Award for revolutionary cholesterol testing device

Issue date: 25 June 2013

A team of European scientists led by UWE Bristol has won a prestigious international award for their research.

The SIMS project – led by Professor Tony Killard at the Department of Applied Sciences in UWE Bristol - was awarded the prize for best publicly funded project at the organic and printed electronics conference, LOPE-C, in Munich, which is organised by the Organic Electronics Association (OEA).

The team has developed a revolutionary diagnostic device for measuring cholesterol by integrating printed biosensors, displays and batteries onto a flexible plastic substrate, which was demonstrated with a prototype at the conference. The state-of-the-art, paper-thin disposable devices analyse and display the result taken from a blood sample and can transmit the result remotely via mobile phone.

Professor Killard said, “This award shows what can be achieved with exciting collaborative work across scientific disciplines and across countries. By working together we have achieved a prototype device for a real world application which could have far reaching benefits for health. The award demonstrates the world-leading nature of the sensors and diagnostic research being carried out at UWE and the value we place on collaborative research that has benefits in the real world.”

SIMS is funded by the European Commission under FP7 and is a consortium of six European partners, namely UWE Bristol, University of Liverpool and Alere (UK), Dublin City University,VTT (Finland) and Fraunhofer ENAS (Germany).

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