TNO at Holst Centre has developed an ultrathin conformable smart sensor mat that can detect a person's breathing rate, heart rate and posture. The multi-modal sensing mat consists of a combination of printed piezo-resistive and piezo-electric sensors. In one implementation, the mat can be placed under a bed sheet, enabling long-term monitoring of patients in a hospital bed or babies sleeping at home. The mat can also be integrated into the seat and back of an office chair, increasing and extending the vitality of our work force. When used in a car seat, the mat can monitor posture and driver alertness. TNO at Holst Centre continues to develop the sensor mat to include monitoring of additional vital signs.
Enhancing sustainability along the pharmaceutical supply chain: As founders of the “Alliance to Zero,” eight renowned players have been jointly pursuing this aim since June 2021. The purpose of the non-profit partnership is to support pharmaceutical and biotech companies in their transition to net-zero emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Schreiner MediPharm, as an expert in pharmaceutical specialty labels, is one of the founding members.
Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation centre in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, announces a collaboration to develop a next-generation implantable device for peripheral nerve stimulation together with NeuroGyn AG, a Swiss medtech company specialised in neurostimulaton and surgical solutions for pelvic nerve disorders. Leveraging the expertise of imec The Netherlands at Holst Centre with respect to ultra-low power wireless communication and powering, the new solution aims at prolonging the lifetime of the device while lowering its cost, making it suitable at the point of need. Clinical validation is planned after the development phase.