• The Willem Kolff Foundation (WKS) wants to stimulate practical innovation in medicine and healthcare to improve patient care.
  • The WKS offers a platform for this through its activities (including conferences and symposia) and its prizes.
  • The WKS encourages and honors both young researchers and scientists who have carried out pioneering research.
  • The WKS also manages the historical legacy of its namesake, prof.dr. W. J. Kolff (1911-2009) as the foremost international pioneer in the field of biomedical engineering and artificial organs.


  • The financial resources of the foundation consist of subsidies, funds, donations and endowments, as well as bequests, heirlooms and all other receipts (Article 2, paragraph 4, WKS statutes).