Imran Avci (VU): COMB-O

Imran Avci (VU): Disposable, ultra-sensitive optical biosensors for early cancer diagnosis (COMB-O)

In the last decade, cancer has become a silent pandemic as it is the second leading cause of death globally. Early diagnosis is critical for successful treatment, and therefore we urgently need sensitive, specific and affordable solutions. The development of optical biosensors that can detect the cancer biomarkers in the bloodstream at a very early stage is such a solution. The innovation lies in a sensor platform that is based on a tiny, yet powerful photonic microchip and novel detection scheme (now in the stage of patent application). The aim is that the new biosensors will become a part of the routine tests of primary care providers and that they will save millions of lives eventually.

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