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The Dutch cabinet has named Inreda Diabetic, Ioniqa and Hiber as Dutch National Icons. According to the jury, they illustrate the innovative power and diversity of the Netherlands; there is a serious chance they will have a lasting effect on the Dutch economy and Dutch societal challenges. The three companies were selected from over 50 submissions.
Amsterdam-based Hiber launched Hiberband, an affordable, energy-efficient satellite network enabling IoT all around the world. Goor-based Inreda Diabetic has developed an artificial pancreas that takes over blood sugar level regulation for type 1 diabetics. Founder Robin Koops built the device and tested it on himself. Eindhoven University of Technology spin-off Ioniqa has created a technique with which 25 percent of the worldwide plastic production can be upscaled indefinitely in an energy-efficient way.
The three selected National Icons will be supported by the Dutch cabinet for the next three years. They each have been assigned a minister or state secretary who will become an ambassador for the company.