Open Innovation at Holst Centre
In 2005, TNO joined forces with the Belgian research centre imec in setting up Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative for Flexible Electronics and Wireless Sensor Technologies. Imec performs world-leading research in nano-electronics and nanotechnology.
Its staff of more than 1,750 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. Imec's research is applied in better healthcare, smart electronics, sustainable energy, and safer transport. Holst Centre adopted the imec business model of open innovation, bringing together industrial and academic partners from across the value chain around shared technical roadmaps. By developing generic technologies, three to ten years ahead of the market, Holst Centre bridges the gap between fundamental (academic) research and commercial product development.