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LINX’ first industrial case description: BioModics, Jan. 4th, 2018

BioModics case

The best LINX references are examples of generated values and results. We are very happy to share the first case description with you: “Silicone Alley” involving BioModics and Copenhagen University. BioModics is a spinout company of NKT in 2009 that are now reimagining silicone within medical devices.

“Silicone is frequently used for medical tubing because of its chemical inertness and flexibility. However, a common issue with silicone medical tubing is the formation of bacterial biofilm inside and outside the tube which can lead to infections. Indeed, catheter associated urinary infection (CAUTI) is the most common type of hospital acquired infection (HAI) today, but the problem…” read the whole BioModics case.

You can read about the LINX project and you are very welcome to contact us if you would like to know more.

Read the BioModics case.

Read more about BioModics.

 

Horizon 2020 has supported Denmark with more than DKK 5 billion, Jan. 3rd 2018

Horizon2020

Danish researchers and innovative companies have since 2014 received billions of Danish kroner from EU’s biggest Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. According to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, the total share of funds for Denmark has increased slightly from 2,45 % to 2,49 % since March 2017. Thus, Denmark is approaching the target of 2,5 % of the total Horizon 2020 budget of about 558 billion kroner from 2014-2020. Denmark has maintained its 10th position over countries that have received most funds.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has published a comprehensive report (in Danish) about the different programmes in Horizon 2020 and have outlined possible potentials. The next report on the Danish participation is expected March 2018.

Read more about Horizon 2020.

Read more about the comprehensive report: Midtvejsrapport: Dansk deltagelse i Horizon 2020 – status og mulige potentialer (in Danish).

 

Danish Industrial R&D investments are concentrated in the large companies, Dec. 20th, 2017

FoU publication

The recent publication from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science shows that it is increasingly the larger companies that invest in and benefit from own R&D activity. The minister encourages more investment from small and medium sized companies as this both strengthen the company and society in general. The publication maps out the commercial advantages of R&D investment and in LINX we believe that the neutral platform we provide is a good meeting point for innovative collaboration in a risk-minimised environment. Feel free to connect us!

Read the publication Erhvervslivets investeringer i forskning og udvikling i Danmark 2017 (in Danish).

 

One comment on the LINX workshop: WOW!, Dec. 18th, 2017

LINX Workshop, Mette Poulsen, Novo Nordisk

What a great day with interesting presentations from the LINX project partners with an emphasis on results and value created in industry. The photo of Mette Poulsen from Novo Nordisk is unfortunately not a fair reproduction of her little dance of excitement regarding the 4D image of the Novo Pen provided by DTU. It is really encouraging to see the many different directions of the LINX projects. Thank you to all presenters and participants! Top three feedback we got from the survey:

  • The event was “very good”
  • The main benefits were networking and introduction to science/knowledge
  • More than 70% of the participants are “very likely” to attend a LINX workshop again

We look forward to the next LINX Workshop in May.

 

Welcome to Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen, Nov. 22th, 2017

Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen

We are happy to announce that Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen has joined the LINX team as LINX project leader. Ida have experience within materials chemistry, especially with different synchrotron based diffraction techniques, both experimental and with complex data analysis. This give her a solid background for joining the LINX team at Aarhus University, where the focus is diffraction.

Lately Ida has been using X-ray total scattering combined with PDF analysis to gain understanding of the formation of materials. These types of experiments are conducted at large scale facilities to have a high enough intensity of the X-ray beam to observe the changes at the relevant time scale.

Several beam-times at various synchrotrons and a scientific stay at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have given her a solid experience with different experiments at large scale facilities.

We look forward to the collaboration!

Read more about Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen or the LINX team.

 

New agreement will bring Danish Academia closer to ESS in Lund, Nov. 21st, 2017

Agreement between ESS and Denmark
Foto: Signing of the MoU, ESS.

Yesterday the Danish government and academia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ESS. The agreement is a joint statement on the framework for a strengthened cooperation and knowledge sharing between the ESS and research communities in Denmark. The agreement was signed by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DAFSHE), Aarhus University (AU), Aalborg University (AAU), Roskilde University (RUC), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the University of Copenhagen (KU) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

Read more about the agreement.

 

Welcome to Gregory Smith, Nov. 15th, 2017

Gregory Smith

It is a pleasure to welcome Gregory to the LINX team as LINX project leader. He joins us from the UK where he studied for a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Bristol and carried out further research at the University of Sheffield. Throughout, he has been interested in studying colloids, polymers, and soft matter with potential for applications in industry.

While Gregory has used many techniques as part of this research, he has extensively used neutron and X-ray scattering as key methods for these structural studies. In particular, he designed many insightful experiments into using deuterium labeled molecules to reveal the structure of soft materials using neutron scattering.

This broad experience in scattering techniques will prove valuable in studying industrial materials as part of the LINX Project.

We look forward to the collaboration!

Read more about Gregory Smith or the LINX team.

 

Recommended to expand internationally, Oct. 27th, 2017

The Baltic Tram
Foto: The Baltic Tram.

