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European Commission


Brussels, 1 July 2014

New business opportunities with electronics

(See IP/14/751)

Electronics is everywhere: from mobile phones to cars to medical devices. It is also the core business of many successful spin-offs involved in EU-funded projects @Electronics_EU. Here are some examples already on the market:

Revolutionary diagnostic systems

Spanish POC MicroSOLUTIONS is a spin-off created to commercialise results developed within EU projects. The company notably works on a diagnostic system based on smart cards and skin patches combined with a portable reader. Test results can directly be sent to a remote computer, a tablet or a smartphone through a wireless connection. This small lab can monitor colon cancer, identify bacteria in food and analyse environmental contamination (find out more in this story on the project LABONFOIL).

This spin-off also participates in ANGELAB @ANGELAB_FP7. This project aims to provide easy and safe genetic prenatal diagnosis, without any risk for the mother and her baby. This system will extract in real time foetal DNA sequences from mother's blood to detect genetic diseases.

Smart textiles: wearing electronics

Imagine that you have to stay a few days in hospital and the medical team can constantly monitor your body temperature and other health signs thanks to smart bed linen. This situation will soon be a reality with PASTA. This project focuses on electronic packaging and interconnection technology to produce smart textiles. One of the PASTA partners, French spin-off Primo1D @Primo1DSAS, is specialised in electronic threads (e-threads) that can be inserted in various materials. This innovative technology can be used in various sectors such as healthcare, sports, decoration and signalling, logistics, construction, etc. Other EU-funded projects, such as PLACE-IT, are also dealing with smart textiles (find out more in this story on the project PLACE-IT).

New ways of understanding serious brain conditions

ATLAS neuroengineering is a spin-off company of imec, Leuven (Belgium) and IMTEK, University of Freiburg (Germany). Their technology originates from NeuroProbes. Within this project, European researchers created a pioneering 3D brain probing system that provide new leads for understanding schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and other serious brain conditions. The innovative electronic depth control (EDCTM) biomedical probes enable to record individual neuron-to-neuron activity and locate neuronal hotspots without any physical reposition of the electrode. The reconfigurable electrodes can be used to simultaneously map different brain regions along the shaft of the probe and is most often used for in vivo electrophysiological experiments.

Taking advantage of ‘wonder material’ graphene

The spin-off Graphensic AB is the first business in the world commercialising graphene wafers grown on silicon carbide substrates. This way of producing graphene allows obtaining large sizes of graphene (not possible to obtain with other graphene fabrication methods) and it is therefore an important technological step for the use of graphene in different applications, like in the next generation of electronics and sensors. Graphensic AB is a spin-off from Linköping University in Sweden that has been created to commercialise results of the EU project ConceptGRAPHENE.

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