Startup one of the 10 most groundbreaking academic startups

Startup is chosen as one of the most groundbreaking academic startups from the Netherlands. They are among the ten winners of the Best Academic Startups of 2020. The digital biology startup consists of a group of interdisciplinary engineers and scientist that is based at the VU campus and works closely together with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

11/26/2020 | 4:02 PM

Ten winners
The winning startups were chosen by an expert jury after a final in which all 20 finalists were asked to pitch. The ten winners were chosen on the basis of their value proposition, the innovative nature of their technology, the potential of their business andearnings model, and their team composition. Chairman and founder Federico Mufatto is overjoyed with this recognition. “Now, being named "Best Academic Startup of the Netherlands" is just the cherry on the cake of a fantastic, albeit challenging year for Digi.Bio. We are looking forward to growing even further in this amazing startup ecosystem at the VU and more collaborations with researchers, institutions and companies of this highly innovative ecosystem."

President of the Executive Board Mirjam van Praag is delighted with the recognition for “This is a great achievement for, a startup which can do a lot for the fight against cancer in the near future. I’ve congratulated them via telephone and they are rightly very pleased with this appreciation. I’m glad that Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can be a partner in the development of for the coming years. I’m also very delighted that for a second year in a row a VU venture is among the ten best academic startups of the Netherlands. Being part of that list is very promising for the future and is a boost for any startup.”

Digi.Bio is a digital biology startup and bridging the gap between biology, software, and hardware by building digital laboratory automation platforms for scientific researchers to accelerate discovery of novel solutions to grand challenges in Healthcare, Food, and Bioeconomy. Digi.Bio is founded by a group of interdisciplinary engineers and scientists: Federico Muffatto, Frido Emans and Jelmer Cnossen. is a VU startup and based at the Amsterdam Venture Studios at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Academic Startup Competition
The Academic Startup Competition is an initiative of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centres, (NFU), Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and, and is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The aim of the competition is to put valorisation and academic spinoffs in the spotlight.