SensUs Newsletter April
Making innovation happen!
It’s already April and that means that the SensUs Innovation Days are coming closer! The teams are busy working on their prototypes and the preparations for the event are in full swing. Here you find the latest news on our innovative developments!
Kick-off Meet the Partner Event
On the 21st of February the Meet the Partners Kick-Off event took place. It was an online event to stimulate early contacts between the participating student teams and the SensUs partners. For both parties, it is was a great opportunity to start off the year, to network and to get to know each other's interests.
The online event was a new initiative and an innovative way to stimulate collaboration and information sharing on a worldwide scale in the field of Sensors for Health. This pilot went very well and inspires us into new ways to bring stakeholders together (students, research groups, companies, healthcare professionals, patient organizations, innovation stakeholders) and enable them to develop new ideas.
The partners of SensUs make innovation happen by supporting the student teams as well as the organization of SensUs. We are happy to introduce you to the first partners of SensUs 2019: EIT Health, Bronkhorst, Scienion, Axxicon, CbusineZ, Micronit, High Tech Campus, TTP, Saltro, Future Diagnostics, PalmSens and ReumaNederland. Welcome partners, we thank you for your support and hope that SensUs will help you to realize your ambitions in the field of Sensors for Health!
Interview Eric-Jan Kroot
Each year, we conduct interviews with professionals and patients who are related to the theme of SensUs, in order to highlight the societal relevance of the theme. The first interview of this year was with dr. Eric-Jan Kroot, rheumatologist in a hospital in the South of the Netherlands. We talked about his profession, how the profession is changing through the years, how adalimumab is used in the treatment, what the future will look like for rheumatoid arthritis patients and about the SensUs student competition. Take a look at the interview here.
The High Schools Project Kick-off
The SensUs High School Project is in full swing and was kicked-off in a fun afternoon with a lecture and a workshop. There were 47 students from 8 schools who attended this lecture. They learned the basics about biosensing and received explanations about their assignment. A TRIZ workshop was given by Hans Baaijens and Christoph Dobrusskin. TRIZ is a problem-solving and analysis tool based on the study of innovations and patents. Finally, the students learned in a literature training how to use search terms and be critical about sources. Rheumatism is characterized by certain autoantibodies, one of which is ‘anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide’, also called anti-CCP. The assignment for the High Schools Project is to devise a concept for a biosensor that measures the concentration of anti-CCP in a drop of blood.
The SensUs Alumni Network
The SensUs Alumni Network is getting shape. We are proud to announce that over 10 SensUs Alumni from 7 countries will become a SensUs Ambassador. SensUs Ambassadors represent SensUs in their country, manage the local SensUs Alumni and expand the SensUs Network. The first Local Alumni events were a great success and we are looking forward to host many more.
SensUs Organization at Special Events
- Innovation for Health
In February, we visited ‘Innovation for Health’ in the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. This is the premier conference in the field of health and life sciences in the Netherlands. We listened to presentations about precision medicine and MedTech breakthroughs. Besides that, we spoke with many interesting companies with the same mission as SensUs, to stimulate innovation in health.
- Health Valley
In March, we visited Health Valley Netherlands. This is the biggest Life Sciences & Health innovation network in the Netherlands. The network unites companies, care organizations, knowledge institutes, and authorities, and enables them to grow stronger together. Like SensUs, Health Valley aims to bring technology to the care sector, together. It was very inspirational!
- Beyond Tech
On the 11th of April, we were present at the high tech conference Beyond Tech. Beyond Tech aims to connect, to share knowledge and to discover the revolutionary potential of high tech. It was a full day of Expert Sessions and startup events in which Senus will plug in!
- EuromedLab Barcelona
On the 20th of May, the SensUs Organization and team Glasgow 2018 will give a presentation at EuromedLab, the large European Congress of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, which will take place in Barcelona. This is a unique opportunity to inform academic and commercial experts in the field of Clinical Laboratory Medicine about the SensUs approach and achievements!