The European INTERREG-V-A program provides financial support for strategic cross-border cooperation in order to create a more prosperous and sustainable region. The funding is co-financed by the European Union and the INTERREG partners. The INTERREG-V-A program ROCKET Reloaded funds new innovation projects aiming to improve the ecosystem in key technologies in the German-Dutch border region. As a follow-up program of the fruitful INTERREG-V-A project ROCKET, ROCKET Reloaded continues the German-Dutch success story, pushing research and development in photonics, nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, microsystems, and new materials.
“We are proud to be a part of this success story and ready to meet the next challenge,” says Microwave Photonics CEO Dr. Andreas Stöhr. ROCKET Reloaded is managed by four regional organizations: Oost NL, BC Semi NL, NMWP.NRW, and TAFH Münster.
This year, the ROCKET closing event was held on February 27th at the DRU Cultuurfabriek in Ulft, the Netherlands. After four hard-working years, around 90 participants came together to celebrate successful German-Dutch collaborations within 11 innovation projects and six feasibility studies. The core partners (Oost NL, Holland Semiconductors, Novel-T, NMWP.NRW, and innos – Sperlich GmbH) welcomed besides the innovation-project associates also a number of representatives from science, economy, and politics.
Senior Engineer Vitaly Rymanov from Microwave Photonics exhibited together with Mintres joint work on the new photonic sensor for skin-cancer detection within the SkinBall project. The SkinBall project was one of the six new innovation projects in the framework of ROCKET Reloaded proudly introduced at the event. Here, we develop a first photonic sensor for skin-cancer monitoring to support medical practitioner and surgeons in early skin-cancer detection.
Experienced in numerous world-wide research collaborations, Rymanov is impressed on the interregional activities: “The event gave an awesome overview of the ROCKET project and its recent outcomes, e.g., being awarded by the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce in 2019.”
Further highlights achieved in the recent past and also coming soon were presented in oral presentations. Additionally, a project exhibition with different poster sessions gave the participants the opportunity to gain deeper insight into the research activities carried out in the last four months. “After our oral presentation introducing the photonic SkinBall sensor, we awakened an enormous interest from medical participants, which resulted in lots of fruitful discussions at our booth. ROCKET Reloaded is the best example that it is good to know the region you live in as there is always (interregional) work waiting next door,” summarizes Rymanov the ROCKET event.