SensUs 2017

SensUs 2017 represents the second edition of the SensUs student competition. Between November 2016 and September 2017 teams will be designing, building, and testing biosensor systems, aiming at the detection of a selected cardiovascular biomarker (NT-proBNP) in blood plasma. In September 2017 all teams will come to Eindhoven University of Technology for the final testing event and public event. Last year, 5 universities participated in SensUs 2016. In SensUs 2017 there will be 10 different international universities competing with each other.

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Friday 8th of September 2017

12:30 13:00 Walk in
13:00 13:30 Openings speech in the big hall/forum
13:30 16:30 Testing rounds + market + pitches
16:30 17:30 Closing and networking drink

Saturday 9th of September

13:00 13:10 Opening
13:10 13:30 One minute team pitches
13:30 15:30 Market + 5 minute team pitches + activities/workshops
15:30 16:00 Speaker
16:00 16:30 Award ceremony
16:30 17:00 Drinks

Participating Teams

These are the teams that are participating in the contest of 2017. In the upcoming months, these teams will design and make a biosensor prototype for the measurement of NT-proBNP, which is a key biomarker in heart failure. For more information about NT-proBNP Click here.


KU Leuven


Uppsala University


Technical University of Denmark


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Contact Information

Team members

Rodrigo Perez
Renee Salz
Kinga Starostka
Hanne Engels
Bram Carlier
Gaëtan Van Mieghem
Nina Versin
Shahin Safazadeh
Anke Vandenplas
Pilar Iranzo Jiménez
Jarek Wauters

Carediobit is KU Leuven’s team of highly motivated students from different countries, with different academic backgrounds and different interests but with one shared goal: to create an outstanding biosensor!

To accomplish this goal, the team members will unite knowledge from five different faculties, as there are representatives from the faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Engineering Science, Engineering Technology, Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The team will be subdivided into three groups: the Bioassay Development Team, the Sensor Technology Team and the Signal Processing Team, each focusing on one part of the sensor development but in the end merging their accomplishments into an innovative biosensor for recognition of NT-proBNP.

With these joint forces and under supervision of the MeBioS Biosensor group of prof. Jeroen Lammertyn, the team will tackle the SensUs challenge of developing an innovative biosensor by exploring the state of the art, learning from experts in the biosensor field and combining the talents of all members. As such, the Carediobit team will engage itself to the highest of its abilities to overcome the current technology limitations regarding NT-proBNP sensors.

The team is ready for you, but are you ready for the team? Be prepared and see you in Eindhoven!


Uppsala University

Student contact person

Elmar van Rijnswou

Team members

Maximilian Stiefel
Elmar van Rijnswou
Linlin Lei
Anna Blasi
Hanzhao Zhang
Rasmus Östberg
Faye Leilah Keller
Ruth Rachita

We are team UppSense representing Uppsala University Sweden in this year’s SensUs competition. Our team consists of nine students from various academic and geographical backgrounds. UppSense is looking forward to participate in the challenge of developing a biosensor for heart failure.

What drives us is a multinational and multidisciplinary challenge for a good cause. During this competition we hope to learn a lot about biosensors. Some of us know already some things about medicine and biology, others have knowledge about programming and electrical circuits. We are looking forward to learn a lot from each other as we have such variant backgrounds (not only from a cultural or language point of view).

Vi hoppas att vi ses!


Technical University of Denmark

Student contact person

Marc Baiget Francesch

Team members

Dionysia Valkani
Nicolai Jensen
Apostolos Dragoumanos
Jakub Brzosko
Przemyslaw Mikulski
Qihui Yu
Emil Ludvigsen
Stine Grue
Konstantinos Kalogeropoulos
Mihai Gurei
Marc Baiget Francesch
Exarchos Kanelis
Mohamed El Lakany
Selgin Deniz Cakal
Vasilis Rantos

Hi everyone, we hereby present our team, the DeTectUs. Our team consists of 15 people of many nationalities and different backgrounds, from biotechnologists to physicists and electronic engineers. The motivation behind joining this competition is different for each individual, but the main reasons are the desire of learning through a real-life based project, and to achieve to develop efficient biosensor for heart failure.

One of the most attractive features of SensUs to us is the fact of being an interdisciplinary project. This means that everyone needs to have a big picture of the project in order to develop a prototype efficiently in a short period of time. And we say that is attractive because sometimes, while studying a specialization, one gets the risk of getting too much into a topic and losing the perspective. SensUs makes students face what happens in real life: cooperation between different background engineers and scientists that combining and sharing their knowledge get to create a final product.

