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When a virus creates jobsWhen a virus creates jobs

In 2001 virologists in Rotterdam, The Netherlands discovered a new virus that causes serious respiratory illnesses mainly in young children. The discovery was the beginning of a successful company that enabled the development and production of a range of diagnostic products. This led to substantial job creation and made a positive contribution to public health.

May 2013


Expanding views with 3D microscopesExpanding views with 3D microscopes

When scientists from the Belgian Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) met technology transfer professionals, they could not foresee how only a couple of years later they would be heading a firm developing and selling a full range of microscopes based on digital holography. The basic technology was developed at the university, the applications by the spin-off company Ovizio.

May 2013


Prolonging the life of cancer patientsProlonging the life of cancer patients

For decades, research teams have been looking for ways to treat cancer. A pioneer in this field, Professor Axel Ullrich, developed Sutent, a drug that prolongs the lives of cancer patients by blocking the blood supply to the tumour. This drug originated in the laboratories of the Max Planck Institute and has become a blockbuster for Pfizer Oncology.

May 2013

Beneforté Broccoli

Super broccoli with cancer-fighting nutrientsSuper broccoli with cancer-fighting nutrients

Many people know that broccoli is a healthy vegetable. Thanks to British scientists, a healthier variety of broccoli is available in the the United Kingdom and the United States. This broccoli contains up to three times more of the nutrient glucoraphanin than normal broccoli. Scientific studies indicate that this nutrient may offer protection against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

January 2013

Cochlear implants

Better speech recognition with cochlear implantsBetter speech recognition with cochlear implants

Cochlear implants greatly improve the quality of life for severely hearing-impaired people. However, understanding speech in noisy conditions remains a challenge. Scientists from the University of Leuven in Belgium and market leader Cochlear are developing software that improves signal processing in cochlear implants, enabling better speech recognition.

January 2013
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for 
research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 305128
  ENTENTE is supported by the European Commission and coordinated by Inserm-Transfert SA