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imec

Website: http://www.imec.be
Phone: +32 16 28 12 11
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Imec is Europe’s leading independent research center on nanoelectronics, smart integrated systems, biomedical electronics, photovoltaics, organic electronics, power electronics & photonics. imec, VIB, and K.U.Leuven set up a joint basic research initiative to unravel the neuronal circuitry of the human brain: Neuroelectronics Research Flanders (NERF).

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Imec is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Imec vzw is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister company in the Netherlands, imec-NL, offices in the US, China and Taiwan, and representatives in Japan. Its staff of more than 1700 people includes more than 500 industrial residents and guest researchers.

Imec’s research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network worldwide position imec as a key partner for shaping technologies for future systems.

In the context of the Human++ program, imec aims to find solutions for future healthcare and wellness needs by combining microelectronics and biotechnology into heterogeneous systems for diagnosis and therapy.

Imec offers its expertise to clinical, pharmaceutical, medical devices and biotechnology industries by driving and supporting innovation for biomedical tools used across the continuum of care, from diagnosis to post-treatment follow-up. Given its infrastructure and expertise, imec is very well positioned to make a difference in component and systems technology for closed-loop systems in the wellness and lifestyle, healthcare and life-science arenas.

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Wearable health monitoring for wellness and lifestyle

Autonomous sensor nodes can be used to create a body-area network that is worn on the body and monitors vital body parameters in an unobtrusive way during daily life.

Imec is developing the electronics and technologies for tomorrow’s unobtrusive, ambient sensor networks with focus on:

  • Creating wearable and patient-friendly sensor systems using innovative packaging and integration technologies.
  • Making the sensor systems autonomous by reducing power consumption of the active components and using energy harvesting so that batteries need not be replaced.

Integration technologies for healthcare applications

Advanced packaging solutions and integration technology developed in the microelectronics industry can enable a strong miniaturization of today’s medical devices, both wearable and implantable. In the future, they can bring completely new devices with additional features and on-board intelligence at cost-effective production.

  • Small systems that are mechanically bendable or even stretchable: the techniques we use are, for example, chip-in wire technology, ultra-thin-chip embedding in flexible and/or stretchable packages, and 3D out-of-plane integration.
  • Improve the biocompatibility of implants to guarantee long-term operation and to reduce adverse reactions.
  • Make the devices autonomous by focusing on low power consumption and energy harvesting so that no batteries need to be replaced.
  • Wireless communication of measured data to the outside world

Lifescience technologies: molecular detection and manipulation

Miniaturizing and integrating laboratory operations onto a single compact lab-on-chip device paves the way towards fast, easy-to-use and cost-effective diagnostic systems that can be used at the point of need, in the hospital, at the doctor’s office.

Imec develops technologies for sensitive and true multifunctional lab-on-chip systems:

  • Surface chemistry
  • Bioplasmonics- and biomagnetism-based nanobiosensors
  • Nanofluidics
  • Lab-on-chip systems

Lifescience technologies: in vivo and in vitro cellular interfaces

Integration of multi-modal (electrical, chemical, micro-fluidic, optical) sensors and actuator arrays based on micro- and nanoelectronics with biocompatible packaging and signal processing electronics leads to novel devices for use in fundamental R&D, pharmaceutical, biotech, and clinical environments.

Imec develops technologies for in-vitro and in-vivo cell-IC interfaces:

  • High-resolution sensor-/actuator arrays (cell-on-chip)
  • Miniaturized implants (in vivo pharmacology)
  • Active brain implants (medical therapy)
  • In-situ bio-signal processing

Product description

Body sensors and actuators, biosensors, Energy scavengers

Alliances

Imec is cooperating with industry and academia at an international scale. An important aspect of imec's mission is the reinforcement of industry in Flanders. Besides the creation of spin-offs, IMEC fulfills this goal by setting up collaborations with Flemish companies. Various kinds of collaboration are possible, varying from prospecting to joint research.

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Address: Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium

Route: Via Google Maps
Website: http://www.imec.be

Phone: +32 16 28 12 11
Foundation date: 1984

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