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Maurice Aalders

Maurice Aalders is Professor of Forensic Biophysics at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics at the AMC, University of Amsterdam, and founder of spin-off company Forensic Technical Solutions. His group works on the development of new techniques for detection and analysis of biological traces at crime scenes.

Border Sessions 2014 - Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Meet our region's innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers during an eclectic meetup.
Date: Wednesday 12 November
Time: 16.45-18.30
Place: La Gayola Spiegeltent, Lange Voorhout 74, The Hague (in front of Escher Museum)
Tickets: Reserve your place today by registering below. A Border Sessions ticket is not required for this event.

Meet our region's innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers during an eclectic meetup that has one single purpose: find the partner and programme that’s going to help you innovate successfully in our Delta region. Technological and social changes present us with new challenges. Strong alliances are essential to creating new solutions. More than ever, the crossover between industries offers us the services and products we're looking for. You can meet your alliance at the Border Sessions Meetup.

The Border Sessions Meetup is organised in collaboration with Medical Delta, InnovationQuarter, The Hague Security Delta, City of The Hague and Zuidvleugel.

Spin Your Cells in Space
Blood vessel formation is of crucial importance in tissue engineering for the successful reperfusion of complex organs. The cells that line our blood vessels are very sensitive to mechanical forces. We investigated whether blood vessel formation is improved when the cells are pre-conditioned under altered gravity. Cells were exposed to 3 and 10 times the Earth’s gravity (g) forces in a unique large diameter centrifuge at the European Space Agency, and then allowed to form blood vessels in a 3D Matrigel. Technologies promoting enhanced blood vessel formation have important applications in regenerative medicine. Kim van der Heiden's study can contribute to the development of new therapies using pre-conditioned cells.

Blood in the Spotlight
The Forensic Biophysics group combines physics, biology, chemistry and forensic sciences to develop new methods for localisation, visualisation and analysis of trauma and biological traces. They have utilized spectroscopy to develop a method for age determination of bruises to aid in the diagnosis of child abuse. Spectroscopy measures how much of each colour from visible light is absorbed by the tissue, allowing determination of the chemical composition of the (bruised) tissue and biological traces. Bruise dating is proven for bruises located on arms. Closely related to this application is age determination of blood stains at crime scenes. The group showed that the chemical composition can be determined using a special spectroscopy-based camera, from which the time of deposition could be calculated. This research resulted in worlds' first forensic spectral camera specifically for crime scene use.

Kars Veling is founder and CTO of Q42. Q42 is a strategic technological internet agency with a strong focus on innovation culture. Based in The Hague, Amsterdam and Mountainview Q42 employs 55+ engineers. How to mix this new style tech innovation culture with companies like Philips, Rijksmuseum and Staatsloterij? How do startup-style nerds, ventures and large enterprises mix? Kars will give insights on what they've learned, what failed and what worked out well in that respect and how Q42 internally keeps innovation twists alive.