create a knowledge / experience – sharing network of scientists, entrepreneurs & end-users in the multidisciplinary field of biosensors for POCT (point-of-care testing)
develop innovative bottom-up approaches for fabrication of low-cost POCT devices and implementation of paper-based nucleic acid testing (NAT)
pursue applications in 3 important industry sectors: healthcare, agrifood
Isothermal nucleic acid amplification tests (isoNATs) are increasingly used to facilitate detection of DNA or RNA associated with bacteria, viruses or other pathogens even when present in very small quantities. However, they are still relatively complex and expensive for widespread use in point-of-care (POC) rapid diagnostic systems. IPANEMA has formed a large network of multidisciplinary expertise to effectively bring into practice the potential of paper-based microfluidic biosensing platforms harnessing isoNATs.
IPANEMA consortium, comprising beneficiaries from Europe and partners from USA, Russia and P.R. China, spanning both private and academic sectors, works on several different detection technologies that can be integrated with smart phones for sophisticated yet cost-effective and
easy-to-use POC diagnostics.
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