We started this year with some really nice highlights, and we would like to share these with you. Although we are still working remotely, we have put a lot of effort into the Eindhoven Engine OpenCall 2021. On 3 February, we announced that the OpenCall 2021 is open. The opening of our co-location (MMP building) is another highlight. MMP is now ready to welcome our Eindhoven Engine community to collaborate, connect and get inspired! Let’s hope we can do this safely as soon as the COVID-19 measures allow.
In this edition, you can read an interview with Sonja Vos, CEO of TU/e Participations and TU/e shareholder of Eindhoven Engine. With this interview, we have completed our trilogy on sharing the views of Eindhoven Engine’s founders – TU/e, TNO and Fontys – on how to accelerate innovation in Eindhoven Engine and the need for agile innovation. Jaap Lombaers (TNO) and Ella Hueting (Fontys) gave their interviews in previous editions of the newsletter.
Today, the project in focus is SmartMan. Hans Krikhaar (Fontys project leader of SmartMan) and Kees Adriaanse (Fontys Liaison Officer at Eindhoven Engine and program leader of Fontys Centre of Expertise High-Tech Systems & Materials) explain the various aspects of smart manufacturing and collocative work by students on behalf of SMEs during this innovative project.
Also in this edition:
- ‘Isolation gowns’ innovation competition project selected for the RVO SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)
- Eindhoven Engine project vacancies for students
- ‘Kracht van de Regio’ podcast: Eindhoven Engine as example of a RegioDeal project, discusses the successful formula of projects and their added value
- Eindhoven Engine Academy news: Business Model Innovation in an Exponential World by Walter Baets, Learning Officer Eindhoven Engine Academy
- Eindhoven Engine Community of Practice
- PDEng Design Challenge
Enjoy your read and become part of our community! Stay safe and healthy.
Katja Pahnke and Maarten Steinbuch
On 28 January 2021, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) accepted Eindhoven Engine’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal on sustainable medical isolation gowns. Through SBIR, the government is challenging entrepreneurs to come up with innovative products and services to solve societal issues. Together with TNO and HAVEP, Eindhoven Engine submitted a proposal and we are proud to have been selected as one of the five projects. 10 proposals were submitted in total.
The fight against the COVID-19 virus is generating a lot of waste. The vast majority of protective materials used in the healthcare sector need to be destroyed after a single use due to the risk of contamination. In this research, Eindhoven Engine and its partners will focus on the development of sustainable medical isolation gowns that can be used multiple times: the ProH I-gown. In addition, an investigation will take place into how the production capacity can be made (economically) scalable and flexible when necessary.
These sustainable medical isolation gowns can save six tons of CO2 per million gowns. If these isolation gowns are fully utilized during crisis situations, the result could be a saving of 0.2% of the total plastic waste stream in the Netherlands. In addition, ProH Isolation gowns stimulate the production of protective clothing in Europe.
The execution of this research for the healthcare sector in the Netherlands consists of two phases. In this wonderful collaboration between innovation accelerator Eindhoven Engine, research organisation TNO and manufacturer HAVEP, a technical feasibility assessment will be carried out in the first phase. A business case will also be set up. The gowns will be made of woven PET material with an environmentally friendly coating. Research will also be carried out into the durability and wearability of these gowns. HAVEP will contribute its many years of knowledge and experience in the development and production of fabrics to this partnership. For this first phase, EUR 25,000 has been made available. In phase 2 of the project, the concrete industrialization will be worked out in detail. The official kick-off of this project is Tuesday 16 February 2021.
The Engine is starting to rev up. The Eindhoven Engine must become a touchstone. For how we are accelerating innovation together here in our region. How we are working together to keep up with the acceleration of technology with new products, services, and solutions to major challenges.
In many places in our region we already have the ingredients: co-location of knowledge workers from different organizations such as Holst and Solliance. With the new Eindhoven Engine projects, co-funded and supported by companies and the Brainport Action agenda, we want to take a new step: to show that innovation can really be accelerated by bringing together experience in combination with young talent, not in situ at a company, but in a separate co-location. Because that gives disruptive action and conceptualization more chance, and moreover cross-fertilization between projects, and thus between different industry groups. The digital revolution will be disruptive in many fields of application. Everything is interconnected and no single party is able to solve the societal challenges on its own. The future of innovation is collaboration in multidisciplinary ecosystems on open platforms. The Eindhoven Engine will also be innovative in how it is structured and how it works.
What is the Eindhoven Engine?
It is not an institute where people are permanently employed. It is a place where projects are carried out, where employees of companies and non-governmental organizations conduct research together with students and employees of the university, the university of applied sciences, TNO and possibly other knowledge institutions. A vibrant, ‘agile’, and inspiring location (and eventually multiple locations!). Not fundamental research, because that’s what the university is for. No, project development and applied research, with concrete solutions for challenging problems and concrete business cases. We are also going to develop a course for disruptive innovation and lifelong learning for the participants in the Engine, and we are also going to look closely at the influence of technology on society, through our Outreach program.