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Sensirion has increased production during the ongoing coronavirus epidemic (photo: Sensirion)

Sensirion: How sensors save lives

Sensirion (Staefa, Switzerland), a leader for environmental and flow sensors, is ready to face the challenge posed by the current economic situation. The need for ventilators is on the rise across the globe. These are systems for which Sensirion provides the sensors. The company’s employees are following strict hygiene and safety measures and doing all they can to meet the increased demand for life-saving sensors.


Mock-up of an ingestible pill with prototype transceiver (photo: imec)

Imec: First millimetre-scale wireless transceiver for electronic pills

Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, presented the first mm-scale wireless transceiver for smart insertable pills. It is a first breakthrough in imec’s aspiration to realise autonomous ingestible sensors that can measure health parameters such as gut health and transmit in real time the data outside the body.


Fraunhofer researchers intend to develop a methodology that combines biotechnology processes with low-energy electron-beam technology (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)

Fraunhofer FEP: Use of low-energy electrons for innovative biotechnology processes

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (Dresden, Germany) has been utilising electron-beam technology for decades in the development of cleaning, sterilisation, and surface-modification processes and systems. Fraunhofer researchers from the Medical and Biotechnological Applications division (MBA) now intend to develop a methodology that combines biotechnology processes with low-energy electron-beam technology. Moreover, this hybrid methodology will be combined with existing FEP expertise in the area of sensor technology. The anticipated research programme will be presented at the MedtecLIVE trade show in Nuremberg, Hall 10, Booth No. 10.0.513, taking place from 31 March – 2 April 2020.


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