Nuremberg/Berlin, May 10, 2016 – The AMA association for sensors and metrology presented the winner of the AMA Innovation Award for Sensor + Test on May 10, 2016.
This year, the 10,000-euros prize is split between two candidates whose developments the jury considered to be particularly relevant to the market and outstanding with with a high level of innovation. The “Magnetic Flow Cytometry" project from the team of developers consisting of the participants Siemens Healthcare, Sensitec, Sencio and M2 Automation impressed the jury as well as the “Nerves of Glass – Fiber optical 3D positioning of cardiac catheters” project from the team of developers consisting of Photonik Inkubator Niedersachsen [photonics incubator Lower Saxony] and the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute.
Magnetic flow cytometry
The development of magnetic flow cytometry makes it possible to demonstrate magnetically marked cells using GMR sensors. The magnetic markers are nano-particles made of iron oxide or similar materials that are only attached to specific cells using a special preparation. The blood is brought together with the markers in what is known as a micro-fluidic chip and guided through the narrow channels via the GMR sensor. The innovative form of the magnetic isolation of the relevant from the irrelevant cells directly in the measuring device provides a great benefit to the established optical flow cytometry where the blood sample must be laboriously prepared in a laboratory.