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WE ARE HIRING – JUNIOR MARKETING SPECIALIST

Do you enjoy creating content? Are you fluent in digital media and interested in research, development and innovation projects?

If so, you would fit perfectly into our new open role in AMIRES. We are looking for a Junior Marketing Specialist to help us create and run innovation projects promotion campaigns and their content including social media and email marketing.

Read the whole job announcement HERE and submit your application till 12th of August 2022.

AMIRES visit to University of Hradec Králové

Last week, AMIRES had the pleasure of visiting the Science Faculty of University of Hradec Králové, which we have been collaborating with in the last months.

The campus tour was followed by a great discussion on the plans for levelling up European cooperation in research and innovation projects, with a focus on remote patient monitoring, oncology, neurodegenerative disease, CBRN-e and many more.

We are looking forward to new collaborations and partnerships together!

Smart2Go Project Finale in Oslo

The Smart2Go project reached its final day and the partners have reunited for one last time in Oslo for the final project meeting and the Smart Energy Supply Platform Workshop on June 27 – June 29. After successful three and a half years, the partners have achieved some impressive results to showcase.

It was a unique opportunity to meet in person at the Helly Hansen Headquarters in Oslo, to summarise what has been achieved during the course of the project. The unique location also enabled to see the physical demonstrators in action on the slope of the indoor ski arena SNØ. Moreover, it was also a tremendous opportunity to receive valuable feedback from the External Advisory Board Members and to foster partnerships for future collaboration.

All the partners were very well received at Helly Hansen and were delighted they could visit their showrooms and offices and hear more about the hosting partner’s other work and projects. Participants were thoroughly inspired by their work, both inside and outside the project.

Having a chance to discuss in person the results, as well as the learnings proved to be extremely beneficial for the partners, looking beyond the end of the project. Connecting this interactive experience with a hybrid workshop for external audiences titled “Smart Energy Supply Platform Workshop” turned out to be a tremendous success. Twenty three participants in-person had a chance to discover the project’s use cases first hand from presentations and demonstrations that included videos and visual explanations, as well as physical materials and testing. All of the workshop content was streamed and showed to the online audience as well, providing them a chance to interact with the presenters and other participants.

Additionally, the participants also had the chance to listen to short pitch presentations from the Smart2Go Design Contest Finalists and discuss with them the questions they had on developing their applications and ideas further. And lastly, EAB members or their colleagues finalized the meeting with presentations about current trends in the industry, which sparked exiting discussions. Overall, the meeting and workshop proved to mark a successful end to the project, establishing a base for further cooperation, both among the project partners and outside.

AMIRES at Sustainable Places Conference 2022

From 6th to 9th September, AMIRES will participate in the 10th annual edition of Sustainable Places Conference (SP2022) in Nice, France.

The Sustainable Places Conference is an annual conference which aims to foster networking and clustering between multidisciplinary experts, working towards more sustainable places. The event is renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects. The agenda includes a thematic morning with roundtable discussions involving local stakeholders, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops which will explore the various conference themes and scientific publications in the field of sustainability.

During the event, AMIRES will present 4 projects from its Energy & Sustainability portfolio:

  • CONDOR and ComBioTES will take part in a collaborative workshop Low-TRL Renewable Energy Technologies workshop. The workshop will bring together EU funded projects dealing with the challenge of researching, developing and demonstrating innovative, efficient, flexible, cost-competitive and environmentally safe technologies, which are still at a low Technological Readiness Level (TRL 3-4).
  • Friendship will contribute to workshop RHC for Buildings and Industry Workshop 3.0, which will involve experts from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors to discuss a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling for buildings and industry.
  • Switch2Save will be presented in workshop Off-Site Plug-and-Play Prefab Systems. The workshop is structured around three topics: a) overview of the technological developments achieved in each project; b) based on the project developments group active-passive-hybrid technologies in terms of their technical characteristics; c) use the technology mapping to assess the technology potential to contribute towards NZEB and positive energy targets.
Join us at SP2022!

Discover the project FlexFunction2Sustain in a new video

Watch the new video about the FlexFunction2Sustain project to learn more about the Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) for sustainable and smart products powered by nano-functionalized paper and plastic. The project aims to support small, medium-sized and large companies in the development and market launch of pioneering products through an ecosystem which:

  • provides users an easy access to holistic innovation services through a  Single Entry Point;
  • covers the whole range of services in the field of nano-functionalised materials;
  • offers complementary technical facilities as well as business solutions.

Enjoy watching!

Developing multimodal AI for Pancreatic Cancer: The PANCAIM M18 Meeting

From 16-17 June 2022, AMIRES participated in the 18-month consortium meeting of the PANCAIM project in Nijmegen. 

The central idea of PANCAIM is to successfully exploit available genomic, imaging and clinical data to improve personalized medicine of pancreatic cancer patients by  pooling data from almost 6000 patients at 5 clinical sites in Europe in a comprehensive online repository. Based on this data, combining manual and automatic annotation and analysis of features, the consortium will then develop algorithms through machine learning and AI training. These tools will help clinicians to make a more accurate prognosis and offer better treatment recommendations and outcome predictions for patients with pancreatic cancer, increasing the survivability and quality of life of those affected.

The PANCAIM M18 Meeting featured presentations of all work packages and a number of open discussions, during which partners shared progress and updates, discussed risks and challenges, and aligned on next steps. The common dinner at a local restaurant allowed team members to celebrate 1.5 years of successful project implementation and (finally!) get to know each other in person, facilitating even better future cooperation. After a very fruitful meeting, partners returned to their respective institutions with a renewed ambition for the project as well as a long to-do list for the coming months. 

Visit the project website or download the project leaflet to learn more about the project and its current status!

An exhaustive review on 3D liver cell models – ORGANTRANS technology is also there:

Nowadays, nanobiomaterials are extremely beneficial in many applications in health and medicine. Whilst nanobiomaterials offer various exciting new opportunities, their translation to the wider application in clinics is still slow. In this context, the #review published in Drug Delivery and Translational Research Journal by Melissa Anne Tutty, Dania Movia, Adriele Prina-Mello from Trinity Dublin College, Ireland presents the state of the art in the pre-clinical assessment of nanobiomaterials. In addition, this article describes the limitations of the current in vitro and in vivo liver models, and how tissue-mimetic 3D cell culture models can overcome such limitations, assisting in the translation of nanobiomaterials to the clinic.

Our project ORGANTRANS was mentioned in this article, as a bright example of the complex liver model creation enabled by innovative technologies, e.g. biofabrication offered by the #bioengineering company REGENHU. ORGANTRANS project consortium, coordinated by the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) and formed by eight partners, two of which are transplantation centers, generates a 3D bioprinting liver tissue platform to potentially replace liver transplantation for patients with end-stage liver failure. ORGANTRANS will cover the complete cycle of development from cell sourcing and tissue bioengineering to clinical trials. Moreover, it is ORGANTRANS’s ambition that this novel technique can not only be applied to hepatic systems but also to other organ systems in regenerative medicine. Find out more about the review and ORGANTRANS project HERE.

Sustainable and smart becomes real – world´s first organic photovoltaic cell on recycled material made by EU-consortium FlexFunction2Sustain

The partners of the EU project FlexFunction2Sustain have committed themselves to create a network for innovative solutions for sustainable and smart products powered by nano-functionalized paper and plastic in order to support SMEs, start-ups and industries in the development and market launch of pioneering products. After the first two years, a number of promising results and prototypes have emerged and will be presented at the Conference for Industrial Technologies IndTech 2022 in Grenoble, France, June 27-29, 2022. Among them, a recently finalized highlight: the first working organic photovoltaic cell on recycled plastics. This represents a first major step in the development of more environmentally friendly product designs and flexible electronics. In the future, products such as smart packaging, but also interactive magazines in the field of advertising or consumer electronics can be designed based on these initial developments. Thanks to flexible electronics such as an OPV cell on recycled material, tomorrow’s products will be powered a little more environmentally friendly.

Read the Press Release announcing the outcomes of the FlexFunction2Sustain project.

M30 meeting of project MedPhab

After two and half years of the start of MedPhab, pilot line for photonics-based medical devices, the consortium was able to meet in person again in Oulu, Finland hosted by VTT on 15 and 16 of June 2022. Last time this happened was in January 2020 in Brussels during the kick off meeting, when plans of the pilot line were presented.  From that moment until this meeting many things have happened in the progress of MedPhab: technology map was defined, model cases (in vitro and in vivo diagnostics) finalized and published, use cases (in vitro, in vivo diagnostics: hospital use and home use) defined their specifications and are going into prototyping and integration. In addition, we had the launch of the open calls, receiving so far 20 companies in-take forms and the preparation of the first drafts of business and sustainability models of MedPhab. During this meeting (Month 30) the advancements on each of these topics were presented and deeply discussed.

One and half years are awaiting ahead of us, contributing to MedPhab’s main objective: accelerate the photonic devices development and industrialization for medical applications. Do not miss any updates and consult HERE.

MEET OUR TEAM: Anna Ivanova

We would like to introduce our new colleague Anna who joined our team May 2022.

Anna responded to our opened position for a Ukrainians and we found her experiences as a great fit for a Junior Marketing Specialist position. We are honestly happy that we can be a support to her in these times. Moreover, we are thrilled to share that AMIRES together sent 2 100 € to the account of the Ukraine Ministry of Social Policy.

More about Anna, originally from Ukraine, she graduated from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.

Through her various academic and practical experiences, she obtained thorough knowledge in the fields of policymaking, memory politics and conflict resolution. Anna acquired a profound understanding of EU affairs and policies through her traineeship at EuroClio, where she worked on fundraising and outreach for several EU-funded projects. In her role as a Social Media Coordinator and Research Associate at the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, she supervised researchers and managed the online presence of the Contested Histories project.

In AMIRES, Anna is involved in H2020 projects Switch2Save and is supporting other projects in Energy & Sustainability programme.

Welcome to the team Anna!

Registration is open for the European Sustainable Energy Week 2022

The European Commission has opened on the 16th June a registrations for this year’s European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2022. Under the theme “Going green and digital for Europe’s energy transition”, the event will take place from 26th to 30th September.

This year’s EUSEW will be organised in a hybrid format, both online and physical. Participants are invited to register and can chose to join the event on-site at the in Brussels or online to engage in discussions on different issues linked to the overall theme.

EUSEW 2022 highlights include:

  • The EUSEW Policy Conference, from 26th to 29th September. Main topics include REPowerEU, the digitalisation and integration of energy systems, energy efficiency, renewables, consumers and a fair energy transition, decarbonisation policies and international cooperation. Sessions are organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders and include high-level speakers to discuss, debate and share best practices.
  • The prestigious Awards Ceremony for the European Sustainable Energy Awards, taking place on 26th September, in the presence of Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, recognising individuals and projects for outstanding efforts across four categories: innovation, local energy action, woman in energy and young energy trailblazer.  
  • The third edition of the European Youth Energy Day , taking place on 26 September within the activities of the 2022 European Year of Youth.  
  • A series of networking activities during the whole week where participants can connect with other members of the sustainable energy community, including a hybrid energy fair that gives organisations and associations the opportunity to showcase their initiatives and interact with participants and a series of energy talks.
  • The EUSEW extended programme, from 19 to 23 September, featuring 40 sessions leading up to the EUSEW Policy Conference.
  • From June to September, locally organised Sustainable Energy Days taking place around the world to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

More information is available HERE.

ORGANTRANS technical workshop: synchronization and testing of a 3D-bioprinting platform and a tissue maturation bioreactor

The developed 3D-bioprinting platform and tissue maturation bioreactor were recently tested by our ORGANTRANS Consortium during a dedicated workshop at Utrecht University. The workshop aimed to integrate these systems into one platform and synchronize their work stages. In addition, they optimized a PEG-based hydrogel 3D-printing technique within a controlled atmosphere to standardize the bioprinting process. Two different biocompatible sacrificial materials, which are used to create channels in the printed hydrogel construct, were evaluated. Moreover, partners tested the printing directly in a substrate, which would minimize the handling of the construct when placed in the bioreactor. These elements are the essential blocks of the ORGANTRANS technology which aims to create a liver tissue 3D printing platform and replace liver transplantation for end-stage liver failure patients. Additionally, this platform can be scaled to other organ systems, as organoid technology is one of the largest parts of regenerative medicine.

More information about the project.
 

eCAP: Towards universal access to digestive disease diagnostics

On 4 May 2022, a kick-off meeting took place for the eCAP project: recipient of a €4.7 million grant from the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon Europe. The aim of the project is to deliver a novel medical device combining a smart capsule with an e-health platform to enable better diagnostics, patient empowered disease management and hence, improved outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, a major source of population morbidity and care costs worldwide.

The consortium, composed of 10 partners from research organisations and industry across Europe and Kenya, will demonstrate the universality of the eCAP solution in clinical trials in France as well as low resource environments by bringing the device to patients who so far have had limited access to GI disease diagnostics.

AMIRES is proud to support the project management and dissemination activities in the project.

Read more on our plans in the press release here.

 

 

 

WE ARE HIRING!

Do you like challenges and adventures? Do you want to climb with us not only to the mountain peaks?

Go beyond the Horizon with our team and join us!

To reinforce our team, AMIRES (Czech Republic) is opening positions for Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Energy & Sustainability domain. The chosen candidates will be responsible for the overall administration and management support of H2020 / HE projects and will also actively contribute to the preparation of other project proposals.

Find out more HERE.

We are already looking forward to welcome you on board!

Thirty months of the ORGANTRANS project behind

On the 30th and 31st of May, the ORGANTRANS consortium met for the M30 meeting hosted by one of our partners, DWI Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials located in Aachen, Germany. The goal of this meeting was to share the latest progress and to discuss further steps needed for the final phase of the project. In principle, the entire development cycle from cell source and tissue engineering to a fully functional liver tissue 3D printing platform is almost finished. Nevertheless, the remained final phase of the project will include the synchronization and integration of work stages of all the systems and further testing in a relevant environment. The platform to create liver constructs developed within the ORGANTRANS project is a future alternative for organ transplantation medicine as it proposes a disruptive alternative to donor organs for patients with chronic end-stage liver diseases. Importantly, this research creates novel technologies that can be applied to other organ systems in the field of regenerative medicine.
To learn more about the project, click HERE.

INSPIRE project meeting in Eindhoven

On 23-24 May 2022, the INSPIRE consortium met in-person for the first time at TU/e to celebrate the 17 months of successful project implementation and to review the progress achieved so far. INSPIRE project responds to the ever-increasing need of high-performance PICs by combining the three dominant photonic platforms, Indium phosphide, Silicon nitride and Silicon (CMOS), with the aim of creating and leveraging volume manufacturing techniques. The industrial viability will be validated through process transfer into a pilot line foundry process and multi-coupon transfer printing to enhance the throughput and yield of the transfer printing process. To gain insights regarding the route to volume production, the consortium invited a member of our Industrial Advisory Board, Hitesh Ballani Microsoft Research Cambridge who shared his views on the topic. As a part of the meeting, partners had the opportunity to visit TU/e´s lab and cleanroom facilities.

We are looking forward to continuing the work on the project for 2 more years!

Discover INSPIRE project HERE

European Innovation Ecosystems work programme: upcoming calls worth €29.5 million

The European Commission has announced additional €11.7 million to strengthen the European Innovation Ecosystems.

The European Commission has adopted the amended European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) 2021-2022 Work Programme under Horizon Europe. It provides new funding opportunities for deep-tech start-ups led by women and the EU angel investment industry on top of existing actions that aim to create more connected and efficient innovation ecosystems.

The amended work programme clarifies the COFUND rate in the context of the forthcoming EIE calls due to open for submission on 14 June:

HORIZON-EIE-2022-CONNECT-02-01: Implementing co-funded action plans for interconnection of innovation ecosystems (budget: €8 million)

HORIZON-EIE-2022-CONNECT-02-02: Stimulating innovation procurement (budget: €4.5 million)

Standard changes to the HORIZON-EIE-2022-SCALEUP-02-01 Expanding Investments Ecosystems call conditions for lump sum topics were applied. 

The call has a total budget of €5 million and will open for submission on 21 June 2022.

More information is available here. The work programme document is available here.

CONDOR: Successful completion of first 18 project months

On 19th – 20th of May, CONDOR team met to sum up the achievements for the first 18 months and to plan future actions in the project. Hosted by AMIRES in Prague, Czech Republic, the consortium had the chance to reunite after the COVID-19 outbreak, which represented the first in-person meeting for the team.


The CONDOR partners seized the opportunity to show their progress from a scientific perspective with regard to the project’s ultimate goal to develop an innovative renewable energy system for fuel productions. Each work package leader gave a presentation to share insight into the work performed for the development of CONDOR device. The partners reviewed the progress in the synthesis and modelling of molecular catalysts and the preparation of photoanodes for water, chloride or biomass oxidation, and (photo)cathodes for syngas production. The discussions also covered the ongoing parallel activities aimed at syngas conversion to fuels by thermal or photoactivated processes.
Summing up the first 18 months of the project, it is worth saying that the achieved results are aligned with the planned objectives. Overall, the project is well on track and the first 11 deliverables were submitted as well as the planned milestones were reached on time.
Coordinated by the University of Bologna, the CONDOR project connects well reputed technology development teams and key industrial partners. In the project, AMIRES is responsible for the project management and leads the work package dedicated to the communication and dissemination of results and exploitation activities.


More information for CONDOR project can be found HERE.

How can you use smart glass technologies for energy saving? Show us by joining the Switch2Save Architectural Design Competition!

Glass is considered one of the integral components of modern architectural design. Think about today’s office buildings, airport terminals, train stations and shopping centers – their designs often incorporate glass façades or roofs. Glass is attractive, versatile and provides a visual connection with the outside world, which is why large-area glazing remains a continuing trend.

However, large glass areas can significantly increase the energy demands for cooling and air conditioning in summer. In fact, modern buildings with large glass components consume up to 100% more energy each year than buildings with small windows. With the aim of reducing energy demands in buildings featuring glass façades, roofs or large window-to-wall areas, the EU-funded Switch2save project is holding an Architectural Design Competition to collect energy saving design concepts for such buildings.

The competition focuses on non-residential sites – either new or renovation projects – and sets no design restrictions regarding the site size, location or climate. Participants are invited to submit design concepts which include an optimum exploitation of the Switch2Save electrochromic (EC) and thermochromic (TC) smart glass technologies. These are transparent energy-smart materials with switchable total energy transmission values to control the transfer of solar radiation into the building. EC and TC technologies also have the added advantage of providing greater indoor lighting comfort than conventional mechanical window blinds.

The competition is open to young architects, students, and/or multidisciplinary teams that include building physicists or engineers and are led by young architects or students enrolled in an academic programme from an accredited educational institution. Teams can have up to three members of any nationality.

For more information about the competition terms, important dates and the exciting awards, check the Switch2Save website.

To participate in the competition, register HERE.

The Switch2Save (Lightweight switchable smart solutions for energy saving large windows and glass façades) project aims to help make electrochromic (EC) and thermochromic (TC) smart glass technologies more easily available and affordable so as to contribute to the EU’s goal to become climate-neutral by 2050. The project is demonstrating the potential of its two representative buildings – Greece’s second largest hospital in Athens and an operational office building in Uppsala, Sweden. A total of 50 windows and 200 m2 of glass façades will be replaced with a switchable smart glass solution, following which a “before–after” comparison will be conducted of the energy consumption in both buildings for one year.

1 year of Tumor-LN-oC: Working towards a Tumor-Lymph Node-On chip platform

Last week, the Tumor-LN-oC consortium met in Eindhoven for the project’s M12 progress meeting. The meeting officially concluded the first year of the project, which was appropriately celebrated over a common dinner.

The M12 meeting focused on sharing updates, jointly solving any challenges that occurred and planning the next steps, but also made time for informal discussions and networking between the partners. Agenda items mainly concerned the progress and future plans regarding the various Tumor-LN-oC components, which are currently being developed and tested independently by partners and will one day form the Tumor-LN-oC platform. Partners also discussed at length the experiments around cell migration and the interaction between the tumor and lymph node cells on the preliminary chips.

In its role as management, dissemination and exploitation partner, AMIRES led the sessions on project management, communication and dissemination efforts, as well as a structured dialogue on the future commercialisation efforts of the consortium.

The chip fabrication workshop in the TU/e Microfab laboratory on the last day gave all team members a hands-on experience of the various steps of manufacturing and assembling the Tumor-LN-oC microfluidic chip.

In order to reach the ultimate objective of the project – a TRL 5 tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform, which will connect surgically removed human primary tumors and lymph node tissue (LN) from the same lung cancer patient  (a “biological twin” of the patient) – a lot of work remains to be done. Nevertheless, the platform, which will offer various analytical possibilities to analyse the cancer patient’s LN metastasis activity and monitor the treatment response, seems one step closer.

We are grateful to our partners for their commitment to the project and are looking forward to continuing the work in the next 3 years of project implementation! 

Read more here!
 

Halfway through FRIENDSHIP project

The Horizon 2020 project FRIENDSHIP reached the halfway milestone this month and for the occasion the whole consortium met for the first time, in Sweden.

The meeting started with the projection of the film: “Our Planet: Our Business” by David Attenborough, to remind about the vital role companies have in building a sustainable future.

On the agenda, an overview of the progress in the running Work Packages was presented. In addition to that, in the Third General Assembly, the consortium had also the opportunity to discuss management plans and implementations within the project. The second day, instead, was dedicated to technical discussions and to future collaborations among partners.

During the meeting, FRIENDSHIP also received very valuable feedback and suggestions by Mr. Thomas Ammerl, External Advisory Board member from BAYFOR.

The event was hosted by ABSOLICON who provided insight into the concentrated solar collectors they developed.

Future looks bright for FRIENDSHIP!

FlexFunction2Sustain in M24: what has been achieved?

Two years after the start of the project, FlexFunction2Sustain published an overview highlighting the achievements of the first half of its implementation. AMIRES, together with eighteen consortium members, coordinated by Fraunhofer-FEP , work to attain the ultimate goal to establish a sustainable Open Innovation Test Bed to boost innovations for sustainable plastic and paper products to reach the market faster.

The first half of the project was dedicated to set up both business model and legal structure of the ecosystem. In parallel, the technical facilities of the consortium members have been upgraded for processing of novel bio-based, bio-degradable and/or recyclable plastic and paper based materials that shall replace the state-of-the-art mineral oil based plastic products in e.g. packaging applications. All facilities and technological solutions developed within FlexFunction2Sustain are being verified in six industrial use case scenarios that cover food and non-food packaging, biodegradable security labels, switchable water filter membranes and innovative multi-functional electronic surfaces in automotive applications. At month 24 of the project, the partners successfully demonstrated roll-to-roll processing of bio-degradable micro-structured surfaces for security labels; roll-to-roll manufacturing of conductive PET based membranes for filter applications; demonstrators of fully recyclable drink pouches and operational organic solar cells that were deposited on recycled PET films. In order to accelerate the uptake of the OITB services, FlexFunction2Sustain launched an Open Call targeted to the interested external companies. Following a competitive selection process, up to 20 pre-commercial business cases (pilot cases projects) will be selected to receive discounted services from the OITB members.

Discover more about the main advancements by Month-24 by downloading the overview presentation HERE.

PROJECT FRIENDSHIP: Innovations on the ejector and absorption chillers

SINTEF and CEA are investigating different innovative solutions for absorption cooling at -20°C and -40°C from 100-250°C solar heat, in particular a GAX (Generator-Absorber heat eXchange) cycle based on commercial components, like Plate Heat Exchangers (PHE). This innovative design improves the heat and mass transfers, thus performance. In addition, manufacturing costs decrease, as the needed components are standardized and available in the market. A numerical study allows identifying the best solutions for the SHIP integration, giving an overview on the operating temperature ranges for each cycle. Thanks to these concepts, which led to the definition of technical sheets, a prototype of a GAX cycle for -20°C cooling will be realized, the choice on the final architecture will be made further on, when the market search will have provided the necessary economic data.

The work on the optimal design of the ejector chiller, targeting cold production down to 5°C (short term) and -10°C (long-term) is also being studied both on the process level and the component level. On the process level, SINTEF is working with the partners to optimize the cycle architecture and the choice of working fluid. On the component level, a detailed ejector model has been developed in a recently submitted publication. This model can for the first time can calculate the local entropy production through the ejector, which allows identifying the optimal ejector geometry as that which minimizes the entropy production.

