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IMMS conducts R&D on energy-autonomous biosensors for point of care tests. Photograph: IMMS.
IMMS conducts R&D on energy-autonomous biosensors for point of care tests. Photograph: IMMS.

Integrated sensor systems for biological analysis and medical technology

Increasing life expectancy in our societies lead to a rise of serious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disorders and dementia and to a growth of related expenditures for diagnostic analysis and therapy. Our research on microelectronic biosensor systems for medical diagnostics and personalised medicine contributes to reduce health service costs and to improve patients’ quality of life.

IMMS applies a variety of sensor principles to the simultaneous detection of different biological and chemical measurands with the help of one integrated electronic device so that diagnosis is more conclusive and less prone to error. The work is based on familiar (and thus relatively inexpensive) standard semiconductor manufacturing processes which are adapted to new approaches and specific applications by means of particular functionalisation of surfaces and the use of biocompatible material. Our solutions should pave the way to conduct fast, reliable, cost-efficient and automated point of care tests, such as cancer screenings.