Our ultimate goal is to build a functional user-friendly sensor that can help to prevent heart failure and eventually saving lives

T.E.S.T. (TU/e SensUs Team)

Eindhoven University of Technology
The Netherlands


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

AUC Imhoteps

The American University in Cairo


Technical University Eindhoven

Student contact person

Jamy van Geemen

Team members

Imke van der Schoor
Joost Bergen
Jamy van Geemen
Nicky van den Berg
Lotte Hagedoorn
Maartje Pontier
Maaike Kraamer
Amy Lucassen
Gaby van Iersel
Tim Donders
Sophie Roos
Max Bergkamp
Paul Vernooij

TU/e SensUs Team, T.E.S.T., is a multidisciplinary team which consists of eleven students from different faculties of Eindhoven University of Technology like Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, and Electrical Engineering. The team includes both Bachelor and Master students.

Our team members have different goals and motives. Some want to gain hands-on experience in the biosensing field, others would like to address the problem of globally rising costs of health care. But we all share the same passion: everyone is fascinated by all the processes happening in our trillions of cells every second of every day, and every team member wants to do all they can to improve healthcare.

In September 2017, the final SensUs contest will be held. The target molecule for this year is NT-proBNP, which is a key biomarker for heart failure. Winning the prizes during the event is not our only goal. What we are really dreaming of is to create an actual point-of-care biosensor that is both accurate and innovative, helping to save lives. Imagine a world in which heart failure can be identified at an early stage and can be prevented from actually happening by using a quick handheld biosensor that only needs a single drop of blood.

The TU/e SensUs Team would love to make this come true. We are going to put our heart and soul into the project during the coming year!


école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Student contact person

Mehdi Gadiri

Team members

Mehdi Ali Gadiri
Vesna Bacheva
Anton Stroganov
Vera Glukhenkaya
Loïc Chobaz
Josephine Pratiwi
Remo Blum
Hugo Dupont
Kim Bokyoung

What is your team name?

How many people are in your team and which disciplines are represented?
For the moment we are 9 master students, 1 PhD and 2 coordinators
We are micro-engineers, bioengineers, chemists and material scientists

What is your main motivation for joining SensUs?
To solve real world problems and to create devices that have meaning and purpose.
To work in interdisciplinary groups because this is where true innovation and new ideas come.
To prototype, to experiment and to learn by doing.

What do you hope to learn while participating in SensUs?
How to create a sensing device from scratch, looking both into biochemistry aspects of molecule detection to electronics and optics of signal detection and data processing all the way to electronics and making of the device itself.
How to work in interdisciplinary team.
How to integrate market analysis and user experience in the product development.
How to search for funding and sponsors but also communicate and sell a product.
What are the key aspects when developing a real-life and concrete advanced engineering project.

What do you hope to achieve in SensUs 2017? We hope to create an original device that is small in size and simple in use and yet capable of fast detection as required by the competition standards.
We also hope to create a SensUs community that will facilitate the creation of future teams. We hope to connect professors working on different topics related to sensing to contribute with their knowledge.

What would be the ultimate goal for you as a team/when will you feel like you have succeeded?
We hope to create an original device that is small in size, cheap, simple in use and yet capable of accurate and fast detection as required by the competition standards.


The American University in Cairo

Student contact person

Nada Moustafa

Team members

Ahmed El-Baz
Alaa Ahmed
Nada Moustafa
Ahmed Koptan
David Salama
Ahmed Yamany
Mayada Mazher
Abobakr Salamah
Mohamed Shahawy
Yehia Gab-Allah

Much like Imhotep, the ancient Egyptian polymath who was an architect, engineer and a physician, our team harbors several different disciplines and backgrounds. Our current seven members have expertise in Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology, Mechanical engineering and Mechatronics.

We all love a good competition as well as working in challenging environments. We think that by joining SensUs we can push our own envelope and bring ourselves to solve a real-life clinical problem.

On our SensUs journey, we also hope to develop ourselves as experts in our respective fields, and learn how to find solutions, troubleshoot problems, utilize available technologies in novel applications, find our ways around market logistics and global healthcare system demands, build and lead a strong coherent team and, most importantly, work efficiently.

