In 2021 gaat het MinacNed team door met organiseren van de iMNC-pre-events, na een succesvolle start in 2020. We hebben uw input nodig om ons te helpen bij het organiseren van evenementen waaraan u wilt deelnemen. Elke maand organiseren we een online bijeenkomst voor MinacNed-leden om met elkaar te discussiëren over een specifiek onderwerp van interesse. In een online sessie van 1,5 uur kunnen we gastsprekers uitnodigen en plekken voor bedrijfspresentaties aanbieden aan MinacNed-leden.

We hebben uw input nodig

De pre-event bijeenkomsten worden georganiseerd voor MinacNed-leden. Om elkaar te leren kennen, nieuwe contacten te zoeken en van elkaar te leren. Heeft u een idee voor een thema tijdens een event? Of wilt u een keer meedoen aan de bedrijfspitch? Stuur een e-mail naar Aurélie Veltema via

Er is geen limiet aan het aantal collega’s dat u van uw bedrijf of organisatie meeneemt, alle MinacNed-leden worden uitgenodigd om lid te worden. We sturen de uitnodigingen via direct mail of u kunt zich registreren via de MinacNed-website. Houd de evenementpagina in de gaten voor updates.

Live-evenementen na Corona

Zodra de Corona-crisis voorbij is en we live-evenementen kunnen organiseren, zullen we deze maandelijkse bijeenkomsten op een live-locatie voortzetten. De events worden dan uitgebreid met een netwerkborrel en ook hier bieden wij u de mogelijkheid om andere MinacNed-leden te ontmoeten. We zien u graag online en tijdens onze live-evenementen ter plaatse.

By Dimitri Reijerman, FHI

Because of the corona pandemic, the international MicroNanoConference 2020 will be a virtual event this year. Professor Maarten Honing, working at the Maastricht University and active in the MicroNanoConference organization, is sharing some highlights of the upcoming conference with us.

Honing says the pandemic has had it’s impact on the industry in general: “The development of new techniques and technology continues, even in this corona crisis. In some cases, even the R&D focus for some companies has changed. We all know the development of rapid corona tests for example. There are about five or more of these tests, and as a chemical analyst I would love to see the real performance of all these test over the next year period, and understand why some of these tests result in false negatives or false positives.”

And there’s the business itself, Honing says: “I also think many smaller companies in the micronano industry have had some financial difficulties, as larger industrial partners slowed down their R&D, as an example. On the other hand, you can design certain technologies at home, from behind your computer, so innovation will always continue.”

Corona has had an interesting influence on the MicroNanoConference this year, the professor says: “We always ask for abstracts or presentations for a new conference. On basis of quality and other aspects we try to group these presentations in overarching themes. With de digital edition this year we are able to send more focused invites to people. This way we get even more focused themes. We also get the opportunity to invite more international speakers.”

According to Honing, there are many highlights during the digital edition: “This year we will have some special sessions. One of them talks about human capital with the central question: ‘How important is human capital for the small manufacturing industry?’ The other one is ‘Creating new business’, where three people who helped start-ups talk about how to get from an idea to a viable company. Which strategies are there to get in business? Which hurdles arise and why do some companies fail? And our poster sessions will be accompanied this edition by pitches. So the scientists can pitch their research in about two to three minutes in separate sessions online.”

There’s one session Honing is really looking forward to: “Some keynote speakers from The Netherlands will sketch their vision about where the micronano industry is going. In this panel discussion titled ‘Vision on nanotechnology’ the attendees will talk about what the Dutch industry needs to be doing. And again, the sessions about funding systems for start-ups and human capital are very interesting from my point of view.”

Registration iMNC2020
Registration for the iMNC2020 is still possible via the site. If you cannot attend the sessions live, you have until January 1, 2021 to watch the sessions again. Register:



On 3 and 4 December 2020, MinacNed, in collaboration with its partners from micro- and nanotechnology, is organizing the 16th edition of the international MicroNanoConference 2020. This year on a virtual platform where speakers, participants and sponsors meet in online spaces and talk to each other. deal with current topics within the field.

Themes MicroNanoConference

Prior to the iMNC2020, the event organization gave a glimpse into the current playing field during various pre-events. The main themes of the December conference were at the heart of these pre-events. There were discussions about, among other things, safety, food sustainability and cooperation in corona initiatives with public-private partners.

