SensUs Interviews: Barry Fitzgerald
Barry will be our Master of Ceremony for the SensUs 2017 event. Read his view on SensUs here.
An important aim in healthcare is to let people live high-quality lifes in their own environments. Miniaturized and easy to use biochemical sensing devices will become increasingly important, for the monitoring, treatment and coaching of patients. 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 education and innovation in molecular health sensing by organizing an international competition. In a friendly competitive manner, SensUs challenges multidisciplinary teams of students to conceive and build innovative molecular biosensors. The competition gives students a unique training in goal-oriented multidisciplinary teamwork, innovative technological design, and entrepreneurial thinking.
The disease focus and technical objective of the competition change annually, based on input from healthcare professionals, patients, companies, and universities. SensUs 2016 focussed on kidney disease with a metabolite (creatinine) as marker. SensUs 2017 focusses on heart failure with a hormone (NT-proBNP) as marker. Challenges in next editions of SensUs will relate to disease area, molecular marker, speed, miniaturization, entrepreneurial aspects, etc. You are welcome to give your input for the objective of SensUs in the coming years.
The SensUs organization starts preparations for SensUs 2017.
Student teams will be formed in the different international universities. Ten different universities will participate in SensUs 2017 from three different continents.
The student teams will conceive and build biosensor systems at their own universities. The teams are expected to make use of expertise and resources in their own environments. Within the biosensing system, the students should contribute clearly identifiable innovative aspects themselves.
The teams will convene at the contest in the second weekend of September 2017. All teams will come to Eindhoven where they will present and demonstrate their biosensing systems in a public event. Several prizes will be given e.g. for functional performance, originality and translation/innovation potential.