Brabant and Limburg R&D partners establish new biomedical institute

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Maastricht University (UM) and Maastricht UMC+, DSM, the Chemelot Campus and the Province of Limburg have joined forces and are investing €80 million in a new international research and knowledge institute for bio-based and biomedical materials: Chemelot InSciTe (Institute for Science and Technology).

Top scientists will work together at the international knowledge hub. Chemelot InSciTe provides a place for scientists, businesses and government bodies to use their knowledge and expertise to develop innovative new chemical building blocks and biomedical applications.

The institute will develop high-quality biochemical building blocks for the bio-based market used, in resins for cars, on solar cells, in buildings and in electronic equipment. Biomedical applications, including materials for new blood vessels, and clever miniature ‘containers’ for medicines to prevent and treat eye infections will also be developed. The day-to-day management of the institute is in the hands of Managing Director, Emiel Staring.

Prof. Hans van Duijn, Vice-Chancellor of Eindhoven University of Technology: “For the TU/e, Chemelot InSciTe is an important platform for initiating and expanding research activities in areas of innovation which are of great significance to the TU/e. The collaboration with industrial and academic partners like DSM and UM/MUMC+, the availability of the bio-based pilot plant and the presence of biomedical research facilities on the Chemelot Campus offer us excellent opportunities to further build on our leading position on a global scale. In addition, Chemelot InSciTe is perfectly suited to creating added economic value from research results.”

Chemelot Campus’s position in Sittard-Geleen as a European springboard to the rest of the world attracts innovative companies and visionary investors and will offer more employment opportunities in the Limburg region. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), DSM, and Maastricht University (UM) Maastricht UMC+, have made an initial investment of €10 million each over the next six years. The Province of Limburg is investing €30 million into R&D activities at the Chemelot Campus, and €20 million into research infrastructure and facilities for scaling-up production.

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