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Senescence and cancer therapy

In the majority of cases, damaged human cells are cleared by the body’s own defence mechanisms. In some cases, however, such cells remain in the body. These so-called senescent cells play a major role in the aging process of the human body, and have been identified to cause disease. Numeric Biotech, in collaboration with Erasmus MC, has shown that their compound is able to selectively clear these senescent cells in mice and demonstrated reversal of the disease process.

The technology of Numeric Biotech has potential treatment applications for a number of diseases, but the company will first focus on oncological indications. “We believe that this important technology will contribute to a better understanding of clearing senescent cells from the human body”, says Hans van Berkum, co-founder and CEO of Numeric Biotech, “the support from UNIIQ allows us to further study age-related diseases and in particular the effect of our drug compounds for treatment of certain cancers.”

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UNIIQ Proof of Concept investment

“We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities for the technology developed at Numeric Biotech”, says Liduina Hammer, Fund manager at UNIIQ. “The field of senescence is rapidly developing and pre-clinical results have shown great potential for future treatments. We are confident that Numeric Biotech, in collaboration with excellent academic institutions such as Erasmus MC, can further improve patient treatment. UNIIQ focusses on investments with major potential impact and with this investment we have clearly found such potential”.

With the investment by UNIIQ and Erasmus MC, Numeric Biotech will be able to further develop their drug compounds in order to perform additional pre-clinical experiments, necessary for the product to enter clinical trials. Numeric Biotech has a worldwide exclusive license from Erasmus MC covering the substance FOXO4-DRI including a wide range of variations.

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InnovationQuarter invests in Tiledmedia to significantly increase reach of Virtual Reality-002-980x450

Unrealised potential of Virtual Reality

Despite the many potential applications, Virtual Reality (VR) is only slowly catching on, for two main reasons: the limited availability of content and the high bandwidth required to stream VR – too high for the average internet connection. Tiledmedia solves this problem by cutting up the content into so-called ‘tiles’ and only streaming those tiles that are in the users’ view. The user sees only 13% of the full image, which makes sending the entire panorama very inefficient.

InnovationQuarter brings experience and an extensive network to the table thanks to the many companies it funds. This will certainly help us in the further expansion of Tiledmedia. – Frits Klok, CEO at Tiledmedia

Tiledmedia’s ClearVR technology can either increase quality by a factor of five at the same bandwidth, or stream the same quality as current applications with up to 80% bandwidth reduction. Such substantial efficiency benefits cannot be matched by any competing technology.

Opening the door to a wider audience

Distributors of VR content benefit from the Tiledmedia technology because they can stream their VR productions in the highest possible quality to the widest possible audience at substantially lower costs. This makes it more attractive for media companies to produce VR content, overcoming any cost-related challenges, and serving as a catalyst for the VR market. The company’s technology makes it possible, for instance, to experience your favourite sports event or pop concert live as if you were there, while being at home on the couch with a VR headset.

International network

Founded in early 2017 by Frits Klok (CEO), Ray van Brandenburg (CTO), Arjen Veenhuizen (COO) and Rob Koenen (CBO), Tiledmedia has an experienced management team with a large international network. Rob Koenen is President of the Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) and plays an important role in international standardisation of media­ technology in ISO/IEC MPEG, known for its MP3 specification. Working at TNO, the founding team spent five years developing the tiled streaming technology, which achieved great commercial potential with the advent of VR.

Widely recognised name

Tiledmedia is a widely recognised name in the global VR ecosystem. In April, the company co-exhibited at the NAB Media Technology Show in Las Vegas alongside industry leaders Ericsson and Harmonic to showcase its ClearVR solution. Tiledmedia’s first customer will soon launch a spectacular VR service and various international parties have expressed interest in integrating ClearVR into their VR platforms.

