UNIIQ Invests €250,000 in Bio-Tech Start-up BIOND Solutions


Delft, 8 October 2020 – BIOND Solutions (Bi/ond), a spin-off of Delft University of Technology, has developed a microchip that can nourish, stimulate and monitor tissues and cells. The company has just secured €250,000 of growth capital from early-stage investment fund UNIIQ. Bi/ond will use part of the investment to expand its already strong team with engineers to work on scaling up the highly promising technology. It will also invest in research and development and intellectual property activities. The investment was announced digitally by Bas Vollebregt, member of Delft city council.

Going beyond                                   

Humans are all different in unique ways, but modern medical treatments ignore genetic variations among individuals. People of different ethnicities, genders and ages have to take drugs that were developed based on genetic criteria entirely different from their own.

Moreover, current research methodologies for developing cures for diseases compel biologists to choose between two options: tests conducted on animals or in vitro studies involving cells cultivated in labware such as petri dishes. Both of these approaches do not sufficiently address human diversity. They fail to adequately predict what will happen in people because the environment created for the cells does not sufficiently resemble conditions in the human body. Bi/ond has devised a tool to overcome this problem.

The power of microelectronics

Founded in 2017, Bi/ond has developed a computer chip and platform where biologists can place an individual’s cells. The microchip nourishes, stimulates and monitors the cells as though they were in the body. Bi/ond’s patented organ-on-chip technology allows treatment to be optimised for different applications, including heart, lung, brain and cancer tissues. These dynamic functionalities allow researchers to find the right medicine for a specific individual, paving the way for personalised medicine. The product’s uniqueness derives from the power of microelectronics.

Bi/ond’s relatively cheap and highly customisable technology can be used to conduct ground-breaking research by growing 3D cell cultures in an environment that mimics the human body. Organ-on-chip is a very promising methodology that is expected to lead to improved success in drug development, lower costs and less animal testing.

Step forward

Two of Bi/ond’s co-founders, CSO William Fausto Quiros Solano and CTO Nikolas Gaio, possess in-depth knowledge of microelectronics and experience with biological solutions. Their insights led to the technological breakthrough. “With our product, we aim to bridge the gap between biology and engineering”, Nikolas Gaio explains. “To build that bridge, we currently have a diverse, interdisciplinary team of six members.” Bi/ond will use part of the €250,000 investment to expand its team with engineers who will work on scaling up the product.

The company’s third co-founder, CEO Cinzia Silvestri, is delighted with UNIIQ’s confidence in Bi/ond’s team and technology: “Thanks to the investment, we can strengthen product development, further invest in our IP portfolio and broaden our customer base. Prestigious hospitals and universities in Europe are already using our product for various purposes, including assessing chemotherapies and studying rare diseases. We want to provide a reliable tool for biologists to develop personalised, inclusive drug testing. This investment is a step towards achieving that goal.”

Hans Dreijklufft, fund manager at UNIIQ: “By developing personalised medicine and reducing animal testing, organ-on-chip technology has the potential to significantly impact human health and animal well-being. We are therefore very happy to invest in Bi/ond. The company’s strong, diverse team is active in many national and European consortia and able to connect with big players in the medical and research world. UNIIQ is pleased to finance this spin-off of Delft University of Technology to help it grow and develop its advanced chip and plate application.”

For more information on this topic, please contact:


Cinzia Silvestri


Email: cinzia@biondteam.com




Ludolf Stavenga

Investment Manager

+31 6 535 98 266



About Bi/ond

Bio-tech company Bi/ond was founded in 2017 to improve medical treatment for millions of patients by developing innovative hardware solutions for organ-on-chip applications. Its customisable microchips and platform technology can be used to nourish, stimulate and monitor tissues and cells, facilitating biomedical research that reflects humanity’s natural diversity. This allows for more accurate drug testing and simulations of any tissue type, paving the way for personalised medicine. Based in Delft, the Netherlands, Bi/ond provides its lab technology to some of the top hospitals in Europe and collaborates with many technical institutes and research centres.


UNIIQ is a €22 million investment fund focused on the proof-of-concept phase, which helps entrepreneurs in West Holland bring their unique innovation to market faster. UNIIQ offers entrepreneurs the seed capital to achieve their plans and bridge the riskiest phase from concept to promising business. A consortium, including Erasmus MC, TU Delft, Leiden University and the regional development agency InnovationQuarter, created the fund. UNIIQ is made possible by the European Union, the Province of South Holland and the municipalities of Rotterdam, The Hague and Leiden. InnovationQuarter is responsible for the fund management.

Watch a short introduction to UNIIQ here: https://youtu.be/Ix9VZUsHlyU

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Eurostars Project Collaboration with LUMC and Fluigent

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3D Cardiac Tissues Will Be Soon Nourished and Stimulated in a Compact Format

1.4mn euro project to Bi/ond-led consortium between Bi/ond, Fluigent and LUMC to develop the first Organ-on-Chip system that can keep complex 3D tissue models alive and mimic the physiological conditions of the human body.

