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Johns Hopkins, Imec to create disposable 'lab on a chip'

29 Oct 2013

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Imec, a nanoelectronics research and development centre based in Belgium, has entered into an agreement with Johns Hopkins University for the development of a disposable "lab on a chip" to facilitate clinical tests. The collaboration is part of the two institutions' larger objective to expand the use of silicon nanotechnology in medicine and healthcare in general.

Using Imec technology, researchers and physicians involve in the project hope to speed up diagnostic testing by designing a device that could be loaded with a sample of blood, saliva or urine and then quickly analysed using a smartphone, tablet or computer. The discovery could benefit disease monitoring and management, disease surveillance, rural health care and clinical trials. The project's advisory board will be led by Dr. Drew Pardoll, a professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University.

"This relationship with Johns Hopkins is an important step towards creating a powerful cross-disciplinary ecosystem with consumer electronics and mobile companies, medical device manufacturers, research centres and the broader bio-pharma and semiconductor industries, to create the combined expertise required to address huge healthcare challenges that lie ahead," said Imec CEO Luc Van den Hove.

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