“Welcoming InnovationQuarter to the existing group of angel investors means that we have the necessary fuel to further develop our marketing and sales, while bringing a professional fund on board,” says Frits Klok, Tiledmedia’s CEO. “InnovationQuarter brings experience and an extensive network to the table thanks to the many companies it funds. This will certainly help us in the further expansion of Tiledmedia.”

Francis Quint, head of InnovationQuarter Capital: “Tiledmedia is a spin-off from TNO, a partner of InnovationQuarter and an important organisation in our regional ecosystem. In addition to the capital injection from the consortium of business angels, this investment by InnovationQuarter will help Tiledmedia commercialise its VR technology and make the application of VR accessible to a wider audience.”

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Drecht Cities International

CEO Rientz Willem Bol (left) explains Bolidt’s transition plan to international companies from the Drecht Cities region

An impulse for international interaction

In addition to a number of local executives, the group consisted mostly of directors of foreign-owned companies from the Drecht Cities region and Dutch companies with a large international footprint. The aim was to promote interaction among these companies and to improve contacts with local and regional government.

After short introductions from Drecht Cities, InnovationQuarter and Deal, the CEO of Bolidt, mr.  Rientz Willem Bol, gave an insight into the ambitious plans he is carrying out to prepare his company for the future. A four-year transition plan is currently underway and causes an notable cultural change within the company. According to Bol, the company must abandon its’ traditional ways of operating, to stay ahead of global competition. Therefore Bolidt is now focusing on a future in which co-creation, innovation and customer experience are key, with the highlight being the completion of an Experience & Innovation Center in the spring of 2019.

The enthusiasm of mr. Bol inspired and motivated some of the participants to implement his fresh ideas within their own organizations. In addition, relevant business contacts were made during the networking part afterwards.

The international ecosystem in Drecht Cities

The Drecht Cities region is home to around 150 companies that are owned by foreign multinationals. In addition, hundreds of Dutch companies from this region are active in international markets and many SMEs and startups have international ambitions. Drecht Cities, InnovationQuarter and Deal assist regional businesses with their internationalization goals, for example by organizing international trade missions. In addition, InnovationQuarter and Deal actively attract new (foreign) companies to this region in order to draw new investments and create more jobs.

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Research CBS: Shift in Employment in the Security Domain

Shift from traditional to non-traditional security

The share of employed persons, those that are traditionally reckoned as security-workers such as firemen, policemen and military personnel, showed a slight decrease of 0.2% between 2013-2016 (133.000 people in 2016). Traditional and non-traditional personnel combined (including lawyers, judges, cyber security specialists, fraud examiners and social workers that i.e. deal with domestic violence, mentally disordered people and radicalisation) show a small increase of 0.2% between 2013-2016 (1.078.000 people in 2016). Please have a look at the full report.

Sectors

Almost half of security-related professionals are active in two big sectors: Health & Social Work Activities (22%) and Public Administration & Services (also 22%). Relatively, the number of employed persons in a security related occupation is largest in the Information & Communication sector (which has a big impact on all sectors and includes cyber security) and Public Administration & Services (which includes police forces and military personnel).

Education

In 2016, 60% of all employed persons in a security related occupation had a security related education. This is an increase of 6% compared to 2013. Nearly 40% of all security occupations are in engineering. In the 2016/’17 school year, 118,000 students were enrolled in a security related programme (9,8% of vocational and tertiary education). Higher education and engineering security studies showed a growth in student numbers. Of the graduates in security-related education programmes in 2013/’14, 81% found a paid job within 3 months after graduation.

Access to Talent

The CBS-study was commissioned by HSD Office as part of the Human Capital Programme and the Action Agenda for Cyber Security. Mark Ruijsendaal, Innovation Liaison at HSD Office: “Access to talent is a crucial prerequisite for improving security and growth of the security sector. This study is the first time that the broad field of security from both an educational and labour market perspective in The Netherlands is analysed. The insights are deemed important for the educational institutes developing courses, the employers in the security domain and future talent orientating themselves on educational programmes and labour market opportunities. We will use the insights for future direction on access to talent for the security sector, including a renewed Action Agenda for the coming years, which will be developed together with HSD partners in 2018.

