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Brussels, 1 July 2014
New business opportunities with electronics
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
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