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The 5 highlights of March

Life is busy! So you might not always have the time to keep up with imec's latest news and achievements. On this page you can find a quick overview of what imec has been doing in the past month.

New imec.istart investment fund launched

On March 16th imec announced a new partnership with the Flemish Government, ING, BNP Paribas Fortis, Telenet and Cronos Group for the establishment of a new imec.istart investment fund. The fund – amounting to a total of 12.5 million euros for the next five years – supports digital innovation and entrepreneurship in Flanders and is the largest of its kind for pre-seed investment in Belgium. Read more in this press release.

Researcher Jan Genoe receives 2.5 million Euros to develop video-holography

One of our leading scientists, Jan Genoe, was awarded with an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 million Euros for a five-year period. Together with his team, he will develop technology to enable holographic projection based on video and complex holograms, something not yet possible. Read more in this press release.

Imec launches new website

Visit our new website and find out what our researchers are working on, the collaboration opportunities for your business and – above all – how we are shaping the world of tomorrow. We will not go into further details, but you can discover more yourself!

Samsung’s Dr. Kinam Kim to receive imec’s Lifetime of Innovation Award

This month imec revealed the recipient of the 2017’s Lifetime of Innovation Award: Dr. Kinam Kim, President and General Manager of Semiconductor Business at Samsung Electronics. After Dr. Morris Chang (2015) and Dr. Gordon Moore (2016), Dr. Kim was chosen for his leadership and strategic vision, as well as his significant impact in the chip industry. The award will be handed out during the imec Technology Forum in Antwerp, on May 16th. .

Our researchers celebrate 10 years of ERC on camera

Paul Heremans, Liesbet Lagae, Kris Myny and Bart Vermang: these are the names of four of imec researchers awarded with the prestigious ERC grant for their innovative research. In 2007 the European Commission established the 'European Research Council'. The goal was to support advanced research in Europe by awarding grants to researchers – around 7,000 over the last 10 years. Indeed a reason to celebrate – and a few of our ERC-winning researchers did so, on camera. In a short video, they explain their research and their amazing applications. Paul talks about his work on organic semiconductors; Liesbet, about a chip for detecting cancer; Kris, on flexible thin-film chips; and Bart on a new type of solar cells.

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