Making your Career in Security

To stimulate a career in security and to provide insights in the available jobs, studies and courses, HSD Office launched www.securitytalent.nl almost two years ago. Mark Ruijsendaal: “What we notice daily is that some positions are hard to fill within the security domain, specifically in cyber security, senior developers and leadership roles. Based on an analysis of securitytalent.nl, in the last 1.5 years 70% of all vacancies were for people with a technical background, 27% with a security background and small numbers for social work, legal and organisation & government.

Relevante links

  • Read the official press release by CBS (in Dutch)
  • English report and statistics can be dowloaded from CSB website (Dutch or English)
  • Read the article on Nu.nl

 

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Sebastiaan Kors (BW Security Ventures) ondertekent de HSD-overeenkomst.

From idea to profitable concept

Many startups, as well as corporates and investors, are struggling how a good security idea or (cyber) security concept can be converted into a commercially viable business model. BW Security Ventures scouts (inter)national startups that are active within the (cyber) security sector. Through the data-driven accelerator program PreXLR, a business development program of 100 days, BW Security Ventures guides the (early phase) startups at their first steps to success and validates the commercial feasibility of their idea or concept. The resulting business model prevents time and money thrown away of a product that is not yet ready for market introduction.

“We expect to accompany around 5 to 10 startups annually and offer them a kick-start to commercial success. In April the first two cyber security startups will start with the program, Digital-Sentinel and the American startup LegacyArmour. Both promising in the field of data protection,” says Sebastiaan Kors, Director at BW Security Ventures. “Although our higher goal is to strengthen the cyber security sector and thereby increase the digital resilience of the Netherlands.”

Digital future and security

The digital transformation is in full swing. New issues arise, and entrepreneurs see opportunities for innovations. Safety and security plays an important role in this digital world and are becoming increasingly important. “If there is insufficient attention for security and it is not integrated into new digital developments, then it lacks confidence for large-scale applications with significant risks as a possible consequence,” explains Sebastiaan Kors. “This also inhibits innovation and growth.”

“With the arrival of the internet, we did not think about security adequately and the consequences are becoming more and more visible. Thanks to robotisation, innovations like self-driving cars and new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), private / public clouds and big data, the impact on cybercrime will be greater than we are already experiencing. That is why the digital transformation must go hand in hand with security innovations and ideas to strengthen the digital resilience of the Netherlands, as well as the training and training of qualified (cyber) security personnel.”

Security spin-off van BW Ventures opent kantoor in hét veiligheidscluster van Europa
V.l.n.r.: Joris den Bruijne (HSD), Herman Hartgers (Enterprise Europe Netwerk (EEN) / KvK), Sebastiaan Kors (BW Security Ventures), Philip Meijer en Martijn van Hoogenhuijze (InnovationQuarter) © Daniel Verkijk

BW Security Ventures chooses The Hague

“The security cluster The Hague Security Delta with its HSD Campus is the place-to-be for (cyber) security startups and companies, because of the highly developed ecosystem,” explains Sebastiaan Kors. “BW Ventures already has a branch in Eindhoven, which focuses on e-commerce startups. As we want to be in the midst of where it all happens, the HSD Campus is a logical choice for us to open an office. And through events like the Cyber ​​Security Week organized by HSD, including the Municipality of The Hague and InnovationQuarter, we encounter interesting partners. That is already bearing fruit!”

Strengthen the security cluster together

The arrival of this business accelerator to The Hague was partly due to the close contact with the Enterprise Europe Network, the Chamber of Commerce, HSD and InnovationQuarter. Kors: “Thanks to the good cooperation with these organizations, we can jointly ensure that national and international (cyber) security startups have the best possible kick-start to success. Our acceleration program helps with this, as well as other networks, platforms, accelerators and investment funds focused on cybersecurity. This ecosystem connects the dots.”

