The four Groningen start-ups CC Diagnostics, IVWear, EV Biotech and Ocean Grazer have been nominated for the Academic Startup Competition 2019. Together with 24 other nominees, they are competing for a place in the top ten of the most pioneering Innovations of science in the Netherlands. All four companies are located and originate on Campus Groningen.
Academic Startup Competition
The Academic Startup Competition is an initiative of VSNU, the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and StartupDelta. The election consists of this nomination by the various universities in the Netherlands and a final on 14 May in which a jury ultimately selects ten winners who will become part of the list of the most pioneering innovations in science in the Netherlands. During the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on 4 and 5 June in The Hague, these startups will also have the opportunity to present their startup to a world audience.
CC Diagnostics: cervical cancer test
CC Diagnostics is developing a new test for cervical cancer that makes testing more efficient, cheaper and more woman-friendly. The company was founded by three students from the University of Groningen: Jean-Luc Kraaijenoord, Wisse Krikke and Nutte van Belzen. In collaboration with researchers from the UMCG, this DNA hypermethylation PCR test is valorised, which ultimately leads to an annual cost saving of 120M in Europe. After an extensive testing and development phase, the intention is to have the technology available to doctors and patients in the Netherlands and Europe in 2022.
IVWear: portable infusion
IVWear has developed and marketed a portable infusion. This system increases the mobility of patients, allowing them to recover faster. This also improves the quality of hospital visits. Founders are Maximilian Heintzen, Melchert Frankema and Niels Weijermars. Law student at the Faculty of Law in Groningen. Melcher Frankema is one of three entrepreneurs within IVWear: "Our dream is that patients worldwide are no longer stuck at the IV pole, can move freely through the hospital and feel less patient."
EV Biotech creates micro-organisms that can effectively produce high-quality molecules in a biological way. These micro-organisms are used to produce high-quality molecules on an industrial scale. The company has created a new production platform for the production of high-quality molecules using computer models and micro-organisms. The production of the high-quality molecules is organic, green and effective. In addition, the products produced by this platform are of very high purity, which often proves to be a problem with chemical synthesis.
From January 2019 the company, under the leadership of CEO Linda Dijkshoorn, moved into the new Innolab Agrifood on Zernike Campus Groningen.
Ocean Grazer: renewable offshore energy
Ocean Grazer, together with the University of Groningen, devised a system for "harvesting" and storing energy at sea. The Ocean Grazer draws energy from waves on the surface of the water through an ingenious system of adaptive buoys, which together form a kind of blanket. The buoys, in turn, drive pistons that provide a bellows on the seabed with potential energy. Internally, the system pumps water from a low to a high pressure. The pressure difference ensures energy storage in the pumped water. In combination with wind turbines, the Ocean Grazer uses multiple energy sources simultaneously, with on-site storage.
The company started in 2014. Since its foundation, more than 60 bachelor's and master's students and PhDs have worked on this project.