Groningen Techcentre for Life Sciences: towards the first local DTL

DTL is a network of Dutch life sciences professionals that jointly develop an interconnected research infrastructure. Our focus is on FAIR data treatment, accessible high-end technologies, and expert training: Data, Technologies, and Learning. People at Groningen University and UMCG are now establishing a local version of the national DTL network. Dr Morris Swertz, Dr Salome Scholtens, and Dr Marina de… Continue reading

RIVM publishes report on personalised medicine

Personalised treatments are strongly emerging in the medical world, as it is becoming increasingly clear that many factors together determine whether someone is responding well to a medicinal product. However, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has recently published a study that shows that it is still difficult to translate scientific knowledge into medical practice. Read the… Continue reading

Looking back on the 5th National DNA Lab Day

The 5th edition of the National DNA Lab Day for Dutch high school teachers took place on 7 April 2017. The event attracted 150 participants.  The DNA lab day was organised by the ‘Reizende DNAlabs’ (DNA labs on the road). These are mobile practicals that educate high school students about DNA, genes, genomics, and the latest research techniques. The project has been… Continue reading

ZCube Open Accelerator: call for ideas for life sciences startups

Milan, 16th June, 2017 – ZCube, Research Venture of the pharmaceutical group Zambon, launches the second edition of Open Accelerator, a fast track acceleration program for life science start-up projects. Open Accelerator is a 12-steps program providing training to international researchers, scientists and aspiring entrepreneurs that, following a selection process, could receive seed investment of up to €100.000 per project.… Continue reading

Spinoza Prizes for Albert Heck and Alexander van Oudenaarden

Albert Heck and Alexander van Oudenaarden of Utrecht University have both received a Spinoza Prize from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This is the highest academic award in the Netherlands. Heck and Van Oudenaarden are both seen as pioneers in biomolecular research. Each scientist will receive €2.5 million. They are free to choose the research they wish to… Continue reading

Missed our Technology Hotels information meeting?

On 13 June 2017, DTL organised an information meeting about the Enabling Technologies Hotels Call 2017. Sander Hougee (ZonMw) and Merlijn van Rijswijk (DTL) informed the meeting’s participants about the selection procedure and more. You can download their presentation here.

FAIR Data team will conduct FAIR Data hackathon at BIO-IT world

This year Bio-IT World (23-25 May 2017, Boston) will host its first hackathon. The hackathon will focus on FAIR Data, data that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. One of the organizers, Belgian company Ontoforce, has reached out to the FAIR Data team to deliver the content for the three-day hands-on session. Erik Schultes (CSO FAIR Data) will lead the hackathon… Continue reading

Beyond Banking Hackathon 9-11 June

On 9-11 June, ABN AMRO will organise an open ‘Beyond Banking’ hackathon in the ‘Sugar Factory’ in Halfweg, between Amsterdam and Haarlem. Several data sets are available during the hackathon, including datasets about cells of leukemia patients and healthy people, provided by Dr Jules Meijerink (Princess Maxima Center for pediatric oncology) and Professor Peter van der Spek (Erasmus MC Rotterdam). The Beyond Banking website… Continue reading

BioSB 2017 conference: a report and pictures

The 3rd edition of the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference (BioSB 2017) was held on 4-5 April 2017. The conference had a record number of participants: over 400 researchers and students visited the conference, representing almost every Dutch university and UMC, as well as various research institutes and companies. Photos are available in the photo gallery The conference programme featured keynote lectures, parallel… Continue reading