Chris van Voorden, Director Foreign Investments at InnovationQuarter: “BW Security Ventures is a new, welcome link in the security cluster and an asset to the West Holland region. During the startup program, attention is paid to the technical feasibility of products, and especially the commercial feasibility is also considered. After 100 days it is clear whether the market needs what the startups have to offer.”

 

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Energy savings, CO2 reduction and attractive payback periods

Innecs started out as an engineering consultancy in 2004 and aimed to develop its own products. It has since developed three extremely efficient and robust devices: a low NOx burner (the BoilerBurner), a small steam turbine (the SteamExpander) and a small gas turbine (the PowerBurner). By applying extensive knowledge of turbine technology with smart control systems, Innecs has created premium products that can be used by a wide industrial audience. The smart design and modular production process keeps the purchase price down without compromising on quality. This, combined with the energy savings, results in attractive payback periods.

Industry bears a great deal of responsibility for achieving climate goals, and energy efficiency is the obvious way to give shape to the energy transition in the coming years. -Reidar Koolen, CEO of Innecs Power Systems

Made in Holland

Innecs Power Systems devices are an appealing example of advanced industrial products developed and produced on home soil. The extra bonus is that the Innecs products generate energy locally, thus enabling industry to make a substantial contribution to the energy transition. As industry is responsible for 68% of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands*, it is important to develop industrial applications for energy reduction: this is where genuine gains stand to be made in energy transition.

Reidar Koolen, CEO of Innecs Power Systems: “Industry bears a great deal of responsibility for achieving climate goals, and energy efficiency is the obvious way to give shape to the energy transition in the coming years. For our customers, the return on investment is and always will be their main consideration when investing. Innecs therefore regards it as its mission to provide affordable energy efficiency so that the energy transition is financially attractive and thus embraced.”

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Finindus Investment Director Hans Maenhout: “The Innecs team has succeeded in developing, with relatively modest resources, no fewer than three high-tech products. The pragmatic design means that their solutions often have payback periods of less than three years, in some cases even less than two. This makes the technology very attractive to larger industrial clients too. It is not surprising, therefore, that international clients have also found their way to Innecs.”

ENERGIIQ Fund Manager Nienke Vledder: “Innecs Power Systems is an innovative company with its production and development based in the Netherlands. It aims to provide affordable technology that helps industrial clients increase their energy efficiency and make environmental gains. I am confident that it will achieve its goals, and we are glad to support the company in its further growth with this investment from ENERGIIQ.”

Director of BOM Brabant Ventures Miriam Dragstra: “Innecs Power Systems is not just accelerating the energy transition today but is also experiencing wonderful development as a future-oriented business. BOM looks forward to the international growth of this fantastic tech business.”

*Source: http://staatvan.zuid-holland.nl/Paginas/Factsheets/CO2-emissies.aspx

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Fabrikant van supersnelle computers Maxeler kiest voor techincubator YES!Delft

Maxeler at YES!Delft

Maxeler was founded in 2003 and has branches in London, UK and Mountain View in California. It builds ultrafast computer systems that offer customised solutions for a variety of very specific problems. The new branch will initially employ three people but expects to have between 10 and 20 employees within three years. For Maxeler, the presence of talent in the neighbourhood was the decisive factor in choosing YES!Delft.

Director Georgi Gaydadjiev: “Delft University of Technology is a top European university. Its proximity is vital for ensuring close collaboration and the recruitment and training of talent. Our current collaboration with Stanford and Imperial College has yielded very good results and we want to repeat that success in Delft. With its fantastic facilities, YES!Delft has helped us get our Dutch branch up and running very quickly.”

The establishment of the British company is closely in line with other developments within the region, emphasises InnovationQuarter’s Head of Foreign Investments Chris van Voorden: “Maxeler is an asset to West Holland and will contribute to the region’s fast-growing digital economy. Its technology fits well with the digital transition that our region is going through. The company will therefore strengthen our position as the ‘Digital Gateway to Europe’.”

