Unique public-private partnership kicks off with opening of biomedical facility

The Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe), a next-generation public-private partnership, opens the doors of its biomedical laboratory today. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is co-founder of this collaboration. InSciTe’s research facility offers a state-of-the-art workspace that enables interdisciplinary collaboration to advance proven biomedical concepts to clinical applications. Today, academia and industry will learn more about InSciTe’s goals and ambitions for a sustainable economy during a symposium at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.

Working together on innovative solutions

With the new biomedical facility, InSciTe offers an actual workplace where top scientists and entrepreneurs work together on valorization and commercialization of proven scientific concepts. “With the opening of the new facility, we advance public-private partnerships to the next level; long-term joint investments to work together on innovative solutions”, said Emiel Staring, Managing Director of InSciTe.

Making the Netherlands brighter than the competition

Within the biomedical program, InSciTe will be working on materials for new blood vessels, implants that can facilitate cartilage repair or renewal and smart medication devices for the eye. The new laboratory contains specialized facilities and equipment, e.g. clean rooms that meet all requirements for the production of materials for clinical use. The lab space of 600m2 is designed to be flexible and several research projects can run at the same time without jeopardizing project privacy. In addition, part of the facility can be rented out to third parties, enabling small start-up companies to have access to specialized laboratory space and facilities. Hence, the new biomedical facility will stimulate collaboration between InSciTe partners as well as collaboration with external parties. “By creating a physical workplace, we will strengthen the cross fertilization between public and private partners and build on an open innovation ecosystem”, said Bert Kip, Managing Director of Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

Sustainable investments for the future

InSciTe is located on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. Initiated by public and private partners, they actively invest in open innovation and long-term economic growth. Initiators DSM, Maastricht University and University Medical Center, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Provincie Limburg together invest 60 million euro in InSciTe for the development of smart materials for medical applications (Biomedical materials) and the production of biobased materials from renewable raw materials that do not compete with the food chain (Biobased materials). “I am proud of this new scientific valorization institute. InSciTe is due to the knowledge of its partners a huge asset for the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, and the knowledge economy in Limburg.” said Twan Beurskens, Regional Minister of Economic Affairs Provincie Limburg. An additional 20 million euro for realizing the necessary infrastructure on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus is provided by the Provincie Limburg. For example, this investment is used for InSciTe’s biomedical facility and its future biobased pilot plant, which will be used to scale up the processes for the production of new biobased building blocks. This pilot plant will be put into operation early 2016.

About InSciTe

The Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe) is a public-private institute for the development and valorization of biobased and biomedical materials. From its base in the south of the Netherlands, Chemelot InSciTe rises to the challenges facing our world today: it develops solutions for the sustainable health of an ageing population and for the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. Founding Fathers DSM, Maastricht University and University Medical Center, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Provincie Limburg invite industrial and academic partners around the world to join them in developing healing biomedical materials for high quality affordable healthcare and processes to produce biobased materials from renewable raw materials that do not compete with the food chain. With its physical nucleus at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Chemelot InSciTe enables entrepreneurship, expertise, experimentation and education in an open innovation network.