About SensUs

SensUs is the first international student competition on molecular biosensors for healthcare applications. SensUs 2017 is being organized by students at Eindhoven University of Technology in collaboration with professors of international universities.



An important aim in healthcare is to keep people healthy as long as possible and to enable people in need of care to live a high-quality life in their own environments. Healthcare is developing toward a world wherein care is delivered a highly personalized manner, attuned to the status of the patient, based on actual, precise and reliable data. Miniaturized and easy to use biochemical sensing devices will become increasingly important, for the monitoring, treatment and coaching of patients. This includes sensing systems for near-patient testing (point-of-care) as well as small systems that are worn on or in the body (in-vivo sensors). As a consequence, over the coming decades biochemical sensing technologies are needed which will be small, sensitive, accurate, easy to use, cost effective, and versatile.



The mission of SensUs is to stimulate the development of molecular health sensing technologies by organizing an international competition for teams of students. In a friendly competitive manner, SensUs challenges multidisciplinary teams of students to conceive and build innovative molecular biosensing systems. The competition gives students a unique chance to gain experience in goal-oriented multidisciplinary teamwork and in innovative technological design.



The technical objective of the competition changes annually, according to a roadmap that is to be jointly established with different stakeholders. We foresee a long list of possible challenges, e.g. analyte types and concentrations, matrix, speed, precision, sample volume, instrument size, multiplexing, in-vitro and in-vivo, sensing combined with actuation, etcetera. Stakeholders are welcome to give input for the development of a roadmap of technological and application challenges for the SensUs competition in the coming years.

SensUs is organized for students by students. Students organize the competition, and the participating teams consist of students. SensUs gives students a great opportunity to develop a broad set of skills.

The participating teams consist of students from multiple scientific disciplines. Biosensing technologies are inherently multidisciplinary. To be successful, the teams need to creatively combine molecular technologies and device technologies. The maximum team size is 15 students and the students should be enrolled in a BSc or MSc program.

The style of the competition is ‘friendly competitive’. Teams of students compete for different prizes. However, it is equally important that teams learn from each other, share information, and sow seeds for international collaboration.

SensUs stimulates information sharing and community development for continuous innovation in molecular health sensors. Technologies, when presented at the contest, are in the public domain.

SensUs is a platform for open innovation. SensUs welcomes stakeholders such as healthcare organizations, patient organizations, R&D funding organizations, and companies to give input for the competition (e.g. regarding the technical goals of the competition) or otherwise support the competition.

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Committee of Recommendation

The Committee of Recommendation of SensUs has expressed their support for SensUs and consists of the following people:

Prof.dr.ir. Frank Baaijens

Rector Magnificus, Eindhoven University of Technology

Rob van Gijzel

Former mayor of the City of Eindhoven

Floris Italianer

Managing Director of the Dutch Heart Foundtion

Drs. Tom Oostrom

Managing Director of the Dutch Kidney Foundation

Prof. Erik Thomsen

Professor, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark

Prof. Kristoffer Almdal

Professor, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark

Prof. Nadine Buys

Professor, Division Animal and Human Health Engineering, KU Leuven

Prof. Mikael Jonsson

Professor, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University

Dr. Rogier Hopstaken

Chair Medical Staff, Saltro Diagnostic Centre

Prof. George Hanna

Professor of Surgical Sciences and Head of Division, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London

Prof. Sherif Sedky

Provost of The American University in Cairo

Prof. Veena Misra

Director, NSF ASSIST Nanosystems Center
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University

Prof. Bernard Thorens

Professor on Physiology, Center for Integrative Genomics, Université de Lausanne

Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf

The Minister of Science, Education and Culture, Rheinland-Pfalz

Prof. Xavier Roca Ramon

Director of School of Engineering, UPC-BarcelonaTECH

Prof. Luyang Yu

Associate Dean of the College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University

Dr. Barry Fitzgerald

Owner of BW Science, Scientist at TU Delft

The SensUs organization

Photographed by: Bart van Overbeeke

Dr. Menno Prins

Founder and Track guide

Anne de Dreu


Danny van der Haven


Kim Blezer


Nikki Valckx


Willem Brekelmans

External Relations

Marliek Raadsheer


Tamar van Asch


Irma Vermeijlen


Yi He Zhu


Eliene Rutten


Hannah Brouwer


Aniek Wouters


Alissa Buskermolen


Lieke van Dommelen


Joyce Kimenai


New Members

We want to introduce you to the new memebers of the SensUs organization. Together with a part of the current organization, they will form the organization of SensUs 2018.

Photographed by: Ido Golan

Maria Cristina Pop

Rutger Doorslaer

Henriëtte Eijking

Bart Engelen

Abel Goedegebuure

Ido Golan

Roderick Haarselhorst

Luuk Kemna

Maaike Konig

Hanna Merenyi

Kirsten Peeters

Maritza Rovers

Aaron Saam

Quirine Verbeek

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