The next group of FOI fellows

25 March 2024

While the fellows dedicated to sustainability and energy transition are in the final phase of their Faculty of Impact program, the selection process for the second call has concluded.

Thirty candidates responded to the Life Sciences and Health (LSH) call, and fourteen of them have been selected. The chosen fellows all presented ideas with the potential to make a societal impact, demonstrating both the desire and potential to become entrepreneurs.

Their projects address health problems and enhance quality of life. They range from attempting to find new medication for Alzheimer’s to developing a detection camera for esophageal cancer and cancer medication without side effects. These are just a few examples of the potentially high-impact projects these researchers are working on.

The selected candidates will gather just before summer for an introduction to the program and each other. The program, in which they have two years to translate breakthrough research into business ventures, will commence after the summer.

Below is a list of the selected fellows, their research, and the institutions where they maintain or receive positions. Fellows are excused from teaching and other responsibilities for the next two years, allowing them to concentrate fully on their research while receiving intensive guidance from experts in entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and investments at the Faculty of Impact.

Research title Fellow Institution
iProtics – Superior small molecules for the treatment of heamatological cancers and auto-immune disease P.M.  Dekker Leiden University
Radionuclide therapy to save a man’s life Y.H.W. Derks Radboud university medical center
Novel inhibitors of the lysosomal protease for treatment of Alzhaimer’s diseases E.M. Weglarz-Tomczak University of Amsterdam
CT-guided robotic biopsy for the diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer T.J.C. Oude Vrielink Eindhoven University of Technology
AptaQuest: proteomics at the ultimate resolution C.V. de Lannoy Delft University of Technology
µaega – Sweat sensing for noninvasive health monitoring E. Moonen Eindhoven University of Technology
Targeted therapy in combination with light to treat cancer without side effects I. Beltrán Hernández Utrecht University
Targeted therapy in combination with light to treat cancer without side effects S.D. Pronk Utrecht University
VINCI – Extracellular-vesicle based drug delivery for treating “untreatable” diseases N.F.  Ilahibaks UMC Utrecht
LightUP: a pill-sized imaging device for the early detection of oesophageal cancer A.L. Post VU Amsterdam
Ninetac – New modalities for the treatment of colorectal cancer F. Paulussen VU Amsterdam
Nano Hybrids: Innovative Core/Shell O.C.M. Lugier University of Amsterdam
Nanoparticles for Biomedical Breakthroughs A.J. Stoppelenburg Utrecht University
LesionLens K.V. Venkadesh Radboud University Medical Center

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