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Posted: Oct 18, 2013
NIMS signs collaborative nanotechnology agreement with NanoNextNL
(Nanowerk News) A Comprehensive Collaborative Agreement (CCA: Memorandum of Understanding for a sister institute) was signed by Prof. Dave Blank of NanoNextNL and Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda of NIMS to pursue collaboration in the fields of mutual activity in nanotechnology area.
Meeting at “nano tech 2013” between the executives from both sides (from left, Mr. Paul op den Brouw, Innovatie Attaché from Dutch Embassy, Business Director Mr. Dick Koster, Dr. Johsei Nagakawa, Deputy General Manager of Academic Collaboration, President Sukekatsu Ushioda, Vice President Prof. Fred van Keulen, Dr. Masakazu Aono, Director General of MANA, and Executive Vice President Dr. Junichi Sone)
NanoNextNL is a consortium of more than one hundred Dutch companies, universities, knowledge institutes and university medical centers, which is aimed at industry driven research into micro and nanotechnology. The total investment involved for NanoNextNL in the period 2010-2016 is 250 million euros, half of which is contributed by the Government of the Netherlands.
The CCA was prepared following building on contacts established during several visits and meetings in recent years. Early this year a NanoNextNL delegation headed by Vice President Prof. A. van Keulen and Business Director Mr. D. Koster visited NIMS and in turn received a NIMS delegation headed by Prof. S. Ushioda on the NanoNextNL booth during the nano tech 2013 exhibition.
Meanwhile, a comparison of the NIMS and NanoNextNL research program has revealed the “hot spots” in the available matching activities and interest. Both sides are now discussing to pursuit the promising possibilities envisaged in the agreed collaboration. As a first step plans are made for a follow up workshop early 2014 with mutual representatives who are active in the hot spot areas, following which exchange of researchers is foreseen later that year.