Graphene Biomedical Technologies
MEDICA/COMPAMED trade fair, Hall 15, Stand 15C43
Monday 13 - Thursday 16 November 2017, 10:00-18:00
Stockumer Kirchstraße 61, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany
MEDICA is the largest medical trade fair in the world – in 2016 it attracted more than 130,000 professional trade visitors from 120 nations and more than 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries in 17 halls. The Graphene Flagship takes this opportunity to showcase the latest graphene research in Graphene Biomedical Technologies to decision-makers in the medical industry from all over the world.
The Graphene Flagship booth (stand 15C43) can be found in hall 15 which focuses on Electromedical Equipment / Medical Technology. Visiting the booth allows you not only to get an insight into the latest graphene research on Biomedical Technologies demonstrated by several prototypes but gives you an opportunity to discuss your questions and ideas with leading graphene experts from the Graphene Flagship Consortium, EC's largest research initiative.
Just one atom-layer thick, graphene is a million times thinner than a human hair and stronger than steel. It is flexible, transparent and a conductor of electricity that outperforms copper, as well as a conductor of heat that beats all other known materials. Learn about how these properties could be used in the biotechnology field.
Special Events on Graphene Biomedical Technologies during the MEDICA/COMPAMED trade-fair:
- Wednesday 15 November 2017, 11:30-12:30,
Guided tour for press on Graphene Biomedical Technologies at the Graphene Flagship booth (stand 15C43)
- Wednesday 15 November 2017, 14:30-15:00,
Talk at the COMPAMED Suppliers Forum by DeviceMed on Graphene for Neural Interfaces and Biomedical Technologies by Jose Antonio Garrido/Graphene Flagship (hall 8b, stand G40).
Programme of the Suppliers Forum by DeviceMed
- Thursday 16 November 2017, 10:15-17:00,
Graphene Connect workshop on Graphene Biomedical Technologies. The topic sessions will cover graphene opportunities in biosensors, implants and bioelectronics.
Learn more and register!
Graphene Biomedical Demonstrators
Brain Computer Interface
The flexible and lightweight nature of graphene, coupled with its high conductivity, makes it an excellent material for bridging the brain computer interface for monitoring brain activity in a non-invasive manor. Guger Technologies - g.tec (Austria) is using graphene as an electrode to measure the electrical signals in the brain, and has been able to produce a device with real time processing that is also able to produce a stronger output signal.
The robotic prosthetic hand is controlled by a wearable sensor in the form of a bracelet made by a cellulose and graphene composite, developed by
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (Italy). Current commercially available electrodes are big, heavy and invasive whereas the graphene-based wearable sensor is lightweight, flexible and comfortable to wear, which is increasing the user experience for the patient.
Researchers from ICN2 and CNM have used the unique properties of graphene to develop electronic sensors for brain monitoring. They are using graphene devices fabricated on ultra-flexible polymeric substrates that adapts to the brain morphology to detect electrical signals within the brain. This could be used to control the movement of a robotic arm or for early detection of an epileptic event.
Retinal Prosthesis Interface
ICN2, The Paris Vision Institute, and Pixium Vision are exploring the use of graphene technology in retinal prostheses that are being developed to partially recover the sight of people that have lost the functionality of the photosensitive cells in the retina. Research shows that graphene provides an efficient interface
for communication between the retina prosthesis and nerve tissue, which can be eventually translated into an improved quality of the images perceived by the patient’s brain.