Apply existing eye-tracking technology for the development of a state-of-the art digital instrument for orthoptic strabismus measurements. This clever idea by physicist Bob van Dijk is now nearly a reality with Laméris Ootech, a Dutch supplier of orthoptic practice equipment. In his office at VUmc Van Dijk proudly demonstrates his almost perfectly functioning prototype. “A few minor tweaks, a slick design and it’s ready for use”.
According to orthoptist Jacqueline Krijnen, closely involved with the development, the new instrument offers a major step forward in strabismus measurement. Currently a variety of simple handheld devices are used, their relative inaccuracy being the most important factor for the high rate of repeated surgeries in strabismus correction. Krijnen expects the new instrument to significantly improve the surgery results, especially with children who lack the peace and focus required for accurate measurement using the current devices. For Krijnen and Van Dijk the secret to success lies in the close cooperation between technician, clinician and the company involved. For them the contribution of the IXA business developers in initiating and guiding this cooperation has been crucial. Van Dijk: “I’m an inventor, not an entrepreneur or marketeer.” Krijnen: “I really enjoyed the cooperation. I can’t wait to see Bob’s idea becoming clinically relevant.”
How is diversity and inclusivity relevant for start-ups? And what can you do as a start-up to contribute to these themes? IXA sits down with Michael Musandu and Bouchra Talidi to talk about the benefits of building a diverse and inclusive start-up and to receive some tips on how to do so.
What is it like to participate in the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award? We spoke to Dr Monalisa Goswami about her participation in 2017. The Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award is “a celebration of innovation coming out from scientists,” says Monalisa. “It makes you feel special.” The Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award (AmSIA) is the […]
How do you create a team and find financial support when you launch a start-up? IXA talked to postdoctoral researcher and entrepreneur Alexander Kostenko. When Alexander launched his start-up Photosynthetic in 2019 to build a new kind of 3D printer, he didn’t have a team yet, nor financial resources. Now, he has found a team […]