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Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.


Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things. This is visible through the motivation of its researchers,  its different collaboration models and the choice of its research topics.


Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners.



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Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Holst Centre and NovaCentrix light up flexible electronics integration

Holst Centre, a leading innovation center in flexible and printed electronics, and NovaCentrix, a leader in printed electronics manufacturing technologies, have demonstrated a light-assisted technology that speeds up the integration of hybrid electronic systems. Photonic soldering allows standard lead-free solder to be cured on low-melting-point plastic films in a matter of seconds.

Posted on Jul 4, 2018

Hightech sensortechnologie in kassen biedt grote kansen voor glastuinbouwsector

De glastuinbouwsector in de grensregio Vlaanderen - Nederland heeft een zeer hoge productiviteit, is innovatief en neemt de tweede plaats in als exporterende regio ter wereld. Slimme crossovers tussen glastuinbouw met hightech systemen en materialen kunnen zorgen voor een versterkte en toekomstge...

Posted on Jun 18, 2018

Onera Receives Investment to Develop Next-Generation Sleep Diagnostic Device

Onera, a spin-off from imec and Holst Centre, which is a research collaboration between imec the Netherlands and TNO, announces the successful closure of a seed round of financing enabling the company to develop a wearable, fully disposable, medically graded sleep diagnostic device.

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Join our multidisciplinary team of creative, energetic people and work on tomorrow's challenges today. Top technology is made by top talent.


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