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UCI Applied Innovation Collaborates with Netherlands Health Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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With a vision to help make Orange County a national and global leader in scalable innovation, UCI Applied Innovation recently entered into the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Agreement with Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus of the Netherlands.

The agreement was formally signed by Richard Sudek, chief innovation officer and executive director, UCI Applied Innovation, and Jan Cobbenhagen, CEO, Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, during a ceremony commemorating the partnership. The signing of the agreement was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony, led by Gerbert Kunst, Counsul General of the Netherlands, to celebrate the opening of their office at UCI Applied Innovation.

The event recognized the importance of supporting early-stage companies from foreign countries to support regional economic development, along with a joint effort to further expand and develop cooperation in the fields of technology development, international expansion and commercialization within the Orange County ecosystem. Henk Hanselaar, Honorary Consul of the Netherlands, discussed the U.S.-Dutch lifesciences link.             

Other topics covered during grand opening presentations were:

  • Connecting the Innovation Hubs by Collaboration, by Marianne van der Steen, Director REGMED XB and Director of the Global Scale-up Program
  • Building an Innovation Bridge Between Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, Limburg and Orange County, by Carola van der Weijden, Managing Director, Province of Limburg
  • Formal Signing Ceremony of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Collaborative Agreement, by and Richard Sudek

UCI Applied Innovation is a dynamic, innovative central platform for the UCI campus, entrepreneurs, inventors, the business community and investors to collaborate and move UCI research from lab to market. The goal is to help commercialize discoveries designed to benefit humankind and have an economic impact. Additionally, UCI Applied Innovation facilitates connections and works within the OC ecosystem to help create industries, jobs and advancement for the region.

Founded in 1965, University of California, Irvine, a Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle member, is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.

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