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Prof. Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent - Winner of the 6th Innovation Award

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Prof. Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent - Winner of the 6th Innovation Award from the RTWH Aachen for a rapid blood test to assess the risk of calcification.


13 February 2020. The RWTH Aachen’s Innovation Award is awarded annually and recognizes university projects that contribute to outstanding innovations made in the Aachen region. Professor Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent from the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering – Cell and Molecular Biology with the team µKARIA were announced as the joint winners of the 6th Innovation Award from the RWTH Aachen for the development of a rapid blood test assessing the risk of calcification. Calcified deposits in the body increase with age leading to cardiovascular events as hypertension or myocardial infarction. The newly developed test employs a disposable chip to determine in less than 10 minutes the so called T50 value, which measures the calcification propensity in patient blood. This enables the direct determination of the calcification risk on the bed side or in the doctor's practice, which makes this test unique.



The µKARIA team are Professor Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent and Steffen Gräber from the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering - Cell and Molecular Biology, further members of are PD Dr. Andreas Pasch from Calciscon AG, Nidau, Switzerland, and Julia Bavendiek, Dr. Philipp Maurer and Professor Werner Karl Schomburg from the Department of Design and Development of Microsystems, who were involved in the development.

The SFB/TRR219 consortium congratulates all winners with this outstanding award!

Bildquelle: Heike Lachmann

Bildlegende: v.l. Julia Bavendieck, Philipp Maurer, Steffen Gräber, Werner Karl Schomburg, Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent. Andreas Pasch konnte nicht teilnehmen.

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