New start-up Patholyt will bring AI research into pathology diagnostics

Patholyt is on a mission to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence in pathology diagnostics and improve the chances of cancer patients worldwide. Patholyt is a spin-off from Radboudumc, a frontrunner in computational pathology research.

Pathology is pivotal in the diagnostic process of many diseases such as cancer. For more than 100 years pathologists have been using the optical microscope for tissue examination. The field of pathology is now challenged by the world’s shortage of pathologists, and the growing requirements for efficiency and consistent quality.

A revolution in the field

Recent progress in artificial intelligence, imaging, and high-performance computing has unlocked a revolution in the field: AI-powered Computational Pathology. Patholyt will bring research algorithms into clinical practice to both speed up and improve the quality of pathology diagnostics.

Read more at the website of Radboudumc.

Groot AI-project ontvangt ruim 95 miljoen voor 10 jaar publiek-privaat onderzoek.

Radboudumc met medische AI belangrijke kartrekker in het project.

NWO gaat twee consortia financieren met een looptijd van tien jaar. Het Radboudumc neemt deel aan het ROBUST-consortium, dat bestaat uit 17 AI-labs waarvan er 8 zijn gericht op de gezondheidszorg. Het Radboudumc leidt 5 van deze 8 labs. “Een unieke kans om onze internationale toppositie in AI voor de gezondheidszorg in Nijmegen verder uit te bouwen”, zegt Bram van Ginneken, hoogleraar AI in het Radboudumc.

Lees meer op de website van Radboudumc. 

SMB-meeting Sharing experiences + Summer Event

Date: September 7th, 2021
Doors open: 15:30
Time: 16:00-17:00 hrs + Summer Event (17:00-20:00)
Location: Novio Tech Campus Nijmegen, building M, Meet&Greet area (Directions)
Pitch sessions
We will wrap up the summer with our favorite theme ‘Sharing experiences and challenges’. Like previous years several entrepreneurs from our health & high tech ecosystem in the Nijmegen area will take the stage and inform you on their business proposition, challenges, achievements & needs.
15:30 Walk-in / Registration
16:00 Start SMB meeting
Welcome by Martijn Kriens, Business Support manager
Sharing experiences (short pitches);
1 High Tech NL (Tom van der Dussen)
2 Brain Enterprise (Anne Troelstra)
3 Novioscan (Rob Genders)
4 Micro Cosmos (Eef Lamers)
5 Tworby (Bob van den Berg)
6 Cardiomo (Ksenia Belkina)
7 Accenture (Sophie Stiekema)
17:00 Wrap-up & announcements by Martijn Kriens
Formal goodbye John Schalken
John Schalken
We would also like to take a moment for a formal goodbye for our valued colleague John Schalken, who retired in January 2021. We will create a cosy spot in the meeting room (and afterwards outside on the green) where you can find John & Sophie both before and after the event.
Live Event
We are so glad that the current RIVM guidelines allow us to organize a live meeting at Novio Tech Campus Nijmegen with networking/drinks/snacks afterwards. Taking into account 1,5 meter distance, there is a limit to the number of participants that we can receive at NTC (40 persons). We will also provide a live stream of the event for those who cannot make it to Nijmegen. Contact Marion if you prefer to join online.
Good to know
Presentations are in English and the entrance is free. We welcome new guests, so please feel free to pass on this invitation to relevant people in your network!
We look forward to meeting you!

Registration is closed. But you can look at the live stream of this event

Click on this link
and enter the following passcode: 07092021 (=event date)

Kadans Summer Event
Afterwards, Kadans will organize their annual Summer Event on the field outside (The Green Hub). This event is free and open for all personnel at Novio Tech Campus and attendants to the SMB meeting. If you are interested please register directly at Kadans:

Cick here to register for Kadans Summer Event

The monthly meetings Science Meets Business aim to connect people and exchange knowledge in the world of science and business.

Update latest funding opportunities

This newsletter of Radboudumc features an overview of the newest funding alerts. Would you like to be informed on all funding alerts, set up an e-mail alert here.

For questions please contact the Grant Support Office.

