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Microsensors for mobile diagnostics – CiS strengthens cooperation with InfectoGnostics

The Thuringian CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik GmbH will support the development of diagnostic point-of-care systems at the InfectoGnostics Research Campus Jena even more intensively in the future. After CiS had already contributed its expertise as an associated partner to projects on the campus, the institute now officially joins the public-private partnership of InfectoGnostics.

Mobile and compact systems for the diagnosis of infectious diseases pose a major challenge for sensors: On the one hand, microsensors should enable reliable and accurate measurements. On the other hand, the sensors must be manufactured as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible in order to enable the acquisition of such innovative diagnostic systems even in medical practices.

As an affiliated institute of the Technical University of Ilmenau, CiS forms a bridge between science and business and thus pursues an equally transfer-oriented and interdisciplinary concept as InfectoGnostics: "We have a great deal of experience in ‘marrying’ technologies from a wide variety of specialist areas and transferring the results of basic research into hybrid system solutions for industry. The public-private partnership in the research campus is therefore the ideal environment for us,” explains CiS Managing Director Prof. Thomas Ortlepp.

In the field of biophotonics, the institute, located in the city of Erfurt, has been working for a long time with the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies (Leibniz-IPHT) – a long-standing InfectoGnostics partner. A current example of this is the "SMARTER-SI" project: an EU-funded innovation centre for the faster application of scientific findings in industrial practice.

Together with international partners, the CiS and the Leibniz-IPHT are developing a mobile laboratory for the detection of allergens and fungal toxins in the EU project. A wide variety of technologies flow together as assemblies in a complex point-of-care system: starting with microfluidics, through the design of microarrays and the reading of fluorescence signals to the electronic connection to user interfaces.

In the research campus, CiS will continue these successful collaborations and expand them in new projects. The Erfurt Institute wants to promote the development of sensor-based diagnostic methods on campus and support the work on open platforms for molecular diagnostics, which can be used by many partners.


Arndt Steinke
CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik GmbH
Phone: +49 (0)361 / 663 1420
Fax: +49 (0)361 / 663 1476