The objectives of the annual workshop, as in recent years, was to focus on where prototype micro-nano-bio systems and solutions can help resolve society’s big problems and to help steer the developing sector by addressing improved translation of research into products, enhancing the connection to the global market and improving collaboration across the sector and between stake holders.
The main subject areas of the workshop, MNBS applications in healthcare, agriculture, food and the environment and European programmes & initiatives supporting MNBS, are presented in the report with a brief update, to give highlights and messages emerging in each of these sectors relevant to the future.
An important concentration of the workshop was, on defining objectively (or quantifying), the progress made by MNBS projects over the last year, particularly in light of the recommendations of the 2015 workshop in Leuven (Belgium). As a driver for progress the workshop focused strongly on the advances made in exploitation of projects results and drew on the lessons learnt from late stage or completed projects. The role of validation was strongly reinforced and a clear piece of best practice: ensure validation at the earliest possible stage, emerged. Many projects demonstrated the importance of the development of the commercial team in effective exploitation.
EU Funded Project Presentations:
- LiqBiopSens- Reliable Novel Liquid Biopsy technology for early detection of colorectal cancer
- ACTION- Implant for Optoacoustic Natural sound enhancement
- BIOFOS- Micro-Ring Resonator-Based Biophotonic System For Food Analysis
- MEDILIGHT- Miniaturized smart system for light stimulation and monitoring of wound healing
- DiscoGnosis- Disc-shaped point-of-care platform for infectious disease diagnosis
- H. Leeuwis, Lionix BV - How to facilitate the commercialisation of LoC?
- J. Gardner, University of Warwick - Low cost CMOS thermopile for gesture detection
- F. Rossi - Laser assisted robotic surgery in cornea transplantation