Company Visit Gent

Last week the first and second year students visited Gent. We had a tour and a presentation at two companies: The Cell Factory and ProDigest. Here the students learned a lot on how to turn research into a viable company in the biotechnology sector. The cell factory is a company focused on the development of extracellular vesicles for applications in regenerative medicine. The development of these EV’s would be much more affordable than other drugs used in this field. The cell factory is the Research and Development department of the larger company Esperite. During the tour we could see how the EVs were visualized using light scattering. Secondly, we visited...
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Mystery of superior Leeuwenhoek microscope solved after 350 years

Researchers from TU Delft and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have solved an age-old mystery surrounding Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes. A unique collaboration at the interface between culture and science has proved conclusively that the linen trader and amateur scholar from Delft ground and used his own thin lenses. Considering the unrivalled quality of the microscopic images produced by Van Leeuwenhoek, this was always thought to be practically impossible. The prevailing view was that grinding small lenses of such high quality by hand was simply a bridge too far. A new research method helped to solve the mystery: namely using a neutron bundle from the TU Delft research reactor. The TU Delft Reactor...
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Graduation Bachelor and Master students

On March 29, a small group of Nanobiology students received their Bachelor and Master’s degree. During the ceremony, Tessa Vergroesen (BSc) gave a speech in which she explained how Nanobiology bridged the gap for her personally. She explained that she had to get out of her comfort zone by studying math and physics next to biology. During the speech of Héctor Tejeda (MSc), we learned a lot about the fun and struggles of a Mexican in the Netherlands. Next to Tessa Vergroesen and Héctor Tejeda, we would like to congratulate Ayla Engels, Mandy Segers and David Hueting with getting their degrees!

Kickoff Delft Bioengineering Institute

Last week the Kickoff of the Delft Bioengineering Institute took place at the Aula. Prof. Isabel Arends, professor of Biocatalysis and the founder of the Institute: “All across our campus you find scientists who share my fascination for the building blocks of biology and what we can achieve with them. It is a wide and varied field of research. In Delft, we are working on biofuels and biomaterials, but also on subjects like bacteriophages, cell imaging, organ-on-chip technology, and the synthetic cell. The institute will connect these people with each other, and with parties from other areas of society, such as government, industry, non-profit organisations and other academic partners. Together, we...
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