Enschede exceeds in the area of nanotechnology (MESA+) and biomedical healthcare (MIRA). Both research facilities are part of the University of Twente and respectively belong to the European top 3 and top 5 of research facilities. The University furthermore has research facilities in the area of ICT, Governance, Behavioural Sciences and Geo-information Sciences & Earth Observation (ITC also belongs to the top 5 of Europe)/. The institutions combine scientific excellence with a keen eye for transferring the developed knowledge into economical diligence and social applications. They are quite successful in generating spin-off companies.
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MESA+ is one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes and it’s the largest research institute in its field in the Netherlands. A total of 525 researchers work together on cutting-edge research at the highest level. For instance, they are developing completely new materials for solar panels or for the computer chips of the future. Other work here concerns lab-on-a-chip technology. These ‘labs-on-chips’ are minuscule laboratories, often smaller than a postage stamp, but still a lab that can perform a variety of measurements. They can, for instance, determine the composition of blood, or establish whether or not a male person is fertile.
If you want to know more about nanotechnology or perhaps would like a tour around the nanolab you can visit their website.
MIRA the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine on the University of Twente. At their institute 180 scientist work on technological novelties that aim to optimize health care processes. They combine fundamental and applied research with clinical practice. This unique scientific path stimulates a successful application of fundamental concepts and enables healthcare to rapidly introduce new treatments. MIRA works closely with hospitals, the business community and governmental organizations, aiming to secure its leading position in Europe.
For more information about biomedical technology visit their website.