure
On June 21, the winner of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017 will be announced during the festive award ceremony. The whole afternoon will be dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. To be present at the festive finale, please register because seats are limited.
On June 21, 2017 the 12th edition of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award will be presented, led by jury president Mirjam van Praag, Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Amsterdam and Copenhagen Business School. This prize is awarded to the most innovative scientific idea of Amsterdam. There is a large variety in entries. They stem from all areas, of medical devices to psychological domains.
The trend of last year of an increasing number of medical device submissions is continued this year. Also the number of entries from the social sciences and humanities domain are higher than the previous years. There is an increase from economics and psychology as well as the educational domains. A large number of submissions concern apps with the goal of improving the lives of patients. The submissions are shown at: ixa.amsia.nl.
Collaboration between Amsterdam universities and research institutes
Unique aspect of the Award is that it is a collaboration between the Amsterdam universities and research institutes. Researchers and students from AMC, HvA, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center, Inholland, NKI and Sanquin will compete for this award. The aim of the annual event is to reveal knowledge from Amsterdam universities and research centers and to bring innovations a step further to society.
Where Science meets Business
A big focus of the program is to turn the submitted ideas into reality. Therefore a matchmaking event is initiated. In the run-up to June 21, companies are approached and matched according to their discipline and strategy to the entries that may be relevant to them. On the day of the event participants and companies meet. Researchers can present their ideas, new technologies and revolutionary solutions to a large number of societal problems. And at the same time, businesses can be introduced to the latest innovations and technologies that they can use to stay ahead of the competition.
Festive Award ceremony
After the matching program, ten finalists must try to convince the jury of their idea with an elevator pitch. With the award of € 10,000, the audience award of € 2,500 or the high potential award of € 5,000 the researcher or student can develop his/her idea further. The jury consists of representatives from industry and is chaired by Prof Mirjam van Praag. In determining the winner, they pay special attention to innovation, applicability and fulfilment of a market need. The award ceremony takes place June 21 at the VU Campus.
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“The writing and especially presenting the idea was a great experience.
The practice round was a learning experience and helped a lot. Just by being nominated I was mentioned in dozens of press releases and online articles”.
(Marte Otten, UvA, High potential Award 2016)
About Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award
The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is an annual competition for the most innovative idea resulting from scientific research, which has a social and/or commercial application. Last year over 70 researchers and students from Amsterdam’s many universities and research institutes took part. The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is organised by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and Gemeente Amsterdam. Partners of this event are Amsterdam Science Park and Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI).
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The award for the most innovative scientific idea of Amsterdam
Bram Schermers of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek/Netherlands Cancer Institute is the winner of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2016, the annual award for the most innovative idea of all Amsterdam universities and research institutes, with his entry “MaMaLoc”. MaMaLoc is a technique for the improvement of breast cancer treatment.
The high potential award went to Marte Otten, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam for her “Feeling Thermometer”, an online application for visualization of unconscious beliefs. The Audience Award was won by Hedy Folkersma of the Academic Medical Centre for HEAD (Hydrocephalus Early Advanced Diagnostics), a device to diagnose hydrocephalus in newborns at an early stage.
Finding and completely removing the tumor during breast cancer surgery is a big clinical challenge. A localization technique is indispensable in helping the surgeon to excise the right tissue, but current options are either inaccurate orcomplex.
MaMaLoc (Magnetic Marker Localization) provides an accurate and hassle-free magnetic localization marker to be used in combination with a proprietary clinical magnetic detector platformin order to guide the surgeon to the tumor. With this technique, the cosmetic outcome of the surgery and thus the quality of life is improved significantly for women with breast cancer.
Bram Schermers received the € 10.000 euro prize from jury chairman Alexander Rinnooy Kan. Bram Schermers presented his idea with such passion, that he convinced the jury that the sophisticated technology can really make a difference in people’s lives.
The MaMaLoc technology was developed by technical physician Bram Schermers as part of his PhD at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek/Netherlands Cancer Institute and the University of Twente. The technology was developed in close cooperation with the breast radiologists and breast surgeons who will ultimately use the technology.
The high potential award of € 5.000 was won by Marte Otten, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam for her “Feeling Thermometer”, an online application for visualization of unconscious beliefs. “The Implicite Association Task” (IAT) is an amazing tool to chart other peoples’ mind. The IAT shows exactly what issues are preferred, through the speed with which people respond to words and pictures. “I would therefore like to make the IAT available by an online app that allows measurement of all kinds of internal associations or to test how people (unconsciously) think about products, developments in society or their fellow man “, said Otten. This app provides a major step forward for anyone who wants to know what their target audience thinks.
Hedy Folkersma of the Academisch Medisch Centrum has won the audience award of € 5.000 for HEAD (Hydrocephalus Early Advanced Diagnostics), a device to detect hydrocephalus at an early stage in newborns. The HEAD technique is faster and more accurate in the determination of a hydrocephalus than current techniques, because it makes use of facial scanning and creates a 3D digital reconstruction of the head. Subtle changes of the contours of the forehead can be detected, thus predicting hydrocephalus. An early and accurate diagnosis can prevent permanent brain damage.
The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the annual award for the most innovative idea with a social and / or commercial application resulting from scientific research in Amsterdam. This year is the eleventh edition of the Award and is organized by IXA (Innovation Exchange Amsterdam) and the City of Amsterdam. Partners of the event are Amsterdam Science Park, Sanquin, CWI, NKI, Amolf and Nikhef, Rabobank and ERAC.