Public Private Partnerships

          Crucial to open innovation

          Partnering with the public sector

          We need to collaborate and partner-up if we want to succeed in creating brighter living in this fast changing world and public private partnerships (PPP) are an invaluable means of doing this.

          Current partnerships

          Our current partnership programs are Bio-Based Materials Plus, Bioforever, BIO-MAT, InSciTe and LIPES.

          Bio-based Materials Plus (BBM+)

          DSM is taking part in an exciting project to create an innovative learning environment in the field of bio-based materials for international students and professionals on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands.

          Enabling the transition towards a bio-based economy based on preserving natural resources and stimulating greater circularity is at the heart of DSM’s strategy.,” says Katarina Babi?, subsidy coordinator for DSM’s Materials Sciences. “As the world population continues to grow and the environment comes under increasing pressure, we’ll need to develop resources to replace current oil-based raw materials with those that are more sustainable.”

          DSM’s academic partners in the project (the University of Maastricht and Hogeschool Zuyd), with the financial support of the Dutch Province of Limburg and OP Zuid, have developed unique educational programs with a strong research and innovation component. Where DSM provides a major contribution? “Students have access to our research facilities at the Brightlands campus and are able to gain experience from working closely with our DSM science and innovation community” continues?Katarina Babi?.

          BIO-MAT

          Treatment of medical patients will increasingly focus on ‘personal regenerative medicine’. In the future, new skin, bones or even organs will be built from cultured cells and biomaterials. To be able to test biomaterials on a large scale, a so-called ‘organ-on-chip’ offers new possibilities. This is a small plate that mimics an organ or tissue, on which new biomaterials can be tested directly in a physical environment. “The BIO-MAT project is clearly aligned with our wider organizational purpose of using our scientific competences to create brighter lives” according to Ynze Mengerink, Principal Scientist, DSM Materials Science Center.

          The project partners in developing this microfluidic chip for biomaterial testing include Universiteit Maastricht (MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine), Mimetas, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Xplore Instruments, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum, Tenco DDM, Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum - IMEC and DSM.

          This project is established by a contribution of the European Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands program that stimulates innovation, sustainable energy, a healthy environment, and the labor market by means of cross-border projects.

          Within the first two years of the project, important steps towards creating a new generation of patient-specific organ-on-chip platforms were taken by developing several engineering and biological technologies. First designs and models of the chip have been made and have been tested with human cell lines and stem cells. A sensor that can be coupled to the chip in order to monitor tissue formation overtime as well as a technology for fabrication of micro-biomaterials with different chemistries that can be screened in the platform for biocompatibility and biological functionality was developed.

          Interreg

          This project is established by a contribution of the European Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands program that stimulates innovation, sustainable energy, a healthy environment, and the labor market by means of cross-border projects.

          Within the first two years of the project, important steps towards creating a new generation of patient-specific organ-on-chip platforms were taken by developing several engineering and biological technologies. First designs and models of the chip have been made and have been tested with human cell lines and stem cells. A sensor that can be coupled to the chip in order to monitor tissue formation overtime as well as a technology for fabrication of micro-biomaterials with different chemistries that can be screened in the platform for biocompatibility and biological functionality was developed.

          Chemelot InSciTe

          Four partners created an ecosystem for bio-based and biomedical open innovation, aimed at accelerating our society’s journey towards a genuinely bio-based economy - through everything from creating sustainable chemical building blocks to devising longer lasting implants for the human body.

          As DSM we bring chemical and commercial expertise. Added to this is the process technology know-how of (TU/e), and the combined medical application capabilities of Maastricht University and the Academic Hospital Maastricht (MUMC+). Linking and supporting these three is a holding company formed by the Province of Limburg and Chemelot Campus, which invests in InSciTe research projects and the pilot plant and lab facilities.

          What makes InSciTe unique is the fact that so much scientific potential is under one roof - rather than being ‘virtual’. Mixed teams share their knowledge - day in, day out and then apply that insight at the site’s plant and lab facilities. In practical terms this means they can apply the results from research to real-life clinical and industrial environments - at speed.

          EIT Food

          Supported by the EU’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative. Comprising a consortium of key industry players, startups, research centers and universities, EIT Food aims to collaborate closely with consumers to develop new knowledge and technology-based products and services that will ultimately deliver a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for all Europeans.

          “DSM is a member of EIT Food because it gives us access to a strong European network of a innovative parties in the food industry. By working together with the other EIT Food members we can accelerate our efforts to deliver science-based, commercial solutions to our customers, while answering some of the world greatest challenges like healthy and sustainable food for all. Projects we are participating in range from valorization of food waste streams to plant based proteins.’’ Oscar Lauf, Grants Manager DSM.

          LIPES

          LIPES, which stands for Life Integrated Process for the Enzymatic Splitting of triglycerides, is a collaborative project involving five European partners to create high-purity, bio-based food, cosmetics, lubricants and specialty polymer applications from vegetable oils and fats. The project, which began in September 2016 and will run until August 2021, is an example of DSM’s efforts to build a low-carbon, bio-based economy.

          It’s great that DSM is at the forefront of a project that enables the more sustainable production of fatty acids,” says Wilco Appel, Research Scientist DSM. “This project exemplifies our company’s wider strategic aims of creating healthier, higher performing and more sustainable solutions with our partners and customers to address global trends and challenges.”

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