KNAW signs Hubrecht – Oncode agreement

6 November 2017

The KNAW has started an affiliation with Oncode Institute, an independent Dutch organization dedicated to fundamental cancer research. Six research groups from the Hubrecht Institute are involved in the cooperation.

The official start of the affiliation took place on Friday 3 November 2017 at the seat of the KNAW, the ‘Trippenhuis’ building in Amsterdam. There, Mieke Zaanen, general director of the KNAW, and on behalf of Oncode Institute, Ton Rijnders, general director and Angus Livingstone, valorization director, signed an affiliation agreement.

From left to right: Angus Livingstone (Oncode), Mieke Zaanen (KNAW) and Ton Rijnders (Oncode) sign the agreement.

Oncode Institute

Oncode is a new, independent institute, uniting scientists in fundamental oncological research under the title 'outsmarting cancer, impacting lives'. The institute invests a large part of their resources in translation of fundamental research to the clinic, as well as in valorization. Oncode harbors more than five hundred Dutch researchers employed at one of Oncode’s partner institutes: the Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology and Radboud University.


The signing of the agreement between Oncode and the Hubrecht Institute marks the start of a partnership, of which Mieke Zaanen is proud already. ‘With this project that is unique in the Netherlands, we take care of our researchers and we are looking towards the future. Oncode sets an important example for other projects.’ 

About the Hubrecht Institute

The Hubrecht Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Presently there are 20 research groups with a total of about 200 employees. In addition to a highly interactive and international scientific environment, excellent research facilities are available for imaging and functional genomics. Moreover, several model organisms are present, including C. elegans, zebrafish and mice. The institute is situated in Utrecht at the university centre De Uithof. The Hubrecht Institute is affiliated with the University Medical Center Utrecht and has close connections with Utrecht University, e.g. in the Graduate School Cancer Genomics and Development Biology.

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