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Wearable ultrasound from Nijmegen senses your ballooning bladder

In 2014, a urologist from Twente needed a solution to measure bladder content from outside of the body. The answer: an external wearable ultrasound device. Now, Novioscan’s first product has successfully hit the market, with a follow-up expected in early 2020.

Headlines

Qutech and co want to quantum-connect the Randstad
Neways acquiesces to automotive angst, axes 250
Academic Startup Competition announces its top 10
Ebusco and Rocsys link up for automated bus depots
Applied Materials bumps ASML back to runner-up in semi equipment market
Fastned lands France and €17M for further growth
TU Delft working on smart and communicative solar cells
Chip industry to grow 6 percent, top 15 by twice as much
Imec and KU Leuven flout Tesla’s keyless entry
Plant imaging goes low code
Grai Matter Labs gets $14M boost to edge AI
Major setbacks in China’s efforts to boost chip industry

How ASMI became the key supplier of semicon ALD equipment

Twenty years ago, a small Finnish company called Microchemistry held the key to continuing Moore’s Law. From twelve contenders, it picked ASM International to scale up – to the great delight of Intel.

In other news

Russia joins race to make quantum dreams a reality (Nature)
A battery based on seawater, free of heavy metals (IBM)
Chinese chip companies get the most government support, says OECD (Electronics Weekly)

Why care about purpose in business?

Business can’t just be about making money. We have the obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard. What’s the purpose of your company? With Christmas and New Year upon us, I encourage all of us to reflect on why we do what we do.