Presenting the finalists of Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2019

October 22, 2019

The finalists for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2019 are presented. The jury, led by Gigi Wang, has selected nine finalists for the Innovation Award from all submissions from the Amsterdam knowledge and research institutes. The innovations and new technologies offer innovative solutions for a wide range of social issues.

The finalists for the Innovation Award are:


Category Alpha / Gamma:

  • Margo van Hartingsveldt and Liesbeth de Vries  | HvA | Ready for handwriting! Writing Readiness Inventory Tool In Context (WRITIC): assessment and group intervention
  • Federica Russo, Jean Wagemans and Federico Gobbo | UvA | KRINO: an AI engine for causal inference and argumentation
  • Jill Coster van Voorhout | UvA | Follow the money: Detecting crimes through new financial technologies

Category Life Sciences:

  • Bernadette de Bakker, Maurice J.B. van de Hoff, Roelof-Jan Oostra and Jaco Hagoort | Amsterdam UMC, location AMC | 3D embryo prints
  • Reinout Bem, Gerrit Muller, Coen Dijkman and Dick Markhorst | Amsterdam UMC, location AMC | Non-invasive Ventilation Face Mask Optimization in Children: Personalized Medicine through 3D solutions
  • Imran Avci and Bob van Someren | VU | Leylek: A non-invasive device for embryo quality assessment in IVF treatment

Category Beta:

  • Saskia Neubacher, Alessia Amore, Jordy Saya, Sven Hennig and Tom Grossmann | VU | Stabilized Proteins for the Discovery of New Drugs
  • Chris Slootweg, Marissa A. de Boer, Bas de Jong and Steven Beijer | UvA | Circular phosphate economy: Pioneers in closing the phosphorus cycle
  • Alexander Kostenko and Tim Wanamarta | VU | Volumetric Lithography: Future of instant 3D printing

Festive finale Innovation Award
During the festive finale on Tuesday, November 26, the finalists will pitch their ideas to the jury and public. The expert jury, consisting of representatives from industry and the Amsterdam knowledge institutes, will take into account the innovativeness, feasibility and fulfillment of market needs. The finalists have a chance to win € 7,500 in the categories: alpha/gamma, life sciences and beta.

The finale takes place in the NEMO Science Museum, registration for the finale is necessary so you are assured of a seat. You can register via this link.

About the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award
The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the competition for Amsterdam’s most innovative, scientific idea. Fourteen years ago, the award was first organised by IXA (Innovation Exchange Amsterdam, the valorisation centre of the Amsterdam UMC, UvA, HvA and VU) to make valuable ideas based on scientific research visible. The event is a collaboration of IXA with City of Amsterdam, NKI/AVL, Sanquin, SURF, HealthInc, uniQure, V.O. Patents & Trademarks and Kennedy Van der Laan.