SniffPhone wins 2018 Innovation Award

Congratulations to all partners in the SniffPhone Consortium!

We have been awarded the 2018 Innovation Award by the European Commission for Most Innovative Project. This is a great honor rewarding the excellent work that has been done in this project.

SniffPhone is a compact handheld device that measures exhaled breath for early diagnosis of cancer. The user holds the device in front of his or her mouth, and exhales onto the SniffPhone. The device then takes a sample of the exhaled breath and measures the contained Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) using highly sensitive nanotechnology-based chemical sensors. The measurements are sent via Bluetooth using a smartphone to a dedicated cloud platform, where they are analyzed by the appropriate medical personnel. 

In this way, SniffPhone has an unparalleled advantage over traditional screening methods: the device is comfortable and painless to use and provides a simple and cost-effective alternative for medical professionals.

The SniffPhone project is financed under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. The SniffPhone was developed by a consortium of nine partners from six countries. The nanosensors of the SniffPhone were developed in Israel, the micropump by Cellix in Ireland, fluidics by Microfluidic ChipShop in Germany, and the cloud platform by VTT in Finland. The clinical studies were carried out at the University of Latvia in Riga, with further testing and technical experimentation done in Austria at the University of Innsbruck. Siemens has taken part in the testing and validation phase of the SniffPhone project and conducted usability studies. JLM Innovation, Germany provides system integration, the device software, the SniffPhone App and algorithms for the measurement system.

The 2018 Innovation Award was granted on the 21st of November in Lisbon, at the European Forum for Electronic Components and System (EFECS). SniffPhone was chosen from many highly qualified projects as the most innovative concept in Horizon 2020. Project Coordinator Prof. Hossam Haick from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel and Dr. Jan Mitrovics, CEO of JLM Innovation GmbH received the award at the official ceremony.

SniffPhone Evolves

The new SniffPhone prototype Version 2 is here!

SniffPhone has evolved a lot since the project started.

The first prototype has been built and a first round of clinical trials has been carried out in Riga by the team at the University of Latvia. The clinical trials included 48 gastric cancer patients and 150 patients with precancerous lesions of different severity.
Additional samples included more than 300 people
from general population
for diagnostic model validation.

Extensive usability tests have been conducted in real life application and feedback has been collected from researches as well as end users, such as medical personal and patients.

The insights gathered in the clinical studies have been applied in new technologies implemented in the revised version 2 of the SniffPhone prototype. It is a complete redesign and has many new features compared to the initial draft.

This new version of the SinffPhone features autonomous operation. It is battery operated and needs charging only once a day.

Connection with a smartphone is achieved via Bluetooth.

Sniffphone in a nutshell

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