Watch how was our MARVEL project symposium in Lugano | 13 April 2022

On 13 April 2022, we had an Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) dedicated symposium in Lugano, Switzerland with the main slogan “Extracellular Vesicles as next-generation clinical biomarkers and therapeutic agents”. It was organized by Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino – EOC Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and AMIRES in the frame of the MARVEL EU-funded project and this event was a part of the 2nd Lugano ExoDay sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation. You can watch a short video on how it was by clicking on the button below.  
On 13 April 2022, we had an Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) dedicated symposium in Lugano, Switzerland with the main slogan “Extracellular Vesicles as next-generation clinical biomarkers and therapeutic agents”. It was organized by Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino – EOC Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and AMIRES in the frame of the MARVEL EU-funded project and this event was a part of the 2nd Lugano ExoDay sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation.
The symposium was attended by more than 90 experts and young investigators working in the expansive field of Extracellular Vesicles. Structured around keynote presentations from selected speakers, flash presentations, and posters from young investigators, the symposium facilitated the exchange of views on the current and future technology solutions in the expansive field of Extracellular vesicles and their applications in the healthcare sector.
The MARVEL symposium culminated with the Award Ceremony designed to encourage excellence in research and presentation skills in young investigators. The Ceremony was sponsored by the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles and Circulating Nucleic Acid where all the selected abstracts will be published. Awardees received certificates and a cash award of 250 dollars for the best poster and oral presentations. Vera Tscherrig, from the University of Bern, was awarded for the best oral presentation entitled “MicroRNAs in small extracellular vesicles (EVs) from Wharton’s jelly mesenchymal stromal cells and their potential neuro regenerative role”. The best poster presentation entitled “Development of breakthrough liquid biopsy diagnostic via novel exosomal biomarkers for patient stratification in prostate cancer” was presented by Alekhya Mazumdar from the University Hospital of Zürich.
We would like to express our cordial thanks to all who attended the symposium and helped make this event a success. We have much pleasure in thanking our keynote speakers (Edit Buzás, Benedetta Bussolati, Michele De Palma), MARVEL partners (CNR SCITEC ‘Giulio Natta’, CNR-ITM, Libera Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, HansaBioMed Life Sciences Ltd and Paperdrop Diagnostics) and several organizations, in particular: SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation, USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), for their support and the very efficient help during the symposium. The organizers gladly acknowledge also many other local people from USI Università della Svizzera italiana, where the event took place, who helped with the organization and ensured that in all instances the formal steps went smoothly.

Looking forward to meeting you at future events we are going to organize.

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Tumor-LN-oC contributes to an innovative and resilient health industry in Europe

The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) has featured Tumor-LN-oC in a special article on its website for World Health Day. World Health Day is a global health awareness day observed annually on April 7th, which marks the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organisation (WHO).  In the article, the agency underlined the project’s contribution to an innovative and resilient health industry in Europe.

The European Commission considers technical-scientific projects such as Tumor-LN-oC as key to accelerating the green and digital transition, to building a stronger European Health Union, and to strengthening the EU’s autonomy in key strategic value chains. Tumor-LN-oC was highlighted for contributing to the European efforts to an innovative and resilient health industry in Europe by using and enhancing technological developments in the fields of microfluidics, cell biology, cancer biology, physics and computer programming in order to study the metastasis through the lymphatic system and the interaction of primary tumours with LNs.

In particular, Tumor-LN-oC is finding a solution for a robust, automated tumour–lymph node-on-chip platform, which will connect, on a microfluidic chip, human tumour tissues and lymph nodes. It is known that in many cases, tumours use lymphatic vessels to spread and colonise downstream lymph nodes (LNs) – a better understanding of this process is thus key for developing effective therapies. For this reason, the project consortium is developing a microfluidic system which will connect surgically removed, human primary tumours and lymph node tissue from the same lung cancer patient, which will make it possible to offer personalised treatment to lung cancer patients based on the molecular characterisation of their own metastasising cells. Possible application areas of the developed technology include personalised medicine and metastasis diagnosis, as well as drug testing and discovery.

 

MEET OUR TEAM: Yevhen Horokhovatskyi, Ph.D.

Today we would like to introduce our team member Yevhen who started working for us in September 2020 as a Project Manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. At the same university he obtained his Master of Science degree with honour from Medical Biophysics in 2014. In 2018 he received his Ph.D. in Cryobiology from the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice which was a part of the Horizon 2020 research infrastructure project.

During his studies he cooperated with leading specialists from all over the world and took part in several international research projects and development programmes as a coordinator as well as a member of a research team. Apart from that, he was also actively involved in supervising of master’s students, teaching, publication in scientific journals and presentation of research findings at international conferences. He also gained experience in implementation of new standards, legislation, quality assurance codes and audit during elaboration and production phases of medical devices.

In AMIRES, Yevhen is responsible for H2020 project MARVEL (Evolving reversible immunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towards scalable extracellular vesicles isolation) and acts as a Dissemination Manager of ORGANTRANS project.

About his work Yevhen said: “I was looking for the way how to improve the world – with AMIRES I found it! Contributing to different projects that bring fantastic technologies into reality I feel that I contribute to improving the quality of life in our world, and this is perfectly aligned with my life philosophy”.

In his free time, he likes to invent different things or improve the existing ones. This refers to electronics, computer technologies, tuning of transport such as bikes or cars, and work with design in both virtual and material environments. Apart from this, he’s passionate about mobile photography and video making, which are also quite often applied for project dissemination. It is worth saying that the sports activities are not staying in the last place, cycling and workout are the most enjoyable for him. Traveling, seeing new cities and countries, and hiking in beautiful nature are also on his interest list. 

First results from the FlexFunction2Sustain Open Call

In September 2021, the FlexFunction2Sustain launched an Open Call for Pilot Case projects. The first round of evaluations resulted in four companies which were successfully selected. The winners will receive subsidized access to the innovation services of the FlexFunction2Sustain Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) which supports and accelerates the development of novel products and technologies for smart and sustainable plastics and paper solutions. The selected projects will tackle the plastic pollution challenges by developing sustainable and flexible packaging and plastic films for agriculture. The successful applicants are companies from different European countries – France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.

The FlexFunction2Sustain Open Call is targeted to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) & start-ups which wants to develop and test novel nano-functionalised plastic and paper membrane and surfaces. The next cut-off dates for application are: 29th of July 2022, and 27th of January 2023. Applicants can apply anytime during this period.

In the process, AMIRES is in charge of the preparation and execution of the Open Call and the establishment of a Helpdesk to provide a contact point for the potential applicants and address their enquiries about the application preparation and submission process.

For more information about the FlexFunction2Sustain OITB and the innovation services which will be provided to the Pilot Case projects, visit the project website.

Project MARVEL: M18 review meeting and symposium

AMIRES together with the consortium of Marvel project met in Lugano, Switzerland where the review meeting took place on the 12th April. Moreover, the team was preparing for the MARVEL project symposium which took place on the 13th April. The EVengers team summed up the last 16 months of the project and it is worth saying that the achieved results are perfectly aligned with the planned objectives. Nevertheless, the project still have 12 months to polish the developments and deliver a multifaceted and versatile platform for scalable Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) isolation based on the developed peptide probes with high specificity and stability.

We are looking forward to the clinical application of Marvel platform in form of a novel kit for diagnostic of bladder cancer and integration of EVs in drug delivery for cardiac repair.

Track Marvel project progress HERE.

European Innovation Council publishes a report on realising the deep-tech entrepreneurial talent of Europe

On the 14th April the EIC published a report on realising the deep-tech entrepreneurial talent of Europe. In this report, the expert group recommends that the European Innovation Council (EIC) creates two ambitious deep-tech training programmes – the Trailblazer and the Pioneer – to foster technological solutions and realise human entrepreneurial talent.

The “raison d’être” of the EIC is to realise and accelerate breakthrough innovation for rapid market growth as well as to promote the European Union’s strategic autonomy. The European innovation ecosystem being fragmented, providers of solutions or proto-solutions are sparse and unwilling/ unable to take the necessary risk. The expert group recommends that the EIC takes the responsibility to grow the human talent, the scientific entrepreneurs who can bring the development of breakthrough technologies to the market. To attain these goals, they present how this could be done.

Read the full report HERE.

ComBioTES completed its first year

On the occasion of the first year of ComBioTES implementation, the project team met on 7th and 8th  April 2022, in Grenoble (France), hosted by CEA.

At the beginning of the meeting, the coordinator of ComBioTES presented the project’s progress and summarized the first year of work. On the agenda, an overview of the achievements during the last 12 months in the running Work Packages was presented. In addition to that, in the Second General Assembly, the consortium had also the opportunity to discuss some management activities within the project.

The second day, instead, was dedicated to technical discussions and to answer some crucial questions that were still open. One of the partners from China, IEE-CAS, had the chance to present the progress of their work on Bio PCM and ice storage. 

The meetings proved very fruitful on all fronts, and project partners reached a vision of the tasks at hand over the next months.

Visit ComBioTES website to know more about the project.

Watch the full recorded session of the VANGUARD online workshop

Thank you to all for making successful the intensive 2 hours online VANGUARD workshop, which took place on 3 February 2022. Together with speakers more than 75 people attended this event and found out about three EU-funded projects on the topic of regenerative medicine and a rtificial organs, engineered or printed tissues for transplantation in humans (BRAVE, VANGUARD, ORGANTRANS). The ORANTRANS project was present by our partner Ary Marsee from Utrecht University. In addition to this, people were able to join an intensive panel discussion on ethics issues chaired by a keynote speaker and Canadian ethicist, Jonathan Kimmelman. Our program manager and ORGANTRANS project manager, Mariana Pacheco, was one of the panellists who contributed to the discussion on the ethical questions and challenges in regenerative medicine transplantation.
If you missed the chance to join us, you can watch the full recorded session HERE.

Project FRIENDSHIP: Publication on Nanofluids

FRIENDSHIP project is pleased to announce that our newest paper about nanofluids is now published online in the journal of Applied Thermal Engineering.

The paper, written by SINTEF Energy Research and CEA, is based on the research work on the use of nanofluids as heat-transfer fluids in solar collectors.

The article, A review of the use of nanofluids as heat-transfer fluids in parabolic-trough collectors, reviews the application of nanofluids to solar collectors, and parabolic-trough collectors in particular, at temperatures between 100 °C and 300 °C. Recent advances and research on nanofluids are presented, particularly the progress in understanding stability mechanisms, characterization, and preparation methods, as well as their thermophysical properties.

Congratulations to the authors!

TAKEAWAYS: AMIRES AT LOPEC

In-person dialog and exchange are crucial and for flexible, organic and printed electronics, the LOPEC exhibition and conference is the place to be. LOPEC was able to celebrate a successful return as an on-site event after a two-year break!

A total of 156 exhibitors from 23 countries showed innovations and trends in printed electronics. The focus topics included mobility and smart living.

The Conference was also a great success with around 200 presentations. This makes LOPEC once again the world’s leading communication platform for technology, solutions, knowledge, and research in the printed electronics industry.

AMIRES was lucky to attend the whole week of events – starting by the OE-A meeting on Monday 21st March and continuing with the conference and exhibition from the 22nd till the 24th March – to meet project partners, long-term clients and to establish new connections. Several AMIRES projects were presented in booths, posters and by project partners and it was definitely a unique opportunity to strengthen our collaborations.

OE-A meeting

The OE-A, as the LOPEC organiser, initiated the week by organising a Members’ Meeting, which consisted of presentations and workshops within this year’s theme Mobility & Smart Living. Topics that were discussed were for example on marketing and recyclability of organic and printed electronics. After 3 years, new and existing members of the association could finally meet in person and benefit of this networking opportunity.

Project SmartEEs

The SmartEEs project aims to establish a sustainable EU-wide network in the field of Flexible & Wearable Electronics. The objective of SmartEEs is to help European industries accelerate their digital transition, offering them easy access to Flexible & Wearable Electronics technologies, products, and services throughout Europe.

The SmartEEs project promoted its results and demonstrated on various booths and organised a dedicated workshop focusing in detail on application experiments, training activities, and the presentation of the SmartEEs Marketplace.

LOPEC was also the perfect opportunity to introduce the European Flexible and Wearable Electronics Association (FWEA), which will serve as the continuation of the project, offering RDI & business development opportunities as well as access to finance, education & training, and guidance on electronics for a sustainable economy.

Project Smart2Go

The EU funded Smart2Go project was present at the LOPEC exhibition with the ATOMIC ski demonstrator with an integrated a piezoelectric component. The project coordinator, Matthias Fahland (Fraunhofer FEP) also participated as speaker at the LOPEC Conference, showcasing the project’s results.

Project TINKER

The TINKER project, which targets developing miniaturised RADAR and LiDAR sensors using novel manufacturing techniques, was also lucky enough to be presented to exhibitors from all over the world, research and technology organizations and everyone involved within this rapidly evolving industry. Given this year’s theme of Mobility, the focus on sensor packages for autonomous cars was particularly fitting. The project coordinator Dr. Leo Schranzhofer from PROFACTOR GmbH presented at the Technical poster session on 23rd March, while the partner Notion Systems GmbH exhibited their products and technologies, along with their work in TINKER.

Project NanoQI

NanoQI project on the other hand, focuses on characterisation technologies, and several project partners also participated in this event, ensuring that their work, technologies and innovations, as well as the project itself could be presented to leading players in the field.

Announcing the Launch of the SmartEEs Association – we are ready for business!

The SmartEEs Association officially launches, opening its doors to companies, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and research institutions to support the production and adoption of Flexible and Wearable Electronics (FWE) technology.

For a first glance at our technology offer, please visit the SmartEEs Association website, where you can also contact our front office . You can also have a look at the extensive SmartEEs2 marketplace, which is fully integrated into the Association’s offerings. Further, to stay up-to-date on all our activities and news from the FWE ecosystem, be sure to follow the new Association on LinkedIn @smartees-fwea and Twitter @SmarteesF.

Read the Press Release HERE!

EU opens applications for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2022

On the 8th of May, just in time for the International Women’s Day, the European Commission launched the call for application for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2022. With this prize, the EU intends to celebrate women entrepreneurs behind game-changing innovations, raise awareness of the need for more women innovators and create role models for women and girls everywhere.

Women who are ordinary residents in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon Europe are eligible, if they are the founder or co-founder of an active innovative company registered at least two years ago. The Commission wishes to award women who have created the largest impact on the EU innovation ecosystem by transforming ideas into new and advanced products and services to benefit people and planet, and has therefore chosen 3 key criteria:

  • Breakthrough innovation –applicants should demonstrate what makes their product or service unique, in relation to other existing solution
  • Impact – applicants should describe how their innovation offers significant benefits for people and/or planet, and how the product or service addresses a specific societal need or challenge
  • Inspiration –applicants should explain how they personally played a pivotal role in the success of their company, and have the power to lead and inspire other women and girls

Overall, 6 prizes in 2 categories will be awarded:

  • Women Innovators: 3 prizes of 100 000€ each
  • Rising Innovators (women under 35): 3 prizes of 50 000€ each

Deadline for submission is the 18 August 2022, results will be announced in November / December. Up to 20 highest-ranked applications in each category will be invited to a hearing with the jury.

For more information on the criteria and application click HERE.

WE ARE HIRING, TWO POSITIONS OF PROJECT MANAGER OF EUROPEAN R&D&I PROJECTS ARE OPEN!

Are you passionate about Energy & Sustainability and Deep Tech topics? Is admin work not bothering you? Are you a team player? Do you wish to be part of international team? Do you want to learn and gain new experiences? If you answered YES, then we might be looking for you!

Job overview

To reinforce our team, AMIRES (Czech Republic) is opening positions for Project Managers of European R&D&I projects in Energy & Sustainability and Deep Tech domain. The chosen candidates will be responsible for the overall administration and management support of H2020 / HE projects and will also actively contribute to the preparation of other project proposals.

Main activities and responsibilities

In project administration and management:

  • overall responsibility for the complete management of the project in close cooperation with the technical project coordinator;
  • daily communication with international project partners;
  • project progress monitoring;
  • preparation and processing of technical and financial reports;
  • maintenance and update of project web page;
  • organisation of teleconferences / project meetings / workshops / conferences;
  • community management.

In project proposals preparation:

  • monitoring of suitable European R&D&I funding schemes;
  • proposals structuring, commenting;
  • collection of information from partners, processing of written inputs and background documents;
  • business analytical activities;
  • responsibility for the complete preparation and writing of respective parts of the proposals.

Experience and skills

  • Master or doctoral degree (technical field is an advantage);
  • experience with project administration, management or projects proposal writing (EU projects or H2020 projects are an advantage);
  • fluent in English (both verbally and in written), French or German is an advantage;
  • very good computer literacy and skills, professional user of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • strong communication (both oral and written in formal and informal situations), presentation and organisational skills;
  • target oriented;
  • responsibility, flexibility, ability to work both in team and independently;
  • ability to work in multinational environment;
  • willingness to travel;
  • driving licence;
  • knowledge of European R&D&I landscape is an advantage (H2020, HE, Structural Funds etc.).

We offer

  • opportunity of self-realization in a small growing company with international focus;
  • cooperation on excellent European collaborative R&D&I projects;
  • further education and professional development;
  • job location in Prague, the Czech Republic;
  • expected to start work in spring 2022.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to bajarova@amires.eu till March 30th 2022. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job competition will be contacted by March 31st 2022.

More than 5000 people attended SLAS2022!

More than 5000 technical experts, leading scientists, and industrial stakeholders attended SLAS2022 International Conference and Exhibition in Boston. There was a high interest in our partner’s REGENHU booth and their versatile bioprinting platform that combines multiple printing technologies in a single 3D bioprinting process. In addition, their CEO, Simon MacKenzie took the stage with a presentation on “Bioprinting human in vitro discovery models” mentioning the ORGANTRANS project. Many attendees expressed their interest in the ORGANTRANS novel technology that offers the creation of larger tissue-relevant models through a combination of stem cell-derived organoids and vasculature.

WE ARE HIRING, JOIN OUR TEAM:

Are you passionate about Energy & Sustainability topics? Is admin work not bothering you? Are you a team player? Do you wish to be part of international team? Do you want to learn and gain new experiences? If you answered YES, then we might be looking for you!

We are opening position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Energy & sustainability domain:

Job overview

The chosen candidate will be responsible for the overall administration and management support of H2020 / HE projects and will also actively contribute to the preparation of other project proposals.

Main activities and responsibilities

In project administration and management:

  • overall responsibility for the complete management of the project in close cooperation with the technical project coordinator;
  • daily communication with international project partners;
  • project progress monitoring;
  • preparation and processing of technical and financial reports;
  • maintenance and update of project web page;
  • organisation of teleconferences / project meetings / workshops / conferences;
  • community management.

In project proposals preparation:

  • monitoring of suitable European R&D&I funding schemes;
  • proposals structuring, commenting;
  • collection of information from partners, processing of written inputs and background documents;
  • business analytical activities;
  • responsibility for the complete preparation and writing of respective parts of the proposals.

Experience and skills

  • Master or doctoral degree (technical field is an advantage);
  • experience with project administration, management or projects proposal writing (EU projects or H2020 projects are an advantage);
  • fluent in English (both verbally and in written), French or German is an advantage;
  • very good computer literacy and skills, professional user of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • strong communication (both oral and written in formal and informal situations), presentation and organisational skills;
  • target oriented;
  • responsibility, flexibility, ability to work both in team and independently;
  • ability to work in multinational environment;
  • willingness to travel;
  • driving licence;
  • knowledge of European R&D&I landscape is an advantage (H2020, HE, Structural Funds etc.).

We offer

  • opportunity of self-realization in a small growing company with international focus;
  • cooperation on excellent European collaborative R&D&I projects;
  • further education and professional development;
  • job location in Prague, the Czech Republic;
  • expected to start work in spring 2022.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to bajarova@amires.eu till March 18th 2022. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job competition will be contacted by March 21st 2022.

Project FRIENDSHIP: progress on the heat pump

In WP3, the initial concepts about the heat pump and its integration into SHIP200 are being investigated. Also, evaluations of different heat pump concepts, component, and system TRL level and cost have been performed.

Furthermore, Modelica was used for detailed investigation of both design and off-design operational performance and stability in order to assess operability and integrability of the heat pump.

This allowed for cost and technical estimations from rig vendors, who should modify their designs and products to adapt them for higher pressure ratings, using, among others, new sealing technologies.

An initial of test of the rig prior to modifications was conducted in early November, and the rig was connected to a steam process.

OASIS Marketplace launched

We are happy to announce that the OASIS Catalogue of Services has been turned into an online digital Marketplace using the Ecosystem Management Platform by AMIRES!

This online marketplace allows everyone to browse through the services of OASIS in an interactive manner using filters that make it easier to find the right service. The tool also allows for the customers to directly enquire about the services they are interested in. This Marketplace is a lively environment which will be kept updated with new/adapted services continuously.

This Marketplace tool is the one-stop-shop to find services related to the introduction of nanoparticles and nanointermediates in composite and aluminium materials via innovative production technologies. It also encompasses associated services like design, modelling, simulation, characterization, and also business support services to aid the market adoption of new solutions developed. The ultimate goal is introducing innovative products which are lightweight, smart and have improved mechanical, thermal or electrical properties.

The Marketplace can be found HERE.

MedPhab pilotline supports companies to develop demonstrators through the open call for demo cases program

ABIMI (AMIRES, The Business Innovation Management Institute) leads the helpdesk for companies to participate in the open calls for demo cases on MedPhab pilot line. The first round of evaluations resulted in three companies which were successfully selected. 220K Euros from EU- MedPhab budget will be allocated for these demonstrator cases. These cases require technologies on biosensors, microfluidics and microscopy and spectroscopy for drug development and diagnostics applications. These companies are located in 3 different European countries! Agreements between the companies and MedPhab partners are ongoing, and the cases are expected to start during February.

If you are interested to receive high quality services in photonics technologies from MedPhab partners for development of your photonics-based medical devices demonstrators, participate in the open calls, contact our helpdesk@medphab.eu  or visit MedPhab’s website

MEET OUR TEAM: KRISTIN SAAR

We are excited to welcome our new team member Kristin Saar who joined AMIRES as a Project Manager in February 2022.  After graduating from a bachelor’s programme in Politics and Government at University of Tartu, Kristin obtained her master’s degree in European Affairs at Sciences Po Paris where she specialised in Social Policy. She developed a thorough understanding of EU policies while working at the EU Directorate of the Government Office of Estonia, Ministry of the Interior and Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU.

Kristin has wide-ranging experience in the field of health and pharmaceuticals. Working at the Health Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), she co-authored a report on patient safety governance. Prior to joining AMIRES, she was advising global pharmaceutical companies in a public affairs consultancy in Brussels and a regulatory affairs consultancy in Prague.

In her free time Kristin enjoys biking, skiing, and going to the theatre.

In AMIRES, Kristin is involved in proposals and projects in Health & Biotech Programme.

European Innovation Council (EIC): the biggest annual funding opportunities for innovators to scale up and capture global markets

The European Commission adopted the 2022 work programme of the European Innovation Council. It opens funding opportunities worth over €1.7 billion in 2022 for innovators to improve and create new markets.

It will also focus on innovation in:

  • Quantum computing
  • New generation batteries
  • Gene therapy.

Launched in March 2021 as a major novelty of the Horizon Europe programme, the EIC has a total budget of over €10 billion between 2021 and 2027.

The 2022 work programme of the EIC has several new elements, simplifying the application process and contributing to EU policies such as:

  • A new EIC Scale-Up 100 initiatives (with having already supported over 2600 SMEs and start-ups in the past since 2018, the aim is to identify 100 promising deep tech EU companies that have the potential to become “unicorns”)
  • Equity investments above €15 million
  • Stronger support to women innovators

To read full article, visit European Innovation Council newsroom.

Project TINKER: Shrinking radar and lidar sensor packages

Chip Scale Review, one of the world’s leading semiconductor journals, has published our article dedicated to the progress in the TINKER project over the last eighteen months. You can find our article in the January/February issue which is available to download here:

READ CHIP SCALE REVIEW JAN/FERB 2022

The article “Shrinking RADAR and LiDAR sensor packages – an introduction to TINKER” was written in cooperation with the coordinator Dr. Leo Schranzhofer (Head of Functional Surfaces and Nanostructures, Profactor GmbH.) and consortium partners Dr. Martin Eibelhuber (Deputy Head of Business Development, EV Group, Austria) and Martina Chopart, MSc. (Project Manager, AMIRES s.r.o.). Thank you for this opportunity for collaboration.

NanoQI M24 Meeting

Even though the turbulent times didn’t allow the NanoQI project partners to meet in person in Eindhoven as originally previewed, they still had the chance to reunite after six months on an online M24 Consortium Meeting on the 8th and 9th February 2022.

The goal of the meeting was to share their latest progress, get expert feedback from our External Advisory Board members and discuss all the operational and technical decision for the final phase of the project.

As the third year of the project approaches, we are wishing the whole consortium a great deal of success.

Smart2Go Design Contest – Apply until February 21

With the launch of this Design Contest, the EU funded Project Smart2Go is supporting end-users towards the implementation of its unique flexible energy management platform. The competition is open to individuals, groups and organizations from every country in the world. Apply until February 21, 2022.

Visit https://smart2go-project.eu/smart2go-design-contest/ for more information.

 

Publication on absorber coatings

FRIENDSHIP project is glad to announce the publication of a scientific article on absorber coatings, written by our partner Kemijski inštitut – National Institute of Chemistry.

