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Milestone: A novel antibody for chronic kidney disease is now entering clinical phase

Chronic kidney diseases are a severe and growing worldwide problem with a lack of effective treatments often leading to dialysis, transplantation, and high costs to health care systems. Now, a monoclonal antibody, named BION-1301 (anti-APRIL), is being developed to treat patients with IgA nephropathy. BION-1301 is a potential disease-modifying approach to prevent the formation of […]

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VU startup Lalaland.ai starts collaboration with Wehkamp

VU alumni International Business Administration Michael Musandu and Ugnius Rimsa founded Lalaland in 2019. The startup generates and hyper personalizes full human body models from head to toe by using AI. As a result, models are available in different ethnicities, sizes and ages, allowing customers to always recognize themselves in the clothing of their choice. […]

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Amsterdam UMC teachers developed an online platform to structure curriculum information

Teachers from the department of medical informatics of Amsterdam UMC have developed an online platform to gather and visualize structured curriculum information, called act-E. Education managers, teachers and students use this platform to gain insights regarding their curricula that could never be viewed as easily before. These insights help them to have an informed conversation […]

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425K investment for VU startup Cargoplot

Cargoplot recently raised 425K funding by several angels and ASIF Ventures, a startup fund run for, and by, VU, UvA and HvA students. Cargoplot is an online platform for e-commerce importers and freight forwarder, that aims to speed up the process of finding the best freight forwarder on specific routes for different types of cargo. […]

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Students of UvA receive €100,000 for sign language project

Master students of the UvA and University of Oslo received €100,000 for the DITA project to bridge the communication gap between users of sign language and society. The DITA project, located in Demonstrator Lab, was awarded the STUD-ENT grant from the Research Council of Norway last April. There is a communication gap between users of […]

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Promising Phase III data for a new passive vaccine against RSV

Infection by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants. The currently available preventive treatment is a monthly injection with an anti-RSV antibody, which is only given to high-risk infants and only temporarily provides protection due to a limited half-life. Now, a new antibody against RSV, which was developed by scientists […]

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AmSIA applications are being assessed

The applications for the Innovation Award, the Amsterdam competition for innovative ideas that contribute to a better world, are being assessed. The organisation of the Innovation Award received a lot of cutting edge ideas for new businesses, systems, products, platforms and more. “We are very happy with the amount of applications we received,” says Richtsje […]

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The Spring ’21 Incubation Program of ACE kicked off!

ACE presents the 14 innovative startups part of the Spring ’21 edition of their incubation program. In total, they have received over 170 applications, of which 35 startups were invited to pitch in front of team ACE and their mentors. On Monday May 3, the first session of their 10-week program took place online. Amsterdam […]

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TKI-PPP grants awarded to Amsterdam UMC researchers

Seventeen researchers of Amsterdam UMC have been awarded a TKI-PPP grant between € 300.000 and € 750.000 to perform a research project in collaboration with an industrial party. The funding is provided by the NL government (Ministry of Economic Affairs) through the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) and the Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie Life […]

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Get to know VU Amsterdam Startup Digi.Bio

Gold Award Winner at Academic Startup Competition and participant in the Digital Mission West Coast USA. Digi.Bio works at the intersection of biology, computation and engineering to develop faster and smarter automation tools that accelerate life science discoveries. MT/Sprout made an interesting video portrait of the award-winning startup. According to co-founder Sabrina Zaini, the VU […]

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