TEHRAN, Jan. 10 (MNA) – Iranian researchers at University of Tehran have developed a nano-electronic chip dubbed ‘NELMEC’ that can detect circulating tumor cells in the bloodstream.
Researchers from Nano Oriented Bio-Electronic Lab at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, have developed a nano-electronic chip that for the very first time in the world can detect and distinguish circulating tumor cells in the bloodstream without any need for a biological indicator.
Mohammad Abdolahad, the project manager, said the nano-electronic chip enjoys the latest lab-on-a-chip technologies which are very small micron and nano-sized labs built on various materials and are able to analyze the composition of different materials like a complete biology laboratory.
“The NELMEC chip analyzes the blood sample and counts the number of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in people’s bloodstream,” he explained.
According to Abdolahad, the project commercialization phase is underway with the support of Vice-Presidency for Sciences and Technology in collaboration with Breast Cancer Research Center at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
The project’s USA patent has also been registered with the support of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC), he added.
The project has been completed with the collaboration of PhD student Ali Hosseini and MA student of electrical engineering Somayeh Zangeneh, assisted by Prof. Mohajerzadeh of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran.