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Successful Innovation Tour at the Amsterdam Science Park

The twenty entrepreneurs participating in the InnovationTour were introduced to chemical research and innovation at the Amsterdam Science Park on the 23rd of March.

Several entrepreneurs from various companies, ranging from Linde gas to Vintisit and Kisuma chemicals to V.O. patents, visited the Amsterdam Science Park last week on the Innovation Tour. The tour was organised by Innovatielink in collaboration with the technology transfer office IXA and Innovation Lab Chemistry Amsterdam (ILCA, that offers labs, offices, facilities, knowledge and a valuable network to chemical companies). From the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), Ties Korstanje and Henrik Cornelissen van de Ven presented their research. The visitors were very interested in the work of Ties converting woody biomass (lignin) to useful chemicals. Henrik even had a specific innovation ready for each visiting SME company. He also made use of the opportunity to present his own CV to the recruiters from People in Science that were present. Finally, Sander Kluwer of InCatt explained how his company can reduce the search for a suitable catalyst and corresponding conditions from one year to one week.

After a tour through the laboratories of the university and the building of Matrix Innovation Center, which offers housing to over 120 companies at the Science Park, the group left for the other side of the city in an old-fashioned school bus. Here, in the port area Westpoort, Prodock is situated. Prodock is a scale-up facility and launchpad for companies related to Energy, Biobased & Circular Economy, Safety & Surveillance and/or Logistics. When entering the hangar of Prodock, the smell of citrus and the essential oils that PeelPioneers is extracting from orange waste, could not be missed. The start-up PeelPioneers was founded by UvA chemistry student Sietze van Stempvoort and still has strong ties with both UvA and HvA. It would not be a surprise if interesting collaborative research projects will follow.