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March 21, 2011 / Martijn

Biosensors On The Fast Track

The Food & Drug Administration has teamed up with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to help accelerate the development and approval of innovative devices for continuously monitoring biomarkers in people. Such biomarkers could serve as early warning signs of diseases—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and influenza—before symptoms occur. They could also help optimize the performance of healthy individuals and athletes.

But detecting biomarkers in people is fraught with challenges. Nearly all sensor materials come with biocompatibility problems, and it is difficult to integrate all of the sensor parts into a practical system. In addition, although many biomarkers have been identified, it’s likely that many important ones have not yet been discovered.

via Biosensors On The Fast Track | Government & Policy | Chemical & Engineering News.

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