Integrated Photonic Field-Effect Technology for bio-sensing functional components

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PHOTO-FET (Integrated Photonic Field-Effect Technology for bio-sensing Functional Components) is a Research project funded under European Community Seventh Framework Programme - DG ICT - Photonics - Grant Agreement no. 248052

The Project start date is 1 January 2010 - end date is 31 December 2012.

A more detailed description of project's objectives and reults can be found in the PHOTO-FET dissemination kit.

The objective of Photo-Fet is to develop a photonic miniaturized disposable platform for point-of care diagnostics that is capable of performing quantitative diagnostic tests that are currently limited to a hospital laboratory setting. The project aims at the development of a line of disposable, fast, cheap, quantified and precise devices that will greatly extend the in-house tools available to the general practitioner, home-users, and field-specialists operating without on-premise laboratory facilities. The target product is a disposable device for monitoring cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, are the largest cause of death in the EU and account for approximately 40% of deaths, i.e. some 2 million fatalities per year.

Here is an image of the Photo-fet device.

The Photo-fet consortium is composed by:

  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - ISMN Bologna - Italy - Coordinator
  • Imperial College London - UK
  • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • CSEM (Switerzland)
  • Molecular Vision (UK)
  • SAES GETTERS spa (Italy)