SMARTHEALTH - Smart Integrated Biodiagnostic Systems for Healthcare

From December 2005 to November 2009
Project Leader(s): Prof. Calum McNeil
Staff: Prof. Jim Burdess, Dr Alun Harris, Dr John Headley
Sponsors: Commission of the European Communities

Driven by clinical applications and MNT & IST technology, SmartHEALTH will develop an open integrated architecture for new biodiagnostic systems to support European companies exploiting bioassays or new application concepts. The initial system has a disposable fluidic cartridge with a desktop base-station linking to the ambient e-Health environment. This concept will be miniaturised and cost engineered into a portable and more available product. It will perform multi-analyte sensing and interpretation, for nucleic acids and proteins and will handle multiple biological sample types. Results will be interpreted and presented using bio-information analysis. Systems will be healthcare “user identity-” and “ambient environment-” aware, respecting confidentiality and information access rights. The IP will enable enhanced medical diagnosis, leading to earlier and more precise results contributing to an increased quality of life as well as increasing the competitiveness of the European IVD sector. Clinical areas for SmartHEALTH application are in Cancer Diagnostics - breast cancer recurrence monitoring, cervical cancer case finding, and colorectal cancer diagnostics, theranostics and prognostics. Each application includes clinical validation and commercial exploitation partners.