The Tech sectors. This is achieved by increasing

The Health and Technology sectors are all about the combination of Medicine and Medical Technology. In the region Arnhem, Nijmegen and Wageningen over 50.000 people are woking in these sectors and, therefore it is an essential part of the regional knowledge economy. There are a lot of companies, that are located in our region, active in this field. Think of; Radboud University Medical Center, St. Maartenskliniek, MIRA institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine. These innovative corporations are just some of our most reputable organisations. The Economic Board is heavenly involved in stars-up and projects that work together with this network of health organisations. Some of these projects supported by the Economic Board are; Briskr, Plant-e and TropIQOne of the projects supported by the Economic Board is Briskr, an organisation that works in the field of Life Science, Health & High Tech. Briskr is an implementation program aimed at increasing employment in these (top) sectors. The Arnhem – Nijmegen and Wageningen region has an excellent starting position to realize more employment within the Life Science, Health & High Tech sectors. Three work programs have been defined to support innovative companies and to make them investor-ready. In addition, a division by phase of life of the target group was chosen, because the issues of entrepreneurs change considerably over time. Work programs are the incubation work program for (early) start-ups; the acceleration program for scale-ups and the activation program for established SMEs (grown-ups). There are also meetings for entrepreneurs and partners to share knowledge.The Economic Board was asked to support the program where possible, and also provide a concrete contribution (in kind or in funds).A number of supporting activities have been defined that are jointly taken up. These must ensure that the region generates even more impact in the Life Science, Health & High Tech sectors. This is achieved by increasing the (inter) national visibility and attraction, as well as facilitating, corporations and intensive knowledge sharing. Plant-e was founded in 2009 by Marjolein Helder and David Strik as spin-off of Environmental Technology, Wageningen UR. The technology that the company operates with was patented in 2008. Marjolein Helder has been working with a team of 6 to 7 people since 2013 to develop the Plant-e technology. The in Wageningen based Plant-e shows that it is possible to: harvest electricity from living plants.The sustainable technology used by Plant-e to create electricity from plants is based on natural growth processes. Through photosynthesis plants produce organic material to grow. A part of this material ends up in the soil through the roots of the plant where bacteria break it down. During this process electrons are released, which can be harvested as electricity.Plant-e has enough power from one square meter of water plants to light a LED light. One hundred square meters is good for one Wi-Fi hotspot. There is worldwide interest in their technology, from Europe and the United States to China.The World Economic Forum declared Plant-e to be one of the 49 Technology Pioneers 2015. Google (2001) and Dropbox (2011) were also once Technology Pioneers.Plant-e has a turnover of 300,000 euros in 2015. The first profit is expected in the up coming years.TropIQ focuses on the malaria parasite, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. The company uses two strategies for this. It develops a drug that kills malaria parasites in the blood of people and it makes mosquito-like fabrics to impregnate mosquito nets. TropIQ has found a substance that kills the two forms of malaria parasite in people’s blood. It works differently from all the medicines that are available now.It is expected that the medicine will be on the market in 2024. TropIQ is now also researching means to control mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus and dengue (dengue fever).TropIQ was founded in 2011 as a technology platform and is a spin-off of the Radboud UMC. What started as a start-up with four people, has now entered the scale-up phase with eleven people. The expectation is that another eleven people will join in the next three years. TropIQ has a turnover of 1 million euros per year in 2016 and has been making profits since 2013. The turnover grows about 20 percent per year. In 2012 and 2014, the Bill & Miranda Gates Foundation from the United States donated a total of 1.1 million dollars to the innovative research of TropIQ.