These are the teams that participate in the contest of 2016. More university teams will follow in the next years. Would you like to join one of these teams? Click here.
University of Leuven
Imperial College London
Olivier Bollen, Chemistry
Rani Soenen, Biomedical Science
Osamah Al-Ghezi, Pharmacy
Robbe Saesen, Pharmacy
Hannah Agten, Industrial engineering
Florian De Rop, Biomedical Science
Ellen Staljanssens, Industrial engineering
Jolien Breukers, Bio-engineering
Maria Katsafadou, Biomedical science
Linye Lyu, Electrical engineering
Jehan Nozer Taraporewalla, Electrical engineering
Jens Lepoudre, Mechanical engineering
Pieter Piron, Bio-engineering
Shoera Sels, Mathematical engineering
KreaSensa is an international blend of 15 motivated students from six different departments of Belgium’s KU Leuven. The team unites the faculties of Bioscience Engineering, Engineering Science, Engineering Technology, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science. The multidisciplinary backgrounds, insights and perspectives are channeled into three subgroups: the Bioassay Development Team, the Sensor Technology Team, and the Signal Processing Team. By concentrating our skills and joining forces later on, we plan to bring our best game to the TU Eindhoven stage.
Brought together by and under the supervision of the MeBioS Biosensor group of prof. Jeroen Lammertyn, the KreaSensa team members take up the challenge to tackle an actual present-day clinically relevant problem, during their education. They hereby get the chance to explore the field, apply what they’ve learned up till now, and learn from the interaction with students from other departments. The team aspires to develop a biosensor that overcomes the limitations of current technology regarding creatinine sensors.
As we see it, nine months of collaboration between 15 young people from various cultural and academic backgrounds will undoubtedly be an exciting and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Win or lose, all that matters is... Challenge accepted!
John Welsh, Chemistry
Ana Losada, Chemistry
Ning Voon, Chemistry
Onur Guzel, Chemistry
Taiwo Lawal, Chemistry
Edward Da Fonseca, Bioengineering
Valeria Trujillo, Bioengineering
Riccardo Barbano, Bioengineering
Rufus Mitchell-Heggs, Biochemistry
Lawrence Stewart, Mathematics
Thomas Lord, Theoretical Physics
Francesco Guagliardo, Bioengineering
A significant goal would of course be to contribute to the development of the scientific field. We look to collect significant data, which can be used as a driving force for the next stage of development of our sensor. The members of our team have varying disciplines so we also hope to make improvements in all aspects of the biosensor; from modelling and theory to laboratory work.
The team hopes to understand the process of how to build and develop a biosensor for creatinine. We hope to develop our team skills by collaborating with team members from various disciplines alongside our scientific skills. Furthermore, the rigorous approach required when working in a professional research lab would be useful in any future projects we might indulge in. We also endeavour to learn about the product design and development elements involved in the competition.
We hope to have designed a fully functioning product, rivalling the current models, understood the modern techniques used in the development of a product and collaborated with other university students to build a strong network for the future. We also hope to have gained insight into the companies sponsoring the event through the consultations and learn as much as possible from the experts of the field.
The ultimate goal would be to have produced a novel biosensor with sufficient data and information to be worthy of both a publication and further research. Ideally we would like to use our creativity to achieve a high performance, user friendly, and cost efficient sensor.
Mauro Miguel Masiero
Mauro Miguel Masiero
The Uppsala SensUs team is a big mix of nationalities and special fields, with people from all over the world and majors in everything from Immunology to Chemical Engineering, covering a variety of fields within molecular medicine and biotechnology. Only three team members are natively Swedish, while the remaining 12 come from France, Spain, China, Greece, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Lithuania and Moldova!
Although the team members comes from different backgrounds, everybody has in common the reasons for joining the SensUs team: apply their knowledge to something practical, learn how to collaborate with people outside on their own field, create something new and getting to set up a project like this in all of its aspects. We hope to get valuable insights into each other’s special fields, improve our team working skills and of course, have fun! In addition to the technical and biological challenges ahead, there are organisational task that need to be tackled by us as students. This gives us another opportunity to improve our skills in management, networking, communication and maybe others that will be revealed on the way. What we hope to achieve by participating in SensUs 2016 is that everybody can increase their knowledge, become a better team player, build valuable friendships, know what to consider when setting up a project like this and form lasting, international connections and collaborations.
With Uppsala University being located in one of Sweden’s biggest biotechnology centres, SensUs Uppsala is well equipped to handle challenges we may encounter on our way. Uppsala is home to large biotech corporations such as GE Healthcare, Abbott Medical Optics and Thermo Fisher Scientific, besides the mayor biomedical center run by Uppsala University.
Uppsala has also a very lively student environment, with lots of events and activities going on. When the team is not in the lab or brainstorming, we are most likely enjoying a break in one of the many student nations, having fika or a beer.
If each team member could have one wish, it would be to see their finished biosensor in use around the world. However, even if that would not be the case, each member will still feel successful and accomplished for having done their very best in trying to achieve their dreams. This is the ultimate goal for the Uppsala team: to try the hardest we can!
- Signed the Uppsala team
Technical University of Denmark
Eindhoven University of Technology
Marc Baiget Francesch
Peter Bruun Rasmussen
Przemyslaw Michal Bryndza
Marc Baiget Francesh
Yvonne de Hond
Robin van der Meijden
Erika van der Woude
We, from team Eindhoven, are fifteen students from five different departments. Seven students from the department of Biomedical Engineering (Boris Arts, Sylvia Genet, Yvonne de Hond, Rafiq Lubken, Leroy Tan, Mats Verhoeven and Kimberly Westheim), four students from the department of Chemical Engineering (Annelore Aerts, Lioba Heidendael, Robin van der Meijden and Erika van der Woude), two Electrical Engineering students (Mark Janse and Thom Scheeve) and one person from the Applied Physics department (Esmée Oudijk).
All of us have our own personal motivations to join the team, which will be published on our Facebook page. Taken broadly, most of us are attracted to the SensUs competition since it offers a chance to actually design and fabricate a device of our own that could make healthcare more efficient. Moreover, SensUs speaks to us because it is a new and challenging competition and we are therefore very motivated to show that we are capable of taking on this challenge.
As a team, we would like to learn about different kinds of biosensors and how they work. What aspects do we need to take into account? What choices do we have to make and how do these choices affect the end result? In short: we would like to learn about the process of developing biosensors. However, the SensUs project comprises more skills than just building the product. There are many other aspects such as cooperating with people with different backgrounds, keeping track of the budget and gathering sponsors. These professional skills are not something you learn when the curriculum is followed. By competing in this competition, we hope to become more professionally skilled individuals, who are aware of the scientific and non-scientific aspects of design processes.
We hope to contribute toward the development of creatinine biosensors for healthcare applications. This means that we will design and fabricate a completely new and functional biosensor prototype. Moreover, we could probably develop new technologies and gain new knowledge that helps to improve biosensors and could be applied in other devices as well.
We consider this challenge as successful when we have developed a completely functional creatinine biosensor. However, our ultimate goal is to develop a point-of-care device that can accurately determine creatinine levels using only a single drop of blood.