SensUs

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SensUs Student Competition
SensUsLogoRedTransp.jpg
Contest dateSeptember 6-7, 2019
FrequencyAnnual
LocationEindhoven, The Netherlands
First year2016
Contactcontact@sensus.org
Websitewww.sensus.org
Livestreamdigital.sensus.org
PhotosFlickr
VideosYoutube

SensUs [1] is the annual international student competition on molecular biosensors for health.[a 1] Multidisciplinary student teams from universities worldwide design and build biosensing systems, and demonstrate their prototypes and business models during a final public contest event. The competition stimulates education and innovation in the field of biosensing, with a worldwide scope. The long term aim is to improve the quality of life of patients.

Photo of SensUs organization and Teams 2018

Approach of the competition[edit]

Each year, SensUs adresses a different healthcare theme and a corresponding biomarker. The participating teams develop biosensors that can measure the selected biomarker. The teams have the same functional end goal, but develop creative solutions and unique biosensor prototypes. The prototypes are shown, shared and discussed at the annual SensUs contest event. SensUs is an international platform for learning and innovation in the field of molecular biosensors for healthcare applications.

Next Edition[edit]

SensUs 2019[edit]

The theme of SensUs 2019 is Rheumatoid Arthritis and the molecule to be detected is Adalimumab (brand name Humira). Adalimumab is a biological drug that binds to TNF-alpha, a pro-inflammatory cytokine. The overexpression of this cytokine plays an important rolein rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients do not respond to treatment with Adalimumab or lose response during treatment. A biosensor for Adalimumab could detect this at an early stage and help save unnecessary costs. Worldwide annual sales of Adalimumab are more than 10 billion US dollars.[2]


A list of the participating universities in SensUs 2019 can be found below. The finals of SensUs 2019 will take place on the 6th and 7th of September 2019 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Participating teams and results[edit]

University Country
KU Leuven Belgium
Université de Montréal Canada
Zhejiang University China
Technical University of Denmark Denmark
American University in Cairo Egypt
Imperial College London England
RWTH Aachen Germany
Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands
University of Lisbon Portugal
North Carolina State University United States of America
University of Glasgow Scotland
Polytechnic University of Catalonia & University of Vic Spain
Uppsala University Sweden
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland

History[edit]

SensUs 2018[edit]

An impression of the Testing Event of SensUs 2018

On the 7th and 8th of September 2018, the final contest of the third edition of the Sensus Student Competition took place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The theme was “Measuring antibiotics for better healthcare”. The teams developed biosensors for the detection of vancomycin, an important last resort antibiotic drug .

Awards were given for Analytical Performance (AP), Creativity (CR), Translational Potential (TP) and Public Inspiration (PI), conferred by an international multidisciplinary jury and by public votes. The teams tested vancomycin in blood plasma and pitched the business models that they had developed. The public votes were casted on the online platform called SensUs Digital[3]. More than 10.000 users watched SensUs via the digital platform and 3750 people cast their votes. In parallel, a competition was held for teams of High school students. Photos of SensUs 2018 can be found here.

The award winning teams of SensUs 2018

Participating teams and results[edit]

Team University Country Awards
SensImperial Imperial College London England
AIXSense RWTH Aachen University Germany
DeTectUs Technical University of Denmark Denmark
VanGow University of Glasgow Scotland 1st CR 2nd AP
VancoSense KU Leuven Belgium 1st TP
SenseNC North Carolina State University United States of America
American University in Cairo The American University in Cairo Egypt 1st PI
T.E.S.T. Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands 2nd PI
U.V.S. Uppsala University Sweden
SenSwiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland 1st AP 2nd CR 2nd TP
BiosensUM Université de Montreal Canada
TruSense Zhejiang University China
UScience Tech Barcelona Polytechnic University of Catalonia & University of Vic Spain

SensUs 2017[edit]

SensUs 2017 was the second edition of the competition. The finals took place on the 8th and 9th of September 2017.[4] Ten student teams from three continents built a biosensor to detect NT-proBNP in blood plasma, which is an important biomarker for Heart failure.[5] During the event the teams showed their biosensors to the public, measured NT-proBNP live and presented pitches on technology and on translation to society. The teams were judged by an international multidisciplinary jury, who conferred awards for Analytical Performance (AP), Creativity (CR), and Translational Potential (TP).

About 500 people visited the event at Eindhoven University of Technology. The event was broadcast on the SensUs Digital platform[6], including livestreams, live data, Q&A, photos and videos and voting functionality. The cumulative visitor count on SensUs digital was 5000 from 74 countries, of which 1500 people cast their votes for the Public Inspiration award (PI). Photos of SensUs 2017 can be found here.

Team T.E.S.T. with awards of SensUs 2017


Participating teams and results[edit]

Team University Country Awards
IC SensUs Imperial College London England
SensAble University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern Germany
DeTectUs Technical University of Denmark Denmark 2nd CR 2nd PI
GlasGo University of Glasgow Scotland
Carediobit KU Leuven Belgium 2nd AP 2nd TP
SenseNC North Carolina State University United States of America
AUC Imhoteps The American University in Cairo Egypt
T.E.S.T. Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands 1st AP 1st TP 1st PI
UppSense Uppsala University Sweden 1st CR
Swissense École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland

SensUs 2016[edit]

SensUs 2016 was the first edition of the competition. The aim was to develop biosensors for the measurement of creatinine in blood plasma, which is a key biomarker for Kidney failure. The student teams originated from five universities: University of Leuven, Imperial College London, Uppsala University, Technical University of Denmark and Eindhoven University of Technology. The teams had worked during 9 months to develop biosensors in their own universities, and thereafter all came to the final contest event on the 9th and 10th of September 2016 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Here they could win four awards; the Analytical Performance award (AP), the Creativity Award (CR), the Translational Potential award (TP) and the Public Inspiration award (PI). Photos and videos from SensUs 2016 can be found here.

Participating teams and results[edit]

Team University Country Awards
SensUpp Uppsala University Sweden
KreaSensa KU Leuven Belgium AP TP PI
Creative9 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
IC SensUs Imperial College London England
T.E.S.T. Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands CR

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A biosensor is a compact device that interacts with a biological system to acquire a signal for diagnostic or monitoring purposes. A molecular biosensor is a biosensor with a molecular interaction as a central aspect. It is an analytical device with a molecular recognition element and with a transduction principle that turns the biomolecular interaction into a measurable signal. Molecular biosensors operate on samples taken from the body (in-vitro testing e.g. using a drop of blood) or are worn on or inside the body (for real-time in-vivo sensing).

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