In terms of water and food supply, simple and easily applicable solutions can make a huge difference for local communities. To provide access to safe drinking water for even the world's most underdeveloped areas, Basic Water Needs (BWN) produces water filters for people worldwide. The filter offers a sustainable and affordable solution for access to safe drinking water that can be implemented by individuals and households. The product is straightforward and simple to use, and through BWN's extensive network, it is widely available.
Approximately 16.000 Dutch citizens and 1.5 million people a year break their hip, of which 1 in 4 dies of the consequences. WOLK is an invisible airbag belt when worn with normal clothes. It incorporates a falling detection system, based on an algorithm of motion data using sensors, and airbag technology. When a fall is detected the airbag inflates, preventing impact. By using this technology, elderly people can stay mobile an independent for a longer time and they will have less fear of falling.
WakaWaka addresses energy poverty in the developing world, and the socio-economic challenges that accompany it. WakaWaka develops off-grid solar-powered lamps and chargers that are high-tech, yet low-cost. They market their product primarily in the developing world for bottom of the pyramid consumers for whom electricity is often not available. In these areas, WakaWaka's products - based on patented solar technology - can replace highly inefficient and dangerous paraffin lamps. Regular access to electricity raises people's standard of living; WakaWaka accomplishes this in terms of health, environmental benefits, improved social cohesion and education, and economic impact through cost savings.
Milk components have nutritional and functional values and health-promoting properties. To ensure that the components retain as much of their basic natural characteristics during the processing of milk, FrieslandCampina came up with an innovation called 'Milk Prism'. Thanks to new technologies, it is possible to adopt a new starting point for milk processing. Instead of taking 10 kilogram of milk to make a single kilogram of cheese, FrieslandCampina uses its new technology to separate milk into exceptionally pure, high quality products streams. The innovation enables to concentrate on specific milk ingredients that are needed for a specific application, such as casein for cheese production. After a test phase, the first installation was taken into use in the Netherlands in 2010.
Preparing food safely, without compromising nutritional value and in an energy efficient way is an important health challenge. The Nutri-Pulse e-Cooker uses pulsed electric field (PEF) technology for a new way of cooking food. E-Cooking improves the preservation of original nutrients in meat, fish, vegetables and other types of food. In addition, it preserves original flavour, structure and colour. The Nutri-Pulse e-Cooker is easy to set up and in use and it is small enough for use in regular kitchens. In addition, cooking is done in only a few minutes at lower temperatures and the process consumes very little energy.
Removal of solid waste through the sewer system, for a cleaner hospital; removal of medicinal residues from wastewater for a cleaner environment. This, in short, is what the Pharmafilter-system promises. Shredders are used in the hospital in place of the traditional bedpan cleaners and at places where waste is generated. An installation is set up outside the hospital, which digests and decontaminates the solid waste. All wastewater is purified and cleaned of medicinal residues. The Pharmafilter-system makes it feasible to address processes in the hospital through the introduction of biodegradable, disposable products instead of products that need to be sterilized after each use, such as bedpans, urinals and cutlery.
Too high sodium salt consumption leads to health problems and high costs for society. Many governments, WHO and Food Multi Nationals around the world have initiated sodium reduction programs. The biggest challenge in sodium reduction for Food industry is remaining taste and shelf life of the products. AkzoNobel Salt Specialties introduces breakthrough one-to-one sodium reduction solution for processed meat: OneGrain mineral salt. OneGrain contains the optimal balance of sodium salt, potassium salt and natural flavor. Since all ingredients are homogeneously combined into a grain, OneGrain mineral salt is effective and a true one to one replacement of regular salt.
Cost-effective improvements within the health care sector are needed to assure medical services' high quality. DSM's Dyneema Purity® fibers enable the creation of very strong medical textiles, like orthopedic and cardiovascular sutures, vascular grafts, and heart valves. These fibers exhibit a high strength - 15 times stronger than steel - and are very flexible with a soft feel. Therefore, these fibers are extremely suitable in establishing strong medical fixations, without placing painful strain on body tissues. Dyneema Purity is the only medical grade UHMWPE fiber in the world. Since its launch, a series of additional grades have been launched, including extremely thin fibers, colored fibers and radiopaque fibers.
