The need to monitor and detect biological elements, related to human and environment health in a fast and reliable way, is one of the challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century. Tests done nowadays in laboratories are slow (from several hours to days) and expensive. Modern diagnostics is demanding novel analytical tools that could enable quick, accurate, sensitive, reliable and cost-effective results so that appropriate treatments are implemented in time, leading to improved outcomes. Portable point-of-care (POC) devices, able to deliver instant diagnostics, could become a reality soon thanks to the last advances in nanobiosensors, microfluidics, photonic integrated circuits and smart-phone technologies, which promise to surpass the existing challenges, opening the door to a global diagnostics access.
The driving force of our research is to offer such ultrasensitive platforms for POC label-free analysis using nanophotonic technologies and custom-designed biofunctionalization protocols, accomplishing the requirements of disposability and portability. We are using innovative designs of evanescent wave nanophotonic biosensors based on silicon photonics interferometric technology and microfluidics lab-on-chip integration. Advantages as miniaturization, relevant sensitivities, robustness, reliability, and mass production is offered by our ultimate technology.
Moreover, we have demonstrated the suitability of our technology for the clinical diagnostics, directly in minimum amounts of human fluids, for the real-time evaluation of infectious bacteria, early detection of colorectal cancer, or fast detection of Tuberculosis in patients’ urine, among others.
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Participante: Prof. Laura M. Lechuga
Institución: Instituto Catalán de Nanociencia y Nanotecnología (ICN2)
Fecha y hora: Este evento terminó el Miércoles, 07 de Agosto de 2019