Last week, after the final project meeting, took place the BLOC Symposium and Workshop at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) with very interesting talks and a hand-on workshop to see, first hand, the benchtop NMR spectrometer developed during the project.
Benchtop NMR for lab-on a-chip
Applications and impact
The technology derived from this project will have a direct impact in the society and the public opinion since it will allow a significant reduction on the use of animals for experimentation purposes, minimizing ethical issues related with this topic. Moreover, the use of human engineered tissues will bring pre-clinical experiments more accurate and efficient, facilitating the extrapolation of results to humans.
The idea is to create a standardized and small device which can be easily installed in any laboratory. Besides being used in the biomedical field, the equipment developed in this project will be an easy-to-use and low-cost system with potential applications in other areas, as environmental control and chemical industry.
BLOC project was present at the latest Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) with two oral presentations by project members from IDIBAPS.