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Chemelot InSciTe

Ecosystem for bio-based and biomedical open innovation

"The founding partners of InSciTe aim to make it an independent institute and a hotbed of bio-medical and bio-based materials research.” The simple mission of one of DSM’s biggest scientific collaborations. Quite simply it’s 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.
“The founding partners aim to make InSciTe an independent institute and a hotbed of bio-medical and bio-based materials research.” Chemelot InSciTe General Manager Emiel Staring

Chemelot InSciTe is one of our brightest scientific collaborations: An independent, international research and valorisation institute with a very special edge: The site has its own bio-medical materials lab and bio-based pilot plant.

Chemelot InSciTe offers an ideal environment for the four founders (of which DSM is one) - along with other third parties - to work together on research and development into bio-based and biomedical materials with the ultimate goal of creating new commercial applications that make an impact on our planet and its people.

Research, business and academia

Each founding partner brings its own unique and complementary strengths to the collaboration: At 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.

Chemelot InSciTe

Working together under one roof

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.

Two key research lines

The collaboration is now working on two major research lines: The first is the development of high-quality bio-based building blocks for chemicals and materials. The second is the creation of new biomedical materials that will help people stay healthy for longer - for example through longer-lasting human implants. From here, six related projects are now running – with high hopes of valorization.

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Professor Albert Scherpbier, Dean of Biomedical Engineering at Maastricht University

"Maastricht University is renowned for its innovative approach to learning and its international outlook. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences collaborates closely Maastricht Academic Hospital under the name www.mumc.nl.

The InSciTe collaboration is a unique one, in which we’re trying to link up very different professional worlds and cultures. It may not be the first such attempt to do so, but it’s certainly one of the biggest – and a very interesting and valuable learning experience. Learning is an important part of InSciTe in other ways too. The initiative includes an educational program to generate more specialists in our fields. But aside from the academic content, it’s also about learning to act like an entrepreneur as well. It’s the intention that we can quickly valorize research done here. These complementary aspects of learning and support will make it possible to offer society good things even faster – and that’s something that mutually drives us all."

Professor Jaap Schouten, Dean of the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology

"Eindhoven Technical University is a research university specializing in science and technology. Its top-ranked teaching and research programs, together with its focus on entrepreneurship, aim to deliver innovations that benefit society and industry as a whole, and scientific progress in general.

Working together with DSM and Maastricht University and Medical Center, we can set up larger, more coherent research programs that cover aspects such as applications and valorization of results, as well as fundamental science. We can also work on educational modules that we, as a university, can use in our academic programs. Finally, the new bio-medical materials lab facility and bio-based pilot plant that will be available at Chemelot, thanks to the Province of Limburg, will add experimental and scale-up aspects to our research that we never could have had on our own."