An important theme this year is Nano4Society. In 2019, the Nanovision for 2030 was introduced by Nano4Society, resulting from the national program NanoNextNL. This Nanovision focuses on 4 themes: Nano4Energy, Nano4Agri & Food, Nano4Health and Nano4Security.

During the conference, we will delve deeper into these themes under the guidance of leading keynote speakers. In interactive sessions there is also a lot of attention for recruitment in high-tech companies during corona and for the growth of startups with the help of experts. Central to this are questions such as: What have we learned in 2020? What will we take with us for the coming years?

The full program:

Registration online

In addition to online discussions and key notes, the side program consists of interactive banners, downloads of flyers and of course the personal conversation, whereby old contacts and new leads can be addressed. The iMNC2020 project team is proud to also organize a well-attended conference in 2020 where partners from the micro and nano community will feel at home and can listen to appealing presentations from science and industry.

Registration for the iMNC2020 is still possible via the site. If you cannot attend the sessions live, you have until January 1, 2021 to watch the sessions again.



The MinacNed team invites you to MinacNed member event on April 20,  where we will discuss: Thin film/ MEMS technology. MinacNed has invited 2 excellent speakers who will present their work, followed by a Q&A discussion.

Thin film/ MEMS

Online MinacNed member event
April 20, 2021
15:00-16:30 hrs
Registration free for MinacNed members


Rob van Schaijk, principal architecht Thin film/MEMS at Philips

Rob van Schaijk joined Philips Innovation Services in 2017, in the MEMS & Micro Devices department as principal architect. His main responsibility is MEMS process development in the Philips MEMS foundry with a focus on CMUT technology. With 20 years of experience in semiconductors, MEMS and IC technology in different positions, from senior scientist to R&D manager. Before joining Philips Innovation Services, he has been with Philips Research, Philips Semiconductors, NXP semiconductors and Imec on topics in the area of silicon processing, energy harvesting and sensors for use in wireless sensor nodes. He obtained a master degree in applied physics from the technical university of Eindhoven in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 1999 in semiconductor physics.


c-MUT and p-MUT: new technology platform for medical ultrasound
Capacitive or piezoelectric micro-machined ultrasonic transducers (MUT) enable smaller form factors, larger arrays, larger bandwidths, and integration with driver circuitry for new medical ultrasound applications. The current technology based on piezo-electric crystals will be more and more unable to meet these requirements.  The new MUT technology is well suited and optimized for medical applications, ranging from general probes to integration in catheters. For general probes, it leverages main MUT advantages of high-volume manufacturing, low cost and high performance leading towards ubiquitous ultrasound. For the catheter-based devices, MUT technology also adds high levels of integration and miniaturization. In this presentation, an overview of CMUT and PMUT devices and market perspectives will be given. In addition, the state of the art and new developments of CMUT and PMUT technology and its use in several medical applications will be shown.


Richard Norte, Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology & Co-Founder at Nenso Solutions

Richard NorteOur research focuses on creating new microchip technologies and designer meta-materials which can manipulate light & sound at the nanoscale. This allows us to create circuits which route photons & phonons in the same way conventional circuitry routes electrons. By sending laser light into nano-photonic circuits, we can interact with micro-sized mechanical oscillators, allowing us to measure vibrations on the femto-meter scale (10-15 m) – a size normally reserved to describe the radius of protons. We are expanding these unique capabilities to create quantum-limited sensors which can detect accelerations, temperatures, and forces on integrated microchips and can be readily translated into emerging nanotechnology industries. These light-based sensors are now laying the groundwork towards new types of microphones, accelerometers, and inertial navigation systems which can out-perform many conventional MEMS platforms in terms of sensitivity, energy consumption, and immunity to environmental noise and jamming. The aim is to create nano-mechanical sensors so sensitive and easy-to-use that we can study fundamental physics in new ways and push forward commercial applications.

Richard Norte holds a bachelors degree in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Physics from California Institute of Technology. His work has been featured in Nature, Nature Photonics, Science, Physical Review Letters and on the cover of Optica and Scientific American. He is co-founder of consulting company, Nenso Solutions, which helps enable nanotechnology for next-generation industries. Our team is part of the DMN research group in the Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) department.

