BaseClear first to join Rijksmuseum Boerhaave Business Club

The start of Business Club Rijksmuseum Boerhaave was celebrated on Tuesday November 24th with the entry of the first member: BaseClear in Leiden.

The European Museum of the Year (2019) is working on the “Podium for the Future”, where the world-famous collection and the history of the museum is linked to current events and pressing questions of today. “Ground breaking innovations from life sciences are central to this. That is why we are delighted to welcome BaseClear as the first member of our Business Club. ”, says museum director Amito Haarhuis.

The festive signing of this membership took place at the life-size gorilla of Dr. Auzoux (1797-1880). This is the favourite museum object of Erna Barèl, COO and co-founder of BaseClear: “I studied biology at the University of Leiden and I endorse the enthusiasm for the science that the museum radiates. The Auzoux models are not only known for their aesthetic design, but also for their educational value. Inspiring the new generation of scientists is an important joint ambition for both the museum and BaseClear. And that is exactly why we are supporting the museum. ”

Business Club Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave shows the most important inventions from Dutch scientific history and is European Museum of the Year. The museum’s vision is to involve the widest possible audience in scientific and technological developments. This creates a better understanding of science and the performance of research and innovation. Business Club Rijksmuseum Boerhaave can contribute financially to this and offers science and the business community an innovative collaborative platform at the same time.


BaseClear was founded in 1993 by Bas Reichert and Erna Barel, and is located in the heart of the Leiden Bio Science Park. BaseClear specializes in DNA research and mainly applies this expertise to better understand the microbial world. Thanks to the latest DNA technologies, this research has accelerated, unravelling the interactions between microbes and their environment even faster. This knowledge is used to develop new products and services that improve the quality of life and contribute to a healthy and sustainable future for the planet.

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