The Symbiotic project gathers together a group of five leading organisations in the health and energy with the technical expertise to develop an effective solution, the market knowledge to guarantee that the solution is commercially attractive, and the contact networks to promote it through the industry.

The Symbiotic consortium is a well-balanced structure where each partner has a specific main role: biosensor development and study (ISEP, AU), passive energy source development (Imperial, VTT), and integration of biosensor and energy source (UNINOVA).

Each partner was chosen based on the expertise required to fulfil its role, resulting a complementary of skills that guarantee the success of the project.


ISEP is a public institution of higher education with statuary, scientific and financial autonomy. The high R&D quality developed at ISEP is the result of the excellence of its various research units and its strong international partnerships. ISEP is an institution that seeks to ensure that students are able to conceive, develop, implement and operate complex systems in order to generate added value in an environment of social and professional sustainability, based on ethical principles. At ISEP, the project will be developed by BioMark, Sensor Research.BioMark is a Research Unit of ISEP integrated in the Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS) from the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto (FMUP). BioMark develops biosensors for biomarkers carrying biological impact on 3 main areas: health, food and environment. BioMark has an extensive experience on the development of electrical biosensors by using new materials, mostly synthetic, for analyte recognition, dimensioned by bulk or surface imprinting and for a direct or indirect interaction with the sensing area.

ISEP is responsible for the scientific and management leadership of the project, and the development of the biosensors for cancer biomarkers.Besides the preparation and characterization of MIP biosensors for cancer, ISEP will also develop highly active PtRu electrocatalysts for DMFC anodes for further MIP development.


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Imperial College provides world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, management and medicine. Imperial is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the world with most rankings placing it in the top 10 globally. Imperial has over 6,000 academic staff and a student body over 12,000. At Imperial, the project will be developed at London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Imperial main specialities are creating novel electrochemical diagnostic techniques for, and developing, clean energy devices such as low temperature fuel cells, supercapacitors and redox flow batteries. Imperial has over fifteen years of experience in the development of new catalysts and characterisation techniques for low temperature fuel cells including: novel methods for rapidly screening catalysts under realistic fuel cell operating conditions, the study of individual catalyst particles and the modification of surface composition to probe the fundamentals of electrocatalysis.

Imperial is responsible for developing low cost designs for passive DFMC with high energetic efficiency.


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UNINOVA is an institute devoted to the development and application of new technologies. UNINOVA is organized in centers of excellence, involving more than 150 scientists and technologists. UNINOVA has a strong activity in fab (e.g. PECVD, PVD, spray pyrolysis) and non-fab processes (e.g. sol gel, inkjet, screen printing) with strong experience in the development of materials for key enabling technologies, pioneering international research on full oxide electronics as well as on paper electronics – Paper-e®. UNINOVA are pioneers in showing the ability in producing inorganic ECTFT (patent).The Materials and Nanotechnology Group involved, MEO, has a strong activity in design, modelling and fabrication of advanced multifunctional nanostructure silicon thin films, oxides and dielectrics at micro and nanoscale dimension processed via chemical and physical routes, for a broad range of applications. The MEO group is considered one of the world pioneers in the so-called transparent electronics, being the inventors of the oxide transparent thin film transistors processed at room temperature and of the paper transistor.

UNINOVA is responsible for the final assembling of the sensor and for developing a low cost signalling interface compactly integrated in the autonomous biosensor using electrochromic and thin film transistor technologies.


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VTT is a non-profit government organisation established by law and operating under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT is a multitechnological research organisation providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a wide range of world class technologies and applied research services, thus improving its clients’ competitiveness and competence.Its activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT Group is the largest public applied research activity in Northern Europe with a staff of 2600 and turnover M€279. VTT has 70 years of experience in addressing the needs of industry and the knowledge-based society.

VTT is responsible for developing low cost, disposable fuel cells using a printable technology on WP4 (Passive DMFC development).


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Aarhus University is the largest public university in Denmark with a total of 44.500 students and 11.550 staff members. At AU, the project will be developed at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO).

iNANO provides a framework in which leading-edge expertise in physics, chemistry, molecular biology, biology, engineering and medicine are combined to create an interdisciplinary environment of international stature with regards to science and technology, and a regional and national power hub for enhancing industrial competitiveness. iNANO has a strong background on the application of nanotechnology to the medical sector. This area uses nanometre scale materials and nano-enabled techniques to diagnosis, monitor, treat and prevent diseases. Studies of nanotools for diagnostic purposes encompass development of biomedical imaging technology and sensor technology.

AU is responsible for the study of the biochemical interactions between proteins and the sensor area.