Maastricht University signs rental agreement for lab at Brightlands Chemelot Campus

april 20, 2016

The Maastricht University and the Brightlands Chemelot Campus have signed a rental agreement for the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM). AMIBM will rent a state-of-the-art laboratory at the campus for a period of ten years. The AMIBM research group already consists of 25 people and expects to move into its brand new renovated and dedicated lab in October 2016. One of the first machines to be installed in the lab is the worldwide unique ‘Wet Spinning Facility’, which can produce new bi-component biobased fibers for medical applications. The rental agreement for the ground floor of Building 1 was signed by Richard Ramakers, Managing Director AMIBM, and Bert Kip, CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

AMIBM is a cross-border research institute within the ‘Kennis-As Limburg’, that is supported by the Maastricht University, the RWTH Aachen and the German research institute Fraunhofer IME. AMIBM is supported by the Dutch Province of Limburg. The institute was launched in December 2015. The AMIBM research programs are aimed at the durable and efficient production of biobased materials and their innovative use for medical and technical applications. The professors within AMIBM are all connected to a broad scientific community within the Maastricht University, the Maastricht UMC+, RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer. Interdisciplinary collaborations are key for AMIBM: ‘From Plant to Implant’. This enables AMIBM to tackle complex and cross-discipline projects. A number of professors has already started to work within AMIBM: prof. dr. Sanjay Rastogi (UM), prof. dr. Stefaan de Wildeman (UM)  and prof. dr. Stefan Jockenhövel (UM/RWTH). More recent, prof. dr. Rainer Fischer (from Fraunhofer IME, molecular biology), dr. Gunnar Seide (from RWTH ITA, application and production of biobased fibres) and dr. Richard Ramakers (managing director AMIBM) have been added to the team.

Read also (in Dutch) article "Grensoverschrijdend instituut AMIBM im stroomversnelling".

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