Minimally invasive treatment of structural heart diseases is becoming more popular as an alternative to surgery for high-risk patients. These procedures are challenging and complicated, and experience is required to perform them skillfully. HeartNavigator is designed to increase surgeons' confidence in carrying out structural heart procedures. HeartNavigator simplifies planning, measurement, device selection and choice of optimal X-ray viewing angle. It gives insight into calcification distribution in the ascending aorta, aortic valve and the left ventricle. It also provides additional live 3D imaging guidance during device placement. Royal Philips is the first to receive FDA approval for this solution.
With both a growing and ageing world population, countries health care systems need to be able to deliver accurate, confident and fast diagnosis and treatment. The AlluraClarity system, developed by Philips, with its ClarityIQ technology responds to this need with simplified procedures and an efficient clinical workflow. Above that the system significantly reduces the X-ray dose for fewer complications from radiation exposure for patients. ClarityIQ technology improves image quality with smaller focal spot sizes, shorter pulses and automatic motion compensation. Treatment options can be expanded, enabling longer procedures to treat obese and high-risk patients at a fraction of the dose.
Up to recent, the working time offshore was largely dependant on calm see conditions with Hs smaller than 0,5 meters, unless costly Jackup barges, embedded in the sea floor, were used. Barge Master offers economic and innovative alternatives based on motion compensation on floating barges for heave, roll and pitch movements up to Hs 3 meters. It delivers and installs motion compensated systems that are fully certified. Applying these products result in a 300% to 500 % increase in working time for offshore customers. This helps the reliability in planning commitments at a substantial lower cost rate. Therefore Bare Master helps customers being more competitive in their core offshore operations.
ParkinsonNet empowers patients to take better care of themselves. ParkinsonNet's methods completely change our outlook on healthcare provision. ParkinsonNet is a nationwide infrastructure consisting of 68 regional and multidisciplinary networks of specifically trained allied healthcare professionals who deliver integrated care to patients with Parkinson's disease. Their strategy breaks down the regular boundaries of healthcare and aims at connecting patients and healthcare professionals. Instead of focusing on cutting costs across the board, ParkinsonNet has found a way to optimize health solutions for lower costs in a specific field. For this work, the organization won the prestigious Value Based Health Care Prize from renowned expert Michael Porter in April 2015.
Within our societies, it is widely recognized that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers amongst women. After the diagnosis, patients and physicians need to decide which next steps need to be taken. To find out what would be the best kind of treatment, MammaPrint is the first FDA-cleared breast cancer genomic test that classifies an early stage breast cancer tumor as having either a Low Risk or High Risk of recurrence. Based on these findings, the physician can decide on the most appropriate treatment for the patient's condition.
Accessing offshore platforms can be problematic and highly risky due to the heavy movement of ships on open water. Ampelmann has developed the solution for this challenge. Similar to a flight simulator, the Ampelmann eliminates any relative motion by taking instant measurements of the ship's motions and then compensates them by using six hydraulic cylinders. The result: the top of the Ampelmann remains completely stationary compared to the platform. The offshore gangway can then be extended towards the structure so all personnel can walk to work offshore safely.
To improve health care, the Dutch Gijsbert van de Wijdeven, a veterinarian, developed Bioneedle. Bioneedle is a new method for vaccination in both humans and animals. Instead of using hypodermic injection, he proposed to inject biodegradable implants. These ready-to-use capsule of about 1.5 centimeters that already contain the appropriate dose of the vaccine are loaded into an applicator and shot into the patients arm. The procedure is quick and painless, and the capsule dissolves in a matter of minutes, releasing the vaccine.
Although the world is almost polio-free, vaccination remains necessary to prevent future outbreaks. Therefore, on assignment by the World Health Organization, Intravacc developed a new and promising Sabin-IPV polio vaccine. We used our proven platform technologies to swiftly develop an affordable and safe production technology. In recent clinical studies, Sabin-IPV was shown to be safe and immunogenic in adults and infants. Currently, this production technology and related quality controls are actively being transferred by hands-on training to local vaccine manufacturers in emerging economies. As a result, manufacturers in for example China, South Korea and India are enabled to safely produce the Sabin-IPV vaccine to vaccinate their local population.
Researchers at the Hubrecht Institute and the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht have found a way to multiply human tissue under laboratory conditions. They accomplished this by developing a culturing technique for human liver and pancreatic stem cells. Tissue comparable to the volume and weight of a full-grown human liver can be grown over a period of four months, without genetic mutations. With this technique, individual patients' tissue can be cultured and the efficacy of various cancer drugs can be tested before patients receive the actual treatment. This could make highly individualised treatment possible, which could improve treatment benefit for patients.