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New technology sniffs out disease

 

Researchers are developing an artificial nose that is capable of detecting odours associated with diseases and emotions far better than humans.

“An electronic nose that mimics human olfaction has the potential to speed up diagnosis and treatment and thereby reduce healthcare costs. Our consortium is aiming to integrate comprehensive olfactory analysis and technology that identifies the presence of specific molecules,” say the researchers.  

Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere have secured 350,000 euros of funding for the project from the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes. The total budget is 582,000 euros.

The project titled “DiagNOSE - from extrasensory olfactory cues to status of wellbeing” is carried out in close collaboration between three local research groups. Two leading companies in the field, Environics USA Inc. and BioNavis Ltd., are also involved.                

Professor Jukka Lekkala from the Department of Automation Science and Engineering in Tampere University of Technology coordinates the development of the required technology and is responsible for testing the prototype.

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