Organ-on-Chip technology takes prominent place in Nanovision 2030

Friday, 10 January

MinacNed and NanoNextNL have developed a vision for the contribution of nanotechnology, a key technology for the Netherlands in which science and industry work together. The manifesto makes clear which solutions within current domains, such as health, safety, sustainable energy, agriculture and food, require a contribution from nanotechnology.

Focus on major societal challenges

Within these lines of innovation, science, business and civil society organisations work closely together. These parties have been brought together by the national FES programme NanoNextNL, which aims to create an ecosystem for nanotechnology in the Netherlands.

The manifesto Nano4Society focuses on finding answers and solutions where nanotechnology plays a key role. hDMT PI professor Albert van den Berg, co-author of the manifesto and board member of the NanoNextNL foundation, indicates: "If we want to tackle societal issues in 2050, it is essential that we continue the collaboration between public and private parties within nanotechnology in a structured manner. Just think of issues relating to gaining a better understanding of how diseases arise or can be combated. Organs-on-Chip are systems that can offer us that understanding, but then it is necessary that we continue to develop such systems. Or think of the application of nanosystems that can influence the behavior of tumors. Just two examples of applications of which we think nanotechnology will be the determining factor."

This manifesto was presented on 16 December 2019 to Marc Hendrikse of High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) by Dave Blank, Albert van den Berg and Ronny van 't Oever.

Source: NanoNextNL, UTwente.

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