Special Event
Future & Emerging Technologies-Open on Disruptive Ideas and Optical Technologies for Health I
22 June 2021 • 11:00 - 13:05 CEST icon_live_event.svg
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11:00 to 11:05

Pietro Ferraro, CNR - ISASI, Institute of Applied Sciences & Intelligent Systems (Italy)
Session Moderator

11:05 to 11:35

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From FET to EIC-Pathfinder

Ioannis Fiamegkos, European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) (Belgium)

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is Europe's flagship innovation programme aiming to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and game changing innovations. EIC has been established under the EU Horizon Europe programme and It has a budget of €10.1 billion. The aim is to support game changing innovations from early stage research, to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and SMEs. The EIC takes a pro-active approach to managing funding by developing the visions for innovation and technology breakthroughs and by steering the portfolios of projects to achieve these goals. In this new environment the well-known FET is transformed to EIC Pathfinder (with the Pathfinder Open and Pathfinder Challenges calls) aiming to develop a diverse portfolio of targeted projects that explore wide-ranging technological potential, inspired by cutting-edge science, unconventional collaboration and innovative practices. Grants of up to 3 to 4 million euros support early stage development of future technologies (e.g. various activities at low Technology Readiness Levels 1-3), up to proof of concept. Pathfinder projects can also receive additional funding for testing the innovation potential of their research outputs.

Biography: Ioannis Fiamegkos is an Analytical Chemist, being an active researcher for more than 20 years (literature name: Yiannis Fiamegos). His research has focused on the development and validation of analytical methods mainly for the determination of small molecules in a variety of samples. In 2018 he moved to the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission as a Project Adviser of the FET-OPEN funding scheme. With the transfer of the FET-OPEN to the newly established European Innovation Council he found himself in EISMEA and the Pathfinder-Open and Pathfinder-Challenges funding schemes.

11:50 to 12:20

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SensApp: a FET-open project for developing a supersensor able to detect Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in blood

Simonetta Grilli, Istituto di Scienze Applicate e Sistemi Intelligenti "Eduardo Caianiello" (Italy)

The goal of SensApp FET-Open project is to develop an innovative super-sensor that will be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) biomarkers (β-amyloid, Tau and pTAU) in peripheral blood. Considering that nowadays an accurate diagnosis of AD requires the highly invasive withdrawal and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid, SensApp will represent a breakthrough in the field of AD diagnosis thanks to the ability to detect the early stage of the disease by a simple blood collection. We call Droplet-Spilt-and-Stack (DSS) the new technology that will emerge from SensApp. The achievement of SensApp goal will be insured by the interdisciplinary cooperation between different research institutions and one company involved in the key fields of the project, Vrije University of Brussels, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Linz, Ginolis Ltd, IRCCS Centre “Bonino Pulejo”, under the coordination of CNR-Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems. This communication will illustrate the progress of the activities. Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge the EU funding within the Horizon 2020 Program, under the FET-OPEN Project “SensApp”, Grant Agreement n.829104.

Biography: Simonetta Grilli got her PhD at the KTH in Stockholm and she is now a research scientist at CNR-INO. Her current activities include nanostructuring of ferroelectric crystals and nanomanipulation of fluids through pyro-electrohydrodynamic approaches.
She received the Doctoral Thesis Award in Optoelectronics from the IEEE-LEOS society.
She is co-author of more than 60 papers in international journals. She is co-editor of the book Ferroelectric Crystals for Photonic Applications by Springer (2008).

12:30 to 12:55

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Connecting brain and artificial neurons with nanoscale brain-inspired devices

Stefano Vassanelli, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)

Neural probes for electrical imaging and microstimulation of brain networks represent an ideal communication gateway between nanoelectronic devices emulating neuron computation and biological neurons. We show that titanium oxide microelectrodes and memristors can establish synaptic-like connections between biological and silicon spiking neurons across an elementary biohybrid network.

Biography: Stefano Vassanelli is professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Padova, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Padua Neuroscience Center, and leader of the NeuroChip laboratory. His main research focus is the development of neural probes and AI technologies for brain-machine interfacing and for the investigation of information processing in brain microcircuits. He is currently coordinating the SYNCH project founded by the European Commission under the H2020 FET Proactive programme aiming at the creation of a hybrid biological-artificial neural architecture with memristive plasticity in vivo.