The paper is related to the research work on the development of the spectrally selective absorber coatings and refers to the challenges of selecting a low-cost and effective fabrication method, appropriate for industrial production, and of assessing the degradation rate and service life of these coatings.

The article, indeed, Review of the spectrally selective (CSP) absorber coatings, suitable for use in SHIP, reviews different types of mid- (100 < T < 400 °C) and high-temperature (>400 °C) absorber coatings and their fabrication methods, with an emphasis is on the solar absorptance, thermal emittance and the long-term (>10 years) thermal stability of the coatings.

Congratulations to the authors!

Digital Marketplace for EDIHs

AMIRES is offering a ready to use solution for the creation of digital marketplaces, which are essential for building and management of communities related to technologies, markets or regions. Customizable and user friendly tool is an ideal solution for all European Digital Innovation Hubs and similar projects. Apart from a digital marketplace, the tool allows the full ecosystem management, like sharing posts, tracking samples, simplifies CRM, analytics and more.

Take a look on already implemented marketplaces in:

Flexible and wearable electronics

Photonics-based medical devices

Free-form Microoptics

Training activities in Photonics

MEET OUR TEAM: JANA MWANGI

Our colleague Jana who joined us in December 2016 and who was on the parental leave returned to strengthen our forces.

Jana stayed work active even when she was on parental leave, in AMIRES we are proud that not only we care about Gender balance, we also support  women with families, by giving them a chance to work as their parental  responsibilities allow. We believe that it is important for women to stay active during maternity or parental leave as it is beneficial for connection with the team and work but also it helps the company to build a loyal team.

Back to Jana, she finished her International Master degree in Asia Pacific Affairs at the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan and has gained excellent insights into the world of economics and politics, and strengthened her analytical skills. Jana has accumulated good management skills from project management in one of the biggest company’s Research, Innovation and Development centre focused on ODE, OEM of small appliances in Asia. Her core duties were based in international trade and the expansion of businesses in Eastern and Central Europe. Specifically, she had identified and analysed data to determine company trends and new opportunities capable of bringing expansion.

About her job in AMIRES Jana says: “Over the last year, I witnessed enormous transformation of AMIRES in terms of management structure, new employees and new projects. Even though many things have changed I felt involved, and it eased my return after parental leave. Company’s progression, impact that we are doing in our projects and people around have kept me going in AMIRES for 5 beautiful years. I am always happy when I feel that project team trust me and rely on me in management aspect of the project”.

Currently, Jana acts as a project manager of POSEIDON (NanoPhOtonic devices applying SElf-assembled colloIDs for novel ON-chip light sources) projects, Community Manager in SmartEEs2 project and is also contributing to INSPIRE (InP on SiN Photonic Integrated circuits REalized through wafer-scale micro-transfer Printing).

We are happy to welcome Jana back!

POSEIDON BRINGING LIGHT SOURCES ON CHIP

A revolutionary change in bringing light sources on chip in a cost-effective way. Project team in POSEIDON is developing a radically new bottom-up approach towards multi-scale, on chip self-assembly of active colloids based on low cost colloid technology and recently published scientific publication entitled “Defined core–shell particles as the key to complex interfacial self-assembly”. In this study, is reported that limitation in structural versatility can be overcome using soft core–shell particles self-assembling at a liquid interface.

To read more the publication, prepared by University of Hull, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnbergcan, can be accessed here.

Switch2Save Architectural Design Competition will be launched 28/2/2022

Are you a student or a young professional in architecture / building physics or engineering? Do not miss your opportunity and take part in Switch2Save Architectural Design Competition to explore the possibilities offered by lightweight switchable smart glass solutions for energy efficient glass facades buildings.

Switch2Save project proposes advanced, low-weight solutions suitable for direct integration to windows and glass facades for the control of radiation energy transfer, without any impact on the building structure, while enhancing occupants’ comfort.  

Switch2Save Architectural Design Competition aims to collect design concepts of non- residential buildings (new or renovation projects), featuring glass facades, roofs, or large window to wall areas, in any climatic context.

Switch2Save invites students and young professionals to present a design concept in which there is an optimum exploitation of the Switch2Save EC/TC smart functionalities, supported by a clear energy saving concept towards meeting the EU energy saving targets for buildings, while considering occupants’ comfort and wellbeing. In addition, the successful aesthetic integration of the IGUs will be evaluated, as well as the replication potential of the design approach.

Your’ll find more detailed information about the competition on Switch2Save website and in Switch2Save announcement.

Switch2Save competition will be launched 28/2/2022 during an on-line training event. To take part in the traning and competition launch, you can register here.

Calls for proposal: €60.5 million available to reform and enhance the European research and innovation system

A new call for proposals to fund projects that can reform and enhance the European research and innovation system is open until 20 April 2022. The applications will be evaluated by experts selected by the European Research Executive Agency (REA).

The call makes available €60.5 million to finance projects under 15 topics that will contribute to enhance:

  • Support to policy makers
  • Collaboration between national and R&I programmes and ecosystem actors
  • Knowledge production, circulation and uptake of R&I results
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • Open access to research results
  • Institutional transformations of higher education institutions
  • Researchers’ careers
  • Ethics and integrity in research and innovation
  • Science education
  • Science communication
  • Gender equality in research

Links to individual topics can be found HERE.

SPIE Photonics West showcased a portfolio of projects supported by AMIRES

SPIE Photonics West took place on 22-27 January 2022, bringing thousands of attendees to San Francisco to connect and share the latest research and products. Photonics West is the world´s largest annual optics and photonics conference and marketplace.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, prepared a 3 major programme blocks:

BiOS, highlighting new research in biophotonics, biomedical optics, and applications of medical imaging; LASE, with its focus on the laser industry and applications; and OPTO, covering optoelectronics, photonic materials, and optical devices. A total of 4,000 technical presentations were included.

AMIRES has been involved in a number of leading European initiatives supporting the uptake of photonics technologies by industry. Visitors of Photonics West could learn about these projects on the dedicated booth and during Pilot Lines & Photonic Innovation Hubs Breakfast organised by European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC):

Mikko Karppinen, from VTT, presented MedPhab Pilot Line, the Europe’s First Pilot Line dedicated to Photonics-based Medical Diagnostics. MedPhab services are open to companies through their open call for demonstrator cases. Further information on MedPhab technologies and offering is available on MedPhab marketplace.
Jessica van Heck presented PHABULOuS Pilot Line, the European Pilot Line for Free-Form Micro-Optics, its one-stop shop for free-form micro-optics and the launch of the Open call for funding opportunities to implement free-form micro-optical components.
Stefano Aina spoke about JePPIX Pilot Line and how it enables fabless businesses to transition from first concept experimentation to industrial prototype and pre-production of Indium Phospide PICs with shared technology investments.  
Anke Siegmeier presented PhotonHub Europe, the European Phototonics Innovation Hub providing companies, in particular SMEs and mid-caps, with open access and guidance to a broad range of services, such as “test-before-invest”, training and upskilling, business support and networking opportunities.

Furthermore, attendees had a chance to hear about INSPIRE project within Discussion on Integrated Photonics: A Key Enabler Driving Advances in Communications, Monolithic, and Hybrid Integration Solutions: Challenges and Opportunities. Project´s coordinator, Martijn Heck, participated as a panelist in the discussion and explained the concept of INSPIRE hybrid integration approach which combines the best of InP and SiN technology through micro-transfer printing, which is a great example of integration solution.

Take a look at the pictures of the event HERE.

Online meeting for the first 18 months of FRIENDSHIP

On 13th and 14th January, FRIENDSHIP consortium met together to discuss the project advancement in the first 18 months and to have the 1st Review Meeting. The meetings occurred online due to the Covid-19 restrictions in Europe.
On the first meeting day, the M18 meeting took place and the partners concentrated on the progress of the running Work Packages, their highlights, results, and challenges. In the end, the consortium members reached a clear vision of the directions to take and on the objectives to accomplish in the next 6 months.

During the second day, the Review meeting was held, and the discussion focused on past deviations, future risk assessment and mitigation plans. The Project Officer, Charles André Lemarie, also joined the meeting and provided valuable feedback on the behalf of the The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

FRIENDSHIP M18 and Review meetings were characterized by a collaborative and proactive behaviour of all the participants.

Exciting six months are ahead of us. Do not miss our next publications!

Artificial intelligence for pancreatic cancer: PANCAIM celebrates 1-year anniversary

Pancreatic cancer is responsible for over 95,000 EU deaths every year, and the average life expectancy at the time of diagnosis is just 4.6 months, making it one of the most deadly types of cancer.

Motivated by the idea of helping patients and improving their quality of life, as well as completing and consolidating the currently rather scattered research in the field, the PANCAIM project is centered around the consortium’s proposal to build a repository of available multi-modal patient data. Combining manual and automatic annotation and analysis of features from genomics, and medical imaging (radiology, pathology), this data will be used for machine learning and AI training. The developed algorithms will help clinicians to make a more accurate prognosis and offer better treatment recommendations and outcome predictions for patients with pancreatic cancer. This will increase thus survivability and quality of life of those affected.

At the project’s M12 meeting, which took place on Friday, 14th January 2022 online, the Consortium celebrated successfully completing the first 12 months of project implementation and reaching the 1-year milestone of PANCAIM. Partners presented their progress in their research and cooperation efforts and explained plans for the upcoming months. The project’s External Advisory Board (EAB) members shared valuable feedback and constructive feedback that will be taken into account during the remaining 3 years of the project. After a successful and insightful exchange on the sustainability of the project during the General Assembly meeting, PANCAIM partners are more inspired than ever to continue their work on the project in 2022 and reach the desired impacts. 

To learn more about the project, please visit https://pancaim.eu/.

MEET OUR TEAM: Weronika Słomińska

We are happy to share that our team is growing!

Weronika joined our team in January 2022 as a Junior social Media Specialist for Innovation Projects.
Originally from Warsaw, Weronika graduated from the International Public Management bachelor programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, where she acquired knowledge on public administration, EU affairs and policymaking. Throughout her practice-oriented studies, she had a chance to gain her academic experience in the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, as well as professional experience in the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Moscow.

In the last year of her studies, she entered the world of European projects and public funding, joining European Development Agency based in Prague, where she assisted in accessing financing and managing projects under Erasmus+ and Visegrad Fund. After graduation, she worked at EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub East, in which she was responsible for partner search, consortia coordination and writing applications for projects such as Horizon Europe, Interreg and Erasmus+ on behalf of the company.

In AMIRES Weronika is mainly contributiong to the preparation of Industrial Technologies 2022 conference.

We are happy to welcome Weronika to our AMIfamily and we wish her all the best!

Tumor-LN-oC publishes end-user survey

The Tumor-LN-oC project (“Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies”) aims to offer a comprehensive solution for a robust, automated tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform that will connect primary surgically removed human tumors and LN tissue from the same cancer patient. This will allow to study the interaction of primary tumors with lymph nodes, identify their chemical signature, and offer personalized treatment relying on molecular characterization of lymph node metastasizing cells.

The Tumor-LN-oC Organ-on-Chip (OoC) platform to be developed is thus targeting the monitoring of complex processes such as tissue crosstalk and metastasis and will serve as a platform for parallel preclinical testing of drugs for individual patients aiming at Precision Medicine approaches.

In order to better understand the end-user requirements, the project team prepared a short questionnaire on end-users’ needs and requirements from an Organ-on-Chip (OoC) platform for metastasis diagnosis and drug testing. The survey includes questions related to the operation, the analysis time, the cost and other information that in the end will co-shape the platform that will be developed during the course of the project.

More information is available at https://tumor-ln-oc.eu/

If you or anyone you know would be interested in contributing, please fill out the questionnaire here and don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team. The Tumor-LN-oC consortium thanks you for your participation!

Smart2Go launches its Design Contest

Do you have an idea to implement electronics into a garment, accessories or other wearable item? You struggle with existing integration solutions? Smart2go project offers a flexible energy management platform which manages energy harvesting, energy storage as well as energy output and BLE based communication interface while allowing simple programming via the communication tools specified in the Handbook. Don’t miss this opportunity, you have time until February 21st to apply!

Design Contest
With the launch of this Design Contest, Smart2Go is supporting end-users towards the implementation of its unique flexible energy management platform. The components available in the platform are flexible batteries, super-capacitors, flexible solar cells and thermoelectric energy harvesting, piezo-electronic sensors and flexible OLED lighting. Finalists will have the opportunity to meet the experts and realize the finalist ideas together with them using cutting edge flexible technology components which only exists up to now on R&D level.

Judging criteria
The Smart2Go design competition jury will consist of technical and design professionals. The ideas will be judged by their evaluation criteria list:

  • Design uniqueness: originality of the idea
  • Market potential: design can be sold through channels familiar to the market segment
  • User experience: how the design enhances user experience
  • Feasibility estimation: technical feasibility and performance
  • Sustainability: improve a green perspective on applications using the platform

For further details and instructions please read carefully the “Rules and Instructions” and the “Handbook” available on our WEBSITE. In case of any additional doubts feel free to contact mirabito@amires.eu.

3D Bioprinting Platform to Engineer Organoid-Based Liver Constructs

A 3D bioprinting platform was developed in the ORGANTRANS project for the controlled assembly of live spheroids containing liver organoids into a bioconstruct. This instrument is one of the ORGANTRANS technology building blocks and it enables the mixing of hydrogel bioink precursors with live spheroids. The combination of biodegradable bioinks with a sacrificial biocompatible scaffold will promote medium perfusion and vascularization through the printed bioconstruct. To maintain the bioinks in a functional state the bioprinter comprises complex temperature controls together with integrated stirring that allows keeping live spheroids in suspension during printing. Functional validation of the technology with living spheroids is conducted in a cell biology laboratory to verify the viability of printed spheroids in the bioconstruct. Thanks to 3D bioprinting platform, the ORGANTRANS project aims at the creation of functional 3D liver tissues for the replacement of liver transplantation for end-stage liver failure patients.

AMIRES member of European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC)

QuIC is a not-for-profit association established by several major business actors – large enterprises, SMEs, investors, and startups – from across Europe. The mission is to boost the European quantum-technology industry’s competitiveness and economic growth, and bolster value creation across the continent.

As new members we are excited to share that we will proudly contribute to build this vibrant community.

MEET OUR TEAM: ELEONORA ALAMARO

We are happy to introduce our new colleague Eleonora who joined AMIRES as Project Manager in October 2021. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Federico II University of Naples, she joined the European Master in Business Studies, an International joint degree that is composed of 4 semesters in 4 different European countries: Italy, France, Germany, Spain.

Due to her interest in sustainability and circular economy, she took part in a one-year SVE project in a social cooperative in Belgium, where she organized debates and events on organic food consumption. Before joining AMIRES, she was Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament, Directorate for Security and Safety, where she acquired wide knowledge about EU procedures and activities.

In AMIRES, Eleonora is involved in H2020 projects ComBioTES (Compact bio-based thermal energy storage for buildings) and FRIENDSHIP (Forthcoming Research and Industry for European and National Development of SHIP).

Welcome on-board Eleonora and we wish you good luck in your new role!

ComBioTES at the Mission Innovation Workshop

ComBioTES attended the Mission Innovation Workshop in Affordable Heating & Cooling of Buildings that was held online on 30th November. The workshop was very rich and constructive and gave a very clear steer on countries and members innovation priorities on heating and cooling. The purpose of the workshop was to look back on the results of Innovation Challenge 7 (IC7, MI 1.0) and look forward to the next phase (Innovation Community, MI 2.0).

Find the recording of the workshop HERE.

WE ARE HIRING: JUNIOR MARKETING SPECIALIST FOR INNOVATION PROJECTS

Are you a creative soul who thinks out of the box? Are you not scared of a field full of innovations and technologies? If you have good communication skills as well as analytical thinking and digital design is your passion, maybe we are looking for YOU!

To our team we are happy to welcome a new member who will help us to create and run projects promotion campaigns and their content including social media and email marketing.

If you feel that this position might be a fit for you, please see the full advert and let us know by 17/12/2021.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

European Innovation Council impact report 2021: key numbers from the EIC performance

During November the European Innovation council (EIC) published the EIC Impact Report 2021.

This report contains the results and impact of the EIC pilot phase up to year 2020. During that period, the EIC supported 5500 start-ups and SMEs.

Moreover, in the document you will find information and data from EIC Fund, their investments which were entered in the first six month of 2021, as well as information which scientific breakthroughs as a basis for future innovations is the EIC generating.

Last but not least, the documents include new solutions for healthcare and the Green and Digital transitions.

To learn more, visit the European Innovation Council website.

The European Commission has adopted three work programmes for the Digital Europe Programme

The programmes are:

  • Main work programme: with a budget of €1.38 billion, it will focus on the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and data spaces, quantum communication infrastructure, advanced digital skills, and the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society until the end of 2022
  • First specific work programme: with a budget of €269 million until the end of 2022, focuses on funding in the area of cybersecurity
  • Second specific work programme: with a budget of €329 million until the end of 2023, focuses on the set-up and operation of the network of European Digital Innovation Hubs.

The work programmes will be implemented mainly through grants and procurement procedures.

The first calls for the Digital Europe Programme were published in November, and more calls will be published in 2022.

For original article visit the News site of the EC.

Project FRIENDSHIP: News from the solar fields

The integration of the PTC and Fresnel solar fields into the whole FRIENDSHIP solution is progressing at a good pace! The BoP (Balance of Plant), P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagram), and BOM (Bill of Materials) for the different types of collectors, as well as the first concepts for their sizing and energy simulations have all been precisely defined. Discussions between partners are ongoing, to adapt these elements to different user cases and select the best HTF (Heat Transfer fluid) – for nanoparticles based HTFs, please refer to this article.

One of the key aspects to enhance the output of the solar fields is to produce better coatings: a kind of material able to absorb the solar rays and transfer the heat to the HTF. Several types of absorber coatings are studied, as you can see in the picture below: ageing studies, as well as absorptivity measurements, are being made by Absolicon, CEA and NIC.

Photonics-based medical devices ecosystem open for registration of key stakeholders

Do you belong to the ecosystem of photonics-based medical devices but you are not part of MedPhab consortium? Do your capabilities complement those from MedPhab partners? Do you have prototypes, products or services that contribute to the ecosystem and would like to share that information with the ecosystem? Register your organisation and your items here on MedPhab marketplace, part of the Community Management Platform (CMP), check the guidelines for publications HERE.

Time to wrap-up the MOSAIC project

The consortium held its final event on the 25th November, welcoming a broad public from all over Europe and further, both online and in the premises of CENER in Sangüesa (Spain). Although the day was cloudy, the participants who travelled there had a chance to behold the prototype with their own eyes and follow the operations with the receiver and the tracking system. The online participants could get an impression of what the prototype looks like through a virtual visit, available here.

The event also featured several speakers from the consortium and one guest, who all gave technical details about the different parts of the prototype and the implementation of this innovative technology in the future.

The audience, in particular the members of the External Advisory Board, thanked the whole consortium for their hard work during these past five years and expressed their interest in seeing the further developments of the concepts studied in Sangüesa. It is now time to enhance the MOSAIC technology and pave the way for its commercialization!

Soon a short, final video will be shared, that describes the project as a whole and shows how it can be essential in the energetic transition. Stay tuned for this last piece of the mosaic!

Tumor-LN-oC reaches Month 6 of the project

On the 18th and 19th of November, the Tumor-LN-oC consortium met for the M6 meeting in Athens. The meeting closed the first half year of project implementation and served to plan for the months ahead.

Within Tumor-LN-oC (Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies), the consortium is developing a tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform which will connect primary surgically removed tumor and lymph node tissues from the same lung cancer patient. The platform will thus serve as a “biological twin” of the patient, making it possible to study the interaction of primary tumors with LNs for individual patients and thereby monitor the LN metastasis process. This information could lead to novel diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches for lung cancer. More information is available HERE.

We´re looking forward to the next 6 months of the project realization and future achievements!

MARVEL Project – 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

One year after the start of the project finally had first in-person meeting. On 15th and 16th November 2021, the EU-funded MARVEL project team has met at the MARVEL M12 meeting organized by the CNR SCITEC ‘Giulio Natta‘ partner in Milan, Italy. During the meeting, the achievements of the first 12 months of the project were highlighted and it was discussed the next steps and upcoming activities.

On the one hand, the first year was dedicated to the analysis of technical requirements and specifications as well as the selection of the criteria for the system demonstration. In addition to this, specific attention was given to the biological sample’s parameters, their selection, and processing. On the other hand, a strong focus was on the development of new affinity peptide ligands that outclass antibody-based isolation methods in terms of capturing efficiency, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. These achieved targets will introduce a breakthrough in current Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) isolation standards.
The next year will be mostly focused on the integration and optimization of the developed technology into several systems, leading to ground-breaking innovations for EVs deployment in cardiac repair and the non-invasive diagnosis of bladder cancer.

Follow our progress on Marvel Official Webpage.

Discover project TINKER in a new video

Watch the new video about the TINKER project to learn more about the use of microelectronics and RADAR and LiDAR sensors for autonomous or self-driving cars and to discover a novel fabrication pathway that will allow further miniaturization, without compromising on accuracy, functionality or efficiency.

PHABULOuS launches its Technical Marketplace

Are you a potential user of free-form micro-optics or you are a technology provider offering such services? Then take a look at our newly launched Technical Marketplace. You will find here various offerings from design and origination services to tooling and metrology services. Plus of course the offerings for prototyping and volume production. For suppliers that are not listed yet, we offer the opportunity to list your products in this marketplace.

One-stop-shop for free-form micro-optics

With the launch of this Technical Marketplace, PHABULOuS is connecting the value chain and supporting end-users towards the implementation of free-form micro-optics. The marketplace consists of easy to use filters to drill down to the specific offerings. Once the matching offering has been found, end-users can contact any supplier directly with their enquiry.

Main source of orientation

The aim of this marketplace is to be the main source of information towards the implementation of free-form micro-optics. For this, we encourage all suppliers and other relevant stakeholders within the micro-optics community to contact the Pilot Line Front Office about the possibilities for a listing. Listings will be free of charge for all European companies for the entire duration of the project (till 2024). So, act fast and benefit from this great opportunity. Contact the PHABULOuS Pilot Line Front Office at info@phabulous.eu .

Visit the PHABULOuS Marketplace.

 

Last chance to register for the MOSAIC final event

The consortium is delighted to invite you to the final event of MOSAIC, in the form of a visit of the prototype and a series of conferences relative to innovative CSP technologies. Given the particular sanitary conditions affecting the whole Europe, the event will be both physical, in the form of conferences and a visit of the prototype in Sangüesa, Spain, and re-transmitted online; but we can only recommend you the physical visit of the prototype, as you will have a unique chance to see it with your own eyes !

Only a few places remain for the physical version ! You can still register for the online version until the day of the event.

Registration takes place HERE.

PROJECT MOSAIC: Final tracking system tests are ongoing

The final stage of the MOSAIC project has started. With the construction of the solar field completed, the final tests and tune-ups on the prototype are being carried out. The receiver, controlled by a tracking system made of actuated cables and a control loop, moves over the solar field, following during the whole day the path of the sun and collecting the maximum amount of energy.

As you can see in the video below, the receiver shines brightly when in the tracking position. The HTF is circulated through the receiver by the means of two special hoses, which connect the receiver to the skid tower. Temperature probes at the entry and exit points measure the thermal gap achieved by the effect of the solar heating.

Different tests are being carried out to check and improve the accuracy of the tracking system and the global performance of this innovative thermo-solar plant system. If you wish to have more detailed explanations and a closer look on the prototype, don’t forget to REGISTER to the final event.

ComBioTES: half year of common work

On 20th and 21st October 2021, the EU-funded ComBioTES team has met up online to sum up and discuss the achievements of the first 6 months of work. In fact, the project ComBioTES was started in November 2019, but due to internal problems of one of the partners, it was immediately suspended for 18 months. Now everything is back on track, first prototypes have been developed and are soon to be tested. The project’s objective is to develop a modular compact thermal energy storage (TES) solution for heating, hot tap water and cooling, fully adapted for electricity load shifting.

One Year Anniversary of project TINKER – 2nd Press Release

One year after the start of the project, the second press release is published to highlight the achievements of the first 12 months of the TINKER project. The partners have been working on developing and perfecting designs, processes and materials required for the two selected use cases.

They have been able to overcome the obstacles that the Covid-19 pandemic posed and collaborated successfully on developing equipment and tools and shared samples, technologies, and processes.

We are already anticipating the results of the upcoming years and we look forward to continuing our participation.

Read the press release HERE.

TEAMBUILDING IN AMIRES

The teambuilding is an important part of every company culture. In non-professional environment people are more relaxed and opened. This time was well deserved and very much needed. And frankly speaking, we did enjoy to the fullest.

First day starting with breakfast, continuing by a hike to the brewery in Unětice where we find out how to make beer and had a chance to taste it directly from the tank.

