KIN Innovation researchers receive 4 million grant with an International Consortium developing biomarkers for Alzheimer’s

Philipp Tuertscher, Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation, teamed up with researchers from leading biomarker labs and life science companies to study new approaches for finding biomarkers that help us better diagnose and treat various forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease. In May, this international consortium received a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant from the European Union, which secures €4 million for its ambitious “MIRIADE” Innovative Training Network.

This initiative is an example for the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s efforts to engage in interdisciplinary research across various faculties. Apart from the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at the School of Business and Economics, the project also involves researchers from the Integrative Bioinformatics group at the Department of Computer Science as well as a research team from the VUmc’s Neurochemistry Laboratory and Biobank.

While the majority of consortium members focus on the life sciences aspects of this research project, Philipp Tuertscher, Hans Berends and Sascha Friesike from the KIN Center for Digital Innovation contribute their expertise on innovation management and open innovation in science as a highly complementary asset to the consortium. Philipp and his colleagues will study how open innovation approaches can be used in scientific collaborations to ensure that scientific organizations can effectively share, reuse, and integrate their own research data as well as data collected and analyzed by other researchers. Their study will provide insights into how a complex collaboration like MIRIADE with multiple research groups and companies involved, can better orchestrate their innovation process in order to improve and accelerate challenging tasks such as biomarker development.

In addition to these research tasks, the KIN Center for Digital Innovation performs an important training role: In collaboration with corporate consortium partners, it will provide business school training in technology and innovation management, entrepreneurship and commercialization for all life sciences students in the MIRIADE consortium.