Enabling technologies and data/ICT well-positioned in topsector agendas

The nine Dutch Topsectors have recently published an update of their knowledge and innovation agendas (KIAs), as a step-up towards establishing public-private innovation contracts for the coming period of four years. DTL has strongly promoted to connect the agendas of Life Science & Health, Agri&Food, Horticulture & Starting Materials and the cross-connecting themes ICT and Biobased Economy at the level of enabling technologies and data/ICT. These topics have now been adopted in the sector agendas, and cross-references have been made. This is an excellent starting position to build joint programmes in these enabling technology areas that are crucial in all life science-based sectors.

As a step-up towards establishing a national ICT innovation programme across sectors, DTL also coordinated the contribution of the broader life science fields to the white paper associating the ICT KIA, under the title COMMIT2DATA. The broader life sciences clearly have numerous data and ICT challenges in common, and COMMIT2DATA is a perfect anchor to collectively invest in research and innovation across academia and industry. More information? Please contact ruben.kok@dtls.nl.

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