/Imec, Ghent University and SEED demonstrate electronics in hydrogel-based soft lenses

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Imec, Ghent University and SEED demonstrate electronics in hydrogel-based soft lenses

About imec

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, energy and education.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together more than 4,000 brilliant minds from over 85 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2017, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 546 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).

About SEED

SEED is a TSE listed comprehensive contact lens manufacturer in Japan with 60 years history. SEED produces and delivers a wide range of contact lens products including RGP lenses, soft conventional lenses and a number of disposable contact lenses. Its production capacity of daily disposable contact lens is currently 44million pieces per month in its factory located in Japan.

SEED is keen to expanding internationally in the next decade. Currently SEED has direct subsidiaries and/or Rep offices in: Shanghai, China; Taipei City, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Singapore. In this year SEED has also established its new European subsidiary near Hamburg in Germany, to conduct regional distribution in Europe, and in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, to conduct research into new materials in Europe. In addition, SEED exports its products to 24 countries and regions.

About Ghent University

Ghent University is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe. It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective. About 80 faculty departments, spread over 11 faculties, offer high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines.

Next to this, Ghent University strategically invests in multidisciplinary clusters to expand its industrial R&D network. Key technology transfer activities include industrial collaboration programs, IP licensing and spin-off creation. Over the past ten years, this joint effort has resulted in 439 granted patents, the establishment of 68 spin-off companies and an intensive collaboration with companies.