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Edisens Project

Existing ingestible electronics represent a trillion-dollar market. Yet, they suffer from retention risk as they use non-degradable and potentially toxic materials therefore cannot be used at the point-of-care.

EDISENS will work towards “edible microelectrofluidic biosensors”, i.e. biosensors that the human body can digest after completing its task, by employing food-derived materials with the aim of producing diagnostic food capable of measuring diagnostically relevant parameters.

EDISENS works toward the vision that clinical testing will be as easy as eating candy one day.
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The project will start a change in the social perception of diagnostic devices, where safe and familiar materials can be engineered to provide non-invasive point-of-care technologies. Also, the proposed technology will be highly versatile and will be beneficial for applications beyond the immediate test case of biosensing for gastrointestinal tract monitoring. In particular, the transition to biodegradable alternatives will spark the next generation of greener devices which are safer, non-invasive, and environment friendly – thus supporting the technological innovation aimed at developing novel sustainable materials for electronics.

This action is in line with the Horizon Europe global challenges program that promotes advanced non-invasive safer health technologies and a greener and more sustainable European society.