SensUs student competition goes live

Finally, after months of hard work, including the summer holidays, the SensUs team can proudly say that their website is in the air. SensUs is the first international student competition on molecular biosensors for healthcare applications.

Early 2015 professor Menno Prins was looking for people to work out his idea: "I was thinking about a novel way to stimulate the development of technologies in the field of molecular biosensing. A way that should bring together talented young people from different scientific disciplines and from different countries. That's how the idea to start an international student competition was born, which we named SensUs."

An enthusiastic team of students gathered to work on SensUs as part of their Honors Track in the TU/e Honors Academy. They organized themselves with Chair, Vice-Chair, and groups focussing on Technology, Logistics and Communications. It is great to see the ideas taking shape, behind the curtains and now also in public.

The Technology group works out the technical challenge that is to be addressed by the participating teams, in particular the biomarker that is to be measured and the sample matrix. Potential challenges are being discussed with professors and other stakeholders, and the selected challenge will be announced at the latest on the first working day of 2016. The Logistics group is developing an interesting program for the contest days in September 2016, when all participating teams will convene in Eindhoven and will demonstrate their biosensing systems.

In the coming months, students from University of Leuven, Imperial College London, Uppsala University, Danish Technical University and Eindhoven University of Technology can apply via their local contact person. SensUs 2016 is a pilot year with still a limited number of universities; more universities will be able to join in 2017.

Professor Prins: "I strongly believe in the creativity of people and the power of teamwork. Molecular biosensing technologies are difficult to develop because a broad set of scientific and engineering skills are required. The competition will result in novel ideas, novel technologies, and in novel collaborations between universities, companies, and other stakeholders in the field of healthcare. I really expect to see great things from the participating teams."

In November 2015 the teams will have been formed at the five universities, which will kick-start the first edition of the SensUs competition. Professor Prins: "We hope to develop a scalable multi-year contest wherein students will address challenges of increasing complexity in a focused manner, across several countries, for the benefit of healthcare."

If you would like to learn more about SensUs, click here