New ways to ventilate patients to reduce lung damage, a long-distance drone for emergency medical shipments and saving 6 billion one-day cockerels worldwide. All this is now possible thanks to the successful proposals of nine Dutch scale-ups who participated in the call of the EIC Accelerator Horizon 2020. Together they received € 30.4 million in financial support.
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The call paid extra attention to projects offering solutions to challenges related to the corona crisis. Five of the nine Dutch winners responded. Onera, for example, developed a medical, wireless device that can remotely monitor multiple vital functions, including breathing. Aidence's medical solution makes it possible to automatically detect disorders on CT scans. Weber Hospital Systems developed robots that mechanically and durably clean and disinfect hospital beds. Avy's long-range drone has the flexibility of a drone and the efficiency of an airplane, allowing emergency medical deliveries to continue in a changing world. Finally Ventinova developed a new way to ventilate patients that is less harmful to the lungs. This allows COVID-19 patients in the ICU to recover sooner.
Sustainability, animal welfare and diagnostics
Circularise, In Ovo and Quantib also submitted a successful project proposal.
Circularise presented a blockchain solution that provides transparency about manufacturers' circularity, sustainability and recycling practices.
The In Ovo machine has a major positive effect on animal welfare. It determines the slaughter of chicken eggs quickly and at low cost. This prevents the killing of billions of one-day-old cockerels.
Quantib's project involves the development of an algorithm to determine prostate cancer in MRI scans. Thanks to this artificial intelligence, faster and more accurate diagnosis is possible.
Horizon 2020 is the European Commission's programme to stimulate European research and innovation. EIC Accelerator - part of the European Innovation Council pilot - focuses on innovative scale-ups that want to bring a new product, process or service to the European market. The call consisted of a written assessment and an interview. Only the 181 entrepreneurs with the highest scores were interviewed, including 15 Dutch participants. The Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) supported the above scale-ups with advice on submitting, feedback on the proposals and sharpening and practicing the pitches.