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Smart Phone for Disease Detection from Exhaled Breath

Objective

Screening for early detection of a disease is required to reveal groups of individuals from the general population in whom the likelihood of the disease is increased and who could benefit from further medical evaluation. The ideal screening test is high-accuracy, low-cost, non-invasive, easily repeatable, effortlessly operated by a lay-person and has minimal impact on the person’s daily activities.. In the SNIFFPHONE project, we aim to tackle these requirements by integrating heterogeneous micro- and nano-technologies into autonomous smart system that can be attached to a mobile phone and analyze disease markers from exhaled breath. In this approach, an interaction between breath sample and a miniaturized array of highly sensitive nanomaterial-based chemical sensors is recorded, stored and pre-processed by integrated miniature on-chip microfluidics and electronics, and then the relevant electrical signals are transferred wirelessly via the mobile phone’s internet to an external server. Statistical pattern recognition methods are then applied on the received data and a clinical report including the screening results is sent back to the designated receiver (e.g., specialist, family doctor) in case of positive result is revealed. SNIFFPHONE represents a new concept addressing major societal challenges in health and well-being of the general population, while taking into account constituent ethical and security aspects. The SNIFFPHONE end-product will integrate functionalities that are relevant to the health screening applications with decreased size (x30-40), decreased costs (x150), increased predictive and cognitive functions and full autonomy with energy management as well as with operation/use management. Besides the R&D and clinical units, the SNIFFPHONE project will involve four European SMEs and one big industrial company, thus establishing European competitive ecosystems for the design and commercialization of innovative miniaturized smart systems.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/pattern recognition
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 298 379,18

Participants (9)

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 373,98
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 794 987,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 410 000
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 599 250
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MICROFLUIDIC CHIPSHOP GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 750
Address
Stockholmer Strasse 20
07747 Jena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NanoVation-GS
Israel
EU contribution
€ 407 393,75
Address
Ha'oren 68A/4
3009500 Ramay Ishai
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CELLIX LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 651 470,18
Address
Long Mile Road Unit 1
12 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JLM INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 641 850,41
Address
Beethovenweg 41
72076 Tuebingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 000
Address
Henkestrasse 127
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)