Ok I’ve made it past the first round for the DA4GA-awards with my project proposal for 2.6g 329m/s, and I got teamed up with a great partner Marcel Piët (left on the picture) from the Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands who shares the same vision and enthusiasm, but I didn’t realise that was just the easy part, now the real challenge started: Finding the right partners who can actually realise the project. Armed with Randy Lewis’ email I’ve been in contact with pretty much every tissue culture-, stem cell- and burn treatment facility that I could find in the Benelux and the UK in order to find someone who was willing to work with me on the project.
I’ve met a lot of people, in person and over the phone whose expertise had to do something with skin tissue, most were really enthusiastic but in the end it turned out that 25.000,- is just spare change when we are talking about things like stem cells etc.
Apart from the skin-tissue partner-problem I also contacted some high-speed camera manufacturers in Germany hoping that they could assist me with the actual firing tests and textile-labs, weavers and silk museums for a partner who could weave the spider-silk.
But this week after many other e-mails, exiting news, we got an invite from Prof. Kees Tenssen and Prof. Abdoel El Ghalbzouri from the Leiden University Medical Center: dermatology. They where prepared to talk with us about the project. After a friendly tour and lunch they told me that when we win they will become a partner, they liked the art project.
Marcel Piët had more great news, he convinced Benno Jacobs (right on the picture), weapons-expert of the Netherlands Forensic Institute: weapons and ammunition to have a talk with me about the project because they only recently got this great new high speed camera (Fastcam SA5) and are convinced that the shooting test and high speed camera work would be doable within the budget!