Delft, Leiden and Paris – October 1, 2020 – BIOND Solutions B.V. (Bi/ond), Fluigent S.A.S. and the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) joined forces to developt a compact Organ-on-Chip system for the heart.

The two companies will deliver the first-ever Organ-on-Chip (OoC) system that can keep complex 3D tissue models alive (through a vascularised channel, including microfluidic flow) while providing mechanical stimulation.

The 1.4mn euro CompactOoC-3D project has been funded by the EU under the EUROSTARS program. EUROSTARS supports the development of innovative products that impact people`s lives around the world. The grant has joint contributions from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Bpifrance.

The compact OoC system will integrate the Bi/ond OoC technology with the Fluigent perfusion system and it will be qualified by LUMC for 3D cardiac tissue models based on cardiomyocytes from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

This innovative solution will save biologists time and costs, it is compact and will be usable with minimal training.

Presently, this type of study is limited by the short time that 3D tissues cultured in vitro are viable.

“We want to radically improve the quality of research on 3D tissues models by developing a compact Organ-on-Chip solution combining organ-vessel interaction and ease of use. We are delighted to run this project with LUMC and Fluigent”, states Dr. Cinzia Silvestri, CEO and co-founder of Bi/ond.

The Bi/ond – Fluigent system will mimic the physiological conditions of the human body by providing mechanical stimulation experienced by cells in vivo, nutrients to the micro-tissue through a blood vessel, or mimicking the immune system (through delivery of fluids and/or immune cells in the microchannel system). The system will offer cell co-culture support to replicate tissue-tissue interfaces.

The system that will emerge from this project will allow us to keep our complex 3D models in culture for longer periods of time. This is not just an incremental improvement but it will allow us to explore new types of biological questions such as what happens to the heart during long-term exposure to drugs used for example in chemotherapy, states Berend van Meer, researcher and project coordinator of the LUMC.

The end-goal of the project is to develop and qualify an Organ-on-Chip system suitable for complex 3D tissue models, compact enough to fit into a standard incubator tray and usable by biologists accustomed to in vitro cultures.

Enabling the development of technologies that have the potential to change and accelerate science research is at the core of Fluigent. This collaboration is a unique opportunity for Fluigent to make our premium instruments initially designed for experts in microfluidics accessible to biologists. Our high-performance systems combined with innovative 3D cellular models will allow to address questions that could not be tackled before due to technological limitations. Organ-on-chip will initiate a major shift in cell culture and Fluigent is thrilled to engage in it.” states Dr. France Hamber, CEO of Fluigent.

The collaboration between Bi/ond, Fluigent and LUMC combines cutting-edge technologies and world-leading science in a consortium that will unlock the full potential of OoC technology, and enable biologists to speed up their research by adopting a compact easy to use system.

About BIOND Solutions B.V.

Located in Delft, BIOND Solutions B.V. is a woman lead company specialized in developing the best hardware solutions to outperform the limitation of standard in vitro assays.

The company is a spin-off of the Delft University of Technology, one of the most prestigious of its kind in Europe. The unique expertise of the company lies in designing and manufacturing processing microfluidic devices based on the unique combination of silicon and polymer for Organ-on-Chip applications.

BI/OND bridges biology and engineering – through an amalgam of our in-depth knowledge of microelectronics and experience with biological solutions.

About Fluigent SAS

Located in Kremlin-Bicêtre, Fluigent SAS is a company leader in microfluidic recognized for its expertise and premium instrumentation dedicated to microfluidic fluid control. Over the years the company has developed fluid handling solutions based on its proprietary pressure control technology serving academics and industrials worldwide. Whether the application is with droplets, cell biology, particle studies, or in other research areas, the expertise and knowledge of Fluigent makes it one of the sole actor able to answer to any fluid control needs.

About Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Centre

LUMC is a modern university medical center for research, education and patient care with a high-quality profile and a strong scientific orientation. The Department of Anatomy and Embryology is specialized in stem cell research and differentiation to the cardiovascular lineage.

For further information



Cinzia Silvestri

CEO and co-founder of Bi/ond.

Email: cinzia@biondteam.com

Nikolas Gaio

CTO and co-founder of Bi/ond.

Email: nikolas@biondteam.com



France Hamber

CEO of Fluigent

Email : France.hamber@fluigent.com

Marine Verhulsel

Product Manager

Email : marine.verhulsel@fluigent.com

 William César

R&D Project Manager

Email : william.cesar@fluigent.com




Christine Mummery


Email: c.l.mummery@lumc.nl

Berend van Meer


Email: b.j.vanmeer@lumc.nl