Our aim is to build a functional smart biosensor that is innovative, accurate, affordable and easy to use. We believe in our ability to combine medical evidence, bio- and nano- technologies as well as device design and manufacturing capabilities to ultimately create an efficient solution. When this solution is reached, we will consider ourselves successful.


North Carolina State University & UNC at Chapel Hill
United States of America


University of Glasgow
United Kingdom


University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern


North Carolina State University

Student contact person

Michael Wilkins

Team members

Michael Wilkins
Ryan Cavanagh
Bret Pienkosz
Brendan Turner
Alice di Fazio
Victoria Cosenza
Matthew Sabo
Benjamin Goodson
Jack Twiddy

SenseNC is a diverse group of fifteen students from the engineering and science programs at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States of America. Our team consists of students across the disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biochemistry. By uniting our unique skills and training under the mentorship of our Team Guide, Dr. Michael Daniele, SenseNC is primed to disrupt the current state of healthcare and medical technologies.

As part of the 2017 SensUs Competition, SenseNC ventures to design, construct and validate a sensor to detect and quantify BNP--a critical heart health biomarker. SensUs provides SenseNC an opportunity to investigate a real-world issue in healthcare, while directly interfacing with the healthcare industry. These experiences will be valuable in current and future scientific endeavors for all team members. The SenseNC team looks forward to participating with other students from around the world in the 2017 SensUs Competition and we are excited to contribute to the biosensors community


University of Glasgow

Contact Information

Team members

Anna Nelson
Jennifer Scott
Ioana Susnoschi
Theodora Torcea
Erika Bondareva
Theodore Tzirides
Izabel Alvares
Nathaniel Quail
Thomas Parry
Margarita Ivanova
Yujie Zhang
Samyak Shah
Vincente Jose Ferrer Gallardo
Tan Wee Ser

A diverse team – both in terms of nationality and degree subjects – GlasGo consists of 14 students who are focussed and ready to create! We range from medics, to biomedical engineers, to mathematicians and everything in between – including our ‘wild card’, a law student!

Though our individual motivations for entering SensUs vary and reflect our various academic interests there are a few common threads. Desire to gain knowledge and practical experience, as well as a wish to advance a field which can have an incredibly positive impact on people’s lives are amongst our key motivations. We were also attracted by the unique and engaging challenge this competition presents.

We look forward to working together as a team and embracing our diversity as a chance to gain skills and knowledge from one another. Predictably the key indicator of success to us will be the creation of an effective biosensor which has the ability to improve lives. However, we also believe it is very important that during the creating process we have fun and enjoy the experience.


University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern

Student contact person

Matthias Koczy

Team members

Stefanie Wiedemann
Matthias Koczy
Yannick Lang
Philip Mallow
Benjamin Heidt
Michele Schroeter
Isabelle Schneider
Tobias Teucke
Janna Papenburg

We are the SensUs-Team “SensAble” of the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. The team includes nine students from different fields of study such as Nano Systems and Micro Technologies and Applied Life Sciences, which will allow us to merge the professional skills of engineering and science. The profound knowledge of fabricating nano- and microsystem devices empowers the group to create and build sensors of microscale structures.

Furthermore, the interdisciplinary field of Applied Life sciences contributes the insight of biochemical processes as well as the knowledge about the interaction between antibodies and antigens. Thus, this combination of engineering and science provides the opportunity to accomplish the development of a new sensor which approaches the detection of the biomarker BNP in a new way. Thereby, the motivation and the interest arose to work interdisciplinary and to think beyond boundaries to develop a solution for this new sensor.

Furthermore, to work interdisciplinary allows students from different fields of study to obtain insight in diverse areas for instance from the developing and fabricating a sensor to the detection of the biomarker.

Hence, this idea of a biosensor has driven us to join SensUs to present our approach of a sensor as well as to learn from other groups participating in SensUs.

The goal for our team is to develop a fully functional and innovative sensor that is able to detect not only the BNP biomarker but also diverse biomarkers in human blood.

IC SensUs

Imperial College London
United Kingdom


Imperial College London

Team members

Vanessa Ho
Amparo Guemes
Martin Holicky
Jean Cupe-Chacalcaje
David Bazaga-Garcia
Maria Medeiros
William Lin
Ignacio Medina
Qien Li
Aoife Keane
Caoimhe Canavan
Katya Pchelintseva
Wern Ng
Saurav Zangeneh