Amsterdam excels in medical research

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award, which highlights the city’s most innovative scientific idea of the year, has been awarded to Bram Schermers of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital / Netherlands Cancer Institute. 

Schermers’ entry, the MaMaLoc, is a new technique meant to improve breast cancer treatment. Schermers, a physician, developed the technology as part of his PhD program at the Netherlands Cancer Institute  and the University of Twente. The technology was developed in close cooperation with the radiologists and surgeons who will ultimately use it.

Schermers received the €10,000 prize from jury chairman Alexander Rinnooy Kan. The jury said that Schermers passion for the idea had convinced them the sophisticated technology would genuinely be able to make a difference in people's lives.

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is an annual prize for the most innovative idea to emerge from one of Amsterdam’s many universities and research institutes.

This year marks the eleventh edition of the award, which is organized by IXA (Innovation Exchange Amsterdam) and the City of Amsterdam. Partners of the event include the Amsterdam Science Park, Sanquin, CWI, NKI, Amolf, Nikhef, Rabobank, and ERAC.

Amsterdam continues to innovate 

Another part of the prize, the High Potential Award, was awarded to Marte Otten, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, for her online application that visualizes unconscious beliefs. And the Audience Award went to Hedy Folkersma of the Academic Medical Centre for a device that diagnoses the medical condition known as hydrocephalus at an early stage.

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a leading hub for medical research in the Netherlands, and is home to leading universities, academic hospitals, and specialized research institutes.