The availability of smart miniaturized systems is limited by the inability to integrate a sufficient number of functionalities into a single device at low cost and high volume using traditional production technologies. SIMS will develop a smart, miniaturized sensing system through the integration of a nanosensor.
SIMS will be a platform technology. Its broad potential, including industrial and environmental monitoring, will be illustrated through the sensitive detection of hydrogen peroxide. However, due to the scale of the diagnostics market and its relevance to the partners, SIMS will focus on the quantitative measurement of cholesterol.
SIMS will be low cost, disposable, and free from instrument calibration and maintenance. It will vastly expand the opportunities for distributed testing, creating new markets through innovative retailing opportunities. Increased testing will result in benefits to the health and the environment of people in Europe and beyond.
"Developing a work plan that effectively merged a cross-disciplinary partnership from academia and industry was critical to the success of our FP7 ICT proposal."
Prof Tony Killard, Dublin City University, IE