Valproate (VPA) is a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder and spinal muscular atrophy. Epilepsy affects around 50 million people worldwide. A biosensor for the measurement of VPA could help to the quality of life by personalizing VPA treatment.
SensUs 2020: In short


With 8000 people voting and 15000 website- and live stream users from all over the world, the SensUs Organization 2020 is proud to announce that the first online SensUs Event has been a success.

The switch to a fully digital event required a lot of adjustments so that the 15 participating Teams with 150 students were able to present their innovative conceptual biosensors to the experts and the public. Every year, SensUs challenges international Teams to create an innovative biosensor for a socially impactful disease. The challenge of SensUs 2020 is to develop biosensors for measuring an anti-epileptic drug in order to control epileptic seizures.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Event was organized in a fully digital manner. Nevertheless, visitors from all over the world were able to join the Event from home and contribute by voting for their favorite Teams. The Teams demonstrated their biosensors and pitches through Microsoft Teams. 

SensUs Event 2020

Winners of SensUs 2020

With a nerve-racking photo finish, Trusense from Zhejiang University China won the Public Inspiration award 2020. With only 14 votes removed from the winning Team, AUsense (Egypt) is the well-deserved runner-up. Team EpiSense (Belgium) won the Translation Potential award. Team LxUs from Portugal became runner-up in this category. Furthermore, Team T.E.S.T. from Eindhoven received first place in the Creativity award and UppSense (Sweden) was the proud number two. 

Team TruSense
Other initiatives

During SensUs 2020, the High Schools Project took place with 5 competing teams from 5 different Dutch high schools. The high school students gave pitches and showed their posters of their biosensor design to measure an anti-epileptic drug to a professional jury. Even though the event was online, it still was a great experience for the students involved! Team het Varendonck College was the proud winner of the 2020 high school award.

Winners high schools SensUs 2020

Aftermovie SensUs 2020