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 formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.
Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...
Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.
That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...
Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.
During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....
The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.
Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...
Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University...
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