Market Place

Alliance information desk
At the Alliance information desk you will have the possibility to ask questions regarding the nature and scope of the alliance. We will answer your enquiries on the Terms of Reference for asking for funding from the Alliance fund. If no-one is available to answer your question, you will have the availability to leave a message so the alliance team can get in touch as soon as possible. 

CCER: Exploring Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future
The Center for Computational Energy Research (CCER) aims to explore pathways to future energy systems via computational simulations that complement experimental research. To achieve this ambition, the CCER provides an environment for mutual learning and exchange of ideas, where computational scientists from a variety of backgrounds find opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on energy transition related challenges. The CCER is a joint collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology and NWO Institute DIFFER.

STENTiT: Regenerative Stents
STENTiT will introduce its regenerative stent approach. A unique porous and bioabsorbable structure that can provide minimally-invasive support to the artery, while triggering the patients’ own circulating blood cells to rebuild the host tissue from the inside out. Regenerative stents can be used for a wide range of indications such as stenoses, aneurysms or congenital heart diseases. Find out how we can address your clinical need. Regenerative stents: curing beyond treating.

Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine in Utrecht spans the entire range from bench to bedside, with a focus on three research areas: cardiovascular tissue regeneration, musculoskeletal tissue regeneration and stem cell and organoid biology. These are all supported by innovative technologies and high-level education. We welcome visitors to drop by our table and learn about some of our research and technology (ie, 3D printing and biofabrication). We hope to inspire students, potential collaborators and partners.

Drone Daycare
Team Blue Jay is building the world’s first domestic drone. This is a drone that flies autonomously indoors, is both social and helpful, and safe to touch. The domestic drone will be relieving caregivers of certain tasks, so that they have more time for their patients. To prove that this concept isn’t science fiction, the drone played a life-sized, interactive game with little patients in the children’s department of the Máxima Medisch Centrum on the 15th of June.

The Vitality Alliance
The Vitality Alliance is an initiative by the strategic alliance of Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology and University Medical Centre Utrecht. The aim of the Vitality Alliance is to become a internationally acknowledged center for research and education with a leading role in science that contributes to a vital society.

At the marketplace we will show several collaboration projects in research and education, which gives a good impression of the on-going activities as well as the future ambition.

Research IT programme, Utrecht University
Research IT focuses on Research Data Management and e-Infrastructure, with the aim of supporting and relieving Utrecht University academics in conducting transparent, sustainable and ethically qualified research. This increases the quality, effectiveness and visibility of the research, makes interdisciplinary research simpler and makes it easier to meet national and international standards for academic research. The Research IT programme works closely with the alliance partners. Therefor we can also help and advise researchers in collective research projects. 

Porous Media 
To make bachelor students enthusiastic for the topic of Porous Media, UU and TU/e developed an elective program, building on existing bonds and complementary content. Lecturers from the departments of geosciences, mechanical engineering and applied physics designed an introductory course. Furthermore, students take a course at the other university on a relevant topic. This will provide students with the fundamentals of porous media flow, such as groundwater remediation, gas production and geothermal energy. 

Utrecht Neuroprosthesis
A team of biologists, psychologists, biomedical engineers, anaesthesiologists, computer scientists, neurosurgeons and neuroscientists gave a completely paralyzed ALS patient a new means for communication: the Utrecht Neuroprosthesis. This brain implant translates brain signals into mouse clicks. The patient uses this system in her daily life to select letters and words on a tablet. This brain-computer interface enables communication for locked-in patients and is a perfect example of the need of a multidisciplinary approach to accomplish scientific breakthroughs. At the marketplace we will show the technology in a demo and discuss the future of brain-computer interfaces.

THINC. The Healthcare Innovation Center
There is a huge increase in all sorts of (non-drug) innovations in healthcare. This can either be a medical device, an eHealth application or a new procedure in healthcare. However, not every innovation is a success since there is no benefit for patients and /or professionals and since there is no effect on quality of healthcare or the costs of healthcare.

THINC. is part of the UMC Utrecht Julius Center and our aim is to help innovators in healthcare (e.g. medical researchers, start-up companies, SME’s) to evaluate the effectivity, usability and cost effectiveness of their innovations. The multidisciplinary THINC. team has access to scientific data, the clinic, scientific expertise and can set up agile and pragmatic experiments to test the usability and feasibility of an innovation. Contact:

3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences
The mission statement of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS) is to stimulate the development, acceptance and implementation of methods which can Replace, Reduce and Refine (the 3Rs) animal experiments. The Centre is affiliated with Utrecht Life Sciences and provides information and advice to the Animal Welfare Body of both Utrecht University and the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

The 3Rs-Centre ULS makes 3Rs information available for free through its 3Rs Database Programme. Currently, the Programme provides the Interspecies Database, the Humane Endpoints website, and the FCS-free Database. More information on the 3Rs Database Programme can be found on To guarantee a sustainable future for websites and increase their usage, the 3Rs Database Programme is inviting partners who are willing to cooperate and support its activities.

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