Second day we “sweat” our ideas and brainstormed about future.

Well, no more words needed, see for yourself:

Ejector, nanofluids and heat pump: read FRIENDSHIP’s latest publications

This month, project FRIENDSHIP has released three scientific works available in open-access: one article in a specialized journal and two public deliverables. The links can be found here.

The article, Choked liquid flow in nozzles: Crossover from heterogeneous to homogeneous cavitation and insensitivity to depressurization rate, compares two theoretical methodologies, based on delayed equilibrium models, to available experimental data on the critical mass flow rates of CO2 and H2O through nozzles, and achieves a very good predictability. This work is particularly useful for the development of the ejector chillers in WP4.

Percentage deviations of HEM and the metastable isentrope model (MIM) for the water measurements by Xu et al., 1997, Burnell, 1947, Friedrich and Vetter, 1962, plotted against the stagnation temperature.

The two deliverables focus on a literature review of nanofluid based HTF and the integration of the heat pump to the whole SHIP200 system, respectively.

The literature review, D2.4, presents recent advances and research on nanofluids at high temperatures and the application of nanofluids to solar collectors, focusing on their enhanced thermophysical properties, but also the important challenges with the use of nanofluids, especially their stability at temperatures above 100 °C.

Relative concentration over time of the aqueous suspension with MWCNT heated to 200 °C, 300 °C, 400 °C and 600 °C, with a picture taken after four weeks (found in literature)

The D3.1 presents an evaluation of two initial heat pump concepts and integration principles for SHIP200: a high-temperature concept based on water/steam (R718) for short term heat delivery up to 200°C and a reversed Brayton heat pump concept based on CO2 (R-744) for long-term heat delivery up to 250°C. Model improvements to both concepts will be made to improve simulation accuracy and performance in the next months.

Modelica model of the steam heat pump, including main component names.

News from project Mosaic: The solar field is complete

After several months of installation of the electrical and mechanical parts of the prototype, the solar field was the last major element to be assembled on the field. This phase of the works, started in September, was completed and canted by 28th October, and the prototype has finally achieved its final, impressive look:

On the following video, you can observe how some of the latest mirrors were assembled in the outer rings of the solar field.

Additional installations (grounding and sprinklers system) should be executed during the coming days, as well as the final tests of the project, concerning the tracking system and the receiver heating. If you wish to have more detailed explanations and a closer look on the prototype, don’t forget to register to the FINAL EVENT.

Elaboration of modified membranes for extracellular vesicles isolation and purification by the tangential flow filtration

MARVEL project partner, CNR-ITM, is currently working on the elaboration of a highly selective membrane that will be integrated into the Tangential Flow Filtration system in order to isolate and purify the specific EVs subpopulations.

Extracellular vesicles (EV) are cell-derived membranous structures ubiquitously found in all biological fluids that act as signaling vehicles in both physiological or pathological mechanisms. Nowadays, the potential applications of these nanoparticles are attracting increasing interest in the fields of medicine, cosmetics, and nutrition. However, the manufacturing of EVs is currently challenging and is characterized by low yields. In addition to this, the main drawback of the existed size-based EV isolation methods is the presence of a large number of nanoparticles with the same size as small EVs (<200 nm) and of other contaminant molecules after the isolation process.

In the MARVEL project, one of the planned goals is to overcome these challenges through the integration of the modified with the hybrid probes membrane unit into the current Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF) system. The membrane will be modified with the specific peptide probes which are characterized by a high affinity for clinically relevant EV protein markers.  In particular, the surface of the membrane is functionalized with the highly selective hybrid probes for specific EVs subpopulations isolation. The planned further optimization of the functionalization process will lead to the development of a highly selective membrane without altering the structural properties, which are responsible for the separation process. This system will offer new opportunities in the design, rationalization, and optimization of EVs isolation and purification processes with significant reduction of contaminants.

More information about the project is available HERE.

AMIRES S.R.O is celebrating an important anniversary

It’s been 10 years since we entered the business of supporting inventions and innovations to make better future for all of us. During this time, we enabled many new partnerships and collaborations and had clients from across Europe, from Oulu to Catania and from Dublin to Tel Aviv. We helped fundraise several hundreds of millions € via dozens of collaborative projects.

The real success is, however, when the funded projects bring a strong advantage to European companies and organizations in the form of new products, processes, or services. This is the part when our mission usually ends, but it is profoundly engraved in our early client discussions and approaches. Our continuous aim is to keep repeating this whole process again and again for bringing the best results to Europeans, in the form of digitization and manufacturing, but going to more fundamental needs like clean air, soil and water, access to green energy or having the best possible disease detection or treatment in place for us, our families, our children.

For this mission, we are honoured to work with the most innovative organizations and companies which select us as a partner. This ecosystem brings a rich and productive environment for new concepts and project planning. The world struck by Covid-19 pandemic is showing us the fragility of the system as we know it and allows reflections about many aspects of business. We are available to assist in all forms of innovations towards economical and societal sustainability.

The most important ingredients for the success are our AMIRES colleagues. I can’t thank enough to all of them (including the past colleagues) for sharing the same passion for innovation and for better future at one side and for the support of excellent coordinators and consortia on the other.  Personally, my biggest satisfaction is brought by the AMIRES team full of curious professionals, continuously developing their leadership and empathy skills. The individuals operating in a multinational environment, supporting cutting edge technologies and European companies (irrespective of the size), will be ready to respond to challenges, which we will face in the future. Only with such a team we are now ready to take part in new actions, initiatives, events and ventures.

Congratulations AMIRES!

Rudolf

Map from Horizon visualization tool AMIPLEXUS showing AMIRES partners in all Horizon 2020 projects

Webinar Recording: How to apply for FlexFunction2Sustain Open Call

On 5th October 2021, FlexFunction2Sustain organized a webinar to introduce the Open Call for Pilot Cases. The event was specifically aimed at informing companies about the possibilities to apply to develop and test novel nano-functionalised plastic and paper surfaces and membrane.

Prior to that there was a session with information about the FlexFunction2Sustain project and details on the Open Innovation Ecosystem – core competencies, service portfolio and application examples.

The video recording that was taken during the webinar is available here:

More information about the conditions of the Call can be found here. Further assistance is available through the Helpdesk by phone to +420 226 217 422 or by email to helpdesk@flexfunction2sustain.eu  (Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM CEST).

Registration for EIC summit is open

On the 18th October the European Innovation council announced that the European Innovation Council Summit 21 is open for registration. Due to the Covid restriction there are only limited spots available for attending on-site in Brussels. The summit will be also available online. For registering, click here.

The event will offer an opportunity for European start-ups, innovators in SMEs, researchers, corporates as well as potential investors and venture capitalists to connect and network.

You will have the opportunity to join interactive pitching sessions and participatory workshops where you can find out more about early stage and impact investments, innovation procurement, swarm robotics and space technology.

Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth will officially launch the EIC Forum and announce the winners of the EIC Women Innovators Prize and the iCapital Award. Moreover, there is the opportunity to meet the winners of the European Innovation Procurement Awards.

MedPhab review meeting

On September 22, MedPhab completed the first EC review meeting after 18 months since the start of the project in January 2020. During this meeting, achievements and highlights of the pilot line were presented to the EC Project Officer (PO) and three external reviewers. The main topics included: the progress of the pilot line operational processes through the establishment of the Front Office, the technology maturation through the model and use cases, the technology modular mapping, launch of the open calls, dissemination to stakeholder groups, and business planning.

The pilot line has encountered some challenges mostly due to the universal obstacle of the pandemic which has delayed the on-site progress.  However, mitigation strategies have been implemented succesfully. During an open discussion, the reviewers and PO have acknowledged the efforts of the consortium and provided valuable feedback to further strengthen the establishment of MedPhab photonics pilot line dedicated for medical diagnostics.

Ukraine joins Horizon Europe and Euratom Research and Training Programme

On the 12th October 2021 after the Summit of European Union and Ukraine, the leaders of the European Union and its Member States finalized the association of Ukraine to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) and the Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025). Ukrainian researchers and innovators can now participate under the same conditions as entities from EU Member States.

This alliance between the EU and Ukraine will be strengthen by the cooperation in science, research and innovation. Moreover, it will help to deliver on common priorities, such as the twin green and digital transition.

The full news is available on the European Commission NEWS site.

FRIENDSHIP at Sustainable places and SolarPaces 2021!

In September/October, FRIENDSHIP was represented by our partner CEA at two major European events: at Sustainable Places 2021, held both online and in Rome (Italy), on 30th September; and at SolarPaces 2021, held online from 27th September to 1st October. The Project Coordinator, Valéry Vuillerme, highlighted the progress and results achieved during the first year of the project, while Fabio Aste and Pierre Garcia presented the latest achievements in the work packages dedicated to the absorption chillers and the heat storage respectively. Two papers, as well as a presentation, were submitted in the process. You can find more information here and here.

Horizon Europe guidance on gender equality plans (GEPs)

The European Commission has published a guidance on gender equality plan (GEP) which is a new eligibility criterion of the Horizon Europe calls for proposals with deadline of 2022 and beyond. This obligation applies to all public authorities, research organizations and higher education institutions from the Member States and the countries associated to the Framework Program. The equivalent strategy of GEP will also be accepted.

The 54-page handbook was published by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) on 27 September 2021 and is available HERE.

Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges

On the 29th of September The European Commission launched five new EU missions.

EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.

Five missions will aim to deliver solutions to key global challenges by 2030:

  1. Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030;
  2. Cancer: working with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better;
  3. Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030;
  4. 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030;
  5. A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.

With its Communication on EU missions adopted on the end of September, the Commission is giving them the go-ahead, after the approval of the missions’ individual plans this summer.

Full article is available here.

MANUELA – Design for metal AM WORKSHOP – 21ST OCTOBER | 10:00-11:30

Within the Horizon2020-funded project “MANUELA – Additive Manufacturing using Metal Pilot Line“,  CSEM is organizing a workshop with the support of AMIRES focusing on the design aspects of metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) which will take place on 21st October from 10:00 to 11:30.

Renown experts from CSEM will present the general workflow of metal AM, details of the process focusing on re-design for AM, and finally 6 use cases from different industrial sectors acting as examples.

You can REGISTER HERE – or directly JOIN MEETING HERE.

You can find more information about the project on the MANUELA website.

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PANCAIM Open Webinar: AI in Genomics and multi-omic data integration for pancreatic cancer

The Horizon2020-funded project “PANCAIM – Pancreatic cancer AI for genomics and personalized Medicine” will combine genomics and imaging phenomics using AI to generate breakthrough knowledge to increase understanding of PDAC biology and patient stratification.

In the context of WP3, the consortium is organising an open webinar with the topic of “AI in Genomics and multi-omic data integration for pancreatic cancer”.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 10. November 2021, 9-10 AM via Microsoft Teams.

Following thematic areas will be covered:

  • Welcome and brief introduction to the core idea of PANCAIM (Henkjan Huisman, Radboud University Medical Center)
  • Molecular Taxonomy and Precision Medicine in Pancreatic Cancer (David Chang, University of Gloasgow)
  • AI models for prognosis and treatment predictions (Tero Antero Aittokallio, Oslo University Hospital)
  • Multi-omic approaches and data integration in pancreatic cancer (Núria Malats, Spanish National Cancer Research Institute)
  • Questions and Answers

In addition to the PANCAIM consortium members, interested guests are welcome to participate in the webinar. If you would be interested to attend, please register your participation until Sunday, 07.11.2021 by email to the PANCAIM project manager, Kristin Aldag (aldag@amires.eu), in order to to receive the link to join. Any specific questions to the presenters are welcome in advance to the same email.

For more info, please visit the Pancaim website.

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Workshop on JePPIX Demonstrator Open Call: Pilot Line for InP Photonic Integrated Circuits

JePPIX Open Call workshop will take place via Zoom, on 13 October 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 (CET).  The aim of the workshop is to introduce the JePPIX InP pilot line for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) to innovative businesses. The Pilot Line aims to bring the PIC-based products to a pre-production level up to TRL7. Moreover, co-financing mechanisms such as the JePPIX Open Call and partner Investors from EPIC will be introduced.

Agenda:
“Pilot Production for InP PICs” Kevin Williams, Professor and Chair of the Photonic Integration group at TU Eindhoven
“Maturity of the design flow and PDK” Katarzyna Lawniczuk, Senior Photonics Engineer at Bright Photonics
“Fabs and their offer” Nazanin Shafiee, Business Development Manager at SMART Photonics
“Automated testing” Axel Schönau, Research Associate at Fraunhofer HHI
“Open Call” Marika Kurova, Project Manager at AMIRES
“Investment opportunities” Antonio Raspa, Innovation Manager at EPIC
After the presentations, there will be a networking session at wonder.me.

Please, register via this link.
 

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MARVEL poster won the first prize among 76 competitors at the 2nd EVITA symposium

We were happy to contribute to the preparation of the MARVEL project poster which won the first prize among 76 competitors at the 2nd EVITA symposium organised by the Italian Society for Extracellular Vesicles and held on 20-22 September 2021 in Italy. It is the first in-person meeting that we attended to share our first results since the COVID19 outbreak. The event was attended by more than 150 researchers and scientists presenting their work on Extracellular Vesicles. Our poster titled “Hydrophobic effects in membrane sensing peptides for small Extracellular Vesicle isolation and analysis” showed the important results on the development of a new generation of membrane-sensing peptides for EV isolation and further their analysis. Apart from participating in the poster session, MARVEL project was showcased during the pre-meeting session. You can find more information about the presented result and MARVEL project here.

More information about the event is available here.

Webinar: MedPhab – Photonics pilot line for medical diagnostics

This webinar introduces MedPhab, presenting MedPhab technology capabilities and how to work with the pilot line. By registering here for the event, participants may find a solution to a product development problem.  The Webinar will take place on October 28, 2021 and five MedPhab partners will speak about MedPhab, including Mariana Pacheco Blanco, MedPhab project manager and Programme manager at AMIRES who will present MedPhab Community management platform (CMP).

MedPhab pilot-line CMP includes a technical marketplace, the virtual catalogue of capabilities of the whole Photonics-based medical devices ecosystem. Although at this moment MedPhab partners technical services are visible, during October 2021, non-MedPhab partners will be able to register their organisation and offering (prototypes, products and services). This platform is a community building tool that allows lowering the barrier for photonics technologies adoption by companies interested in medical applications. Therefore, through CMP third parties interested in MedPhab services can submit their enquiries via the in-take form.

3D-bioprinted synthetic hydrogel for liver transplantation

A fully synthetic PEG-based hydrogel is 3D-bioprinted along with a biocompatible sacrificial material that is used to create channels in the printed construct. The channels will then allow for the formation of a vascular network inside the hydrogel. This construct is an essential block in the ORGANTRANS project in the creation of a liver tissue 3D printing platform which aims to replace liver transplantation for end-stage liver failure patients. Additionally, this platform can be scaled to other organ systems, as organoid technology is one of the largest parts of regenerative medicine.

More information is available on OrganTrans website.

Save the Date: Info-Days for Horizon Europe Cluster 1 and Cluster 6

On the 4th October the European Commission announced a new series of info-day for Horizon Europe Cluster 1 and Cluster 6 will be held virtually between 25th and 29th October 2021.

The info-days will present the topics of the Horizon Europe Cluster 1 (Health) and Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment) work programme 2022 and will give the opportunity to prospective applicants to learn more about funding under the two clusters of the new programme.

Info-days calendar:

25-26 October 2021: Cluster 6 info-days,

27 October 2021: Cluster 6 brokerage event,

28 October 2021: Cluster 1 info-days,

29 October 2021: Cluster 1 brokerage event.

For a detailed agenda and more information, visit the event website.

Iceland and Norway are the first countries associated to Horizon Europe

On the 24th of September 2021 the Joint Committee of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and the EU) adopted the relevant decision for Iceland and Norway, which makes them the first to be associated to Horizon Europe, which allows the entities in those two countries to participate in Europe’s €95.5 billion research and innovation programme, under the same conditions as entities from the EU Member States.

This is an opportunity to continue and deepen cooperation in science, research and innovation, focusing on common priorities: the twin green and digital transition, public health and Europe’s competitiveness in the global landscape.

Joint efforts will aim to address environmental problems in the Arctic, develop hydrogen and carbon capture technologies, boost data-driven innovation, and more. This early association also enables these partners to get involved from the outset in the European Partnerships.

Iceland and Norway have a long history of association to the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, starting in 1987 for Norway and 1994 for Iceland, with a win-win cooperation throughout the years.

For the full article click HERE.

Horizon Europe: Federal Council submits transitional measures to Parliament for non-accessible programme components

In July 2021 it was announced that Switzerland will be treated as non-associated third country in Horizon Europe.

On 17 September 2021, the Federal Council therefore decided to initiate transitional measures until Switzerland achieves its stated aim of full association.

Under non-associated third country status, researchers and innovators in Switzerland are able to participate in most Horizon Europe collaboration projects. The accessible programmes will not be funded by European Commission but will be funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). However, the participation in individual projects will not be possible – including grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the European Innovation council (EIC) and certain Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Submissions from Switzerland under the first calls of 2021 for ERC (Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants) and EIC (Accelerator) projects are still being evaluated by the European Commission. If the evaluations are favourable, SERI can fund these researchers and businesses directly.

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) is charging the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) with the task of implementing transitional solutions. The transitional solutions will be based as far as possible on the European calls but will have their own deadlines for project submissions.

The transitional solutions should compensate the lack of participation in ERC Advanced Grant and MSCA 2021 Postdoctoral Fellowship calls as well as for ERC Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants for 2022 in the event that Swiss researchers are not entitled to submit project proposals for these calls.

The EAER will launch further transitional measures through Innosuisse, the European Space Agency ESA and other actors.

The planned transitional measures will be submitted to Parliament in the winter session in the form of an addendum to the 2022 budget.

Latest news and developments from Horizon Result Platform

After the summer break The Horizon results Platform team shared excited news which will lead to strengthen the visibility of projects results.

The first is the new forged partnership with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) – EEN can offer a services tailored to projects results needs expressed on the Horizon Results Platform

Euronews Business Planet featured Horizon Results Platform solutions in a story on EU R&I results valorisation, focusing on the award-winning MedTech company, RedZinc and their innovative video telemedicine solution. Full article is available here

HRP Quality Assurance campaign was launched to address existing project results on the Horizon Result Platform.

If you would like to learn more about D&E ongoing activities and future opportunities check European IP Helpdesk Bulletin No. 4/ September 2021

On HRP TV soon you will be able to see the interview with Prof. Dr. Davede Iannuzzi, European Research Council grantee sharing essential elements to successfully take your invention from university to market or you can listen to Cyril Demaria, enture capital fund manager, as he targets key benefits in using the Horizon Results Platform. 
 

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PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association announces its new Head of Business and Sales

We are proud to announce that the PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association has hired its first official employee and is now fully operational! With the help of Jessica van Heck as Head of Business & Sales, the pilot line front office is ready to offer accelerated innovation and production cycles from prototyping to piloting up to large volume production. Curious to see what free-form micro-optics can do for you? Take a look at www.phabulous.eu or read the full press release at https://lnkd.in/ehBXN.

News from the MOSAIC construction site: the solar field is being installed

A major phase of works has started in the MOSAIC project: the solar field assembly. This highly essential element, acting as the concentrator of the solar rays, is composed of 43 modules of mirrors divided in 3 zones: a central skull-cap, and 2 concentrical rings of modules.

Each module is composed by a group of mirrors placed on a metallic frame at a very accurate position. The frame with the mirrors is placed on the correspondent support. Once the module is completed, it is necessary to check and adjust the orientation of the frame, so that it is precisely oriented towards the receiver and provides the maximum heat concentration, allowing for higher temperatures in the heat transfer fluid.

Supports in the central skull-cap are already placed and the first frames with mirrors have also been installed on them. The works are on course and will continue during the following weeks until the entire solar field is completed.

Join the FlexFunction2Sustain Open Call Webinar on 5th October

The FlexFunction2Sustain Open Innovation Test Bed launches an Open Call for Pilot Case projects. The Call offers a unique opportunity for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) & start-ups to receive subsidised access to top-notch equipment and services of this ecosystem in order to develop and test novel nano-functionalised plastic and paper membrane and surfaces. Up to 20 selected applicants will be provided with customized support through a unique and complete set of services integrating technical, business, ecosystem expertise which will enable them to build up sustainable business cases. The Open Call will have three cut-off dates on 28 January 2022, 29 July 2022 and 27 January 2023 .

For the opening of the application process, FlexFunction2Sustain is organising a webinar on 05th October 2021 at 10:00-11:00 CET/CEST. During the online seminar, information will be provided about:

  • What services do we provide for the winners?
  • Purpose and background of the Open Call;
  • Selection and execution processes;
  • Eligibility criteria and conditions;

Subscribe to the webinar by completing the registration form under the following link.

More information about the conditions of the Call can be found here. In case of questions, you can contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@flexfunction2sustain.eu.

We’ll be looking forward to supporting your innovative ideas!

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WE ARE HIRING!

Are you passionate about Energy & Sustainability topics? Is admin work not bothering you? Are you a team player? Do you wish to be part of international team? Do you want to learn and gain new experiences? If you answered YES, then we might be looking for you!

We are opening position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Energy & sustainability domain.

For more information click HERE.

We are already looking forward to welcome you in our team!

PhotonHub Press Release on demo and experience centers

AMIRES is proud to have co-designed the website and developed the Training Catalogue of PhotonHub Europe which has now officially been launched. The project will establish a one-stop-shop Photonics Innovation Hub funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 with the aim of assisting SMEs in fully utilizing the technology of photonics in their innovation activities. For more information on this exciting project please take a look at the official press release HERE.

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Boosting organ-on-chip technologies for lung cancer research: Tumor-LN-oC issues first press release

Lung cancer is a leading cause of death accounts for 1/5 of total cancer deaths. It is believed that up to 70% of metastases occurs through the lymphatic system with lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes (LN) mediating the process. This is the starting point of the Horizon2020-funded Tumor-LN-oC project, which unites 11 universities, institutions and SMEs from 9 European countries.

The project kicked off in May 2021 and is progressing steadily. In this context, it is our pleasure to share that the consortium just published its first press release. It contains more information on the launch of the project, as well as its objectives and expected impact, and is publicly available here: https://tumor-ln-oc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Tumor-LN-oC-press-release.pdf

Tumor-LN-oC aims to offer a comprehensive solution for a robust, automated tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform that will connect primary surgically removed human tumors and LN tissue from the same cancer patient. This will allow to study the interaction of primary tumors with lymph nodes, identify their chemical signature, and offer personalized treatment relying on molecular characterization of lymph node metastasizing cells. Thereby, the project will significantly advance the fields of microfluidics, cell biology, cancer biology, physics, and computer programming and software development.

For more information, we invite you to visit the project website and encourage to use the contact form to get in touch with us – we’re looking forward to seeing you over at https://tumor-ln-oc.eu/ !

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Tumor-LN-oC website has been launched!

After the project officially kicked off in May, we are happy to announce that the website for the Tumor-LN-oC project is now live!

Tumor-LN-oC proposes the development and validation of a tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform that will connect primary surgically removed human tumors and lymph node tissue from the same lung cancer patient. The research and proposed technologies will provide added value to the EU cancer diagnostics and pharmaceutical industries. and lower the barriers associated with the application of OoC technology in disease diagnosis and therapy.

To learn more about the project team as well as the objectives and envisioned impact of Tumor-LN-oCs, you are welcome visit the project website which is now available here: https://tumor-ln-oc.eu/ There, you will also find the contact form to get in touch with the partners for additional information. The news section will be regularly updated with the latest news about the project´s progress.

We are looking forward to your visit!
 

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Discover the FlexFunction2Sustain Project Handbook!

We are pleased to announce officially the release of the FlexFunction2Sustain Project Handbook. It is an advertising material presenting the Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) for nano-functionalisation technologies that enable sustainable and smart plastics and paper-based products.

The Handbook aims at highlighting the core competencies and unique products and services of the ecosystem and what benefits it brings to their customers. In order to present the capabilities of the OITB, the Handbook provides a quick overview on the facilities covering all major nano-surface processing techniques for flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes. In addition to that, six application examples are presented to demonstrate how technical services of the OITB can be combined to solve complex industrial problems involving smart nanotechnologies and materials.

Click HERE to download the Handbook and follow the project website to not miss any project progress!

Meet our team: Lenka Bajarová

Lenka is Managing Director of AMIRES in the Czech Republic and in September 2021 she will be celebrating an important milestone, 10 years in the company. Lenka started to work for AMIRES in 2011 shortly before the Czech branch of the company was founded and since then, she has been responsible for overseeing and managing its operations.

Before joining AMIRES Lenka gained her experience in European Union’s Framework Programme for R&D as a National Contact Point for several FP7 priorities. She was working in this position for 5 years and was also a Deputy Head of the Department National Information Centre for European Research, co-leading team of Czech FP7 NCPs. During the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2009 she was actively involved in the preparation of two conferences – EUFORDIA 2009 (impact assessment of research and development) and EuroNanoForum 2009.

In AMIRES, during the last 10 years, Lenka was personally involved as Project and Dissemination Manager in many FP7 and H2020 projects such as AMBASSADOR (Autonomous Management System Developed for Building and District Levels), PI-SCALE (Bringing flexible organic electronics to pilot innovation scale), SABINA (Smart bi-directional multi energy gateway) or currently Switch2Save (Lightweight switchable smart solutions for energy saving large windows and glass facades). At the same time, she has been overseeing management activities in other projects with AMIRES involvement. Building on this broad experience, she has contributed to the set-up of internal management procedures for EU projects supported by the company and to the transfer of this knowledge and internal standards to new colleagues. Lenka has been also involved in proposal preparation at this moment especially in the Horizon Europe Widening topics.

About 10 years in AMIRES Lenka says: “It is amazing to see, how the company has grown during the last 10 years, both in scope of the AMIRES team itself (raising from 2 team members at the beginning to 18 employees currently) as well as with the portfolio of the services we are ready to provide to our clients. I am very happy I accepted the challenge Rudolf (our CEO) gave me at the beginning and that I has been able to contribute to this amazing adventure. I had the opportunity to work in different research and innovation topics with people with different background (scientific, industrial, business) and I learned a lot (both professionally and personally) thanks to that. It is great to be part of the AMIRES family that I hope will continue to grow in the 10 years ahead of us.”

Apart from the AMIRES family, Lenka is dedicated also to her own family, to which she currently dedicates all her free time.

Internship at AMIRES

Thanks to cooperation with IAESTE that is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization that brings together students and academics around the world and strives for the professional and personal development of students and young graduates we were happy to welcome during this summer our intern Erik who arrived from Norway. Within six weeks Erik was a great help while working on different tasks related to our projects. Erik is young talented focus-oriented person which we believe will be a great colleague and great employee for any company in a future.

Here is what he says about his internship:

“I am Erik Møller Steen, this year’s summer intern at AMIRES, and I study for a Master of Science in nanotechnology with a specialization in bionanotechnology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The background for my choice of studies is an interest in science and technology, and a wish to study a field at the scientific forefront with great potential. This has given me a broad scientific background, but through my studies I have also had courses in project management and finance that made me realize their importance in several aspects of getting research out of the laboratories and to the market and real-world applications. I wanted to explore this further and how it is done in practice. AMIRES is involved in several aspects of research projects and innovation they are highly relevant in that regard, which is why I applied for an internship at AMIRES through IAESTE, an organization that coordinates internships for students throughout the world.

That is a choice I don’t regret! Here I got the possibility and trust to contribute to several aspects of project management previously unknown to me, giving me the opportunity to learn and gain new experiences. Through my various tasks I have worked with projects highly relevant to my field of study and gotten insight into how research is developed into innovative products through cooperation between universities, research institutes and SMEs. By help and guidance from great colleagues I have contributed to the day-to-day organization of projects, market research and reporting, and thus feel that my work is useful and valued.

The diversity of tasks has given me a range of experiences that are truly valuable, and I am certain they will be useful in my future career. My colleagues at AMIRES have done a great job welcoming me, and the international and open environment gave me a wonderful summer in Prague. Thank you, I hope we´ll meet again!”

We would like to thank Erik once again and we hope to meet him in the future. Good luck Erik!

Open call: Equality platform for the energy sector

On the 17th August the European Commission (EC) launched a call for action to stakeholders in the energy sector who would be interested to become members of a new platform on equality in the energy sector. The “Equality platform for the energy sector” will be established in October, therefore the European Commission calls on organizations, governments, private sector, universities and civil society to join. With this platform, the Commission aims to bring together energy stakeholders in their commitment towards equality and offer a forum to discuss and exchange good practices for diverse and inclusive workplaces.

The European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson will officially launch the platform at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 25th October 2021.

Registration to the EUSEW will open on 7th September 2021.

The Commission is asking for applications for membership from any stakeholder in the EU energy sector that:

  • has taken action to improve equality in their area of activity or business
  • wishes to share experiences and be at the forefront of change in the energy sector
  • wants to create innovative approaches and develop inclusive and diverse environments that support progress

To join, applicants should send an e-mail to ENER-EQUALITY@ec.europa.eu which contain:

  • the e-mail subject should be “Equality platform – reply to the call to action”
  • the body of the email should include a description of the actions implemented to promote equality in the organisation’s activities
  • the applicant should include information showing that those actions are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.

Save the date for European Innovation Council Summit

On the 24 and 25th September 2021 in Brussels and online the first Summit of the new European Innovation council will be celebrated. 

The event will be opened by European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, the event will be filled with inspiring keynotes, workshops, pitching sessions, prestigious the European Innovation Council (EIC) prizes including the Women Innovators Prize. Moreover, the EIC Forum will be officially launched. 

The Summit will attract high-growth European start-ups and innovators, in particular SMEs, researchers, corporates as well as potential investors and venture capitalists. It will provide a unique platform for all the participants to network and make business contacts.  

The core programme of the event will focus on the EIC (Startup to Scaleup), ecosystem policy and emerging technologies. Startups, innovative researchers and others can find out about future funding opportunities from the EIC.

More information will follow.

 

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The European Commission launched call for expression of interest for working group on offshore renewable energies

On the 23rd of July 2021 the European Commission launched a call for expression of interest. The call is open to all relevant stakeholders’ organisations to become a member of a new working group on offshore renewable energy under the framework of the clean energy industrial forum.

Following on from last year’s Commission Strategy for Offshore Renewable Energy, the aim of the working group will be to help contribute to reaching the EU’s offshore renewable energy ambitions and to define the challenges which the sector faces together with implementation bottlenecks for reaching the 2030 and 2050 goals.

Application form is available HERE

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FlexFunction2Sustain releases its Catalogue of Physicochemical and Functional Characterisation Services

The Catalogue of Physicochemical and Functional Characterisation Services for the FlexFunction2Sustain Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) has been prepared and aims to provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the characterisation services available within the Ecosystem. The catalogue describes technological support services provided by the FlexFunction2Sustain project partners for the development of nano-functionalised plastic and paper-based flexible materials and membranes. The methodology for the selection of services is based on the analysis of market needs, the available technical offer and the experience gained from the analysis and implementation of the different Use Cases of the project. The catalogue of characterisation services will be continuously updated to reflect the developments within the project.

Find out the Catalogue of Physicochemical and Functional Characterisation Services HERE.

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The European Commission published first Annotations for the Horizon Europe model grant agreement

At this moment it is a pre-draft version, later the full version of corporate annotated model grant agreement will follow. Currently, the annotations focus mainly on articles about individual cost categories, including personnel costs, as well as on third parties.

The document is available HERE

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ComBioTES: back on track!

The project ComBioTES was started in November 2019, but due to internal problems of one of the partners, it was immediately suspended during 18 months. Thanks to the hard work of the whole consortium, activities could be resumed from 1st June 2021, and the project’s official Kick-off meeting took place on 9th July. 

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The project’s objective is to develop a modular compact thermal energy storage (TES) solution for heating, hot tap water and cooling, fully adapted for electricity load shifting. The proposed solution will be made up of two different storages: one modular and switchable TES able to store hot tap water to be converted into ice storage during summer, and one compact TES using bio-based phase changing material (PCM), for space heating or hot tap water demands. 

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The ComBioTES consortium involves all relevant key players in energy storage and management: RTOs for development and testing infrastructure and SMEs for manufacturing & commercialization of the technology, as well as representatives of potential customers and end users (building owners & operators). The TES devices will be tested by partners in Poland, France, Denmark, and one of the original aspects of the project is that it includes two partners from outside the EU: China. 

The project’s website is still in construction, but you can already find more information on the preliminary website. In the coming months, the first progress and results will be shared on the newly created website and on social media: see you there! 

Switzerland will be treated as a non-associated third country in Horizon Europe

The European Commission informed the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI on 12 July 2021 that Switzerland is to have the status of a non-associated third country for all calls for proposals in 2021. Researchers in Switzerland can still participate in calls for proposals under the status, albeit to limited extent, and receive funding from the Confederation, however participation in individual projects (in future calls for proposals from the European research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Innovation Council) is no longer possible. Even that the Federal Council’s stated aim remains Switzerland’s full association to Horizon Europe. The funding for projects cost will not be received from the European Commission, the funding will be provided by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI. 

The Parliament has already approved CHF 6.15 billion in funding for Swiss participation in the Horizon package, as well as the possibility of direct funding for researchers in Switzerland.

For all calls in 2021 for which researchers and innovators from Switzerland have no possibilities to make submissions or evaluations, SERI is preparing proposals for suitable transitional measures as part of the federal credit and budget process. 

For more information, click HERE.

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The European Research Council’s plans for 2022

The European Research Council (ERC) announced work programme for 2022 which includes €2.4 billion for 1,100 scientists and scholars in European Union and associated countries. It is ERC’s second work programme under Horizon Europe. The funding will be awarded in a series of grant competitions refereed by panels of internationally renowned researchers. It is intended to support projects that push the frontiers of human knowledge.

On the 14th of July, 2021 the work programme established by ERC Scientific Council for the coming year was adopted by the European Commission, therefore, thanks to this funding 8,000 jobs for post-doctoral fellow, PhD students and other research staff will be created in ERC grantees’ teams. 

Here are few highlights from the plan: 

  • Synergy Grants – support a small group of two to four principal investigators to jointly address ambitious research problems that could not be addressed by the individual researchers and their teams working alone.
  • Four Proof of Concept funding rounds will take place under this work programme
  • Public engagement with Research Award. The awards will recognize three ERC grantees, with a prize of €10,000 each, in the three categories: “Involve” for citizen science, “Inspire” for public outreach, and “Influence” for media and policy. The competition is expected to open on 5 October 2021.
  • Gender equality plans at host institutions. he institutions to host ERC grantees must have a gender equality plan or an equivalent strategic document in place at the time of the signing of the grant and for the duration of the project.

For the whole article, visit The European Research Council and to read the plan click HERE
 

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AMIRES publishes GENDER Equality manifesto

European Commission, UN, scientists and stakeholders around the world have one same goal: reach gender equality. AMIRES shares the same vision and interest to reach gender equality, within the company and through the organisations with which collaborates.

AMIRES believes that a successful team is based on diversity and acknowledging the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. AMIRES is as well an example of social and cultural diversity. Therefore, we have learned that tackling situations from different angles provides more efficient and effective solutions thanks to a multidisciplinary and enriched vision. Read our Gender manifesto, which is signed by not only our directors, but also by our employees, showing their commitment. Gender equality is possible to be reached together; because we are in this together.

The Manifesto is available HERE.

Discover the steps of the construction of the MOSAIC prototype!

Our consortium, made of European partners from 6 countries, has regularly published news about the construction site in Spain. To make the process clearer, we have created this explanatory video that sums up the important milestones along the progress of the construction, as well as the roles of each partner and the steps ahead. It will be updated with the remaining steps, once the project is completed in November.

Enjoy watching !

More on https://mosaic-h2020.eu/

Meet our team: Michael ten Donkelaar

Michael joined AMIRES in July 2020 as Programme Manager in the domain of Energy and Flexible Electronics.

He has a degree in Environmental Science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and has 20 years of consulting and research experience in different positions in the Czech Republic and in the Netherlands. He is an experienced project manager of EU funded R&D projects in the field of energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable transport. 

In AMIRES, Michael is managing the RoLA-FLEX project (addressing Innovative manufacturing processes for flexible photovoltaics and wearable displays), the BOOSTER project (Boost Of Organic Solar Technology for European Radiance) and is responsible for project proposal preparation.

About his work he said:

“The scope of work is really broad, and you get involved in many innovative R&D projects focusing on cutting-edge technologies. The team spirit at AMIRES is excellent, focused on getting work done but always with time for informal gatherings “ 

After work Michael likes to spend time with his family, go for a cycling tour or read a good book. 

 

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PANCAIM: Six months completed!

On June 23rd 2021, the PANCAIM project team (Pancreatic cancer AI for genomics and personalized Medicine) had its M6 meeting, an online event that closed the half of the year of activities and served to plan for the months ahead.  The PANCAIM aims at developing trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

More information are available at www.pancaim.eu.

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News from MOSAIC: receiver placed in the oven!

The MOSAIC project has reached a new important milestone: the first access of the receiver to the oven for heating-up procedure testing. On 15th June, the prototype site was ready for this manoeuvre, which allows the receiver to be placed inside the oven for heating process or to prevent high temperature losses from the receiver (during night, for example).

The complete manoeuvre in this specific installation consists of the following steps:

  1. The receiver is placed by means of the tracking system control in a vertical position, just in front of the oven. The upper crossbars of the receiver are laid on a specific retractable support.
  2. This support moves to the oven, placing the receiver in its right position.
  3. The doors of the oven close. The isolation parts of the receiver at its ends fit with the oven doors, so the receiver is kept in an isolated space, where the heating-up process can take place.
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When the receiver is needed to move from the oven to the workspace, the inverse manoeuvre is carried out.

See the whole process in this video (accelerated 20 times):

From now onwards, the prototype can be tested with HTF preheating at intermediate temperatures, a previous step before the solar field is built and the higher temperatures are reached.

For more information visit MOSAIC website.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator: Over 2000 start-ups and SMEs submissions, Al platform with new functionalities

Since the opening of the EIC Accelerator funding on 9 April, over 2000 start-ups and SMEs submitted short applications on a continuous basis, and 801 of these progressed to submit a full application for funding for the 16 June cut-off of the EIC Accelerator scheme.

The very large majority of the applicants (663) requested blended finance (grant combined with equity investment), while 138 asked for grants without equity. 375 companies applied for the Open call to fund breakthrough innovations in any field of technology and application, while the majority (426) applied for support to develop breakthrough innovations in Strategic Digital and Health technologies (223) or to address the Green Deal challenge (203).

Proposals are now being evaluated by independent experts and the successful companies will be invited to pitch in front of a Jury of investors and business experts during September with results expected in October.

New applicants can submit their application at any time, with no cut-offs, using the EIC Al platform. As per the previous official statement, the Al-based platform needed several improvements which are now done and the platform has new functionalities to help with preparing the application. 

For the whole statement, visit the EIC news

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology launches its Strategic Innovation Agenda for 2021-2027

On 14th June 2021, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launched its Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) for 2021 – 2027. With an extended mandate for the coming years and a budget of almost € 3 billion under Horizon Europe, the EIT will help revitalize Europe and transform green and digital.

The EIT’s new strategy was kicked off with a hybrid launch event online and live from the International Iberian Institute of Nanotechnology in Braga, Portugal and organised under the auspices of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council.

Following the introductory policy session, four thematic sessions were held each focusing on the key areas of the EIT’s new strategy: strengthening the EIT Community’s impact, increasing the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education institutions, strengthening the EIT’s regional development efforts, through the Regional Innovation Scheme, and setting up two innovation communities dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors and industries (2022) and to water, marine and maritime sectors and ecosystems (2026).  

For the full press release click here

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The Pathfinder Challenge calls worth €132 million are open

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Challenges built on cutting-edge directions in science and technology to create new market opportunities. For each Challenge, the EIC will support a carefully crafted portfolio of projects that jointly explore different perspectives, competing approaches or complementary aspects of the Challenge. With its five Pathfinder Challenges for the 2021 call, it calls for high-risk/high-gain research and development, venturing into new interdisciplinary areas.

List of 5 Challenges:

The deadline for submission of proposals is on 27 October 2021

For more information visit the EIC News

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PHABULOus: Takeaways from Workshop on Advances in design, fabrication and applications of free-form micro-optics and new membership in Swissphotonics

PHABULOuS and PHENOmenon came together to organize a joint workshop on advances in design, fabrication and applications of free-form micro-optics. The two day event gathered 100 registered participants and focused on available technologies for production of polymer and hybrid micro-optics, and the advances of direct laser writing, two-photon polymerization and microreplication technologies for industrial production of custom and freeform optical surfaces. If you missed the workshop and you would like to learn more, the video recordings can be accesses on the PHABULOuS YouTube channel.

PHABULOuS membership in Swissphotonics
In addition to becoming a part of EPIC-European Photonics Industry Consortium, the PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association has recently extended its membership to include Swissphotonics. As collaborations grow we see great potential and interest in the services the PHABULOuS project can offer in the field of free-form micro-optics!

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The halfway is behind, but the next halfway is still ahead, wish us luck!

On 8 July, the ORGANTRANS team has met to sum up the achievements for the last 18 months and to plan future actions in the ORGANTRANS project. The main building blocks of this ambitious project have already been completed, such as spheroids production, hydrogel stabilization, bioprinting, and construct formation. Currently, partners work on optimizing and combining together these building blocks into one standardized process. Altogether, they will allow assembling a novel 3D bioengineered liver construct towards transplantation for regenerative medicine. 

More information about the ORGANTRANS project.

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Horizon Europe Work Programmes are published!

The European Commission has adopted the main Work Programmes of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022 which will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. 
Around €5.8 billion in total – will be invested in research and innovation to support the European Green Deal and the Union’s commitment to make the EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

Europe’s Digital Decade  – the development of core digital technologies will be supported with around €4 billion over 2021-2022.

Around €1.9 billion in total will go towards helping repair the immediate economic and social damage brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. In line with NextGenerationEU the funding will contribute to building a post-coronavirus Europe that is not only greener and more digital but also more resilient for the current and forthcoming challenges.

The Horizon Europe 2021-2022 work programmes:

All Work Programmes are available on the Funding & Tenders Portal

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Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to tackle major societal challenges

The European Commission launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal. The Partnership will also deliver on the EU’s digital ambitions for the next decade, Europe’s Digital Decade. They will receive over €8 billion from Horizon Europe. The total commitments, including those from private partners and from Member States, amount to around €22 billion.

The eleven European Partnerships are:

  1. European Partnership for the European Open Science Cloud.
  2. European Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics.
  3. European Partnership for Photonics (light-based technologies).
  4. European Partnership for Clean Steel – Low Carbon Steelmaking.
  5. European Partnership Made in Europe.
  6. European Partnership Processes4Planet.
  7. European Partnership for People-centric Sustainable Built Environment (Built4People).
  8. European Partnership towards Zero-emission Road Transport (2Zero).
  9. European Partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility.
  10. European Partnership for Batteries: Towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain.
  11. European Partnership for Zero Emission Waterborne Transport.

The Commission adopted on the 14 June 2021 Memoranda of Understanding to launch the Partnerships, which will start their operations immediately. A signature ceremony for the Memoranda of Understanding will take place at the European Research and Innovation Days on the 23 June.

For more information visit The European Commission Press corner.

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European Research and Innovation Days

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event which brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

The event will take place online on the 23 and 24 June 2021.

This year marks the start of Horizon Europe, the most ambitious EU research and innovation programme ever and will be a decisive moment to strengthen the European Research Area. 

The event is all about collaboration: bringing together individuals and experts from all areas to build connections and ignite a brighter future.

For more information and the programme click here

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MedTech industry investments analysis report

Innovation success and product placement into the market of any industry requires not only technical excellence but also access to capital. The capital sources usually start with own resources, family and friends. However, this may not be enough and start-ups or spin-offs usually search for external capital, which is crucial to bring the ideas and technologies further. Who are the main organisations investing in Medical Devices, Health Care, Health Diagnostics, Nanotechnology, Medical or Life Sciences in Europe?

At AMIRES, we mapped the investors in those fields and we share the summary on this analysis here. Furthermore, if you are interested in obtaining more detailed information on this analysis or to request similar analysis for a different domain / area or further segmentation, contact us.

The analysis prepared by us is available here.

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Save the dates for Horizon Europe Info Days 2021

The European Commission announced on the 1st June that the first edition of the Horizon Europe Info Days will take place from 28th June to 9th July 2021. 

The event will give the opportunity to prospective applicants and other stakeholders of EU research and innovation to get information and ask questions about news, main funding instruments and processes of Horizon Europe (HEU). 

The Horizon Europe Info Days will address 9 themes, each featuring a programme of exclusive discussions and hands-on sessions, dedicated to a different cluster or part of the new programme.

Online events:
28.6.2021 – Infrastructures
29 -30.6. 2021 – Cluster 4 – Digital, industry & space 
30.6.2021 – Cluster 3 – Civil security for society 
1.7.2021 – Cluster 2 – Culture, creativity & inclusive society 
1.7.2021 – The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: What is new under Horizon Europe
2.7.2021 – Cluster 1 – Health
5 – 6.7.2021 – Cluster 5 – Climate, energy & mobility
7 – 8.7.2021 – Cluster 6 – Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture & environment
9.7.2021 – European Research Area (ERA) & Widening

The Horizon Europe info-days will be open for participation without prior registration.

For more information and practical details, visit the event website.
 

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News from the European Innovation Council (EIC): Women Leadership Programme for innovative entrepreneurs and researchers & Statement on Gender & Diversity in EIC

The European Commission has launched the Women Leadership Programme to provide a dedicated programme of mentoring, skills enhancement and networking for women entrepreneurs and researchers in EIC supported projects. 

Furthermore the EIC has launched mentoring and coaching programme for aspiring women researchers and innovators: the EIC Women Leadership Programme (WLP) where women can apply as of 3 June, 2021. 50 of them will get the training and get a chance to work with personal mentors to define and follow their business strategies. This programme will be extended to projects selected under the new WomenTechEU scheme

In addition to that, on the 3 June, 2021 the European Innovation Pilot Advisory Board has published a Statement on Gender and Diversity which is urging the EIC and other innovation actors to take actions and achieve balanced representation of women and men along the entire innovation chain. It was pointed out that the EIC already made progress by increasing the number of women-led companies awarded with EIC Accelerator funding from 8% to 29%. Moreover, the women represent 50% of the jury members that recommend EIC funding and 42% of the business coaches that advise and mentor EIC supported start-ups.

To learn more visit European innovation Council / News

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Open call for proposals for Enterprise Europe Network for 2021 and beyond

The European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA) opened the call for proposals to setup Enterprise Europe Network after 2022. The call is following the adoption of the Single Marker Programme (SMP). 

The Network was launched in 2008 and since then played an important role in facilitating the access of European SMEs to the Single Market and third country markets. It is also providing growth-oriented, integrated business and innovation support services to help them compete.

The European Commission is looking for proposals for the next Network, as the current one is due to expire at the end of 2021, at first for the period from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2025. The Network will be funded under the new Single Market Programme (SMP) which succeeds the COSME Programme.  

The available budget of the call amounts to EUR 164,5 million and it is expected to contribute to the SMP objectives, improving the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs in Europe and promoting entrepreneurship. 

The deadline for submission of proposals is 11 August 2021 17:00 (Brussels time).

For more information visit EISMEA News, information how to apply, go to the EU Funding & Tenders Portal.

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Promoting the huge potential of OITBs for EU competitiveness

On May 4th, the FlexFunction2Sustain, supported by the Safe-N-Medtech Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB), organised a public workshop with the core aim of promoting the OITB ecosystem to relevant stakeholders and Industry. The event gathered over 100 representatives of the most relevant participants in this ecosystem: industry, academia, research and technology organisations and business support actors. The workshop took place as a satellite event of the EuroNanoForum 2021, organised under the auspices of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In the opening session, Peter Dröll, Head of Prosperity Directorate at the European Commission DG RTD, highlighted the importance of the OITB as a key element in the EU ecosystem for research and innovation by providing integrated support to innovators at different stages of technological development. Dr. Rudolf Fryček, CEO of AMIRES, introduced the idea behind the EU Open Innovation Ecosystem, and how it can help industry to get their ideas realized to products.

The workshop helped creating a common understanding on how OITBs can make industries’ life easier. End-users’ talks where industrial stakeholders provided feedback on how the OITB are delivering their services and boosting innovation revealed the expectations of users towards an OITB. First and second generation OITBs presented their portfolio of services and added value to customers.
Find out the summary of the workshop here, watch the full recorded session here, and download the presentations here

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PANCAIM project has organised the story mapping workshop

On May 20-21st, the WP2, led by Collective Minds Radiology and the Hyve, hosted a story mapping workshop in Barcelona. Organizing this workshop was an important step in the process towards a successful PANCAIM project whose aim is to develop AI-assisted clinical applications that efficiently merge genomics and imaging phenomics to assist clinicians in each of the personalized medicine diagnostics areas (Prognostication, Prediction, Monitoring). To understand priorities and deployable releases of the final platform and also to achieve the user friendliness of the platform, the workshop gathered representatives from the PANCAIM consortium in each of the following groups: Data providers (data owner/uploader), Clinical expertise (data annotators), Repository users (researchers), AI developers and AI validators.