Aaike van Vugt, CEO VSParticle

Aaike van VugtAaike has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from TU Delft. “There is plenty of room at the bottom.” – a 1959 quote by famous physicist Richard Feynman in a talk titled ‘A staggeringly small world’ are the words that inspired our CEO, Aaike in his career pursuit. After graduation he went on to become a Co-Founder of VSPARTICLE. As CEO, he spends his time on both the R&D and the commercial sides of the business. He is passionate about nanotech’s potential to improve life on Earth and this passion it what fuels the leadership of VSPARTICLE. VSPARTICLE has unleashed the full power of nanotechnology and quantum properties by making the production of nanoparticles as easy as pushing a button. The future will build from the bottom up and there is a whole world of possibilities down there. We provide you with the right tools to explore new materials properties and accelerate your research. Simplicity is our super power, innovation can be yours.

Aaike will show the latest developments regarding the VSP-P1 nanoparticle printer. With this new tool it is possible to locally print new nanoparticle based materials onto MEMS devices. At the moment VSPARTICLE is collaborating with industry to develop next generation metal oxide gas sensors. Looking at the current development it is expected that the Nano Aerosol Process will become a standard SEMICON tool in 2-3 years.


Frank van de Scheur, Head of MEMS & Micro Devices at Philips & Chair of MinacNed board


The MinacNed member events are online via Zoom. You will receive a link after you complete the registration.

15:00 Opening MinacNed Thin Film/MEMS
15:05 Rob van Schaijk, Philips
15:30 Richard Norte, TU Delft
15:55 Aaike van Vugt, VSParticle
16:20 Room for discussion
16:30 Closing


Registration is free for all team members in MinacNed organisations.

HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition is the leading knowledge and networking platform for the manufacturing, energy and logistics industries. From AI and robotics to automation technology, logistics IT and industrial software to batteries and fuel cells: Under the guiding theme “Industrial Transformation”, industry thought leaders present their technologies and ideas for the factories, energy systems and supply chains of the future.

Conference program

What role does AI play in the industry? How can your data generate added value? What potential does hydrogen offer for industry? The interactive conference program at HANNOVER MESSE addresses these questions and more. Whether you are looking for concrete use cases or long-term strategies for the future, the ideas and visions of the speakers will inspire you and help you develop concrete measures for your company.

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On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the EuroNanoForum 2021 international online conference, to be held May 5th-6th, 2021.

The EuroNanoForum 2021 conference will address the role of nano-enabled technologies and industries in the transformation towards EU prosperity. The event will bring forward the role of R&I, as well as the opportunities offered by EU’s next Framework Programme; Horizon Europe.

The event will bring together experts across different sectors to identify policy options and priorities. In addition to sharing insight on technical, industrial and social challenges, views and ideas will be discussed on the role of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials on EU’s Recovery. The different solutions for boosting the economy through clean technology will be examined, highlighting their benefits and practical challenges, with regards to safety, health and environment, as well as ethical and societal issues.

These ambitious goals of a greener, digital, resilient and sustainable economy and society can only be achieved by co-creating innovative solutions with the collective effort of key actors encompassing researchers, innovators, industries, regions, public authorities, investors and civil society.

Register (free) now at

iMNC2020 Nano4Security – Risk Analysis & Technology Assessment

October 28 2020
16:30-18:00 hrs (GMT+1 Amsterdam)

During this pre-event session the main focus will be on the health safety related to e.g. exposure to nano-particles in general, or micro-plastics particles. Aspects like regulatory guidelines, assessment strategies for nano-particles and safety assessment will be addressed.

Alan Rawle, Applications manager at Malvern Panalytical is invited as keynote speaker. A second speaker will be announced soon. Following the keynote presentations, Prof Maarten Honing will invite you to a discussion in the Q&A part of the program

The program is set up with 2 keynote talks followed by a Q&A session where you can ask your questions direct. You can also send in your questions in advance via email to Aurélie Veltema at


Register now for iMNC2020, to enjoy full conference access including the pre-events.

In the afternoon of October 28th, the 2020 TechMed Event takes place online. An inspiring conference, focussing on sharing expertise, experiences and ideas for the future. The day consists of parallel sessions so you can personalize your programme by choosing the session that is most relevant for you.

Registration is needed via this website.


