Companies JIP 2022 - cluster:
Health Technology


Treat heart disease, but you will have find the heart first. Can you find the way to optimize the process of finding the heart? How should the patient lie? Or the bed be positioned? And how do you work you solution in a robotized environment?


Printable diagnostics

The COVID-19 crisis revealed significant shortcomings in our preparedness for pandemic outbreaks. One of the most striking shortcomings in the COVID-19 crisis is to rapidly establish and scale-up testing capabilities. Testing is an essential strategy to rapidly assess whether or not individuals have been infected and subsequently to prevent further spreading of the infection. The diagnostic approaches deployed during the Corona crisis were based on routine medical practice and were shown to be ill-suited. Methods used in medical diagnostics are optimized for therapeutic care of patients but proved to be too slow to enable efficient tracing of infected individuals, too demanding with regard to consumables and reagents and too costly to be deployed for population-level screening. During this JIP project, we aim to investigate a novel pandemic testing strategies. In this we will combine novel molecular amplification and detection methods for pathogens with on-site fabrication of test consumables such as the assay plates. We also foresee opportunities of integration of smart detection circuits to enable efficient detection of signals. Furthermore, it is our ambition to establish a strategy whereby materials can be re-used on order to reduce the footprint of testing.  


Improving a visual brain computer interface

Phosphoenix is a neurotechnology company, spun off in 2019 from the NESTOR program (supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). The co-founders are a closely-knit team of leading neuroscientists, electronic engineers, and entrepreneurs. Phosphoenix is developing a visual BCI for blind people. Your challenge will be to improve the usefulness of the device and make a working prototype simulation.  



Tamponade is one of the most threatening conditions in cardiology. Through a variety of circumstances, the pericardium (the heart’s “bag”) can be filled with liquid leading to complications and sometimes death. Current procedures involve using a needle to pierce the pericardium which easily goes wrong. Your challenge will be to design an improved method to safely and accurately puncture the pericardium as well as to find and improve other aspects of the procedure.

Reinier de Graaf