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Join us at the workshop on “Advances in design, fabrication and applications of free-form micro-optics”

Two EU funded projects PHABULOuS and PHENOmenon have come together to organise a workshop to present the available technologies for production of polymer and hybrid micro-optics, and the advances of direct laser writing, two-photon polymerization and microreplication technologies for industrial production of custom and freeform optical surfaces. This two day event held on 8-9 June 2021, will present additional information on the progress and status of both projects, as well as provide an opportunity for further discussion and exchange between worldwide researchers. 

For more information on the workshop or to register please click here
 

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Open call for applications for the selection of members of the EIC board

On 27 May, 2021, the European Innovation Council (EIC) launched a call for expression of interest for new EIC board members. The EIC funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that have the potential to achieve high impact. While over half of the funding is open to breakthrough innovations in any field, €495 million are earmarked for innovations that support the European Green Deal as well as digital and health technologies.

The EIC Board acts as the “voice of the innovator”, to ensure all EIC activities are innovator-centric and to promote the EIC as the investor of choice for researchers and innovators with visionary ideas.

The Board advises directly the European Commission, the EIC and European Innovation and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA, henceforth referred as ‘the Agency’) as the dedicated implementation structure, and interacts with a number of full time EIC Programme Managers with leading expertise in their fields. It also liaises with the EIC Fund, as the investment arm of the EIC, as well as with the European Research Council (ERC), the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and other innovation programmes and initiatives.

EIC is looking for innovators – entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists, corporate leaders, researchers and academics with leading expertise in fields relating to future and emerging technologies, breakthrough and disruptive innovation, starting and scaling businesses, innovation ecosystem builders, and innovation experts. The Commission will select between 15 and 20 members with estimated start in September 2021.

The application deadline is 30 June, 2021.

More information available: EC News and European Innovation Council.

MedPhab launches platform for photonics-based medical devices ecosystem

MedPhab pilot-line launches its Community management platform (CMP) which includes a technical marketplace, the virtual catalogue of capabilities of the whole Photonics-based medical devices ecosystem. Although at this moment MedPhab partners technical services are visible, in the second half of 2021, non-MedPhab partners will be able to register their organisation and offering (prototypes, products and services).

This platform is a community building tool that allows lowering the barrier for photonics technologies adoption by companies interested in medical applications. Therefore, through CMP third parties interested in MedPhab services can submit their enquiries via the in-take form.
To learn more, register here for the Webinar on June  3, 2021, in which five MedPhab partners will speak about MedPhab, including Mariana Pacheco Blanco, MedPhab project manager and Programme manager at AMIRES who will present CMP.

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Join OASIS’ interactive workshop June 10th, 2021

On June 10th project OASIS will host an interactive online workshop for companies and institutions looking to innovate their products/services with nanotechnology and advanced materials.

Participants will get to hear about what services OASIS can offer them, what are the conditions for applying a project in its opencall and what projects have already been successfully supported by OASIS.

The other half of the workshop will be dedicated to direct networking with providers of specific services and diving deeper into the technologies on offer.

You can register for the event HERE

A new strategy for the European Commission’s international cooperation in research and innovation

On the 18th of May 2021 the European Commission adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation. The aim is to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnership, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

The strategic priority for the European Union (EU) is to bring together the best minds from around the world. However, the EU as well pointed out that there are still geopolitical tensions rising as well as the human rights and fundamental values are questioned. The response to all mentioned is to lead by example, promoting multilateralism, openness and reciprocity together by cooperation with the rest of the world. The new Horizon Europe framework program remains open to cooperation with third countries, now offering the opportunity to join for non-European countries that share European values and have a strong scientific profile.

Two main aims of the strategy are:

  1. it aims for a research and innovation environment that is based on rules and values, and it is also open by default, to help researchers and innovators around the world work together in multilateral partnerships and find solutions to global challenges
  2. It aims to ensure reciprocity and a level-playing field in international cooperation in research and innovation.

To achieve its goals, the EU will support researchers and their organizations to help accelerate sustainable development in low and middle-income countries as well with a “African initiative” under Horizon Europe. The European Commission highlight that Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme 2021-2027 will be the main key for implementation of this strategy.

To read an original article click HERE.

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FRIENDSHIP: one year completed!

The project FRIENDSHIP, started in May 2020, aims at promoting the use of solar heat in industrial sectors through the prototype of a complex and fully integrated heating and cooling system. The consortium had its M12 meeting on May 7th, an event that closed the first year of activities and served to plan the three years ahead. The meeting was held online due to current regulations linked to the Covid-19 crisis.

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During these first twelve months, the consortium has defined all the requirements and parameters that such a prototype should fulfil and has been in contact with several important industrial actors, who helped achieving realistic studies. The different components of the prototype (solar collectors, heat pump, thermal storage, chillers) have all been successfully conceptualized. They are all at a fundamental stage now: the shift from theory to practice, through testing, numerical analysis, selection of manufacturers and production of materials.

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Several articles have been written and some are currently in the process of publication. The following months should see a substantial increase in the number of physical results, so keep a close eye to the project to witness its cutting-edge progress!

European Innovation Council postponed the proposals from 16th June until 6th October

In April the European Innovation Council (EIC) announced the first funding opportunities and opened the first EIC Accelerator calls

Last week the EIC published on its twitter that they stopped new submissions from start-ups which were due on the 16th of June.

The official statement stated that they need to make several improvements to the Al-based platform which are expected to be introduced on 22nd June.

Before 16th June, the EIC has over 1,000 submissions to review. That is why it decided to stop new submissions for the first round of funding. Entrepreneurs who did not submit their pitches yet are left stranded as submissions closed without warning. Companies will now have to wait for reopening of the submission platform, with full proposal deadline on 6th October, to secure funding.

Based on the comments on official EIC twitter account, many people disagree with this decision and complain, because of the effort/budget investments done so far. One of the reasons is that start-up need a clear visibility of rules and timeline for funding.

 

Source: Official Twitter account of European Innovation Countil

Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip breakthrough: Tumor-LN-oC

On May 7th, 2021 Tumor-LN-oC project (Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies) was officially kicked-off via online conferencing service where all partners from 11 organizations participated. The project is coordinated by Institute of Communication and Computer Systems from Greece, with the participation of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of Athens (Greece), Åbo Akademi (Finland), Alpes Lasers (Switzerland)), Rayfos Ltd (UK), Vienna University of Technology (Austria), Elvesys (France), PhosPrint P.C. (Greece), Asphalion SL (Spain) and Amires (Czech Republic).

Tumor-LN-oC aims to offer a comprehensive solution for a robust, automated tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform that will connect primary surgically removed human tumors and LN tissue from the same cancer patient. This will allow to study the interaction of primary tumors with lymph nodes, identify their chemical signature, and offer personalized treatment relying on molecular characterization of lymph node metastasizing cells.

More information will be shortly available at https://tumor-ln-oc.eu/.

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AMIRES is HIRING!

To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated person to join our team in Prague for position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in innovative technologies.

Are you passionate about research and technology innovation? Are you target oriented, responsible and flexible? If time management and team spirit are no strangers to you then we are looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened position by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to Bajarova(at)amires.eu till May 19th, 2021.
Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job will be contacted by May 21st, 2021. For more information click HERE.

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Thank you for making successful the intensive Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”

Thank you for making successful the intensive Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”, which took place on 28 April 2021. Together with speakers, more than 80 people attended this event. The workshop was organized in the frame of the OrganTrans EU funded project and was a part of the webinar series “NEXT GEN ORGAN-ON-CHIP & ORGANOIDS”. If you missed the chance to join us, you can watch the full recorded session on YouTube.
Don’t miss the next Webinar on “NEXT GEN ORGAN-ON-CHIP & ORGANOIDS! More information is available HERE.

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A significant milestone reached in MOSAIC project: real receiver installed!

During the last months, different systems had been tested by means of a dummy receiver connected to dummy hoses, simulating work conditions. Once the tests were completed, both the receiver and the hoses were replaced by the real ones. The operation was carried out from 20th to 22nd April and needed the participation and the cooperation of different partners and their subcontractors. The thermal installation is now complete with its real components.

The elevation of the ensemble was performed by means of a crane which lifted the real hoses, already connected to the receiver, while the receiver itself was lifted by the tracking system cables, in a coordinated operation. The hoses’ end, opposite to the receiver, was connected to the skid installation, on top of the main metallic tower.

In the following days, the system will be filled with HTF, and then the thermal loop system will be ready for the different tests that will assess its fine working. In a few weeks the solar field will be installed, before the final period of set-up tests starts.

New Service Offer: 3D design, modelling and rendering

AMIRES is excited to offer an additional support for innovation projects! Do you need to show your product or prototype visualization to investors, to funding agency or to test how it will be looking or interacting in modelled environment?

Now we offer to our clients to design and visualize a concept and create attractive images and animations using 3D models. Our consultants will guide you by using the tools (Blender, SketchUp, Solidworks, Dialux) to your needs and propose realistically looking models.

Examples of applications of this service:

  • Design and create engineered components and innovative concepts to analyse their structure and interactions
  • Visualize the installation of a product or production line in a building or a natural environment, foresee the obstacles and the space available
  • Render realistic images of products, infrastructure, interiors, buildings, landscapes
  • Plan the illumination of an internal or external space
  • Create short animations (under 30 seconds) which are ideal for dissemination purposes
  • Test some physical properties in simulations

The service includes the whole process of 3D modelling: design, conversion of 2D plans or images to a 3D geometry, texturing, physics, environment. The fields of applications is very broad, including health and biotech, material sciences, photonics, smart systems, energy generation and energy efficiency.

For more information contact Dr. Rudolf Fryček.

Coronavirus: HERA Incubator & new calls with support of €123 million for urgent research into coronavirus variants

European bio-defense preparedness plan – “Hera Incubator“ – The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority started in February 2021 to prepare Europe for an increased thread of coronavirus variants. For Europe to react properly HERA Incubator will bring together science, public authorities and industry. HERA Incubator will focus on detecting new variants of the virus to accelerate the development of new vaccines and its production. More information is available here.

As one of the actions under the HERA Incubator the European Commission introduced a measure to speed up the authorization of adapted COVID-19 vaccines. It will allow companies to act faster when it comes to the gathering evidence, moreover it will authorize adapted vaccines with a smaller set of data submitted to the European Medicines Agency. The measure will now go to the European Parliament and Council before entering into force. For original article, click here.

This April, the European Commission announced the mobilization of €123 million to support research of coronavirus variants. It is a first emergency funding under Horizon Europe. The aim is to fight the coronavirus, act to prevent, alleviate and respond top the impact of coronavirus variants in line with the mission of HERA Incubator.

On 13th April new calls were launched, future funded projects are expected to rapidly advance the knowledge of Coronavirus, develop vaccine candidates, support research and data sharing. The deadline for submission is 6th May 2021.

Horizon Europe calls:

  1. FAIR and open data sharing in support to European preparedness for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases 
  2. Research infrastructure services for rapid research responses to COVID-19 and other infectious disease epidemics
  3. Vaccines & therapeutic clinical trials to boost COVID-19 prevention and treatment
  4. Cohorts united against COVID-19 variants of concern

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Source: EC – Audiovisual Service, European Union, 2021, ID: P-049389/00-05, 3/2/2021, Brussels, available: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/photo/P-049389~2F00-05

European Innovation Council opened EIC Accelerator calls worth €1B to help start-ups and SMEs

EIC – European Innovation Council with a budget over €10 billion for 2021-2027 is following up on a pilot programme under Horizon 2020. The aim is to expand innovative start-ups and SMEs.

Ensuing step after announcement of funding opportunities the European Commission has opened the first EIC Accelerator calls with funding worth over €1 billion. Half of the funding are earmarked for European Green Deal and to the digital and health technologies.

Usually, projects which are under the bigger risk and need more time to fulfill the results are struggling to receive the financial support. Therefore, EIC Accelerator focuses on technological and scientific breakthroughs which need longer time frame before returns are generated as well as bigger funding. This together will help innovators to attract the full investment amounts.

Last but not least, the European Commission also opened the EIC Pathfinder programme, which is supporting daring ideas for new technologies. High risk, high gain, cutting-edge science – these concepts are more than welcome in EIC Pathfinder programme. For the full article click here.

Calls opened at this moment are:

  • EIC Pathfinder (deadline 19.5)
  • EIC Accelerator Open Call Challenge (deadline 9.6)
  • The European Capital of Innovation Awards (deadline 15.7.)
  • EU Prize for Women Innovators (deadline 30.6.)
  • Facing Societal Challenges Award (deadline 29.7.)
  • Innovation Procurement Strategy Award (deadline 29.7.)
  • Procurement Leadership Award (deadline 29.7.)

More information about calls are available HERE. 

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How to be successful in Horizon Europe (focus: Health)

On April 22nd 2021, MedTech Europe is organizing for its members webinar How to be successful in Horizon Europe (focus: Health). The practical and pragmatic webinar will be hosted by our CEO Rudolf Fryček and our Programme Manager in the domain of Health and Biotechnology Martina Nešverová. As this is a MedTech Europe members’ restricted event, please do not hesitate to contact Rudolf to learn more about the topic.
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MEET OUR TEAM: Roman Pašek

Roman recently celebrated two years with AMIRES. He started as a Project Manager in March 2019 and due to his hard work, excellent skills and mindset he became a Programme Manager soon after. Roman is currently leading our Deep Tech group. In AMIRES Roman is managing the OASIS project (Open Access Single entry point for scale-up of Innovative Smart lightweight composite materials and components), acts as Dissemination Manager of H2020 project MANUELA (additive MANUfacturing using mEtal pilot Line) and is responsible for H2020 project proposals preparation.

He is also helping companies in achieving their business goals via business innovation coaching, where he’s mostly been working with companies in the area of Internet of Things.

About his work he said:

“Working at AMIRES has been a blast so far! The scope of activities is diverse and so have been the opportunities for growth. The team is excellent, the working ethic is demanding, yet flexible, and the coffee machine produces a decent productivity booster.”

In addition to his work in AMIRES, since 2015 Roman has also been cooperating with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and is a member of three different programme Boards assessing a wide variety of R&D projects. Even though Roman is a family man with two children, he always finds some time to play his favorite guitar or read a book.

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Horizon Europe first strategic plan 2021-2024

Horizon Europe is a funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. The programme is starting this year and will last until 2027.

The first plan for four years sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investment. This secure that EU research and innovation actions participate to EU priorities.

Part of the strategic plan are also four strategic orientations:

  • Promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains;
  • Restoring Europe’s ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources;
  • Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy;
  • Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society.

Moreover, the European co-funded and co-programmed partnerships together with EU missions are identified and supported through Horizon Europe. The strategic plan addresses a several of horizontal issues, such as gender.

The first call for proposals will be published in late spring 2021 and will be presented in details at the European Research and Innovations Days which be held on 23-24 June 2021.

For original article and more information click HERE.

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Last chance to register! Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop, 28 APRIL 2021

Check out the position of the companies participating in this workshop as speakers in the value chain of the expansive field of regenerative medicine. Register for free, and find out more about future technology solutions, therapy, products, and applications in regenerative medicine together with relevant information about enabling funding of the research in this field.
The full program and more information on the speakers and the registration can be found HERE

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Open Access Research Publishing Platform

European Commission has officially launched its own open access platform – Open Research Europe (ORE). The platform will present the results of research funded by Horizon Europe as well as Horizon 2020. ORE provides everyone free of charge access to the latest scientific advances. Already 40 scientific papers from diverse fields of research have been submitted and are available.

One of the standard methods of working under its research and innovation funding programmes is open science. ORE is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board, which provides guidance on publishing policies, therefore the researchers are assured that the policies and guidelines are of the highest standards. To learn more about advantages and platform itself click HERE

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Webinar: MedPhab open call to support photonic medical device innovation

AMIRES with its experience in open call preparation and implementation is in the core team organising for MedPhab open calls for demo-cases.  MedPhab, Europe’s pilot line for photonics-based medical devices, is launching an Open Call for proposals for companies developing medical products. In the selected projects MedPhab will provide technology development services to companies that are adopting advanced photonics technologies in medical diagnostics solutions, with a subsidized financial support of up to 75%.

This programme will be launched soon, having as first cut-off on July 15, 2021, and to explain all steps needed for participation, MedPhab is organising a Webinar on May 11, 2021 11:30 CEST. If you are interested in learning more about MedPhab and about how you can participate in the Open Call tune in to this webinar. More information about the Webinar HERE, and about MedPhab open call HERE

 

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EU launched new support scheme for women in Deep Tech

Thematically on the day that is internationally dedicated to women (8.3), the European Commission announced a new initiative called “Women TechEU”.

The aim is to support women leading deep tech start-ups in Europe. It is funded under European Innovation Ecosystem Work Programme of Horizon Europe and it will offer first-class coaching and mentoring to female CEOs and founders. Moreover it will be a targeted funding to help them to take their business to the next level.

“Women-led companies are on the rise” – the full view is that it is not only a matter of fairness, but also a major case of using Europe´s full potential of excellence in science and businesses. As per the latest statistics at least 25% of applications invited for the second stage of evaluation should come from the women-led companies.

To support the idea and fulfill the aim a call for mentors has been launched.

For more information and to view a original article, click HERE.

Video source: https://community-smei.easme-web.eu/articles/open-call-eic-women-leadership-programme-call-mentors

The MOSAIC project is entering its final phase!

The consortium aims at constructing the prototype of a fixed semi-Fresnel solar concentrator and an ad-hoc mobile receiver. This novel approach of CSP plants will optimize the cost of the installation per Kwh; besides, it will be modular and scalable to adapt to the needs of the solar industry and energy demands.

The prototype at Cener facilities in Sangüesa is on its way towards its final state, as depicted in this video created by Increscendo:

Here is a brief overview of the last works carried out on the construction site:  

  • The mounting towers for the mobile elements and the oven have been erected.
  • The mechanical, optical and electrical elements of the tracking system have been installed and are being tested.
  • The innovative dummy hoses have been connected to the receiver.
  • The meteorological station has been connected to the tracking system, and the DCS of the whole prototype has been updated to achieve a full control of the plant.

The next key step will be the installation of the field of the solar mirrors, along with the evaluation of a watering system for the mirrors.

For more information, do not hesitate to visit the MOSAIC website. For the latest news about the tracking system by Tekniker, click HERE

AMIRES at EuroNanoForum 2021!

AMIRES is very pleased to attend the EuroNanoForum 2021, an international online conference where we will not only promote our services but more importantly, we will disseminate our projects funded from EU Horizon 2020.

The conference is held on May 5th – 6th , 2021 with the main topic: Role of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials for innovation, competitiveness, and sustainability in Europe and on a global scale.

Not only experts across different sectors will be part of the conference, but Exhibition Hall and Poster sessions will be available to visit as well.

AMIRES will disseminate projects across Health & Biotech, Energy and Sustainability, New Materials and Flexible & Wearable Materials as well as Deep Tech domain.

Registration for potential interested parties is free of charge. For more information visit official EuroNanoForum website.

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Open positions for Deep Tech and New Materials and Flexible & Wearable Electronics domains!

Without our highly dedicated team our job and results will not be a success. Our team is our pride. To support growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for positions of:

Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Deep Tech domain
Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in New Materials and Flexible & Wearable Electronics domain

Are you passionate about Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Photonics or Flexible & Wearable Electronics? Are you target oriented, responsible and flexible? If time management and team spirit are no strangers to you then we are looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened positions by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to Bajarova(at)amires.eu till April 21th, 2021.
Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job will be contacted by April 23th, 2021.

For more information read HERE.  

OITBs as a service to the Industry – Virtual Workshop on May 4, 2021. Register now!

With the aim to promote the European Open Innovation Ecosystem as service provider to Industry, FlexFunciton2Sustain project, in which AMIRES is a partner, organizes a workshop:  “Open Innovation Test Beds as a service to the Industry” as satellite event to the 2021 EuroNanoForum Conference. 

The European Commission has invested approx. 250 million euro in Open Innovation Test Beds (OITBs) with the aim to bring nanotechnologies and advanced materials within market reach by providing access to demonstration and upscaling facilities as well as advisory services to advance technologies from laboratory validation to prototypes in industrial environments. Up to today, 25 OITB projects have been launched in six technology domains.

The objective of the workshop is to take stock from current policy initiatives and Open Innovation Test Beds in order to get new ideas to support the Advanced Materials European Innovation Ecosystem in the context of Horizon Europe. OITBs, related clustering initiatives and end-users will have the opportunity to share their experience, expectations and new ideas to bring nanotechnologies and advanced materials within the reach of companies and users. The event is targeted to representatives from the OITBs, Industry, Industry Associations, other projects likely to integrate results to OITB service portfolio and the European Commission.

The workshop will be held on 4th May 2021, 14:00 – 17:30 CEST as Online Event and will feature two sessions:

1. About OITB and about user expectations to the European Open Innovation Ecosystem;
2. OITB as a Service for Industry: Introduction to the service portfolio of established OITB

If you are interested to join the event, please register through the EuroNanoForum Website.

Participation is free of charge!

Looking forward to discussing with you about the fast-track to turn your ideas to market-ready innovations!
 

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PANCAIM website has been launched!

We are pleased to announce that the full version of the PANCAIM project website is now available. Click HERE and find out more about how the project aims to develop trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

We will keep you updated about the project´s progress and latest news, you can also use the contact form to get additional information. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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AMIRES as a coaching support to LIGENTECH

We are thrilled to see another successful story from our coaching sessions. Our CEO Rudolf Fryček as a coach supported the company LIGENTECH in its growth, with expanding the pool of their partners and the ecosystem at European level and to win the highly competitive EIC Accelerator grant.

LIGENTECH is a B2B company manufacturing Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) for customers in high-tech areas such as communication on ground and space, Quantum technologies, LiDAR and Biosensors.

Managing Director of LIGENTECH Michael Geiselmann shared:

“Coach Rudolf Frycek’s help focused on the business plan and fundraising, and more specifically the EIC Accelerator, a European scheme helping start-ups in the field of new technologies. “Thanks to the coaching, we won this grant, continues Michael Geiselmann. We are therefore very happy. It will allow us to finance the growth of our company for two years and also to be able to switch to large-scale manufacturing of our technology.”

We thank for the trust the LIGENTECH put in us.

AMIRES can help you identify new opportunities in the field of technology and in finding the most suitable solutions to your needs and technical challenges. For more information visit Our Services. 

For original article click HERE.

Press Release – PHABULOuS Announcing the establishment of the PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association

PHABULOuSPilot-line providing highly advanced & robust manufacturing technology for optical free-form μ-structures – is the European one-stop shop for the manufacturing of free-form micro-optics offering accelerated innovation & production cycles from prototypes to piloting and large volume production.

PHABULOuS announced a big milestone with the establishment of its independent PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association, moreover after the review process the pilot line is now the 20th official partner of the projects in Public Private Partneship with Photonics21.

Check the official Press release HERE. 

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PrintoCent Webinar on SmartEEs cases

On the 16th March, 2021 the Webinar on success stories of EU-SmartEEs organized by PrintoCent and VTT presented together seven projects.

AMIRES as a business coaching partner of SmartEEs was proud to support the project IoTflexNode – the IoT device that fits and bends, the project by Fuelium SMARTK7 – Smart cassette, Adaptive Architecture Systems (FLXilight) – MESH – modular adaptive skin for high efficiency buildings and last but not least O.light by ESYST – Modern Smart Lighting.

During the presentation, our CEO Rudolf Fryček presented a digital Marketplace for Flexible & Wearable Electronics.

The Marketplace offers Innovation companies the possibility to explore innovative offerings, based on flexible electronics. Moreover, the digital marketplace offers information and contacts to the leading European organizations involved in flexible & wearable technologies research, development, integration and commercialization. The SmartEEs Marketplace is a place to innovate the business of SMEs, Mid-caps and Large companies while scouting for new business opportunities with flexible electronics technologies and to connect supply (ready to integrate products, prototypes, services) & demand (designers, integrators, solution providers, vendors), and to facilitate the promotion of innovative products.

To learn more about SmartEEs, click HERE.

Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”

CSEM and AMIRES invite you to the Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop with the main slogan “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”. It is organized in the frame of the OrganTrans EU funded project and is a part of the webinar series “NEXT GEN ORGAN-ON-CHIP & ORGANOIDS”. The workshop initiative aims to bring together leading experts from different companies and countries from across the expansive field of regenerative medicine. Structured around keynote presentations from selected speakers, the workshop will facilitate the exchange of views on the future technology solutions, therapy, products, and applications in regenerative medicine together with relevant information about enabling funding of the research in this field.
Take the opportunity, participate and find out more about incredible technology, modern trends, and interests of the key players in this field. Establish your new network for future collaborations! You can find below the list of companies presenting at this event.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Companies
Clinicians
Standardizers
Innovators
Researchers
Policy maker

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Open position in Deep Tech!

Without our highly dedicated team our job and results will not be a success. Our team is our pride. To support growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Deep Tech domain.