12.30 -13.00 Online doors open

13.00 – 13.25

Welcom by our host – Angelique Reitsma
An overview of the past year – Remke Burie, TechMed Centre at University of Twente
Future TechMed challenges and developments – Nico Verdonschot, TechMed Centre at University of Twente

New opportunities for Top Sector Life Sciences & Health – Clemence Ross-van Dorp

13.30 – 14.15

Round table on the impact of medtech on our wellbeing: innovative solutions for healthcare challenges with economic potential
Including the diverse panel (doctor, business, patient association, society, scientist):

Ignazio Marino – Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health
Michiel Jannink – Demcon
Tom Oostrom – Nierstichting (Dutch Kidney foundation)
Tim Jongman – Twentse Noabers
Nico Verdonschot – TechMed Centre

14.30 – 15.45


Precision Medicine by integrating multiscale functional imaging and advanced machine learning – Michel Versluis – University of Twente
How AI will shape healthcare delivery (if we let it) – Michael Strubin – MedTech Europe
Medical Imaging AI – diagnostic and inerventional applications – Henkjan Huisman – Radboud UMC

From Idea Conception to Service Provisioning: The Trentino Salute 4.0 Experience – Oscar Mayora Ibarra – Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Sucesfull Implementation of Personalised Care Pathways – Maarten Akkerman – Medtronic
Connected Care Centre – Jan Gerard Maring – ISALA

Bionic exo-muscles for movement rehabilitation – Robert Riener – ETH Zürich
Intervention robotics at Stryker – Eric Garling – Stryker

SARS-CoV-2 detection – Viralert – Ronny van ’t Oever – Micronit
Integrated optical sensors for COVID-19 detection – Sonia Garcia-Blanco – University of Twente
Human 3D cardiac organ-on-a-chip to model cardiovascular disease in vitro – Marcelo Rebeiro – River biomedics

16.00 – 17.00

The Future of Health & Medicine: where can Technology take us? Daniel Kraft

17.00 Wrap up & Closing

This event brings the MedTech community together and is therefore interesting for: physicians, scientists, engineers, project leaders, companies but it is also an interesting program for governments, investors, foundations and other interested parties are welcome.

Key Technologies are technologies of the “future” that will have an enormous impact on how we live, learn, work and produce. These are technologies that will brush to one side our ideas about what is possible and could potentially lead to groundbreaking innovations. NWO makes 11 million euros available for research focused on Key Technologies. By funding fundamental and application-oriented scientific research into technological breakthroughs, economic opportunities are created for the Netherlands and a contribution is made to solving societal challenges. An online information meeting will take place on 28 September.

Information about the programme

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Public Private Collaborations – Lessons learnt in times of pandemic collaboration
How to involve SME’s and address their interests

The first pre-iMNC2020 meeting will take place on September 23 2020 in a virtual conference room. During this session, Prof Maarten Honing (Maastricht University) will invite 2 keynote speakers from industry and science to discuss their own experience in collaborating on public-private partnerships in times of COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the lessons learnt from projects where SME’s, scientists and large industry partners work together to find solutions for the medical and societal problems caused by the global pandemic?

The keynote from industry is Ronny van ‘t Oever, CEO at Micronit and chair of the Roadmap Nanotechnology. He will be joined by a keynote speaker from science. The keynotes, who will be interviewed for a Q&A after their talk by Prof Maarten Honing will discuss their own experience and their vision on future collaborations.

Register now for iMNC2020 and have access to the main event on december 3 and 4 and the five pre-meetings. The first one is on September 23, 2020.


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At the annual COMPAMED Innovation Forum, leading experts present current topics in the medical device industry and discuss them with the participants. The German language event offers insight into challenges and solutions shown at COMPAMED, Europe’s largest fair for suppliers of medical manufacturing, which takes place in Düsseldorf every autumn.

Digital Event Series

This year, the COMPAMED Innovation Forum will take place as a digital event series. In three consecutive digital sessions, various partial aspects of “High-tech support for dementia patients” will be examined.

  • Thursday July 16, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CEST)
  • Thursday July 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CEST)
  • Thursday July 30, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CEST)

Please notice the conference language will be German.

Read more and register now.

“Midden in de Maak” is een nieuwe, virtuele beurs waar de Nederlandse maakindustrie bij elkaar komt en helemaal bij deze tijd past.

