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INSPIRE: Mimicking the Functional Complexity of Biology with Man-Made Systems  (Arizona State University)

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A silicon wafer packed with more than 100 million unique molecules has led to an inexpensive method to track health conditions. Neal Woodbury of Arizona State University (ASU) used fabrication equipment common in the electronics industry to develop the technology. To commercialize the approach, an ASU startup company, HealthTell, incorporated the technology into a system that measures the profile of circulating antibodies in the blood and correlates that profile with disease states. 

Now, a collaborative effort by ASU and the University of Illinois has expanded the technology to create molecular building blocks for nanoscale device assembly and as components in computationally directed molecular evolution. This effort will integrate chemistry and electronics, create smart materials and generate new catalysts.

HealthTell won the Arizona Governor's Award for the most innovative startup in 2012 and has generated thousands of peptide arrays used in the testing of clinical samples. Product launch is anticipated in 2015. Expansion of the platform into hybrid electronics, nanodevices and chemical catalysts promises even greater impact, both in applied and fundamental research.



  • the fabrication process for a nanoscale health monitoring system
The fabrication process and output for a nanoscale health monitoring system.
Neal Woodbury, Arizona State University

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