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Merger between imec and iMinds completed

Merger between imec and iMinds completed

Since yesterday, the merger between research centers imec and iMinds has been completed. The deed of merger was officially signed in the presence of Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois and Flemish minister for economy and innovation Philippe Muyters. iMinds thereby ceased to exist, but its activities are making a new start within imec, which is now stronger than ever as a unique high-tech research center for the digital economy.

By signing the deed of merger yesterday evening in Brussels, iMinds was officially disbanded and integrated into imec. Imec’s broadened research and collaboration offering makes it a unique and world-class research center in the field of nanoelectronics, excelling in software and ICT expertise. The broadened innovation center – which will operate under the imec name – will use this knowledge to develop disruptive technologies and solutions in application areas such as health, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.
 
 “Today is a historical day for high-tech innovation in Flanders,” says Luc Van den hove, president & CEO at imec. “For imec, this is an important breakthrough to strengthen our offering towards industry. We will of course continue to build and confirm our leadership in the field of nanoelectronics, but by combining iMinds’ software and ICT expertise with the miniaturization power of chip technology, we will now be able to offer total solutions to industry in various markets. We will focus even more on intense collaborations with our Flemish partners – using instruments like the iStart entrepreneurial program, the applied ICON research (iMinds’ cooperative research programs) and the Living Labs methodology. In other words: a world-class research center with maximum regional impact."
 
“The iMinds staff members and researchers can look back with great pride on what we have achieved over the past 12 years,” adds Danny Goderis, executive vice-president at imec and former CEO of iMinds. “These past years, we have put Flanders on the digital world map – not only thanks to our research into digital security solutions or large-scale living lab projects like ‘City of Things’ in Antwerp, but also through our entrepreneurship program, which has been widely praised. Within the extended imec organization, we will be able to do even better: we’re aiming to make our disruptive digital research flow to the market more fluently and will continue to guide promising high-tech start-ups on their path to international success.”