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Giulia De Luca's Re-scan Confocal Microscopy (RCM) method won the 2014 edition of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award, an annual award in recognition of innovative ideas from all of Amsterdam's knowledge institutes. RCM is a scan and re-scan method that achieves super-resolution, yielding even sharper images of living cells. The method consists of linking two optical scanners to a standard microscope.

AmSIA 2014 Alexander Rinnooy Kan and winner Giulia de Luca, Ronald Breedijk
L-R: Alexander Rinnooy Kan, Ronald Breedijk and Giulia De Luca. Photo: Fred van Diem

Giulia De Luca and Ronald Breedijk were presented with the €5,000 cash prize by jury chairman Alexander Rinnooy Kan on Thursday, 5 June. ‘Giulia De Luca's submission goes right to the heart of scientific research. Application of the scan and rescan method could significantly contribute to cell research’, he explained.

De Luca is a doctoral candidate in the group headed by Erik Manders at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences. Her research focuses on improving the resolution and sensitivity of the standard laser scanning microscope.

Honourable mention went to the indestructible bicycle tire developed by Supreme Dutch, a company headed by Kevin Kesteloo. Kesteloo, who is a student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA), developed a bicycle tire that lasts for years and can be mounted on all types of wheel rims.

About the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is an annual award for the most innovative research-based idea with a social and/or commercial application. This year, nearly 70 submissions from AMC-UvA, AUAS/HvA, Sanquin, UvA, VU University Amsterdam (VU) and VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc) competed for the award. The competition is organised by the UvA, VU, AUAS/HvA, AMC-UvA and VUmc technology transfer offices.