  • 9 September Webinar Crowdhelix platform – a platform that helps you participate in/create consortia – see below
  • 15 September 2021 EU4Health – Focus on cancer – submission of full proposal (read)
  • 21 September 2021 ZonMw – Knowledge questions outcome oriented care – submission of full proposal (read)
  • 27 September 2021 Maarten van der Weijden foundation – submission of pre-proposal (read)
    Submission of full proposal: 18/12/21
  • 7 October 2021 NWO & ZonMw – Safety assessment via animal-free models – submission of pre-proposal (read)
    Submission of full proposal: 17/2/2022
  • 13 October 2021 Health Holland – Illustration Projects for the transition of Health and Care  submission of pre-proposal (read)
    submission of full proposal: 16/3/2022
  • 15 October 2021 KWF 2022-1 – submission of full proposal (read)
  • 19 October 2021 NWO – Perspectief 2021/2022 – sign up for programma initiative (read)
    deadline programme design: 23/11/2021. deadline programme proposal: 17/5/2022
  • 16 November 2021 MSCA Doctoral Networks (previously: ITN) –  submission of full proposal (read)
  • 2 December 2021 NWO Research Infrastructure – submission letter of intent (read)
    submission of full proposal: 15/2/22
  • 15 December 2021 KWF 2022-2 – submission of full proposal (read)
  • continuous application KWF Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) 2021-2022 (read)

Crowdhelix – Find partners for collaborative projects on the Crowdhelix platform

To support researchers with finding European partners and creating a network around Horizon Europe calls, Radboudumc and Radboud University have joined the Crowdhelix community. The Crowdhelix platform offers researchers to share their expertise and get in touch with European colleagues that share their interests.

Are you, or do you know, someone that is interested in participating in European collaborative projects but not yet has the network to start? Then joining the Crowdhelix platform is the perfect way to meet researchers and companies that are looking for the same thing. You can find more information on the Grant Support Office intranetsite and email with questions.

Join the webinar: Networking with Crowdhelix on 9 September, 10 – 11 a.m. Click here for more information.

Digital Health is thriving in the Nijmegen region

Digital Health is thriving in the Nijmegen region, where it contributes to better care and health and also creates jobs. The corona pandemic underscores the importance of digital solutions, such as image calling and telemonitoring, for care and health. To bring developers and end users even closer together, The Economic Board and the Radboudumc are introducing the Interactive Digital Health map.

Nice ecosystem

Nijmegen is known for its large healthcare sector: no less than a quarter of the working population has a job in healthcare or a sector directly related to it. Specifically for Digital Health, a lot of knowledge and skills (human capital) are present at the Radboudumc, the Radboud University, the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) and the ROC Nijmegen. More than 50 companies are also active in Nijmegen and the surrounding area in the field of Digital Health. Various financing options exist for Digital Health innovations and business support is also available. So there is already a nice ecosystem in place that offers plenty of opportunities for further expansion.


Tom van de Belt, researcher at the Radboudumc and spearhead of Digital Health: “The Nijmegen region offers ideal opportunities to develop Digital Health products and services, anchor them in practice and then scale them up. That improves patient care and at the same time makes economic growth possible. Certainly in the areas of remote care, self-monitoring, wellness and education, and early detection with artificial intelligence, there is already a great deal of knowledge and experience in this region.”

Regional desires

Van de Belt mapped out the regional situation. It turned out that stakeholders do not always know how to find each other easily. Companies that want to test and validate their product in a healthcare institution, healthcare providers or researchers looking for a partner to develop their idea with, companies that want to bring in employees or students with specific Digital Health knowledge; there is room for improvement in these areas. Van de Belt also concluded that scaling up Digital Health innovations is difficult: “Acquiring a subsidy to develop the idea or carry out a pilot is often successful, but finding structural funding is much more difficult.”

Digital Health map

To encourage collaboration in the region and matchmaking between developers and users, the Radboudumc has developed an interactive Digital Health map with The Economic Board. This map lists Digital Health partners from the Arnhem and Nijmegen region. The map is continuously updated so that all players can be included. It is easy to pass on registrations via the map and the map can be found here.

The Economic Board previously developed the interactive map Lifeport: a digital map with interesting companies and organizations in Health, Hightech, Energy, Food and Sustainability. This map shows who is active in these sectors within the innovation network Lifeport in the Arnhem – Nijmegen – Wageningen region.

Encouraging cooperation

John van Sambeek, Civic Entrepreneur for Health, Hightech & Food at The Economic Board: “In this role I drive programs and try to make the right

In this role I drive programs and try to make the right connections between knowledge institutions, companies and governments to strengthen the economic structure and innovation power of the region. You then need to know which parties are based in the region and what they do exactly. Only then can you estimate what their added value could be within the Health innovation chain of products and services. The Digital Health map of the region is one of the tools that can help parties along the way. In addition to information about what all the included partners have to offer, they can also indicate on the interactive map what needs or issues they have. We hope that this will help parties find each other more quickly, and in this way improve mutual cooperation within and outside the sector even further.”