Are you passionate about Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Photonics? Are you target oriented, responsible and flexible? If time management and team spirit are no strangers to you then we are looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Deep Tech domain by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to Bajarova(at)amires.eu till April 6th, 2021. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job will be contacted by April 7th, 2021. Read HERE for more.

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#podnikám SmartEEs2 – Inovujte s ohebnou elektronikou

 
30. března 2021 se pod záštitou JIC uskuteční seminář zaměřený na fungování, pravidla a možnosti využití programu SmartEEs2.

SmartEES2 (Sustainable ecosysteM for the Adoption, Ramp-up and Transfer of Emerging Electronics Solutions) může nabídnout jak finanční podporu na vývoj a validaci prototypu nebo koncových produktů s využitím z dostupných technologii, tak i podporu při realizaci.

Nepromeškejte šanci se dozvědět důležité informace a možnost diskuse s našim CEO Rudolfem Fryčkem.

Seminář je určen jak pro zkušené, tak pro začínající podnikatele.

Více informací se dozvíte ZDE

OASIS Open Call 1st cut-off winners announced!

The winners from the 1st cut-off of OASIS Open Call are these six applicants:

  • Trixell (France)
  • S.Z.T.K. “TAPS” – Maciej Kowalski (Poland)
  • Thales Alenia Space (France)
  • Décathlon (France)
  • Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU (Spain)
  • AT-P AVIATION Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

Congratulations and let the development of their exciting Democases begin!

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CONDOR website is now alive

The full version of the CONDOR project website is now up. Visit https://condor-h2020.eu/ to discover how we will reach our goal to become a basis for the next generation of non-fossil fuel production technologies and meet the involved partners working to bring this idea into reality.

Stay tuned for our latest news and keep yourself up-to-date with details on our dissemination activities. If further questions remain, an online Contact form is available to get in touch with us. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
 

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INSPIRE project aims to revolutionize photonic integrated circuit technology

InP on SiN Photonic integrated circuits realized through waferscale micro-transfer printing

New H2020 project INSPIRE will revolutionize photonic integrated circuit technology by combining highest optoelectronic efficiencies in InP photonics and lowest optical loss in SiN photonics, in a single platform through wafer-scale micro-transfer printing technology.

The project, coordinated by Eindhoven University of Technology, was launched on 1 January 2021. Partners in the project are IMEC (BE),  Smart photonics (NL), X-CELEPRINT (IE), Thales (FR), University of Cambridge (UK) and Amires (CZ). Further details are available in the project´s first press release here.

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Welcome our new team member!

AMIRES team is growing again! We are happy to welcome our new colleague Marika who joined us in March.

Based on the Marika´s experience which she gained at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and in the Czech Liaison Office for R&D in Brussels, we believe that she  is a great fit to our team. Her experience with EU Research & Innovation landscape will make our team even stronger.

In AMIRES, Marika is involved in the Deep Tech domain, specifically she is covering the PICs portfolio. In line with that she is in charge of H2020 projects InPulse (Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line for up-scaled, low-barrier, self-sustained, PIC ecosystem) and INSPIRE (InP on SiN Photonic Integrated circuits REalized through wafer-scale micro-transfer Printing).

To learn more about our team click HERE.

Marika, welcome to our team, we are looking forward to working with you!
 

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PANCAIM´s first PRESS RELEASE

PANCAIM – A European consortium to improve pancreatic cancer treatment with artificial intelligence optimizing, integrating genomics and medical imaging

European (EU) H2020 funded PANCAIM project, officially started on 1st January, 2021, will develop trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

Read the Press Release announcing the launch of the PANCAIM project.

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The JePPIX Pilot Line has launched a Demonstrator Open Call offering pre-commercial InP PIC production

The JePPIX Pilot Line offers commercial InP PIC production, based on mature Process Design Kits (PDKs). The JePPIX Pilot Line is now opening a Demonstrator Open Call to provide support to innovative businesses and catalyze their transition to industrial prototyping and pre-commercial production of high-performance indium phosphide photonic integrated circuits (PICs).
 
The objective of this call is to find innovative partners who are interested in bringing a PIC-based product to the market, thereby demonstrating the capabilities of indium phosphide (InP) technologies “Made in Europe” and showcase the competences of the JePPIX Pilot Line supply chain.

The Call is now open and applicants are able to apply anytime until 12 November 2021. Up to 15 selected Demonstrator Open Call applicants will receive pioneer funding of up to 50% in in-kind contributions. The Call encourages applications from eligible companies of any size, and addressing any market segment, who are ready to take their InP PIC-based products to piloting readiness level and are willing to share high-level information about their demonstrator cases.

Demonstrator Open Call participants will have the opportunity to receive support from experienced specialists from the JePPIX Pilot Line consortium covering design, test and characterization, consultancy, and software support, among others. Piloting fabrication runs will additionally further process robustness and reliability, and contribute to accelerating your time to market, and lowering your development costs.

Information on eligibility criteria and application guidelines can be found here. Further assistance is available through the Helpdesk by phone to +420 226 217 422 or by email to helpdesk@jeppix.eu (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. CET).

 

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MARVEL website has been launched!

We are extremely pleased to announce the official launch of our MARVEL project website! Our goal with this website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about MARVEL project, its goals, perspectives and assure an on-going communication between general public, scientific community, media, policy makers, industries, end-users, etc. on one side and partners of the project on the other.
Our new website is fully responsive, meaning that you can view it with ease on any device, whether in the office, at home, or on the move! Amongst the features, the website contains integrated social media buttons for Linkedin and Twitter, to foster improved communication with the broad public. We will be constantly updating our content with information about the project progress, achievements, and events connected to us on the News & Events page. You can also sign up for our updates or to contact us directly through the contact form.

Visit us HERE

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NEW GRANTS TO BEST RESEARCHERS

European Commission presents the first work programme under Horizon Europe, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027. The new EU largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation- Horizon Europe will have a budget of €95.5 billion for 2021-2027. This represents a 30% increase to the H2020.   

The first work programme includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants. The European Research Council (ERC), an EU public body for funding of scientific and technological research, will manage this Work programme. 

Three main Calls for Proposals:

  1.  The first call is “Starting Grants”  which will support top researchers to start their own independent research team or programme. The call will be launched on 25 February, with a budget of €619 million and a deadline of 8 April.
  2.  The second call, the “Consolidator Grants“, for researchers who are consolidating their own independent research team or programme will open, with a budget of €633 million. The deadline for applications is 20 April.
  3. The third call, the “Advanced Grants”, will be launched on May 20, for leading advanced investigators, with a budget of €626 million and deadline on 31 August.

The European Research Council awards grants through open competitions to projects headed by starting and established researchers. As its sole selection criterion is scientific excellence, it strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come and stay in Europe.
The UK will be part of Horizon Europe. The UK government announced the UK will associate to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme 2021-2027. Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.

•    Read the ERC 2021 Work Programme

MEET OUR TEAM: Mariana Pacheco Blanco

Mariana Pacheco Blanco joined AMIRES team 1 year ago and currently she was justly promoted to programme manager for healthcare domain. Her vision to better communicate science and her active involvement in voluntary activities are worth sharing.

Mariana studied the bachelor in biomedicine in Puebla, Mexico (BUAP). Since then she has been interested in pursuing a scientific career and become passionate about immunology. Mariana continued her study in Mexico City where she obtained a master’s in science, working in an immunology laboratory (CINVESTAV-IPN) and finally completed doctoral studies abroad. Germany brought a good opportunity for her in the Max Planck Institute. After that she moved to the Czech Republic due to personal links, where she stayed in a postdoctoral position at BIOCEV- having fun in the lab however she was inclined to make a switch in her career, and she said:

“Amires has been the perfect place. I can still be in contact with science but also with the knowledge and technology transfer for the development of innovative products. Working at Amires provides me a broader overview of scientific and technological development in Europe and be in the core of leaders in Research organisations and companies.”

In addition to her work at Amires, Mariana participates in voluntary activities. For example, she is a mentor in the programme “Leader Women in STEM”, organized by the US Foundation USMX leaders network. This programme has Mexican women, around the world mentoring high school students from rural areas in Mexico, in addition it provides leadership training in a cycle of 6 months. Since December 2019 she is coordinator of Science, technology and Innovation (STI) of the Mexican Network in the Czech Republic and organizes communication of science articles in the Czech chapter website (in Spanish). Since December 2020 she is part of the Commission of this network that coordinates STI in Europe.

Mariana believes that “It is very important to communicate science”, you can read her articles in the communication website: Immunobites.

Recently she participated in the first Meeting of BUAP Alumni: Legacy and Perspective of Biomedicine at BUAP in the world, which took place on 12-14 January, 2021 in Mexico. Students from the Bachelor of Biomedicine or interested in studying this or similar careers, were the main audience. They could listen Biomedicine BUAP Alumni, who are located in different scientific positions in Mexico and the World. The audience could see the open opportunities that bring the study of this bachelor or similar scientific studies. Mariana had the opportunity to present to alma mater in Mexico her career path, with the title “From bugs to multidisciplinary groups”. Listen to her motivated (HERE from min 25, in Spanish), about her start in Puebla,  Mexico City, Germany to the Czech Republic and her involvement in multidisciplinary groups searching for scientific and technological innovation.

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SABINA delivered a set of modular solutions to help reduce buildings and districts carbon emissions as well as overall operating costs

SABINA was an EU funded H2020 research and innovation project that aimed to develop new technology along with financial models that would connect, control and actively manage thermal and electric networks using generation and storage assets in order to exploit synergies between electrical requirements and the thermal inertia of buildings, whilst allowing aggregators to provide flexibility and balancing services to the grid. SABINA aimed to maximise the usage of variable renewable energy sources by converting excess electrical energy to heat or cold and storing it using the thermal inertia of buildings. Provision for aggregation at district level were provided to maximise the effect of SABINA. SABINA lasted for 4 year and finished in October 2020 with AMIRES as a partner responsible for project management and dissemination.

A set of critical factors are required to enable deployment of any new technology focussed on energy and carbon reduction in any market. While any technology may be proven in test environments deployment in real word settings can often be subject to other outside influences that should be reviewed prior to attempting deployment. Policies already exist in a number of member states that supports the introduction of innovative new technologies to deliver on a common EU carbon target. The interplay between the market, technology development and policymaking align itself well to the wider deployment of SABINA either as a technology supporting market and policy ambition or as a seed for transformative change in countries seeking to scale up ambition in carbon reduction. As part of our work on SABINA the partners assessed which markets in EU member states were already undertaking a reasonable level of demand side response at a national strategic level. Based on IEA data the findings demonstrate that a large proportion of the EU would be viable for SABINA deployment on the basis that flexibility and aggregation markets either already exist or are ramping up activity.

As the SABINA system relies on critical and regular data streams and the ability for swift response to them much of the successful deployment of the system will be dependent on the maturity of smart grids within any EU member state. The viability of SABINA is dependent on a number of key Net Zero transitions within any host member state. The challenge to enable the switch over from gas to electricity for our heating brings a number of critical risks in supply and demand of energy, placing greater pressure on our national energy infrastructure and requiring low and zero carbon generation to provide demand in a way that reduces our contribution to climate change. In order to provide the additional demand required to support the electrification of heating and vehicles in a sustainable way significantly higher levels of renewable deployment is needed.

Coupled with an increase in overall demand it will be important to develop technologies that can support swift demand side response, much greater flexibility in smart energy systems and digitalisation of operational control – SABINA can play a leading role in supporting this.

More information related to SABINA is available here.

FROM LAB TO CLINIC – Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop

Are you involved in the R&D of Regenerative medicine products or technologies? Or you are a clinician who is interested in knowing more about the new trends, and establish new contacts, or starting new collaborations? Then, register HERE for the “Virtual Regenerative medicine workshop: FROM LAB TO CLINIC” organized by CSEM and AMIRES in the frame of the OrganTrans EU funded project and find out more about incredible technology, modern trends, and interests of the key players in this field. Establish your new network for future collaborations!
The workshop is a part of the webinar series “Next Gen OoC & Organoids”.
More information coming soon…

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Get INSPIRED!

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A new Horizon2020 project INSPIRE (InP on SiN Photonic Integrated circuits REalized through wafer-scale micro-transfer printing) was launched on 1st January 2021. INSPIRE combines the power of indium phosphide technology with the full capability of silicon nitride photonic technology, creating and leveraging volume manufacturing techniques.

Read more information about the aim and consortium that AMIRES is also part of HERE.

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PANCAIM project has kicked-off!

On January 20th, 2021 PANCAIM project (Pancreatic cancer AI for genomics and personalized Medicine) was officially kicked-off via online conferencing service where all partners from 9 organizations participated. The project is coordinated by Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen from Netherlands, with the participation of Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Oslo universitetssykehus HF (Norway), Spanish National Cancer Research Center (Spain), University of Glasgow (UK), Collective Minds Radiology (Sweden), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), The Hyve (Netherlands ) and Amires (Czech Republic).

PANCAIM will develop trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

More information will be shortly available at www.pancaim.eu.

 

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AMIRES – Female power in STEM

February 11 is the day of the Girls and Women in Science, in which we celebrate all females who contribute to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.
Being that AMIRES is a company that seeks business innovation, through pushing the state-of the art technologies and advancement in Science in different fields, we count on excellent human resources, and great representation of women.

From 17 AMIRES team members, 10 are excellent female professionals in a high leadership position. Lenka Bajarova, AMIRES Managing Director, has outstanding scientific project management expertise and leads the AMIRES team. Moreover, from the other 9 women, 8 lead at least 1 EU funded project in STI (Science, Technology and Innovation). These incredible women share discussions, lead events and stir the outcomes of high-quality STI projects, whose consortia consist of companies, research centers, innovation centers, universities and even hospitals.

The Health Programme Manager, Martina Nesverova, is a senior team member with expertise in the Health and Biotech fields. With her thriving trajectory she has successfully led the preparation of proposals, which have been funded mainly by extremely competitive EU funding programmes. In addition, she had started long-standing partnerships with companies and research organisations not only in the Czech Republic.

A successful team is based on diversity and acknowledging the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. The AMIRES female team is a perfect example of this, bringing up a combination of skills and knowledge that encompasses different fields such as business, political sciences, international affairs, languages, biomedicine and even forensic entomology. Therefore, in AMIRES we have learned that by tackling situations from different angles provides more efficient and effective solutions from a multidisciplinary and enriched vision.

Science is not only found in a laboratory or in a university office, but is everywhere, and we need representation of women at all levels. At AMIRES we are showing it and we are making it our strength. Choosing AMIRES is choosing gender equality and empowerment of women in STEM.

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TINKER WEBSITE LAUNCH

It is official! TINKER website has been launched!

Visit https://www.project-tinker.eu/ and take the journey with us. We will keep you updated about the project´s progress and latest news.
So keep your eyes open.

This is just a start! 

AMIRES looking for new team member!

We are proud of the work we do, and our success is primarily the result of our passionate team of dedicated people. To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for a position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects.

If you are interested in new technologies, great at communication, familiar with European R&D&I funding, have analytical mind set and organizational skills and like challenges, then our job proposal is for you. Read HERE for more.

Good News for the EU and Beyond

The Commission welcomes the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on Horizon Europe, the largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation. The new EU research and innovation programme will have a budget of around €95.5 billion for 2021-2027 (current prices). This includes €5.4 billion (current prices) from NextGenerationEU to boost our recovery and make the EU more resilient for the future, as well as an additional reinforcement of €4.5 billion (current prices). This represents a 30% increase vis-à-vis the current research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020 (comparing Horizon Europe against Horizon 2020 for EU27, in constant prices) and makes it the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world.

This is a big support for researchers and SMEs. 

Read more  https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_2345

The world of “Photonics for Medical devices”

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Last Wednesday December8, 2020 the Webinar on Photonics for Medical Devices organized by EPIC gathered more than 20 organisations, including companies, research organisations and clinical institutions, which talk and discussed about opportunities in medical devices utilizing photonics. Within those companies, AMIRES was represented by our Health-Life Sciences project manager, Mariana Pacheco Blanco.  Moreover, MedPhab pilot line was also presented, in which Mariana acts as project manager.
We, at AMIRES are very glad to be part of such an essential and powerful value chain impacting European business and healthcare products, improving lives!

You can see this event HERE

Flexible Electronics Report

There are over 200 projects that deal with flexible electronics within the H2020 programme. The most active organisations are the RTOs and the Higher Education Institutions such as Fraunhofer, VTT, CEA, IMEC, TNO, CNRS, Cambridge, Oxford, EPF Laussane and Imperial College, among others.

Discover more in-depth analysis of flexible electronics within the Horiozon 2020 Programme, created by John Kennedy Mwangi, AMIRES. The analysis includes:

  • NUMBER OF PROJECTS OVER THE YEARS
  • DISTRIBUTION OF PROJECTS AMONG THE FUNDING INSTRUMENTS
  • PROJECT RANKING IN TERMS OF FUNDING
  • THE KEY PERFORMERS
  • THE DOMINANT PRIVATE FOR PROFIT ENTITIES
  • NUMBER OF PROJECTS PER COUNTRY

Full report HERE

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SmartEEs2 Webinar takeaways

Can flexible and wearable technologies innovate your products and services? How to get technical, business and financial support for testing it?

On December 4, 2020, AMIRES organized a webinar in the framework of the SmartEEs2 project. This webinar was specifically aimed at informing companies in Central Europe about possibilities to participate in the open calls for Application Experiments.

Within SmartEEs2 five Calls for Application Experiments are opened inviting interested companies to submit their application experiment proposals. Selected Application Experiments will demonstrate the transfer of flexible and wearable electronics technologies into new products / series of products, processes, business models and business opportunities. The next, already third, Call for Application Experiments is open until the 15th of January 2021.

At the workshop, participants were informed about the SmartEEs2 project and its objectives and how to submit a proposal in the Call for Application Experiments. The webinar also included two examples of companies that were supported through the first SmartEEs project.

Webinar presentations

Presentation title Speaker
Introduction to the workshopMichael ten Donkelaar, AMIRES
Introduction to SmartEEs2Rudolf Fryček, AMIRES
Company testimonial 1 – ESYSTJaroslav Sochor, ESYST, Czech Republic
Company testimonial 2 – IDEAGianluca Di Buo, IDEA, Italy
SmartEEs2 registration processMinja Maric, AMIRES

Webinar recordings

Upcoming Regenerative Medicine workshop…stay tuned

Due to the combination of the following: end of the year duties, the upcoming Christmas break and the difficult time of the sanitary situation, we need to postpone this event for Spring 2021. We apologize for the change of plans, however we want to assure you a high-quality experience through the newest trends in Regenerative Medicine. We thank you for your understanding and please stay tuned!

Are you involved in the R&D of Regenerative medicine products or technologies? Or you are a clinician who is interested in knowing more about the new trends, and establish new contacts or starting new collaborations? Then, register HERE for the “Virtual Regenerative medicine workshop: from lab to clinic” organized by CSEM and AMIRES in the frame of OrganTrans EU funded project and find out more about incredible technology, modern trends, and interests of the key players in this field. Establish your new network for future collaborations!
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MedPhab at virtual medical tech exhibition COMPAMED

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MedPhab shared a booth with three other European Photonics-based Manufacturing Pilot Lines during virtual COMPAMED. HERE  people could visit the virtual booth coordinated by MedPhab partner, EPIC.  More than 500 people had viewed what MedPhab offers, through the recorded presentation of Ralph Liedert from VTT, which you can see HERE as part of the IVAM Session: Laser and Photonics Applications. In addition, Anja Haase from MedPhab partner, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, shared with the audience their technology in micro- and nano imprint lithography during the microfluidics session of the virtual COMPAMED HIGH-TECH FORUM 2020. Watch her presentation HERE

Next generation of renewable energy technology! CONDOR project launched

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A new Horizon2020 project CONDOR (COmbined suN-Driven Oxidation and CO2 Reduction for renewable energy storage) was launched on 1st November 2020. The main project’s objective is developing a modular device for the production of fuels by using water and carbon dioxide as feedstock and sunlight as the sole energy source.
Read more information about the aim and consortium that AMIRES is also part of  HERE.

MANUELA project’s Open Call has been launched’

MANUELA project’s General Assembly meeting is taking place today and marks the launching of an Open Call for Business Development Cases. This is a unique opportunity for European companies to access the top-notch equipment and services of this Metal Additive Manufacturing Pilot Line, in order to develop and test novel parts, components or products exploiting the benefits of metal AM.

The Open Call will have two cut-off dates on 31st March and 30th September after which the best proposals for Business Development Cases will be selected. You can find all the details on MANUELA’s website here – https://manuela-project.eu/open-call/ – or you can contact its helpdesk at helpdesk@manuela-project.eu.

The Call is open for companies of any size and from any industry. In case you are interested we strongly encourage you to check the technical feasibility of your idea with us prior to submitting a proposal.

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SmartEEs Tuned Another Application Experiment to Bring Lighting Comfort With a Healthier Solution

ESYST, a Czech-based supplier for interior lighting, industrial lighting and public lighting, submitted a proposal to SmartEEs project for an application experiment aiming to bring smart light solutions.

There were two main problems:  lack of intelligent lighting luminaires and low lighting comfort resulting in unhealthy solutions for lighting interiors, which disturb hormone production and thus prevent an undisturbed circadian rhythm. SmartEEs solution, with the service provider – Fraunhofer FEP was developing human-centric light by LED/OLED combination. Development of esthetically pleasing smart lights, utilizing both LED and OLED for their emission capabilities of required wavelengths. By combining two separate tuneable-white modules, the color temperature range of emitted light was expanded, which improves quality over standard human-centric lights. By adding smart control on top the resulting lights should offer a wide range of applications and features such as usage statistics which may lead to more effective use in the future and thus lower power consumption. AMIRES, as a SmartEEs business provider for this case, identified growth potentials by analyzing market segments and further business opportunities throughout the business coaching sessions.

Watch ESYST’s story to bring lighting comfort and healthier solutions to life with SmartEEs support.

MARVEL project has kicked-off!

On November 5th – 6th, 2020 MARVEL project was officially kicked-off via online conferencing service where all partners from 6 organizations participated. The project is coordinated by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) SCITEC-CNR, with the participation of ITM-CNR and other 5 European partners from different countries: Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Italy), Cardiocentro Ticino Foundation (Switzerland), Paperdrop Diagnostics (Spain), HansaBioMed Life Sciences (Estonia) and Amires (Czech Republic).
MARVEL project, whose full name is “Evolving reversible iMmunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towARds scalable extracellular VEsicLes isolation” – will develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools using extracellular vesicles. This innovative technology can help to detect bladder cancer and provide therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which are among leading causes of deaths in the world nowadays.
Extracellular vesicles are membranous particles that are released from a cell. They are found in biological fluids such as blood and urine and they are involved in communication between cells. Extracellular vesicles act as signalling “vehicles” in both physiological and pathological mechanisms. These characteristics make them fundamental in the development of innovative methods in diagnostics, therapy, and industrial biomedical applications. Therefore, MARVEL’s goal is to upgrade the existing technology for reversible extracellular vesicles isolation and move beyond the analytical scale. This is crucial for the manufacturing scale production of extracellular vesicles and further their deployment in cardiac repair and non-invasive diagnosis of bladder cancer.
More information will be shortly available at www.marvel-fet.eu
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Next generation of renewable energy technology: CONDOR

The next generation of innovative renewable energy system is ahead of us thanks to the CONDOR project (COmbined suN-Driven Oxidation and CO2 Reduction for renewable energy storage) launched officially on 09th of October 2020. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the project will address the two big scientific challenges related to the conversion of sunlight into fuels and mitigation of anthropogenic climate change.

CONDOR aims at developing a modular device for the production of fuels by using water and carbon dioxide as feedstock and sunlight as the sole energy source. The projects will develop a photosynthetic device made of two compartments: (a) a photoelectrochemical cell that splits water and CO2 and generates oxygen and syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO; (b) a (photo)reactor that converts syngas into methanol and dimethylether, via bi-functional heterogeneous catalysts. The final target is a full photosynthetic device with 8% solar-to-syngas and 6% solar-to-DME efficiencies with three-months continuous outdoor operation. CONDOR has the ambition to become a basis for the next generation of non-fossil fuel production technologies as it proposes an innovative approach that brings both techno-economic (cost reduction, higher efficiency, lower technological and manufacturing complexity) and environmental (reduced CO2 emission, reduced energy for production, reduced usage of rare materials) advantages in comparison to current solutions for renewable production of methanol and dimethylether.

The project’s innovation potential in terms of scientific and engineering activities is possible by combining the interdisciplinary approach, complementary competences and international collaboration. Coordinated by the University of Bologna and with AMIRES participation, the CONDOR consortium is unifying well reputed technology development teams and key industrial partners, specialised in nanomaterials preparation and characterisation by operando microscopy and spectroscopy, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, photochemistry/photoelectrochemistry, PEC engineering and assessment of the environmental and socio-economic impact of the proposed technology, including life cycle assessment.