Revolutionary computing power

Just as Shell builds oil refineries that quickly and efficiently convert raw materials into usable end products, Maxeler builds advanced computer systems that convert raw data into valuable information. Where traditional computers consist of hardware and software (computer programmes), Maxeler has completely replaced the critical parts of the software with hardware. This revolutionary method makes its computers 20 to 50 times faster than the fastest traditional computers.

Georgi Gaydadjiev adds: “We have in the past helped US bank JP Morgan with critical risk analytics calculations for its large investment portfolios. A big computer system needed eight hours to achieve this. We designed and installed a much smaller computer that produces the correct answer every two minutes instead, moreover our system uses significantly less electricity.”

De speciale welkomstplaquette voor Maxeler IoT-Labs.

Internet of things

This enormous computing power enables Maxeler to solve problems that would need too much time, energy and physical space when using traditional computer systems. Maxeler benefits from an important development here: the exponential growth of data, due to, among other things, the internet of things (IoT). As more and more devices are connected through internet, massive streams of data emerge that are quite simply too big for traditional computer systems to efficiently process. In addition, the network wastes a lot of electrical energy to carry over the data from the location where it is produced to the large computers in the nowadays data centres.

The company’s Delft branch, Maxeler IoT-Labs, will focus on new application fields that involve a lot of data and computational power, such as personalised medical care, particularly the large-scale processing of DNA data and quick, accurate calculations for highly customised radiotherapy. Gaydadjiev and his colleagues will also concentrate on making computer networks and IoT solutions secure, developing advanced artificial intelligence solutions for self-driving cars and processing graphics data for ultra-low latency virtual reality systems.

Important role for InnovationQuarter and partners

InnovationQuarter, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Delft Technology Partners (DTP) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the British Embassy were involved in bringing Maxeler to Delft. Through the DIT, Maxeler took part in the Cyber Security Week at The Hague Security Delta (HSD) Campus in 2017. It was here that the company first made contact with InnovationQuarter.

Gaydadjiev says: “InnovationQuarter played a very important role by bringing us into contact with the right parties in West Holland. Together with the British Embassy, they helped us make a quick analysis of the cybersecurity and automotive landscape and identify the important stakeholders. This honed our initial idea for a branch in Delft.”

Fabrikant van supersnelle computers Maxeler kiest voor techincubator YES!Delft

Maxeler and Delft: a good match

Deputy Mayor Ferrie Förster expects a lot from this branch of the British business: “Maxeler is at the top of its game regarding computing and the internet of things. We in Delft are at the technological summit in the broadest sense. Maxeler and Delft are therefore a good match and both the company and the city stand to benefit. I am thus very pleased with the arrival of Maxeler and convinced that Delft will be a good breeding ground for this fantastic company.”

Georgi Gaydadjiev also has high expectations of the new location and the opportunities the region presents: “In the Netherlands, we will of course be rolling out also our current products in the field of finance and risk analytics, but we eventually want to introduce new innovations as well. As already mentioned, we plan to grow our team within two years to over 10 employees. I see a very important role for Delft University of Technology in our recruitment process. By working with YES!Delft, we expect to embrace many exciting new opportunities as a result of the specific challenges that many of the young businesses at YES!Delft encounter.”

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Bundling of high-tech (composites) companies in The Hague strengthens international competitive position

Technology Park Ypenburg

The Ypenburg business park in The Hague houses several high-tech companies, as well as a field lab. Four companies (Airborne, KVE, Promolding and GTM) and the field lab DFC join forces to make The Hague an international hotspot for the manufacturing industry of products based on high-tech materials. High-tech companies are the companies of the future and also determine to a large extent the economic development and employment of the future. The demand for products from high-tech materials will grow strongly, both nationally and internationally in the coming years. That is why a joint investment of € 1.6 M is being made, which should form the foundation for strengthening the regional innovation power and the growth of business, jobs, knowledge institutes and investments aimed at innovative manufacturing industry, specialized in high-tech materials.

Jobs of the future

With this program, the initiators expect that an attractive business climate will be created for other companies at Ypenburg. They can benefit from the relevant infrastructure on the business park, mutual cooperation, cooperation with knowledge institutes and the municipality, and the presence of a diverse workforce in the region. The program also wants to give a positive impulse to local and regional training institutes through internships and workplaces. In addition, the innovative developments provide new employment for both higher and lower educated people.

Regional knowledge strengthens international competitiveness

A component in the program is the Digital Factory for Composites field lab (DFC). Entrepreneurs, regional educational institutions and investors can go to this field lab for workshops, knowledge sharing, and find interesting investment projects. As part of Smart Manufacturing: Industrial Application in West Holland (SMITZH (in Dutch)), the field lab will contribute to a strong region that can compete at world level. SMITZH aims to support the West Holland manufacturing industry in applying Smart Manufacturing. The ambition is to grow into a one-stop-shop where companies come for knowledge and technology to make their high-quality products competitive. Also in small series and/or single pieces.

Bundling of high-tech (composites) companies in The Hague strengthens international competitive position

High-tech companies in The Hague

Harm van Engelen, director, KVE Composites Group: “As literally the first company that established itself on this business park after Fokker’s bankruptcy, KVE has grown into a company with, among other things, unique knowledge in the field of welding thermoplastic composites. The collaborative project offers the possibility to link this knowledge to, for example, the injection molding knowledge of Promolding, the satellite design knowledge of GTM and the automation knowledge of Airborne in order to realize completely new product-market combinations. Through intensive cooperation with knowledge institutions in the region, missing input from adjacent knowledge areas is added, such as mechatronics, modelling, sensor technology and chemistry. KVE expects a lot from this collaboration.”

Jan Willem Gunnink, CEO/President, GTM Advanced Structures: “It is great that the city of The Hague supports the development of advanced products at the Ypenburg location. GTM is active in the field of advanced materials and constructions for aviation and space technology and appreciates this initiative of the municipality of The Hague. With this, she offers further possibilities to intensify the cooperation between the companies at Ypenburg and to serve the national and international industry even better with the high-tech products that are developed and made at Ypenburg. In view of the collaboration between GTM and the various training institutes in the Hague region (including the institute Advanced Hybrid Structures Center of Competence (AHSCC) with the TU Delft), GTM also sees the possibility of further developing these collaborations in projects and student counselling.”

The Hague is an international city with a strong, innovative economy. The business sector plays a crucial role in this, as a municipality we can facilitate and boost. This investment is good for the innovative strength, competitive position and employment in The Hague. The fact that the companies themselves also invest heavily shows the shared interest, commitment and confidence in the future.
~ Saskia Bruines, alderman Knowlegde Economy, International Affairs, Youth & Education, municipality of The Hague

Marcus Kremers, Chief Technology Officer, Airborne: “Automation and digitization of composite manufacturing is at the core of our business strategy. This program and the cooperation with the other companies at Ypenburg and DFC strengthens the technological foundation and ensures that we can develop and grow much faster. We welcome the collaboration with partners very much, because the need for automation of composites in the market is much larger than we can cover only by ourselves.”

Jac. Gofers, CEO, Promolding: “Now that the companies at Ypenburg have grown up, the time has come to offer a joint proposition that will mean a ‘not-to-refuse offer’ for the international business community. In the field of high-tech plastics and composites, top knowledge is available at both the companies and the educational programs in the region. It is great that we can now bring innovative products and processes to the Ypenburg Technology Park.”

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Here are 10 reasons Why West Holland is the hotspot for composites. Download the infographic via this link or request a hardcopy via communicatie@innovationquarter.nl.