Topic 3: Projects  for Life Science and Healthy

MIT University in the United States has developed a smart pill that could potentially replace colonoscopy. This pill, with a volume of 1.4 cm3, advances through the patient’s intestines with the help of a smartphone application used by the physician. While moving through the patient’s intestines, it automatically detects and reports pre-defined harmful viruses and bacteria.

Dr Türeci and her husband Dr Ugur Sahin co-founded biotechnology company BioNTech in Germany in 2008. In 2020, BioNTech and pharmaceutical firm Pfizer developed the first approved RNA-based vaccine against COVID-19.

For the project of wearable ultrasound scanner for breast cancer, Prof. Canan Dagdeviren drew inspiration from her late aunt, Fatma Caliskanoglu, who was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer at age 49, despite having regular cancer screens, and passed away six months later. At her aunt’s bedside, Dagdeviren, then a postdoc at MIT, drew up a rough schematic of a diagnostic device that could be incorporated into a bra and would allow for more frequent screening of individuals at high risk for breast cancer.