Lifecare NanoBioSensors develops and manufactures innovative nanostrain biosensors.
A nanobiosensor is an ultra-small device measuring pressure, temperature, force, or various other performance indicators in live tissue with high resolution.
NanoBioSensors GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifecare AS that acts as Lifecares operational unit in Mainz, Germany,
Lifecare NanoBioSensors develops and manufactures strain sensors down to the scale of 20-50 nanometer – using a nano 3D printing technology that allows printing on any surface. These nano-biosensors serve as real-time diagnostic tools, e.g. based on the mechanical response of a cantilever to pressure changes in a molecular system in response to a selected biomarker.
For a severe disease, such as diabetes mellitus, the technology provides a unique and proprietary diagnostic platform that establishes sensitive real-time analyses of multiple parameters with highest precision and robustness that can be implemented as additional features to existing medical devices, e.g. point-of-care tests.
Nanosciences and -technology belong to the newest branches of science and are regarded by many researchers as key technologies of this early 21st century. By manipulation of materials on a scale of down to one nanometer (one millionth of a millimeter), the historically split sciences of physics, chemistry, biology and medicine become all intertwined, making nanoscale technologies a unique field of interdisciplinary research. The extreme sensitivity of a cantilever in terms of mechanic deflection can be used for its application as a sensor.
Based on patented method for 3D printing using focused electron beam technologies, Lifecare Nanobiosensors orchestrates physical, biological and chemical properties of device components, fluids and mechanics in the nanoscale range to achieve sensing properties with high resolution.
Shrinking dimensions makes conventional sensors to become stiff, and reduces the sensor sensitivity. For example, conventional silicon based piezoresistive pressure sensors require a minimum thickness of one micrometer (one thousandth of a millimetre = one thousand nanometers) for proper performance.
3D Nanoprinting enables printing of sensors on any transducer substrate regardless of their thickness or material. In fact, the method allows printing of sensors in sizes down to few nanometers (one millionth of a millimeter) without reducing the sensitivity.