Goed nieuws! Van 15 september t/m 9 oktober organiseert MYbusinessmedia (uitgever van EngineersOnline) een nieuwe -virtuele- beurs waar de Nederlandse maakindustrie bij elkaar komt en zich kan presenteren.
Momenteel is het bij elkaar komen lastig. Met deze virtuele beurs willen we de maakindustrie toch bij elkaar brengen en bedrijven de gelegenheid bieden om hun innovaties/producten te laten zien aan de doelgroep.

Wordt u ook standhouder? Deelnemende bedrijven kunnen onder andere:

  • De eigen custom made 3D stand inrichten met machines, producten, demo’s, 3D-video’s
  • Promotiemateriaal aanbieden
  • Chatten met de bezoekers
  • Seminar of webinar organiseren

Als bezoeker kunt u door de beurshal lopen en elke stand bezoeken. Virtueel -360 graden- vergelijkbaar met Google Street View. Ook kunt u zelf aangeven contact te willen hebben met het bedrijf. De virtuele beurs is gratis te bezoeken via aanmelding*.
* aanmelden is momenteel nog niet mogelijk maar houd de website Midden in de Maak in de gaten

De eerste beursdag is op dinsdag 15 september. Dan wordt de virtuele beurs ‘Midden in de Maak’ officieel geopend door (onder voorbehoud) Mona Keijzer, staatssecretaris van Economische Zaken en Klimaat, Fried Kaanen, voorzitter van de Koninklijke Metaalunie en Rolf Elling, hoofdredacteur Vraag&Aanbod.

Lees meer over Midden in de maak en uw mogelijkheid om deel te nemen via

Bent u mkb’er met internationale ambities of wilt u in het buitenland een project uitvoeren? En wilt u weten welke ondersteuningsmogelijkheden er zijn, juist nu ten tijde van Corona? Neem dan op 2 juli deel aan het inspiratievolle DHI-webinar. Mede-ondernemers vertellen u wat zij in het buitenland doen en hoe de DHI-subsidie hen heeft geholpen.

Wat kan DHI voor u betekenen?

DHI is een subsidieregeling bedoeld voor mkb’ers in Nederland die interesse hebben in buitenlandse markten. De regeling kan u ondersteunen een project in het buitenland uit te voeren of te investeren in een onderneming. Ook kan DHI worden ingezet om mogelijke afnemers te overtuigen van uw technologie. De DHI-adviseurs denken graag met u mee hoe u kunt ondernemen ten tijde van corona. Op onze DHI-pagina leest u hoe andere ondernemers de DHI-regeling inzetten.


Titel Spreker
Welkomstwoord – Frans Kortekaas, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)
Korte uitleg over DHI-regeling en -mogelijkheden – Froukje Verreijt, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)
Inspiratieverhalen door ondernemers met DHI-ervaring – Peter Raatjes van RMA sensortechnologie maakt deel uit van een consortium dat een demonstratieproject uitvoert, gericht op de aardappelteelt in Polen. Hij vertelt hoe zij met de huidige COVID-19 beperkingen omgaan;
– Aart van den Bos van Verbos maakt deel uit van een consortium, dat met een DHI-haalbaarheidsstudie de haalbaarheid onderzoekt van het opzetten van een biologisch groentekwekerij. Hij vertelt hoe zij omgaan met de gevolgen van COVID-19 in Maleisië;
– Sven Rusticus van HappyPrinting gaat in op zijn DHI-haalbaarheidsstudie in Japan en hoe het project verloopt in Coronatijd.
Q&A Antwoord op uw ingestuurde vragen. Het is ook mogelijk om vragen te stellen in de live-chat

Aanmelden en kosten

Meld u aan, uiterlijk op dinsdag 30 juni. Na aanmelding sturen wij u een bevestiging en een deelnemerslink. Hiermee kunt u op donderdag 2 juli het webinar online volgen.

Deelname is gratis. Stel uw vragen via het aanmeldformulier, of tijdens het webinar via de live-chatfunctie.


Dit webinar is een initiatief van de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). Lees meer over dti webinar op de website van RVO.

Meer weten?

Heeft u nog vragen? Neem dan contact op met:

Regonda Bierens, RVO Adviseur Partnerships en Subsidies