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PHOTONIC BIOSENSOR FOR SPACE APPLICATION

Objective

PBSA project is focused on the implementation of a Lab-on-a-chip (LoC) for space Life exploratory missions. Advanced terrestrial technologies in the field of biosensors are combined for the development of a novel solution ready to be tested for the space environment. This approach employs recent advances in the space developed biochemistry related to immunoassays with two main novel technologies, photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and microfluidics, with promising features for the space domain.
The use of PIC enables the implementation of highly integrated solutions for the implementation of a LoC. Multiple detection can be integrated into a single chip for multiple parallel analyses. This technology has shown to be very sensitive and improves protocol simplicity compared with other techniques such as the fluorescent approach that requires labelling steps. The PIC based solution permits direct measurement of the target analytes leading to savings in the complexity of the detection protocols and reliability. Moreover, this feature is very suitable for remote sensing in space applications where savings in reagents are very valuable.
Partner’s skills are very well complemented. The know-how in immunoassay chemistry for space field is combined with the expertise in CMOS photonic integrated circuits and active microfluidics. Finally control electronics and integration will be done by a specialist in space.
Both photonic and microfluidic systems optimize critical parameter in space applications (volume and mass) enabling new opportunities. These benefits apply also to terrestrial market. The huge growth of the terrestrial biosensing field has been mainly focused to simple low cost devices. In this pursue a niche is left for an especial application within harsh environments. Tropical disease, monitoring of processes at high temperatures, exploration inside the earth or security applications are opportunities where hardened biosensors find a niche market to be developed.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Address
Cr Torrejon Ajalvir Km 4 2
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 429 795,89
Administrative Contact
Victor Parro (Dr.)

Participants (3)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 301 014
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
DAS PHOTONICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 497 075
Address
Cmno De Vera S/n Planta 2 Edificio 8F
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sebastian Pantoja (Mr.)
EVOLEO TECHNOLOGIES LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 241 962,60
Address
Rua Goncalo Mendes Maia 1350 1 H
4425 656 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rodolfo Martins (Mr.)