In the last few decades healthcare has made tremendous progress. We now have high-tech labs filled with equipment to help us detect and treat diseases in an early stage. But of course, there’s still a tremendous amount of progress to be made. And unfortunately, most advanced medical equipment is expensive and too bulky to be transported, leaving people in poorer, remote regions cut off.
At imec, we use our expertise in silicon technology to further the search for innovative diagnostics and treatments. Through our involvement in Mission Lucidity, we support the mission to decode dementia, with the aim of curing or preventing the disease. And we make sure that advanced diagnostics and precision medicine are within everyone's reach. For instance, by developing mobile on-chip labs that provide fast and early diagnoses, even in remote areas.
But health issues also hit us closer to home. We all have friends, family and colleagues that have been affected by diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. That’s why a large number of imec employees each year actively participates in Relay For Life, an event that raises money for cancer research and pays tribute to patients' daily battle with the disease. At the last edition in Heverlee (Leuven), our employees raised more than 15,000 euros in support of cancer research.
And with their Knitting for Alzheimer initiative, a group of creative imec employees sold more than 900 home-made Christmas ornaments, collecting almost 5000 euros in total for research into Alzheimer’s.