The future belongs
to those who create it

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 Jun 18, 2018

Imec.xpand en BOM investeren in startup Onera

Imec.xpand en BOM Brabant Ventures investeren in medische apparatuur voor slaapdiagnose van de Eindhovense startup Onera, een spin-off van imec Nederland dat samen met TNO deel is van het Holst Centre.

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.

Posted on Jun 14, 2018

Solar Shirt on display at the Victoria and Albert museum Londen

The Future Starts Here exhibition looks at new technologies and innovations that will shape the future eg. the Solar Shirt which was developed by Pauline van Dongen in collaboration with Holst Centre

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 (2)

What next for healthcare monitoring?

The world is aging. There were 600 million people aged over 60 in 2000, and predictions suggest there will be more than 2 billion by 2050. As we get older, we typically get more health problems. Long-term illnesses like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are rising and are set to accelerate. ...

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 (0)

Putting our energy into novel storage solutions

Holst Centre exists to help the transfer to industrialization of new technologies that could address societal issues and trends. Climate change is perhaps the most pressing issue facing the world today. And it is driving big changes in how we generate and use energy.   A stable renewable...

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 (0)

My end of year thoughts

Looking back at 2016 Where 2016 has been a small disaster for the entertainment and sports industries (just think about the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali and others), the technology industry has been pushing forward full steam ahead. Will 2016 be the year where re-usable rock...

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 (3)

One week into my new challenge at Holst Centre ...

The digital transformation It took us over 100 years to evolve from the first telephone to the first website. But just 16 years to bring the first smartphone in our daily life. The rate of innovation acceleration will only increase in the coming years and it's clear that the digital tr...

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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.


Do you have what it takes to join our team? Shape trends into business opportunities by working closely with industry and academia.