You can find the Interactive Digital Health map​ here.

SMB-meeting Validation of new technologies in healthcare

Date: July 1st, 2021
Time: 16:00-17:00 hrs + networking (doors open at 15:30)
Location: Novio Tech Campus Nijmegen, building M, Meet&Greet area (Directions)
In healthcare we do not like to take too much risks. After all if something works properly or not, might make the difference between life and death. Therefore, validation of new technologies in the practice of healthcare is always key.
During this SMB meeting Remke Burie from the TechMed Centre/UT will talk about their approach to development and validation of new technologies and the importance of close cooperation with medical professionals.
Martijn de Groot from RadboudUMC Health Innovation Labs will talk about their approach to the development and validation of health innovations in close cooperation with patients and professionals.
We conclude the meeting with two startup entrepreneurs who will talk about their experience in relation to innovation in healthcare.
Physical event
If the RIVM guidelines allow it (and we have good hopes!) the meeting can be held at Novio Tech Campus Nijmegen with networking/drinks/snacks afterwards. We will keep you informed after applying. Taking account of the 1,5 meter distance, there is a limit to the maximum number of participants that we can receive at NTC (45 persons) and we will register you in the order of application. If a physical event is not possible, we will change to online.
Good to know
Presentations are in English and the entrance is free. We welcome new guests, so please feel free to pass on this invitation to relevant people in your network!
We will organise a formal goodbye for our colleague John Schalken when more restrictions have been lifted (preferably on September 7).
We look forward to meeting you!
Contact Marion to check if you can still register physically or online
The monthly meetings Science Meets Business aim to connect people and exchange knowledge in the world of science and business.

This meeting is powered by Briskr Validate! – a project funded by EFRO
(European Fund for Regional Development) 

Personalization key to sustainable healthcare

OnePLanet Research wrote a nice article on Chris van Hoof’s presentation at the previous SMB meeting:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or should we say ‘an app a day’ nowadays? Both, says Chris van Hoof at the SMB-meeting ‘Digital healthcare’ on March 4. Because both expressions hint at prevention or early capturing of health problems. And the app a day hints at close interaction with the user or the patient. Personalization is crucial to a sustainable healthcare system.’ 

Disease interception and prevention linked to behavior change are seen as the keys to a sustainable healthcare system. How to get there is a formidable challenge”, says Van Hoof to the group of SMEs in health care at the SMB-meeting. Therefore, we need chip and digital technologies.”

Please click here for the full article.


Saving lives with a pump in the heart

Start-up CardiacBooster is developing a small but powerful pump that can pump blood through the groin of a patient’s heart. The device helps cardiologists in the critical phase shortly after a heart attack. A heart attack damages the heart muscle. In some patients (about 5 percent) this results in less blood being pumped around the body. The result is that organs receive too little blood. This can cause them to function less well. Sometimes, this can even be so bad the patient dies as a result.

Kind of balloon
“Our device works like a balloon that can suck in and push out blood,” says Daniël van Dort, inventor of the technology and Chief Science Officer and co-founder of CardiacBooster, a spin-off of the Radboudumc in Nijmegen. “You improve the strength of the heart with this pump and can pump more blood around.” People with a severe infarction for example, relatively often suffer kidney damage, requiring dialysis. By using the device, this kidney damage can be limited. This significantly improves the quality of life of these patients.

Simple insertion
There are other devices that can pump the patient’s blood. But they are relatively large for the amount of blood they can pump. “Unique to our device is that it is easily inserted into patients’ hearts via the groin,” says Van Dort.
The pump can be used there immediately. It can also be used preventively in patients who have a poor heart function and who have to undergo surgery. Van Dort: “You can prevent someone from going off the deep end and suffering damage to their organs because not enough blood is pumped around during the operation.”

Idea book
As a medical student, Van Dort was already fascinated by the workings of the heart. “In the lecture hall, I kept a notebook of ideas in which I wrote down medical problems that I wanted to solve. For example, during my studies I learned that people with a heart attack are given medication to limit the consequences. I found that fascinating: you are trying to solve a mechanical problem, a heart that is not working properly, with a lubricant. Couldn’t you make the heart work better? After my studies, I started to work on this. It literally happened at the kitchen table. So now, five prototypes later, we have a device that can tackle the mechanical problem much better. In addition to his work for CardiacBooster, Van Dort works as a researcher at the Department of Cardiac Surgery of the Radboudumc.

