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December 2014 Mina-News #32

Leti sensors used in future bio-artificial liver

The EU FP7 d-LIVER project aims to develop a bio-artificial liver (BAL) support system for patients suffering from liver failure or awaiting a transplant. The project, launched in 2011, brings together a dozen partners, including CEA-Leti, which is supplying sensors for the real-time monitoring of ammonium ions. Leti’s sensors are currently accurate to within 8% to 10%, and the goal is to bring that margin of error down to 3% or 4%. At their present stage of development, the components offer the same...

October 2014 Mina-News #31

Start-up EnerBee: awards help finance growth strategy

Grenoble-based EnerBee, founded in early 2014, has won three awards over the past few months: a national prize for innovative start-ups, a global innovation award, and a connected objects award. The prize money supplements funds from investors and private-sector backers, giving EnerBee a total of €1 million to pursue plans to launch a pilot production run of 100 products for customer testing, hire five new employees (bringing the total to eleven at end-2014), and move from CIME Nanotech to new...

June 2014 Mina-News #30

Revolutionary micropump performance just over the horizon

The micropump, a type of drug delivery system, is well-known to diabetics, many of whom use the devices for their daily insulin injections. Although micropumps are both practical and reliable, they do have their drawbacks: First, with a price tag in the thousands of euros, they are costly. Second, the drug volumes delivered are limited to one microliter per minute. But R&D partners IMEP-LAHC, Leti, Eveon, and Cedrat Technologies have just unveiled a revolutionary new MEMS-based micropump capable...

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