At the Baltic Tram project under HORIZON 2020 we have presented both the political and principal setup of the LINX association and project, together with the general results and experience in the different focus projects. It was very well received, and we were recommended to look at expanding LINX in an international direction. Let´s see where the opportunities will lead us.

Read more about The Baltic Tram.

 

Our voice is getting heard, Oct. 12th, 2017

Megaphone

LINX is increasingly becoming the industry’s voice in Denmark, with a board position in DANSCATT and an advisory role towards the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Lately we have contributed to the expert panel determining the return of investment in the corporation with international research facilities. Being close to academia in the process, it is amazing how much knowledge and impact we have available in Denmark.

 

LINXS our name sibling, Sep. 28th, 2017

LINXS and LINX

By coincidence LINX Association got a name sibling in Sweden called LINXS – Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science. Despite the name similarity the roles are quite different, where LINXS collect academia our LINX portal target, collect and enable industry. LINXS and LINX are already discussing possible synergies and we look forward to exploring that further.

Read more about LINXS.

 

Dr. Krishnarao Appasani is visiting Denmark, September 20th, 2017

Dr. Krishnarao Appasani
Next week LINX Association have the honour of welcoming Dr. Krishnarao Appasani to Denmark. Dr. Appasani is Vice Chairman & CEO of Science City of Andhra Pradesh in India. He is visiting Denmark to get inspiration to the Smart Cities and hence the Science Cities India are going to build in the nearest future. While being in Denmark Dr. Appasani will visit selected universities, GTS institutes and companies to form a basis for the intended Indian-Danish Science, Innovation & Education Hub.

 

The world’s most powerful X-ray laser, XFEL, was inaugurated Sep. 1st in Hamburg, September 2nd, 2017

XFEL inauguration
Foto: European XFEL, XFEL inauguration.

Yesterday XFEL was inaugurated in Hamburg with prominent guests from all over Europe. Denmark is deeply involved in the project and has with 11 other European countries signed the XFEL convention. The European XFEL Managing Directors together with the guests officially started the research operation of the facility with the first two experiments.

Read more about the XFEL inaugurate.

 

The Bridge: Swedish-Danish roundtable meeting about ESS, August 23rd, 2017

The Bridge Swedish-Danish roundtable meeting

There were some very interesting discussions on political, scientific and industrial topics at The Bridge: Swedish-Danish roundtable meeting yesterday. We all need to get used to the idea of having a world leading neutron facility in our backyard, and most importantly, gain the most advantage of it. Following our discussions, the conclusions were injected in to the main conference.

 

European XFEL generated its first laser light, May 5th, 2017


Foto: European XFEL, tunnel.

Great News from Hamburg: European XFEL, biggest X-ray laser in the world, generated its first laser light. The wavelength of the X-ray light is 0.8 nm which is about 500 times shorter than that of visible light. Furthermore, the X-ray light is extremely intense and a billion times brighter than a conventional synchrotron light sources.

The European XFEL will officially open in September.

Read more about the European XFEL’ first laser light.

 

Mr. Bo Brummerstedt Iversen receives the Award of Science 2017, April 20th, 2017


Foto: Lars Svankjær, Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab.

Mr. Bo Brummerstedt Iversen is one of the founding professors of LINX and a member of the board. Yesterday he was honoured with the Award of Science 2017 from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Bo is a professor of crystallography at the Aarhus University. Congratulations!

Read more about the Scientist price 2017.

 

LINX will change address, April 10th, 2017


Foto: Google Maps.

The LINX office will change address to COBIS, Ole Maaløes Vej 3, 2200 København N – effective from May 1, 2017.

COBIS, also known as Copenhagen Bio Science Park, has mainly biotech start-up companies as tenants and is centrally placed between Denmark’s leading hospitals and major universities – in the heart of Medicon Valley, and just minutes away from central Copenhagen.

 

Mr. Poul Nissen received the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize, Februar 11th, 2017


Film: Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Professor, and LINX Scientific Director Poul Nissen from Aarhus University is this year’s receiver of the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize. Poul Nissen, Professor at Aarhus University, is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps. Through his research, Poul Nissen has clarified in detail, among other things, how ions and nutrients are transported into and out of cells. This fundamental knowledge is very significant for understanding life processes and in combating disease.

Cells in the human body maintain large differences in the concentrations of positive ions, such as sodium and potassium, between the inside and outside of the cells through ion pumps located in the membrane lipids of the cells. These differences in concentration function like the current in a battery and are used by the cells for numerous basic transport and signal functions. They also play a key role in the cell’s ability to regulate such factors as their shape and volume and are very actively involved in such processes as muscle, kidney and heart functioning. These ion pumps are thus extremely important for basic bodily functions and can result in disease if they do not operate correctly.

The Novo Nordisk Prize is awarded to recognize unique medical research or other research contributions that benefit medical science. The Prize is accompanied by DKK 3 million awarded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Read more about  Professor Poul Nissen receives the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize.