VarmX raises seed capital for development of modified blood coagulation factor X

VarmX, a Dutch, Leiden based biotech company focusing on the development of therapies in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis, today announced the final closing of its seed financing round. New participants providing this seed capital are Dutch VC BioGeneration Ventures (BGV) and regional economic development agency InnovationQuarter. The funds will enable VarmX to advance its lead compound PseudoXa, a modified factor X as a safe and effective factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent.

West Holland 1 of Top 5 aerospace regions in the Netherlands

Last week, InnovationQuarter participated in the Holland Pavilion during the Paris Air Show. For the first time West Holland was promoted as one of the 5 aerospace hotspots in the Netherlands. At the fair, some 142,000 trade visitors were able to speak to over 2,380 exhibitors from 48 countries and some 140 aircraft were on display or in flight demonstration at Le Bourget airport, near Paris.

The Netherlands ranks No. 3 on the Global Innovation Index 2017

The Netherlands ranks No. 3 on the 2017 Global Innovation Index (GII), rising six spots from the previous year. As one of the world’s most innovative countries, Holland outplaces the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, and more.

A soft landing for VSParticle in the California Bay Area

Last week, the moment had finally arrived for Delft nanotech startup VSParticle: the start of the Soft Landing Program by InnovationQuarter, Medical Delta and UC (Berkeley) CITRIS. The Program is being implemented under a MoU signed in 2016 by the above parties in the presence of Minister Jet Bussemaker.

Economic mission of the Province of Zuid-Holland to China

Mr. Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner in the Province of Zuid-Holland, led an economic and trade mission to China from 4 June to 9 June 2017. InnovationQuarter, together with Dutch companies, research institutes and the Municipality of Westland - in total over 25 people - joined the mission.

Exploring cooperation at TU Delft Research Exhibition

The second edition of the TU Delft Research Exhibition – the largest scientific expo in the Netherlands – took place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June 2017. After the positive response to the first Research Exhibition in 2014, this year’s edition was even larger, both in terms of the number of projects and the wide range of research groups and industries that were covered.

Invest in Holland at first GFIA in Europe

Invest in Holland, the collaborative acquisition network aimed at attracting foreign companies, took part in the first European edition of the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) in Utrecht on 9 and 10 May. This was the first time the international agricultural fair had been held in the Netherlands. Abu Dhabi had hosted the event for the past four years.

Toxys launches large international validation study for ToxTracker

Together with a consortium of leading experts in the field of genotoxicity, Toxys has started a large inter-laboratory validation study for their ToxTracker assay. With this study, Toxys aims to demonstrate the transferability, intra- and inter-laboratory reproducibility as well as the predictive capacity of the assay.

West Holland entrepreneurs make their mark in southern Germany

A 60-strong delegation, headed by InnovationQuarter and Economische Programmaraad Zuidvleugel (EPZ, the regional economic board), recently met with existing and potential German partners in Munich and Stuttgart. During an intensive two-day mission to southern Germany (1 to 3 May), delegates took part in a rich programme of activities focusing on cyber security and personalised medicine. The visit provided many opportunities to establish useful contacts for future cooperation and business openings in the southern German market.

Airborne International secures Series C investment round to accelerate its automation growth strategy

Airborne International, a leading provider of advanced composite solutions for a variety of industrial applications, accelerates its growth strategy by completing a Series C round. SABIC, via its corporate venturing arm, has invested growth capital in composites specialist Airborne International B.V. (“Airborne”) in The Hague. With this investment, SABIC joins a growth financing round by existing shareholders including Pangaea Ventures Fund III, L.P., HPE PRO Institutional Fund B.V., InnovationQuarter Capital and Innovatiefonds Brabant B.V..

The Netherlands Ranks No. 1 in Connectivity on 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index

The Netherlands ranks first in the EU for connectivity and fourth in the EU for overall digitization on the 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). Released annually by the European Commission, DESI measures digital progress of European countries based on five different categories. These categories include connectivity, human capital, use of internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services. The Netherlands precedes Belgium, the UK and Ireland on the index.

Technology Exchange Roadshow to explore maritime business opportunities in Singapore

Following Sea Asia, which took place in Singapore from April 25 to 27, InnovationQuarter and Netherlands Maritime Technology organized a Technology Exchange Roadshow (TER). During this Technology Exchange Roadshow a group of six maritime companies providing a cost reducing technology met with three ship-owners and a shipyard.