Professor Dag Winkler together with co-applicants* receive 32 MSEK over a five year period from The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF for the project Point-of care Influenza Diagnostics - "FLU-ID". The project is a collaboration between Chalmers, The Science for Life Laboratory, Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala University, Stockholm University and Acreo Swedish ICT.
This interdisciplinary project aims at developing a portable diagnostics unit, which will enable the rapid detection of influenza directly at the point-of-care. The envisioned unit is based on state-of-the-art micro-, and nanotechnologies, and will enable the detection and identification of influenza viruses. The researchers envision a fast, low-cost bioassay with an ultra-sensitive magnetic detection scheme and a handheld point-of-care device. Sample preparation, assay and interface to the detector are provided through a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip.
The project will generate Swedish-owned IP and competitive competence developed by Swedish researchers. The new methods and instruments are generic and not limited to influenza. Many relevant microorganisms, for example staphylococci (MRSA), parasitic protozoa (malaria) and zoonotic pathogens (~60% of all pathogens infecting humans) require a similar approach.
Jan Albert, Professor of Infectious Disease Control, Karolinska Institutet
Christer Johansson, Ass. Prof., Senior Expert, R&D, Magnetic and Electromagnetic Acreo Swedish ICT AB, Sensor Systems
Mats Nilsson, Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University
Maria Strømme, Professor and head of Nanotechnology Division Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University