Best Startup
CardiacBooster was founded in 2018. Florian Ludwig from Thuja Capital hooked up as CEO. To develop the product, CardiacBooster received a financial injection from Thuja, the Radboudumc and the RedMedTech Discovery Fund in recent years. This is a fund for innovative start-ups in Life Sciences & Health in Gelderland. In 2019, CardiacBooster was named one of the ten best scientific start-ups in the Netherlands. The company is based at the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen.

First study in humans
At the moment, the pump is still being studied in laboratory animals. If all goes well, the first study in humans will take place next year. There are already ten people working at CardiacBooster and the company is looking for further funding. “I know a lot about how the heart works and how to make the blood pump around better. But if you really want to understand how it works, it takes a lot of time and money to research.” By 2023, CardiacBooster hopes to bring this innovation to the market, once approved.

The copywright of this article lies with Innoavtions Origin.

Recording SMB-meeting: Supporting startups to create a significant impact

The topic of the SMB-meeting today was startups and startup communities. Nijmegen is strong in science for healthcare in areas like drug discovery and digital health. However, science alone is not sufficient to create an impact. Which is the core value for Radboudumc: To have a significant impact on healthcare. To kick off this event Mark Janssen from the board of Radboudumc provided a short introduction on the vision of Radboudumc towards the combination of science and entrepreneurship and will stress the importance of this combination.

In the next part of the SMB-meeting Nico Karsemeijer gave an interesting presentation about Screenpoint and their innovation to detect breast cancer in an early stage. Screenpoint is now a leading AI company but was once a startup originating from Radboudumc. They focus on improving breast cancer survival rates by detecting cancers earlier and making treatment more effective and less invasive.

After Screenpoint Sven the Cleijn from imec.istart informed us on the accelerator program they run in Belgium. Imec is the worldleading R&D and Innovation Hub in Nanoelectronics and Digital Technologies. Sven explained how imec will bring this program to the Nijmegen region. They are more than welcome as we think this program is precisely the kind of program we need in a complex sector like healthcare.

Corne van den Kieboom from XHeal Diagnostics was next up. This startup, that also originated from Radboudumc. Xheal Diagnostics has developed the Modular Breath Sampler. A non-invasive sampling device to sample the lower respiratory tract.

After the presentations given by the innovative companies, the final presentation was from Joram Sjoerts, director of the knowledge transfer office who will present about the role Radboudumc wants to play in the stimulation and creation of health startups.

You can watch the presentations by this link.

Below you find the recording of the meeting:



SMB-meeting Supporting startups to create a significant impact

Date: May 20th, 2021
Time: 16:00-17:00 + online networking
Location: Online
Nijmegen has a strong position in research with Radboudumc, Radboud University and some large research departments of High Tech (semiconductor) companies. In total almost 10.000 researchers work on future solutions in Nijmegen. But of course, research alone is not enough to create a signicant impact on society. For this also entrepreneurship is of paramount importance.
At Novio Tech Campus, Radboudumc and Mercator Science Park many young and vibrant startups in digital health, high tech and pharma are successfully growing their business and company. Some of whom are supported by Briskr, Mercator Launch, Startup Nijmegen and other initaitives.
At the SMB meeting of 20th May we will present the current status and future plans to stimulate entrepreneurship in the region in Health & High Tech;
Mark Janssen, member of the board of Radboudumc, will stress the importance of entrepreneurship (next to research) to create a significant impact on healthcare.
Sven de Cleyn, managing director of imec.istart will elaborate on their plans to bring their acceleration program to our region.
Joram Sjoerts, director of Radboudumc Valorisation, will give a presentation on how Radboudumc, with the help of the valorisation department, stimulates researchers to start up companies and bring the research to the market.
– And last but not least, two existing startups related to Radboudumc (Screenpoint Medical and Xheal Diagnostics) will share their experience as entrepreneurs to create a startup in the Nijmegen ecosystem.
Presentations are in English and the entrance is free. We welcome new guests, so please feel free to pass on this invitation to relevant people in your network!
We look forward to meeting you!

Registration is closed, but click here to join Zoom meeting

Passcode: 20052021 (=event date)
The monthly meetings Science Meets Business aim to connect people and exchange knowledge in the world of science and business.