NWO Take-Off Grant for organ-on-a-chip development
- Friday, 21 July 2017
PhD candidates Cinzia Silvestri, William Quiros Solano and Nikolas Gaio (start-up Biond ) and Ronald Dekker have successfully applied for a NWO Take-Off Grant (Phase 1) for organ-on-a-chip development.
"In vitro screening is a fundamental step during drug development. A crucial need of pharmaceutical companies is to assess drug safety at the early stage of the pipeline to identify and eliminate compounds that exhibit a potential for adverse drug reactions. However, at least 462 medicinal products were withdrawn from the market between 1953 and 2014, with consequences for patients, regulatory systems and pharma companies. Therefore, the traditional screening approach, based on in vitro static cell culture assays, is considered not predictive enough. This limitation has increased the interest in more realistic models: Organs-on-chips (OOCs). Organ-on-Chips are micro-fluidics devices designed to simulate in vivo human physiology by promoting cell and tissue growth in vitro.
BIOND developed an innovative microfluidic system for OOCs that provides a dynamic micro-environment suited to highly predictive cell culture models, that allows real-time recording of a comprehensive set of data of the cell culture with a user-friendly interface. In particular, this project will aim at improving the user interface focusing on three main aspects: Usability, Functionality and Versatility"
Grant for the development of smart cathethers & implants
Ronald Dekker, Lina Sarro, Vasiliki Giagka, Wouter Serdijn and Paul de Wit received a grant concerning the development of smart catheters and implants. The project is financed by ECSEL Innovation actions, Call 2017.
3D Ultrasound using a single transducer element
Pim van der Meulen, Geert Leus and our collaborators at Erasmus MC show how this is possible using a phase mask and compressed sensing,
IEEE Robert Bosch MEMS Award
Lina Sarro is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious IEEE Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems Award. This award is to recognize and honor advances in the invention, design, and/or fabrication of micro- or nano- electromechanical systems and/or devices. The award citation will reads “For pioneering contributions in novel materials, material integration and innovations in MEMS and strong commitment to education and technology transfer.” The award will be presented at the IEEE MEMS 2018 Conference, in January 2018.
(only available in Dutch) Nederlands leger zet sterk in op de nieuwste radar technologie
'Nederland Radarland’ is in 2002 opgezet en Defensie, Thales Nederland, TNO, TU Delft en het ministerie van Economische Zaken werken hierin samen om de modernste radars en sensoren te ontwikkelen. Woensdag 8 november werd gevierd dat dit programma 15 jaar bestaat.
Michele D'Urbino wins the A-SSCC Student Design Contest
At the 2017 Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference, Michele D'Urbino (recent graduate from Michiel Pertijs' group) won the Student Design Contest.
4 papers accepted @ IEEE MEMS 2018!
Also this year ECTM will be present at the IEEE MEMS conference , the flagship conference in this field, and this time with 4 papers! Congratulations to Aleksandar, Juan, Nico, William and all co-authors!
Electrical Implants -- small devices with huge potential
Since the introduction of the pacemaker in 1958, much has changed in the world of electrical stimulation. Whereas the first electrical implants targeted muscles, the implants of today are flexible and focus mainly on the nerves in our body. The concept, however, remains unchanged: electrical implants give control back to the body. Vasiliki Giagka, Assistant Professor of Bioelectronics at TU Delft, talks about the past, present and future of her field of research.
TU Delft "Female Fellowship" Tenure Track Academic Positions
All academic levels; apply before Jan 8, 2018.
Chao Chen wins Best Student Paper Award
At the 2017 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium in Washington DC, PhD student Chao Chen has won the Best Student Paper Award.