Fight the grand global challenges

August 29, 2014

9 billion. That's how many people will be on our planet in 2050. And according to the experts, population growth will not stop there. Better nutrition and healthcare will mean that child mortality will fall and people will live longer. So how do we ensure that the next generations will have sufficient food, raw materials and energy? If we keep on doing what we are doing now, we will need a second planet by the year 2030!

Top scientists at Maastricht University, Maastricht UMC+ and Eindhoven University of Technology, plus experts from DSM and the Chemelot Campus are joining forces to find answers to this big global challenge. In the international research and knowledge institute Chemelot InSciTe, they are developing and testing materials that will contribute to a sustainable world and to our becoming older healthily and affordably. These include high-quality biochemical resins for cars, solar cells and electronic devices, for example. And biomedical materials from which new blood vessels can be made, materials that allow cartilage to repair itself and grow in the body, or smart little medicine containers for the eye to prevent and treat eye infections.

Chemelot InSciTe is an initiative of Maastricht University together with UMC+, TU/e and DSM. Each of them is initially investing €10 million over the next 6 years. The Province of Limburg is investing €30 million in R&D activities and €20 million in infrastructure for research and facilities for scaling up production. According to Atzo Nicolaï, President of DSM Netherlands, Chemelot InSciTe is an example of the earning model of the future. "By smartly deploying the golden triangle of knowledge institutions, government and business, we in the Netherlands can further extend our international top ranking in innovation, continue to open up new horizons, create employment and opportunities and build on making the economy more sustainable for People, Planet and Profit."