LIFT grants approved for localized blood clot solution and warm white LED lighting

22 May 2017

Professor Schiffelers and Professor Meijerink have both been awarded LIFT grants from the Chemistry Innovation Fund (Innovatiefonds Chemie), in joint projects between university researchers and private companies worth a total of about €0.6 million. In these two LIFT projects UMCU researchers collaborate with U-Protein Express and UU researchers with Seaborough Research. A short review of the approved projects is given below.

Aiming at blood clots

Professor R.M. Schiffelers (UMCU), Dr. T. Vermonden (UU), Professor G. Pasterkamp (UMCU), Dr. M. Hessing (U-Protein Express)

A blood clot that becomes lodged in the vascular system of the heart or brain can have disastrous consequences, and every year thousands of Dutch patients experience this at first hand. Drugs exist to dissolve these blood clots, but they are not always sufficiently effective. They can also cause bleeding in other parts of the body that can make patients worse off than they were before therapy. This project smartly links clot-dissolving drugs to a nanoparticle that is itself bound to a protein that binds to blood clots. This will amplify the effect of the drug in the locations it is required, while minimizing the risk of bleeding elsewhere in the body.

EuroLED: warm white light for the future

Professor A. Meijerink (UU), Dr. M.A. Van de Haar (Seaborough Research B.V.)

White LED light bulbs are taking over the lighting market. The most common combination is a blue LED using YAG:Ce3+ phosphor, which turns part of the blue light into a yellow/green. This yields an efficient, but rather unpleasant, white light. Adding orange/red phosphor improves the light quality but unfortunately it also drastically lowers the bulb’s efficiency, because today’s red phosphors emit part of their red light at a wavelength that is at the outer limits of perception by the human eye. The aim of this project is to develop new materials that can absorb blue light and turn this efficiently into narrow-band red light. This would allow the fabrication of an LED light bulb that emitted a high-quality, warm white light without sacrificing much in terms of efficiency.

About LIFT

LIFT (Launchpad for Innovative Future Technology) is one of the public-private joint project arrangements funded by the NWO’s Chemistry Innovation Fund for public-private collaboration in chemistry. LIFT is intended for public-private collaboration between at least one company and at least one knowledge institute, tackling the knowledge-based and/or innovation question of the company involved. A LIFT project is submitted and assessed at the same time, but usually implemented and funded in two phases. In the first phase the companies’ cash contribution is lower that it is in the second phase. The total project size is between €150,000 and €300,000, a quarter of which is paid jointly by the companies and three-quarters by the NWO. To be considered for funding, the research question must be a good fit with the Top Sector Chemistry’s ‘road maps’.

 

Source: NWO