SensUs Team Update: T.E.S.T.
This is the fifth edition of a series of updates from the SensUs student teams. In this series, the teams summarize what they have been doing recently. This week is the update from T.E.S.T., the TU/e SensUs Team.
An important aim in healthcare is to let people live high-quality lifes in their own environments. Miniaturized and easy to use biochemical sensing devices will become increasingly important, for the monitoring, treatment and coaching of patients. As a consequence, over the coming decades biochemical sensing technologies are needed which will be small, sensitive, accurate, easy to use, cost effective, and versatile.
The mission of SensUs is to stimulate the development of molecular health sensing technologies by organizing an international competition for teams of students. In a friendly competitive manner, SensUs will challenge multidisciplinary teams of students to conceive and build innovative molecular biosensing systems. The competition will give students a unique chance to gain experience in goal-oriented multidisciplinary teamwork and in innovative technological design.
The main goal for this year is to successfully organize the first international student competition on molecular biosensors for healthcare applications. SensUs 2016 is a pilot competition with a limited number of teams. We will design the competition to be upscalable and transferable to other locations. In 2017 more universities and more teams can participate.
The website and communication materials are launched.
Student teams will be formed in the different international universities. The following universities will participate in this first competition: University of Leuven, Imperial College London, Danish Technical University, Uppsala University, Eindhoven University of Technology.
In January 2016, the technical aim of the competition will be released, defining e.g. the biomarker and the sample matrix. This represents the start of the competition.
The student teams will conceive and build biosensor systems at their own universities. The teams are expected to make use of expertise and resources in their own environments. Within the biosensing system, the students should contribute clearly identifiable innovative aspects themselves.
The teams will convene at the contest in the second weekend of September 2016. All teams will come to Eindhoven where they will present and demonstrate their biosensing systems in a public event. Several prizes will be given e.g. for functional performance, originality and translation/innovation potential.