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Inspired by: FP7 » Fast electronics for compact lab-on-chip applications

version: 4 / updated: 2011-01-13
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Originally submitted by: Martin Fatun
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 3 - ICT - Information & communication technologies

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Components, systems, engineering

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)
ULTRA (224189)

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Fast electronics for compact lab-on-chip applications

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
The goal of the ULTRA project is the development of THz systems for medical, biological and chemical analysis. The combination of electronic, microfluidic, THz and 3D packaging technologies will enable low-cost, reliable and highly-integrated solutions for these emerging markets.


ICT, medical analysis, biological analysis, chemical analysis, lab-on-chip


(max. 250 characters)
The goal of the ULTRA project is the development of THz systems for medical, biological and chemical analysis.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Nano-lab on chip in your body new/emerging
mainly beneficial
#2 Easy monitoring and analysing of inaccessible or dangerous environment continuation
very beneficial


please specify
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific Technological development
Economic Cheaper monitoring and analysing

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 Securtity risk - new espionage tools
beyond 2050 Use in health care - medical chips in hman body

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Legislation about placement of chips into human body
Academic/Research sector Technological research

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Diseases, health and well-being Medical chips in human body
Water security/vulnerability Water quality testing

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Nanosciences, nanotech, materials & new prod. tech.
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Addressing cohesion through a localised articulation between supply and demand
(e.g. making research institutions more engaged with their own context and local users; reinforcing knowledge flows into and out of regions; etc.
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.