JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH of Graz at COMPAMED 2017 in Düsseldorf -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Leonhardstr. 59, 8010 Graz
Telephone +43 316 876-0
Fax +43 316 876-1181

This company is co-exhibitor of
ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Wirtschaftskammer Österreich

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COMPAMED 2017 hall map (Hall 8b): stand F03

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COMPAMED 2017 fairground map: Hall 8b


Jan Hesse

+43 316 876 3400


Martin Hajnsek

+43 316 876 4123


Jürgen Lackner

+43 316 876 3305


Gerhard Mohr

+43 316 876 3404


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  • 13  Services
  • 13.01  Design, Research and Development Services

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Product category: Design, Research and Development Services

Lab-on-chip technology and biosensors

We develop miniaturized biosensors and integrated microfluidic systems (lab-on-a-chip devices) that are based on plastic materials by using printing technologies, special surface modifications and both micro-and nanopatterning .

We rely on the expertise of MATERIALS researchers in the areas of surface chemistry, micro-and nanostructuring of polymers, optics and electronics.

In this way, lab-on-a-chip devices with built-in optical or electronic detection systems are designed and can be used, for example, to identify pathogenic organisms, for food sampling, environmental analysis, or medical diagnostics.

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SPIDIMAN - Single Port Insulin Infusion for Improved Diabetes Management

Throughout Austria, 390,000 people have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus. Finding the proper balance between managing diabetes and living a normal daily life is usually quite complicated, especially for children and adolescents.

Within the framework of the EU project "SPIDIMAN", a new glucose sensor technology is being developed that allows more accurate measurements and better insulin delivery and, thus, improves the blood sugar control in patients.

JOANNEUM RESEARCH is coordinating this project, which includes eight Austrian and international partners. The project funding amounts to 6.4 million and the proportion allotted to JOANNEUM RESEARCH is 1.5 million Euros.

Both project leaders are well-known experts in the field of diabetes research, and are respected within the scientific community. Univ. -Prof. Dr. Thomas Pieber acts as the medical director and Dr. Martin Hajnsek conducts the technical project management. The project consortium has defined special target groups, namely children and adolescents. "The new device, which combines improved sensor accuracy with a quicker response time, wider dynamic range and higher signal stability [than other models] has been especially designed to improve the daily lives of patients during childhood and adolescence," said Dr. Martin Hajnsek, who has worked intensively with sensors in medical applications for over 13 years. The ambitious project goal can only be achieved through the support and active cooperation of an international network of researchers with complementary fields of expertise. In the project network, SMEs, universities, hospitals and the Styrian research organization JOANNEUM RESEARCH work together.

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Product category: Design, Research and Development Services

Sensor Textiles

Smart Colour Textiles is a technology for highly stable coupling of indicator dyes and sensor pigments to fibres, yarns and fabrics. Thus, textiles and dressing materials can be equipped with specific sensor properties, which may find use in medical diagnostics. These materials are washable and stable against elevated temperatures, do not affect the wearing comfort and can be used reversibly.
As part of the project, specific indicator dyes are developed in order to e.g.
  • Detect metabolites of a bacterial infection in wounds (biogenic amines, hydrogen sulfide). A distinct colour change of the dressing material can indicate when a therapy is required
  • Indicate if a washing solution for the skin of babies is too alkaline and will cause irritations. This is accomplished by a sensor textile (e.g. a washcloth) that shows a colour change from green to red upon increasing pH
To exclude contamination by dyes, a covalent binding of the indicator dyes to textiles and non-wovens is crucial. For the quantitative evaluation of the sensor fabrics, they may be combined with opto-electronic evaluation (fiber optics, smart phones).

In addition to the synthesis of new functional dyes, the production process of textile sensors is researched as well:
  • Yarns and textiles are dyed directly, as well as sensor pigments, which are mixed into the spinning solution prior to the spinning of the fibres
  • In the case of textile materials that cannot be coloured covalently (e.g. polyester) sensor pigments are embedded into binder polymers and processed via screen or template printing
  • Using the electro-spinning technology nano-fibres are prepared that exhibit extremely fast response and high sensitivity
R&D portfolio:
  • Preparation of new indicator dyes for pH, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+, amines and thiols
  • Binding of indicator dyes to textile materials and non-wovens
  • Characterisation of sensor materials with respect to stability, colour change, sensitivity, reversibility, washability, sterilisability and toxicity
  • Fabrication of sensor textiles for the detection of pH and electrolytes (Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+) in sweat
  • Preparation of sensor wound dressings for the detection of pH, or metabolites of microbial contamination (amines, thiols) for monitoring of wound healing
  • Preparation if indicator swabs and indicator tests for the control of pH in (chronic) wounds
  • Programming of smartphones/tablets for the quantitative evaluation of colour changes
  • Development of a fibre-optic system for the detection of colour changes within textiles and non-wovens (in the case of no direct optical visibility)
  • Adaption of existing optical sensor devices (CCD technology, colour measurement devices, colour sensing chips) to the colour changes of textile materials

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