Success for Uppsala students in SensUs 2020


The interdisciplinary student team UppSense won second prize for their creative design in the biosensor competition SenseUs 2020, an international competition usually held in Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Due to the pandemic, this year the event was held online.

This years challenge was to to detect Valproate, a biological drug used to treat epilepsy. The Uppsala students competed with a system where a kind of three-dimensional polymer, MIP, coated on gold nanoparticles made the drug traceable when combined with an optical technique called Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

UppSense consisting of students from different disciplines were coached by associate senior lecturer Gemma Mestres Beà. The team also received input from a number of researchers at Uppsala University. Supervisor Masood Kamali-Moghaddam says: EIT Health has played a vital role for SensUs. Support from the European as well as the local EITH at Uppsala University made it possible for us to finance SensUs during the first year. It also enabled us to plan for a sustainable high quality course within life science and entrepreneurship.

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