With three speakers from different backgrounds, MinacNed gave a broad picture of the application of Thin Film / MEMS technology on April 20. This event is freely accessible to members of MinacNed and the aim is to exchange knowledge between experts and interested parties on a specific theme.

Thin Film/MEMS applications

From Philips, Rob van Schaijk has provided insight into new technology applications, including a look at the future of ultrasound imaging. Richard Norte, assistant professor at TU Delft, showed in his presentation how thin film mirrors are used and which interfaces there are with other nano application areas. Aaike van Vugt, CEO of VSParticle showed that his company focuses on the endless applications of nanoparticles and the collaboration they enter into with strategic partners. Moderator Frank van de Scheur led the session in which the speakers were challenged in discussion and by questions from the participants.

MinacNed has tackled a broad subject here, in which the three presentations have their own perspective, which gave the participants a brief impression of the application of Thin Film / MEMS. For those who have missed the session, it is possible to watch it again. Send an email to Aurélie Veltema via a.veltema@minacned.nl.

Read more about the event and the speakers’ abstracts.

Share your suggestion for a theme

Events are being planned for the months of May and June that will be announced shortly. If you have an idea for an event or if you have a question that you would like to tackle with experts, please send a message to MinacNed. The MinacNed member events are for and by members and we are happy to think along with you about speakers and the content of the event.

Today Surfix celebrates its 10th birthday! Surfix was founded as a spin-off from Wageningen University. Recently, the company has been making big steps towards maturity.
Wageningen, The Netherlands, April 1st, 2021

Ten years ago, the founders of Surfix recognized that control of surface properties is a key requirement for successful application of micro- and nanotechnology. And more importantly, they also saw the business opportunity this represented.

Han Zuilhof, founder of Surfix and professor of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University, said: ”During 15 years of research in my lab we published a number of patents on chemical surface modification. Starting a company seemed like the best way to get something out of them, and I already knew the best person to do this: my former PhD Student Luc Scheres. With Lionix and Aquamarijn we found investors who were not only in it for the money, but also wanted to contribute in other ways. With this combination of conceptual innovation, high-energy drive and sound business experience, we were good to go!”

Surfix started as a provider of R&D services in the field of nanocoatings. In the past decade, Surfix has been growing steadily, developing custom nanocoatings in a wide range of projects for customers of all sorts and sizes. Gradually, a focus on nanocoatings for biosensors and microfluidic devices arose. In this process, Surfix also strengthened and expanded its technology base by developing several new proprietary nanocoating processes.

The next major milestone for Surfix was its acquisition by Dutch companies Lionix International and Qurin Diagnostics in 2019, followed by an additional investment from PhotonDelta in 2020. Surfix is now focusing on developing and marketing a diagnostic platform based on a photonic biochip.

CEO Maarten Buijs said: “Surfix started by developing nanocoating processes, then moved to nanocoating-enhanced components, and is now making the next step to integrate these components in a product. During the last year we have focused on becoming a diagnostics company. All signs are there that Surfix’s unique capabilities in photonic biosensing will enable wide-scale deployment of point-of-need diagnostics in a variety of areas. The initial target areas are early cancer diagnosis, covid-19 detection, and detection of pathogens in water for aquaculture”.

CTO and founder Luc Scheres said: “I am very happy and grateful to celebrate Surfix’s tenth birthday today! We would not have reached this milestone without the hard work of our staff, the loyal trust of our customers and suppliers, and the loving support of our family and close friends. We have come a long way, and I am looking forward to many more exciting developments at Surfix in the years to come!”

Contact info@surfix.nl for more information or visit www.surfix.nl.

About Surfix

Surfix was founded as a spin-off from the laboratory of Organic Chemistry of Wageningen University & Research in 2011, and was acquired by Dutch companies Qurin Diagnostics and Lionix International in 2019. Surfix received financial support by public private partnership PhotonDelta in 2020 to further grow its photonics business.
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On Thursday March 25, the first online MinacNed member event was organised in 2021 on Microbubble technology in medical application.

With an audience from industry and science, the team kicked off the online webinar series of MinacNed member events. In the first session of 2021, Prof Michel Versluis, TU Twente and Dr Klazina Kooiman, Erasmus MC gave an excellent overview of the foundation and application of micro bubble technology in medical application.

The setting was open for the attendees to ask their questions from the speakers. Moderator Douwe Geuzebroek, from Lionix International, asked the speakers where they could see collaboration with MinacNed partners. There is a need to collaborate with industry, our speakers explained. To better understand what is needed for the clinical phase. It is possible to simulate application in practice in a lab setting. Now there is a need to work with industry to raise the technical questions from a hospital setting where the technology is applied in daily practice.

Collaboration with industry

MinacNed members who are looking to collaborate with these groups to further develop micro bubble technology in imaging, and therapy with micro bubbles can contact the MinacNed office. The applications discussed in the meeting in drug delivery, treatment of tumor and cardiovascular disease are is the current research focus.

Thin film/MEMS event

On April 20, 2021 the next MinacNed member event will be hosted by moderator Frank van de Scheur, Head of MEMS at Philips and Chair of the MinacNed board. The keynote speakers invited are Rob van Schaik principal architect Thin film/Mems at Philips and Richard Norte, Assistant professor at Delft University of Technology & Co-Founder at Nenso Solutions.

The registration will open on April 6, registration is free for MinacNed members. Read more about the next MinacNed event here.

In 2021 the MinacNed teams plans to continue the sucess of the iMNC pre-events. We need your input to help us organise events that you want to join. Every month we will host an online meeting for MinacNed members to discuss with each other about a specific topic of interest. In a  1.5 hour online session we can invite guest keynote speakers and offer spots for company pitches to MinacNed members.

Share your ideas

The pre-event meetings are organised for MinacNed members. To get to know each other, to find new contacts and to learn from each other. Are you interested to pitch your idea for a theme? Would you like to join the company pitch? Send an email to Aurélie Veltema via a.veltema@minacned.nl.
There is no limit on the number of collegues you bring from your company or organisation, all MinacNed members are invited to join.We will send the invitations via direct mail or you can register via the MinacNed website. Keep your eye on the event page for updates.

Live events after Corona

Once the Corona crisis has passed and we can organize live events, we will continue these monthly meetins at a live location. We will also host network drinks and offer opportunities for you to meet the other MinacNed members. We look forward to seeing you, online and during our live events on site.

To showcase the partners in the nanotechnology ecosytem, MinacNed has worked together with a number of member companies to shoot a promotional video about their company. These videos are now available on the partner profile pages. The video’s give a short pitch and insight in the technology and services that our MinacNed members have to offer to you.

If you are interested to learn more about the member company, you will find the contact information the member page. The following MinacNed members have published a video:


Lionix International



You will find the video via the company logo, which will open a video player in a new window. All videos are produced by Studio Lek.