The AIT is Austria's largest non-university research institute. Its core business as applied research institute is to act as a bridge between academic research and industrial applications. To fulfil this role, AIT performs both funded research projects and direct contract research for partners from industry. The competence unit ‘Molecular Diagnostics’ of the ‘Center for Health and Bioresources’ focuses on the development of technologies for applications in the field of the point-of-care testing.
Within this competence unit, the group of “Diagnostic Biosensors” is driving innovations in the fields of photonic and electrochemical biosensors. Based on the expertise in physics, chemistry and biology as well as in micro- and nanotechnologies, photonics, nanomagnetics and electronic engineering, new sensor concepts are developed.
In the IMPETUS project, the AIT is acting as the coordinator and is developing the electrochemical lateral flow test with the associated biochemical assay and the bio-functionalization process. Additionally, investigations on biocompatibility of technical equipment as well as of specifically developed ink vehicles for inkjet printing biomolecules onto paper substrates are conducted at AIT.