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A brighter day: depression diagnosis and treatment

By strengthening and deepening a longstanding collaboration, Norwegian SME, NordicImaging Labs and Amsterdam University Medical Centre in the Netherlands are bringing faster and better diagnosis and treatment for depression.

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Posted 3 Jun 24

Testing for infectious diseases in wastewater

Waterlab in South Africa has developed a cost-effective and non-invasive method of tracking and predicting the spread of COVID-19, hepatitis E, norovirus and other infectious diseases through the microbiological analysis of wastewater.

By her own admission, Dr. Gina Pocock, Specialist Consultant at Waterlab, never had any great burning ambition to pioneer a potentially life-saving diagnostic methodology, but she possesses an obvious energy and optimism that drove the South African company’s success.

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Posted 20 Feb 24

Nature’s cogs: helping pollinators feed the world

Honey bees and other pollinators are vital for the planet’s ecosystems and crops, but they are dying out at alarming rates due to climate change, intensive farming and pesticides. A startup in Andalusia, Spain, has a solution: producing hoverflies on an industrial scale. Following an R&D project with Dutch partners, Polyfly is breeding new ways to pollinate more fruit crops.

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Posted 31 Jan 24

A green, concrete future: Harnessing local materials in Uganda

By Georgia Tindale

Dutch company, Concreet Projectmanagement B.V., joined forces with Ugandan company, Eco Concrete Ltd., to tackle the ever-growing issue of developing sustainable and affordable building infrastructure. Their solution? Creating new recipes for one of the world’s most common building materials: concrete. With the right backing, their geopolymer technology has the potential to go global

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Posted 15 Jan 24

No smoke needed: Discovering a Latvian early warning wildfire detection system

By Georgia Tindale

As we have seen in yet another summer of horrendous wildfires across the globe, which crept their way across North Africa, Greece, Tenerife and Canada, when a wildfire strikes, there is no time to waste.

Latvian company, Baltic Satellite Service, has teamed up with partners AD TELECOM (in Spain) and AXSYSNAV (in France), on an innovative early warning technology for wildfire detection: the first of its kind to track fires in real time and guide fire brigades to the incident.

Already attracting interest from clients in Europe and beyond, this early wildfire detection system looks set to become ever more necessary, due to the increase in extreme weather events prompted by climate change.

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Posted 15 Dec 23

Innovative PCR tests are monitoring genetic diseases

The determination of one entrepreneurial Danish research chemist and his team at Pentabase have developed a revolutionary new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that produces results in hours not days. Ulf Bech Christensen expanded his company tenfold overnight, reopened Frankfurt airport during the pandemic and improved the effectiveness of cancer screening, diagnostics and monitoring to deliver more personalised and more effective treatment and care.

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Posted 12 Dec 23

DNA analysis is saving our freshwater biodiversity

Freshwater ecosystems and their biodiversity face growing threats. But thanks to cutting-edge R&D, we are witnessing remarkable progress in how we can conserve the life in our lakes and rivers. Scientists at Laboratorios Tecnológicos de Levante in Spain are now cleverly using DNA analysis to assess the health and ecological state of fresh bodies of water.

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Posted 26 Oct 23

Plants that power themselves: Fighting desertification and deforestation with SOFRAPAR

By Georgia Tindale

Family-run French company, SOFRAPAR, has introduced new carbon uptake booster technology that is helping to combat desertification and deforestation. In Senegal, this is reinforcing a rapidly-declining natural forest area and helping local populations regain some food security.

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Posted 11 Sep 23

European Partnership on Innovative SMEs – Reaction to the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and Copernicus

The United Kingdom and European Commission reached political agreement on 7 September 2023 on the United Kingdom’s association to Horizon Europe. This means that all calls in Work Programme 2024 will be covered by association.

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Posted 11 Sep 23

Companies benefit from energy efficiency wizardry

More efficient use of energy can save companies money and make an important contribution to reducing global warming. To achieve these savings, the ITEA Cluster project SPEAR involving 22 international partners and led by southwest German software developer, Let’s Dev, has created and tested an algorithm to assess the sum of a company’s energy usage by looking at all individual devices. It can also suggest sustainable energy savings and ways to use more renewable sources like solar and wind energy.

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Posted 4 May 23

Wonder walls: vertical greenery seeds urban biodiversity

Vertical gardens on a mass scale could help bring temperatures down in cities and boost biodiversity. Until now, “living walls” were novelty features on landmark buildings, but an innovative Austro-German living wall could pave the way to delivering greener urbanisation worldwide.

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Posted 15 Mar 23

Wonder walls: vertical greenery seeds urban biodiversity

Vertical gardens on a mass scale could help bring temperatures down in cities and boost biodiversity. Until now, “living walls” were novelty features on landmark buildings, but an innovative Austro-German living wall could pave the way to delivering greener urbanisation worldwide.

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Posted 15 Mar 23

The programmers reconstructing faces and reducing stress for disfigured patients

People disfigured in accidents, war or from cancer have to wait months for an artificial nose or ear. So, a team of robotics developers at Portuguese company, Roboptics, has stepped in to find a faster way to rebuild damaged faces with 3D printed prostheses.

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Posted 7 Dec 22

Space satellites to connect the world’s cars and robots

Low earth orbit (LEO) satellites hit the news when Elon Musk offered them to Ukraine to allow residents to keep communicating with the outside world when existing telecommunications networks were knocked out. But that’s only a small illustration of what LEO satellites can do for humanity if a Korean-led research team has its way, reports Sarah Morris.

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Posted 9 Nov 22

Hitting the right targets: DNA test reveals if cancer patients will respond to chemotherapy treatments

It is almost a flip of a coin whether pancreatic cancer patients respond to the standard chemotherapy drug, FOLFIRINOX. As a solution to oncologists apprehensively giving patients one of the toughest chemotherapy treatments out there, Dutch bioinformatics company, Omnigen, is developing a clinical decision support system based on a DNA test that shows a patient’s responsiveness to FOLFIRINOX treatment with an initial accuracy rate of 93%.

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Posted 27 Oct 22

Eureka innovation awards 2022

At this year’s Global Innovation Summit in Estoril, Portugal, on 22-23 June, we presented five Eureka innovation awards to organisations for the ground-breaking products, processes or services developed during a Eureka project.

National funding bodies nominated two organisations for each of our five award categories:

  • Best Product and Service Innovation
  • Best Sustainability Innovation
  • Best Thematic Innovation (space-ocean-earth systems)
  • Best Woman in Leadership
  • Best Portuguese Project
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Posted 8 Jul 22

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