In an effort to further improve access to, and efficiency amongst the nanolabs, NanoLabNL is investigating the possibilities of further aligning lab processes through the adoption of a single lab management system. Recently the Steering Committee got together for a demonstration and discussion of the LIMS software package. This system was developed at Chalmers and has been adopted by many of the Scandinavian nanolabs. The system has a user friendly interface and in terms of functionality, it ticks most of the boxes with our lab managers. The LIMS systems is well positioned to become a nanolab standard for nanolabs across Europe. The initial response to the demonstration of this system was positive. The steering committee will explore options like incorporating LIMS with existing information systems and report their findings by the end of January.
This initiative is part of an effort to further align and standardise nanolab operations in order to better accommodate users with a unified set of services at each location.
NanoLabNL vouchers awarded to ETC Solar and 20Med Therapeutics
ETC Solar and 20Med Therapeutics are the lucky recipients of a NanoLabNL voucher. A NanoLabNL voucher has a value of 7500 euros and grants the user the right to 50 to 75 hours of independent use of the facilities of the nanotechnology labs (including training) and/or advice about this.
For industrial parties only
The vouchers are intended for industrial parties who have not previously made use of NanoLabNL’s facilities. For example, starting and young companies who are busy building up a business around research results.
With the vouchers these companies can easily become acquainted with our research facilities and we stimulate the entrepreneurial activity. Over the past few years, dozens of vouchers have been awarded to companies. In this continuous call, NanoLabNL is making 10 vouchers per year available each of which is worth 7500 euros.
About the recipients
ETC Solar is commercializing world’s highest-performing front contact technology for solar cells: the effectively transparent contacts (ETCs). ETCs are the first industrially viable approach to mitigate shading losses; the largest practical loss in nearly all types of solar cells.
20Med Therapeutics is a Dutch biotechnology company developing innovative solutions for efficient intracellular delivery of (oligo)nucleotide therapeutics (siRNA, miRNA, mRNA, DNA) for treatment of genetic diseases. 20Med’s proprietary nanogels are highly innovative nanoparticles, designed with several smart bioresponsive functions making them efficient in transport, cellular uptake, and release of active gene and drug molecules into the cytoplasm of target cells.
Since 2003, NanoLabNL is the Netherlands’ national facility for nanotechnology research. NanoLabNL offers the use of its equipment, techniques, and expertise to universities, research institutes, start-up companies, and industry at five different locations in the Netherlands: Twente, Eindhoven, Delft, Groningen and Amsterdam. You can learn more about nanotechnology and NanoLabNL by watching this video on YouTube.