Scientific and medical research is eying the use of cell-based biosensors to perform internal functions that used to be done by other means, such as medications. In the past, these sensors were expensive and complex to develop, which kept them from reaching their potential for widespread scientific and medical use. Now, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed a method to easily print graphene-based bio-compatible sensors.
In fact, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT have already partnered with the M-era.Net industry project BIOGRAPHY to develop a prototype for cost-effective mass production of these biosensors using a roll-to-roll printing process, they said.
“Our system prototype can print about 400 biosensors per minute on a continuous foil,” said Dr. Thomas Velten, head of the Biomedical Microsystems Department at IBMT and project manager of BIOGRAPHY. IBMT scientists designed the process, while industry partners provided the printing equipment and graphene ink used for manufacturing.
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