Holst Centre in a nutshell

At Holst Centre we develop, innovate and connect. We are an independent research and innovation centre, jointly operated by imec and TNO. We develop technology that responds to the global societal challenges of tomorrow and contributes to a healthier and more sustainable world.


Our innovations are aimed at improving the vitality and wellbeing of people, and ensuring sustainable environments. We strengthen the economic power of our industry partners by developing world class, breakthrough technology solutions that they can bring to their markets. To help solve global challenges, we connect the Dutch Brainport region with a global ecosystem of industry partners and academia, enabling them to take advantage of each other's profound expertise.



Wireless sensor technologies and flexible electronics

Combining expertise in wireless sensor technologies and flexible electronics under one roof puts Holst Centre in a unique position. Our partner companies particularly value our ability to develop demonstrators and prototypes. Building on this proof-of-concept, they turn our technologies into new products and new manufacturing processes. Often, we take technologies to the point where they are almost ready for market. Through knowledge transfer, we contribute to the expertise and market position of our partner companies, frequently increasing their turnover, and the number of jobs they have to offer.

Open innovation models

The goal of open innovation is faster, cheaper and more effective innovation, reducing risks and creating a rapid time-to-market for new products. 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 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 executes dedicated research trajectories in a one-to-one business relationship with a single partner. 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.


Our backgroundHolst Centre, set up in 2005 by imec (Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands), is supported by local, regional and national governments. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and the 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 180 employees from 28 nations. We currently have 56 industrial partners and 45 ongoing funded projects in our portfolio.


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