SensUs is a community that raises awareness about the importance of biosensors in modern health care. Since 2016 the Eindhoven University of Technology organises this international competition to stimulate the development of innovative biosensors. This year, fifteen universities from around the world gather a multi-disciplinary team, each team member having their field of expertise. Participating universities include École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Imperial College London, Université Montreal and many others. Over the course of nine months, each team builds a biosensor and the corresponding business plan , which will be put to the test and showcased to the world on the 3rd of September during an (online) public event. As such, The teams are challenged to bring their skills in science and communication to a higher level.
Ultimately, prizes are awarded for following categories:
- Analytical performance of the sensor. Different analytical parameters will be evaluated
such as sensitivity, specificity, detection time, ect.
- Creativity. Teams are encouraged to think outside the box resulting in potential trend
setting and novel concepts.
- Translational potential. Can the biosensor be industrialised and compete in the present market?
- Public inspiration prize decided by public voting. As such, teams are encouraged to
reach out to the public via social media.
The KU Leuven team has been on the podium every single year, bringing home 6 gold and 2 silver medals in different categories.
Over the past years the event has grown, and even though the world found itself in special circumstances last year, the SensUs competition persevered throughout; 8.000 people voted and 15.000 website-and livestream users were registered.
The SensUs competition has already led to multiple success stories . The KULeuven 2016 SensUs team, KreaSense , was the big winner of the competition with their biosensor for creatine , a biomarker of chronic kidney disease. They wrote a paper on their biosensor which was published in Analytica Chimica Acta in 2018. They also were recognized events, such as the 21ste edition of the invited to several MicroTas conference in Savannah, USA.