The primary goal of the Fund is to foster VIB proof-of-concept research (technologies, molecular mechanisms of disease ...). The Fund focuses on collaborations between different VIB departments and has to validate frontline inventions in life sciences research at VIB.
The further purpose of this program is to identify research with potential for commercialization. Projects should be at a developmental stage at which carefully designed studies are likely to provide proof of concept. This project is unique in Europe, it is the first time that such a fund has been supported by COSAT and J&J PRD at a European University or Academic Institution. The aim of this fund, is to sow the seeds of (a) larger collaboration(s) with J&J and to stimulate interactions between researchers of J&J PRD and COSAT on the one hand and VIB on the other hand. The Fund is really meant to form the first building blocks of a bridge between two major players (one in the industrial and one in the academic world) in biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences in Flanders, Belgium.
The winning projects
The projects are pre-screened by a VIB committee and the final selection will be done by COSAT and J&J PRD team. 4 Projects will be selected on the basis of several criteria (most important criteria are: scientific relevance of research topic, excellence of the proposed research, commercial potential and added value of interdepartmental collaboration).
Each winning project receives 125 000 EUR, which is sufficient to pay one post doctoral researcher and his bench fee for one year. In this manner one hopes to sow the seeds for larger collaborations between VIB and J&J.
On Monday, October 23, 2006 (3-7 pm) the 4 winning teams as well as relevant persons of J&J PRD, COSAT and VIB will kick-off the fund with presentations of the winning projects for all interested VIB researchers.
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The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
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