Additional information about the CONDOR project can be found at: https://condor-h2020.eu/

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TINKER’s first PRESS RELEASE

The H2020 TINKER project bringing 15 partners from 8 EU countries under its roof has started on the 1st October 2020 and HERE is the first project’s Press Release.

Read more details and stay updated!

AMIRES looking for new team member!

We are proud of the work we do, and our success is primarily the result of our passionate team of dedicated people. To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for a position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects.

If you are interested in new technologies, great at communication, familiar with European R&D&I funding, have analytical mind set and organizational skills and like challenges, then our job proposal is for you. Read HERE for more.

2021 COMMISSION WORK PROGRAMME

Every year, the European Commission adopts a work programme which sets out its key initiatives for the year ahead.It contains new legislative initiatives across all six headline ambitions: 

A European Green Deal
A Europe fit for the digital age
An economy that works for people
A stronger Europe in the world
Promoting our European way of life
A new push for European democracy

A full list of the 44 new policy objectives under the six headline ambitions are set out in Annex 1 of the 2021 work programme.

AMIRES IS AMONG WINNERS OF EU DATHATHON 2020

The winners of the EU Datathon 2020 were announced on 15th October on the Digital event during the European Week of Regions and Cities and AMIRES is proud to be among them. 
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EU Datathon is an annual open data competition organized by the Publications Office of the EU since 2017. The main goal is to stimulate innovation and transform the interaction between citizens and the EU administration. There were four categories according to the challenge to be addressed:

  1. A European Green Deal (Challenge 1),
  2. An economy that works for people (Challenge 2),
  3. A new push for European democracy (Challenge 3)
  4. and a Europe fit for the digital age (Challenge 4).

Our team, consists of John Kennedy Mwangi, Rudolf Fryček, Roman Pašek and Lenka Bajarova, submitted the proposal for the competition by May 3, 2020, for the CHALLENGE 2 and we were selected as one of the 12 finalists from among 121 proposals on May 29th, 2020. Over the following months, we developed the EU4Regions platform and presented it on 15th October on the Digital event during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
Our platform EU4Regions emerged number 2 in challenge 2.  EU4Region, the application created by AMIRES helps identify unknown patterns, causal relations and changes resulting from the injection of EU funds in various regions. It maps the state of cohesiveness and inclusion of EU regions through funding.  The open data from EU CORDIS EU, RegioEvaluation and Eurostat were used to determine whether EU funding is helping our regions. The app should help policymakers adjust financial support. We are grateful to be part of creating new value for citizens through innovation and promoting the use of open data.

Visit our virtual stand addressing Cohesion & cooperation here or watch our final speech below.

Proposals for EU Missions for a Greener, Healthier and More Resilient Europe

High-level independent experts presented their proposals to the European Commission for possible EU missions on some of our most pressing societal challenges. By 2030, the proposed missions aim to find solutions for saving more lives from cancer, making Europe climate resilient, restoring our ocean and waters, achieving 100 climate-neutral cities, and ensuring 75% of soils are healthy. 

The five mission proposals submitted by the Mission Boards, the independent experts advising the Commission, are:

  1. Conquering Cancer: Mission Possible. Targets by 2030: more than 3 million lives saved, living longer and better: achieve a thorough understanding of cancer, prevent what is preventable, optimise diagnosis and treatment, support the quality of life of all people exposed to cancer, and ensure equitable access to the above across Europe.
  2. A Climate Resilient Europe – Prepare Europe for climate disruptions and accelerate the transformation to a climate resilient and just Europe by 2030. Targets by 2030: prepare Europe to deal with climate disruptions, accelerate the transition to a healthy and prosperous future within safe planetary boundaries, and scale up solutions for resilience that will trigger transformations in society.
  3. Mission Starfish 2030: Restore our Ocean and Waters. Targets by 2030: filling the knowledge and emotional gap, regenerating marine and freshwater ecosystems, zero pollution, decarbonising the blue economy, and revamping governance. These mutually supportive objectives will enable the regeneration of the water cycle as a whole.
  4. 100 Climate-Neutral Cities by 2030 – by and for the citizens. Targets by 2030:  support, promote and showcase 100 European cities in their systemic transformation to climate neutrality by 2030 and turn these cities into innovation hubs for all cities, benefitting quality of life and sustainability in Europe.
  5. Caring for Soil is Caring for Life. Targets by 2030: at least 75% of soils in the EU are healthy for food, people, nature and climate. The proposed mission combines research and innovation, education and training, investments and the demonstration of good practices using “Living labs” (experiments and innovation in a laboratory on the ground) and “Lighthouses” (places to showcase good practices).

The Commission will announce its final selected missions at the end of 2020. The missions will launch in 2021 as part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme. 
More information HERE. 

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub Secures €19 Million to Boost SME Growth and Ensure Europe’s Global Competitiveness

PhotonHub Europe – a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub –has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. AMIRES, as a business support provider, together with other partner organizations will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through the faster and smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion in new revenues and venture capital by 2025.

PhotonHub will provide a broad range of services and capabilities covering:
•    training and upskilling supports
•    “test before invest” innovation support
•    supports to find investment

PhotonHub Europe will commence operations from early 2021 and will be operating a continuous open call for companies to apply for its support services. Applications for support will be facilitated online through the PhotonHub website located at www.photonhub.eu.

Read first PhotonHub Europe press release highlighting the essence of photonics in traditional industrial base HERE

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From flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes to sustainable ecosystem

On 21st of October 2020, over 50 participants joined virtually the workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes. The event was organized jointly by Amires and Fraunhofer-FEP, in cooperation with the Technology Centre CAS, in the framework of FlexFunction2Sustian project. With a wealth of expertise and knowledge-sharing, the workshop provided the ideal opportunity for the attendants to digitally network, to exchange ideas on the latest developments and emerging trends in the fields of sustainable packaging and smart plastic films.

The virtual event was opened by Rudolf Frycek, CEO of Amires, and John Fahlteich, Group Leader at the Division: Plasma Technology at Fraunhofer-FEP and also coordinator of FlexFunction2Sustian project. The topic on sustainable and smart packaging was presented by the speakers Jakub Pedzinski (Capri Sun), Marlos Silva (Sonae MC), Wolfgang Lohwasser (AMCOR Flexibles). They shared interesting insights on the development of the industry by addressing the new challenges for reducing the environmental impact of the packaging and undertaken approaches to move to a more “circular” world. High-impact future innovative solutions for smart plastic films for design, optics and security were presented by Jaakko Raukola (ISCENT), Rafael Michalczuk (Swarovski), Tomáš Těthal (IQ Structures), Stephan Trassl (Hueck Folien) and André Kalio (Schreiner Group). Apart from the company profile, each speaker provided information on the in-house machines and process developments. Examples for the application of smart plastic films as well as thriving innovations and ideas for the products of tomorrow were also provided during the presentations. In addition, Alexander Schmidt (Sonnenberg Harrison Partners mbB) presented an overview of the intellectual property landscape of the nanofunctionalised surfaces.

At the end, John Fahlteich had the pleasure to introduce the new Horizon 2020 funded project FlexFunction2Sustain as the latest European initiative for enabling novel solutions and products for plastic and paper-based flexible materials and films. Apart from providing more details on the concept of the Open Innovation Test Bed, he informed the participants about the future possibilities and EU support offered for innovative SMEs and industries in the framework of the project. Learn more about FlexFunction2Sustain here.

The workshop represented a perfect opportunity to learn about the latest developments and industrial applications in the field of sustainable packaging and smart plastic films and possibilities to integrate polymer films, paper and membranes in existing or new products. With the motivation from speakers and a chance to interact with key industry stakeholders, it was truly an event to remember. Stay tuned for the next events organised in the framework of FlexFunction2Sustian project by checking the project website. 

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Join the last in OASIS series of webinars!

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases providing support to companies in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites.

Join the third and last in our series of webinars on 10th November 2020, 1 p.m. CEST.

During this webmeeting, you will learn why and how to apply to this unique opportunity to benefit from the European Commission’s support through the OASIS project. Examples from Airbus and Pleione Energy will show what kind of projects are feasible.

This webmeeting will provide you information about:

  • the Horizon 2020 project OASIS
  • the open call for companies and institutions
  • the technologies that you can access through the pilot-lines
  • the business services provided by OASIS to boost your innovation
  • showcases already implemented to give you an impression of what can be achieved on the technological side with the support of the OASIS consortium.

You can register for the event here – LINK

 

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OrganTrans and RegenHU as part of the current and Future Perspectives on 3D Bioprinting

 OrganTrans and the importance of its Consortium as developer of 3D printing technologies was highlighted by Simon Mackenzie, CEO of RegenHU and OrganTrans partner in the interview with Next Big Innovation Labs® in India. See the complete intereview here (min. 15  OrganTrans was mentioned)
 

TINKER Kick-off meeting

On October 14-15th, 2020, TINKER project was officially kicked-off via online meeting and coordinated by scientist Leo Schranzhofer at PROFACTOR GmbH with AMIRES participation.

In the period of 3 years, starting from 1st of October 2020, European Union´s H2020 funded TINKER project is set to develop a new reliable, accurate, functional, cost- and resource efficient pathway for RADAR and LIDAR sensor package fabrication, using “key enabling technologies, especially inkjet printing and nanoimprint llithography”. The main aim is to establish the TINKER platform based on Additive Manufacturing and Fabrication of RADAR and LIDAR sensors packages as use cases.

The TINKER consortium consists of 10 the most excellent industrial companies, 3 research specialists, one consultancy and a service association, who are major players in the field of semiconductor and microelectronic manufacturing, as well as in the fields of material and process development and industrial fields applying or interested in applying AM for their needs.

More information will be shortly available at www.project-tinker.eu.

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MARVEL: the beginning!

The innovative project starts at the beginning of November 2020! MARVEL project – by the full name “Evolving reversible iMmunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towARds scalable extracellular VEsicLes isolation” – was selected among 28 proposals and received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It offers new diagnostic and therapeutic tools using extracellular vesicles. The proposed technology can help to detect bladder cancer and provide therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
You can find out more about the project and MARVEL team by watching a promo video HERE.
 
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Ideas, trends and networking: Virtual workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes. Register now!

On 21st of October 2020, Amires and Fraunhofer-FEP, in cooperation with the Technology Centre CAS, are organizing a digital workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes in the frame of FlexFunction2Sustian Project.
Structured into two sessions with specific emphasis on the sustainable and smart packaging and smart plastic films for design, optics and security, the workshop targets SMEs, Start-ups and Mid-caps, innovative companies or traditional industries willing to introduce and integrate these materials into their products.
Representatives of leading industries will give talks about the latest trends and share their visions about high-impact future innovative solutions in the respective fields. Already confirmed speakers represent the value chain from packaging material suppliers (HUECK Folien, AMCOR Flexibles, Schreiner Group, Iscent) to users (Sonae MC, Capri Sun, Swarovski) and IP Experts (Sonnenberg Harrison Partners).
During the event, FlexFunction2Sustain project will be introduced as an EU funded initiative to bring together R&D Suppliers, Industries, Startups, Investors and other stakeholders for accelerating innovation in plastic and paper industry – particular smart and sustainable plastics products.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge! Join us online from the comfort of your office or home by filling out the registration form below until 20th of October 2020.

Click here for speakers, programme and registration.
We welcome you to the workshop and look forward to meeting you online!

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Join OASIS’ next Open Call Webinar

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases providing support to companies in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites.

Join the second in our series of webinars on 15th September 2020, 1 p.m. CEST.

During this webmeeting, you will learn why and how to apply to this unique opportunity to benefit from the European Commission’s support through the OASIS project.

This webmeeting will provide you information about:

  • the Horizon 2020 project OASIS
  • the open call for companies and institutions
  • the technologies that you can access through the pilot-lines
  • the business services provided by OASIS to boost your innovation
  • showcases already implemented to give you an impression of what can be achieved on the technological side with the support of the OASIS consortium.

You can register for the event here – LINK

 

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KEY FACTS REPORT ON ICT 

The Information and Communications Technology Research and Development (ICT R&D) sector is one of the most dynamic sectors in the EU economy. What is the state of R&D in ICT in the EU and beyond? Get an insight into it from the 2020 PREDICT Key Facts Report.

The 2020 PREDICT Key Facts Report provides a detailed analysis of the state of ICT R&D activities in the EU28 and 12 further economies worldwide. The statistical information provided by the figures allows the comparison between: the ICT sector and the total economy; the ICT manufacturing sector and the ICT services sector; the four ICT manufacturing sectors, two ICT services sectors, and MC and RS sectors; EU countries; the EU and the international context (including the most relevant countries in the world economy). The report focuses especially on the ICT R&D macroeconomic dynamics. Report states that the ICT sector is one of the most dynamic sectors in the EU economy, standing out for its high R&D intensity and for a productivity that is higher than that of the whole economy.

  • The size of the EU28 ICT sector in 2017 amounted to 630 billion euros value added (VA),
  • employed 6.3 million people
  • and spent 32 billion euros on R&D (BERD) business expenditures.

The ICT sector represented 4.1% of the EU28 total value added, 2.7% of total employment, 15.2% of total BERD, and 18.1% and 20.4% of the R&D personnel and researchers in the EU28, respectively.

Report avaiable HERE.

The COVID-19 Data Portal- Accelerate Coronavirus Research

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences (EMBL) and partners launch the COVID-19 Data Portal that is currently used by 73 000 scientists for vaccine development. This central repository facilitates data sharing and analysis.

A big of scientific efforts are taking place worldwide in order to help combat COVID-19. One of the biggest challenges is to share data and findings in a coordinated way, in order to understand the disease and to develop treatments and vaccines. To address this challenge, EMBL-EBI and partners operate the COVID-19 Data Portal, which brings together relevant datasets submitted to EMBL-EBI and other major centres for biomedical data.
The COVID-19 Data Portal enables researchers to upload, access and analyse COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets- such as raw and assembled viral sequences, and signposting to datasets that cannot openly be shared, in particular patient data subject to GDPR requirements, from clinical trials, hospitals and national healthcare systems.

The portal makes it easier for scientists, public health and healthcare professionals to collaborate, which will help accelerate the development of diagnostics, treatment and vaccines.

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European Council Adopts Conclusions on the EU Budget for 2021-2027

On 21 July 2020, the European Council agreed on the European Union (EU) budget for 2021 – 2027. The seven-year EU budget (the Multiannual Financial Framework or MFF) of an overall amount of €1,074.3 billion. Alongside the new long-term budget for the EU, they also agreed on the €750 billion recovery package called “Next Generation EU”- aimed at helping the EU come out of the looming recession set in motion by the coronavirus pandemic. €390 billion from the package will be distributed in the form of grants to member states and €360 billion in loans. The EU’s seven-year budget will cover the following main spending areas:

  • cohesion, resilience and values
  • natural resources and the environment
  • migration and border management
  • security and defence
  • neighbourhood and the world
  • European public administration

More information HERE. 

EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF INNOVATION 2020

12 finalist cities competing to become the European Capital of Innovation in 2020 are:

  1. Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  2. Espoo  (Finland)
  3. Ghent (Belgium)
  4. Groningen (The Netherlands)
  5. Helsingborg (Sweden)
  6. Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)
  7. Leuven (Belgium)
  8. Linz (Austria)
  9. Milano (Italy)
  10. Reykjavik (Iceland)
  11. Valencia (Spain)
  12. Vienna (Austria)

The 6th edition of the European Capital of Innovation Award is funded by Horizon 2020. The prize recognises the EU cities that develop vibrant innovation ecosystems to address public challenges and improve the lives of the people. Cities have shown how they created the conditions for innovation by:

  • experimenting innovative concepts, processes, tools, and governance models as a test-bed for innovation
  • engaging citizens in the innovation process and ensuring the uptake of their ideas
  • expanding the city’s attractiveness to become a role model for other cities
  • empowering citizens by bringing concrete and measurable added value through the implementation of innovative practices
The winner city will receive the title of European Capital of Innovation 2020 as well as €1,000,000 to support its innovation activities and to enhance its capacity to connect individuals, public sector, academia, and businesses to deliver societal benefits for its communities. Five runners-up will get €100,000 each.

The European Commission will announce the winner and the runners-up of the European Capital of Innovation 2020 contest at the European Research and Innovation Days taking place on 22-24 September 2020. At the same event, the Commission will award the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020, the EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid, and the Horizon Impact Award 2020.

More details here

Save the date: Web Workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes

We are pleased to announce that AMIRES and Fraunhofer-FEP are organising a Workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes. The event will be held on 21st October 2020 (9.30 – 14.00) with a possibility for virtual participation.

Structured into two sessions with specific emphasis on the sustainable and smart packaging and smart plastic films for design, optics and security, the workshop targets SMEs, Start-ups and Mid-caps, innovative companies or traditional industries willing to introduce and integrate these materials into their products. The event will include presentations of representatives of leading industry’s who will give a talk about the latest trends and share their visions about high-impact future innovative solutions in the respective field.

The workshop is organised in the framework of “FlexFunction2Sustain” project which aims to enable novel solutions and products for plastic and paper based flexible materials and films. The project will integrate the existing European infrastructures into an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) in order to operate in open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain. FlexFunction2Sustain OITB will not only support the market acceptance of these novel products and related technologies, but it will also ensure that prototype ideas from European companies will have the possibility or reaching a semi-industrial scale in short time. Learn more about FlexFunction2Sustain here.

Save the date! We will keep you informed!

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FRIENDSHIP: Better Industrial Solar Heating Solutions

An article related to the potentialities and the future application of the SHIP (Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) technologies has been published by SINTEF, Norwegian FRIENDSHIP Partner. In the article, it is highlighted how FRIENDSHIP will work to break down some of the major barriers to wider SHIP implementation and how the industries will have a huge long-term benefits from this technology. AMIRES was the consultancy appointed for the proposal preparation and it also manages the grant agreement preparation together with CEA after the successful proposal evaluation. In the project, AMIRES is involved as project manager and dissemination leader. 

Traveling, handshakes, vaccines and stamps

Read HERE about traveling, handshakes, stamps and more from the perspective of Prof. Marc van Ranst, University of Leuven, virologist, and scientist expert in coronaviruses. He has been studying coronaviruses before the pandemic started and has been living this crisis extremely close.
The interview was prepared by the European Commission Research Executive Agency (REA) Programme Officer,  Agne Dobranskyte-Niskota, and published in the REAder Magazine.
University of Leuven belongs to the consortium of the twinning project, MiCoBion, led by Charles University in the Czech Republic, and two partners more: University of Paris in France and EMBL in Germany.

3Dprint.com glances at OrganTrans and regenHU

Simon MacKenzie, CEO of regenHU, partner of OrganTrans recently described in an interview to 3DPrint.com the mission of OrganTrans and the role of regenHU in such challenge project.
MacKenzie explained that OrganTrans uses regenHU’s 3D bioprinters to produce organoid-based liver constructs with organoid laden bioinks. He describes that if the feasibility of the approach in a mouse model will be verified, it will be groundbreaking for the disease, showing its potential as an alternative to transplantation for patients suffering from end-stage liver disease.
regenHU is a pioneer and global leader in tissue and organ printing technologies converging digital manufacturing, biomaterials, and biotechnology to lead transformational innovations in healthcare. regenHU are committed to provide disruptive technologies that will enable the community to make regenerative medicine a reality, to cover today’s researchers and tomorrow’s industrial biofabrication needs.
He emphasized that 3D bioprinting is currently behind 3D printing in other applications, however, it is expanding in Europe. And the role of projects like OrganTrans and companies, such as regenHU are pushing the technology onward.
Continue reading here the complete text of the interview.

My stay at AMIRES

My name is Katharina Kosjak and I am currently studying Molecular Biology and Innovation Management at the University of Graz and Campus 02, University of applied sciences. Always fascinated by nature and its regularities, I wanted to focus on life sciences. However, when I made my very first experiences while traveling the world, I discovered the importance of connecting scientists, economists, and politicians. This was the reason I decided to pursue an interdisciplinary study program and combine science and economy. During my studies I used to work as a paramedic, I became a member of the Young European Federalists (JEF) and since February 2020 I have been president of JEF Styria. Through this organization I took part in many international Erasmus programs, I learned a lot about the European Union and I believe it is important to connect the EU with people.
I applied for an internship at AMIRES without knowing much about consulting, but as I know today, it has been the best decision I could have possibly made. At Amires I had the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the fields of project management and business innovation, which is fundamentally based on a good network. Amires is a space where Ideas come together and an ecosystem for entrepreneurship and exchanging know-how. It does not only connect ideas, but it also connects people with several backgrounds on an international level. Behind every project is a vision of continuous improvement, creative thinking, and open innovation. The realization of those visions is only possible with a good team and a network to spread ideas. It is fascinating to see the development of projects, starting with the first idea and to follow every step of a unique process. Working at Amires means being part of an outstanding team, working in an environment with an international character, and gaining the first impression of how the world of tomorrow could look like.

Open position in Health and Biotech sector

Are you passionate about the newest technological trends in medical technologies and medicine in general? Are you target oriented and responsibility, flexibility, team spirit or time management are no strangers to you? MS Office is your best friend and you are not worried to organize calls, take minutes or prepare presentations? Do you enjoy working in multinational environment with English as the main communication language? Are you ready to cooperate with excellent European R&D&I organisations, SMEs, hospitals and large industries? Then AMIRES is looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Health and Biotech sector by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to bajarova(at)amires.eu till August 14 2020. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job competition will be contacted by August 18 2020.

SmartEEs2 Call for AEs – 10 proposals selected for the 1st cut-off date

Following the evaluation process of proposals submitted by the 1st cut-off date, the SmartEEs2 consortium selected 10 proposals to proceed with the contracting phase, and put 1 proposal on a reserve list. The projects are focused on integrating flexible and wearable electronics into advanced new products / series of products.

Altogether 24 proposals were received for this cut-off date, 23 of which were evaluated by the SmartEEs2 Evaluation Panel. The funding amount for each of the selected projects will be decided during the contracting phase.

If you would like to know more about the 1st cut-off evaluation results, please check the Public Evaluation Report.

If you are interested in applying to the SmartEEs2 Call for AEs, please check the requirements on this page.

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FlexFunction2Sustain website is now live!

We are pleased to announce that the full version of the FlexFunction2Sustain project website is now available (https://flexfunction2sustain.eu/). Learn more about our goal to establish an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) to boost innovations for plastic and paper based flexible materials and films. The project aims to integrate the existing European infrastructures into an ecosystem, which will be able to operate in open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain. On our webpage, the users can discover information on the technical facilities that will be upgraded for processing of novel sustainable plastic materials and paper. Their new functionalities will be demonstrated in relevant industrial use cases covering various application areas such as sustainable smart packaging, plastic and paper electronics, surfaces and membranes in bio application and optical film for security and design. In the second phase of the project, the service portfolio will be subsequently verified and demonstrated by 20 pre-commercial pilot cases. Therefore, on the “Open Calls” section, all interested SMEs and industries can sign up to receive the latest information for the competitive calls, foreseen for January 2022 and January 2023. The contacts section provides information for the Project Coordinator and Project Manager as well as a contact form to send your inquire about related activities or additional information.


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AMIRES looking for Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Are you responsible, proactive, diligent? Do you enjoy working on different administrative and organisational tasks having colourful daily routine? Would you like to support our multinational team and help to strengthen its team spirit? Are you a proficient user of Microsoft Office? Do you speak fluently Czech and English? Then AMIRES is looking for you.

Apply for our newly opened position of Office Manager / Executive Assistant by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to bajarova(at)amires.eu till August 5 2020. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job competition will be contacted by August 7 2020.

Join the OASIS Open Call webinar on 16th July

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases providing support to companies in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites.

Join our webmeeting on 16 July 2020, 1 p.m. CEST.

During this webmeeting, you will learn why and how to apply to this unique opportunity to benefit from the European Commission’s support through the OASIS project.

This webmeeting will provide you information about:

  • the Horizon 2020 project OASIS
  • the open call for companies and institutions
  • the technologies that you can access through the pilot-lines
  • the business services provided by OASIS to boost your innovation
  • showcases already implemented to give you an impression of what can be achieved on the technological side with the support of the OASIS consortium.

You can register for the event here – LINK

 

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OASIS Open Call has been launched!

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases with the objective of providing support to institutions in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites. Successful applicants to the OASIS Open Call will get free access to an ecosystem of 12 nanotechnology manufacturing pilot lines, providing nanomaterials, nano-intermediates, nano-enabled products and associated services. The selected applicants will be provided with customized support through a complete set of services integrating technical and business expertise which will enable them to build up sustainable business cases. If interested, please check OASIS’ website, browse through its Catalogue of services, read the conditions of the Call, and eventually apply with your Democase here – LINK.

The Call’s first cut-off date, after which proposals will be evaluated and selected for support, is on 31st January 2021. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to check the feasibility of their ideas prior to submitting their proposals. Please do so by contacting the HelpDesk at helpdesk@project-oasis.eu or by calling this number +420 226 217 422.

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