COMPAMED favorites: Sensors
Sensors are always a focus of interest. Sensirion from Switzerland present tiny flow sensors for smart inhalers and digital health applications, as well as a sensor for liquids for subcutaneous administration of medicines. ES Systems from Greece are developing and manufacturing innovative, intelligent sensors based on microelectronic technology. These MEMS-based sensors (MEMS = microelectronic mechanical systems) measure pressure, gas flow, the properties of liquids and the temperature. Products by ES Systems are used in sophisticated control and monitoring applications, among other things in medical technology, either as independent components or as integral parts of other equipment. With a view towards the newest challenges, the company has also developed smart, autonomous, energy-saving, wireless sensors which are ideally suited for integration into the Internet of Things.
Photonics helps fight against tuberculosis
Eight companies and non-university research institutes have teamed up to use photonics in the fight against tuberculosis, which is often aggravated in developing countries by a lack of laboratory infrastructure. At the beginning of 2022, relevant solution strategies by the project "FluoResYst" were first presented. The project has received a three-year grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project aims to develop a rapid detection system for multidrug resistances in tuberculosis infections, in order to ensure a quick diagnosis and efficient treatment of affected persons. microfluidic ChipShop specializes in the development and manufacture of Lab-on-a-Chip systems, also termed Point-of-Care (POC) or patient-centered diagnostic applications. Within the "FluoResYst" project, the company from Thuringia is working on an analysis cartridge, inside which novel detection technology carries out a tuberculosis assay. Following the initial progress of the project, established Lab-on-a-Chip solutions will be presented by microfluidic ChipShop at their booth.
Custom patient-specific implants
Since their founding in mid-2000, 3di from Jena has focused on patient-specific implants for facial and cranial applications, for example following traumatic injuries, tumor excisions, surgical access or when functional-aesthetic corrections are required. To manufacture such implants, the company has developed a proprietary method that enables them to be fitted individually to each patient. Modelling, construction and manufacture are fully planned in virtual space. With respect to aspects of surgical techniques it is therefore possible to produce implants specific to a single patient – in special cases even within 48 hours. To make his happen, 3di needs CT/MRI data provided either on CD-ROM or via a secure internet connection. Any bone structure within the human skull can be modelled. The accuracy of the model deviates by less than 0.5 mm. The development by 3di is used in neurosurgery, trauma and cancer surgery, plastic surgery, cranio-maxillofacial surgery and ENT medicine.