Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and for 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 shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.

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 over 40 industrial partners.

 

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Research Focus

Combining expertise in wireless sensor technologies and flexible electronics under one roof puts Holst Centre in a unique position, in both domains as well as in the synergy between them.

 

Business Model

Due to the increasing complexity of products and systems, and accelerating progress in physics, life-sciences, materials, electronics, software, etc., R&D costs are growing faster than company revenues.
This is why the goal of open innovation is to share ideas, efforts, costs and risks, and to reduce time to market for new product generations. At Holst Centre, partners complement their own exclusive R&D with shared R&D, leveraging each other's talents and know-how in a well-structured and professional corporate R&D-like setting. Typically, Holst Centre results are shared on a non-exclusive basis between program partners according to customized agreements, tuned to each partner's needs and situation.
Whenever appropriate, Holst Centre also facilitates more dedicated research trajectories. We often do this to speed up the technology transfer and industrial uptake of results obtained in shared research, that have reached a higher technology readiness level. Also, this model helps in our collaborations with SMEs who typically have a shorter R&D horizon. For these collaborations, dedicated partnership and IP agreements are discussed with the companies involved.

 

Strategy

Holst Centre is positioned between fundamental academic research and commercial product development. Typically, results obtained within Holst Centre aim for products that will appear on the market within three to ten years.
Holst Centre defines its activities based on global societal trends and emerging markets and applications. The output of our research are generic technologies and knowledge that can be relevant for a variety of application domains. For a selection of these domains, Holst Centre builds working system demonstrators, steering our research and showing the capabilities of our technology.

 

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 over 40 industrial partners.

 

Download the Holst Centre Executive report (6 MB)