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MicruX participates in M-ERA.NET-project (MATSENS) developing new “smart” sensing platforms

MicruX, leading company in Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) platforms based on microfluidic and electrochemical systems, coordinates a transnational project, codename MATSENS, initiated through the collaborative network M-ERA.NET. The project is focused on the development of new “smart” materials for microfluidic electrochemical sensors.

Biosensor and microfluidic technologies are a key topic for the development of new Point-of-Care (POC) analysis system useful in the health sector. In order further broaden the use of these POC systems, a new generation of bio analytical tools must be developed improving characteristics in terms of stability, sensitivity, selectivity as well as manufacturing cost.

In the field of electrochemical biosensors, the development of new electrode surfaces and recognition elements with high stability, sensitivity and selectivity for the determination of different biomarkers is currently of paramount importance in the health sector. Materials science and nanotechnologies enables the improvement of the electrode surfaces by using thin- & thick-film technologies to fabricate the electrodes in different designs and materials as well as using nanoimprint lithography for modification of the electrode surfaces through fabrication of nanostructures, improving the sensitivity and selectivity of the sensors.

The MATSENS project aims at developing new “smart” materials for microfluidic electrochemical sensors that will provide novel properties and functionalities to electrode surfaces. The modification of the electrode surfaces with nanostructures, nanomaterials or polymer layers, applying the most innovative technologies and methodologies, will contribute to the development of a new generation of electrochemical sensors. Moreover, the sensor technologies will be also combined with microfluidics in order to improve and make easier the use of the new platform as POC system.

The consortium consists of three distinguished partners from Spain, UK and Sweden. The project is coordinated by MicruX Technologies from Spain and partnering from UK and Sweden are Intrinsiq Materials and Obducat, respectively. The project will start on September 1, 2013 and is scheduled over two years with a total budget of 700 KEURO.

Kick-off meeting will be hosted by MicruX Technologies in Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) on September 5th and 6th.

» About MicruX Technologies

MicruX TechnologiesMicruX Technologies is an innovative technology-based company focused on the design, development and manufacture of novel miniaturized analytical systems based on Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) technologies for research and educational activities in microfluidic and electrochemistry field. MicruX Technologies headquarters is located in Oviedo (Asturias) Spain [+].

» About Obducat AB

Obducat Obducat AB is an innovative developer and supplier of technologies, products and processes used for the production and replication of advanced micro and nano structures. Obducat’s products and services are intended to serve the demands of companies within the information storage, semiconductor, printed circuit board, and sensor industries. Obducat’s technologies include electron beam and nano imprint technology. Obducat has offices in Sweden and China, with the headquarters located in Malmö, Sweden [+].

» About Intrinsiq Materials

Intrisinq Intrinsiq Materials is a leading advanced materials company with a disruptive technology platform capable of generating hundreds of valuable solutions to unmet needs. The company spun out of international defense and security company QinetiQ in 2007. Intrinsiq is pursing commercial value through partnerships with some of the world's most recognizable consumer and electronics companies seeking to strengthen their brands. Intrinsiq Materials is based at Rochester NYS, with the UK ink R&D co-located on QinetiQ's site in Farnborough, UK [+].

» About M-ERA.NET

M-ERA.NET - IDEPA M-ERA.NET is a European network of public funding organizations and funding programmes on materials science and engineering, for the benefit of the European industry and society. This EU funded project has been established to support and increase the coordination of national and regional funding and research to develop a strong European RTD community [+]. Regional funding agency for Asturias (Spain) is IDEPA [+].

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