New performance of the Grenoble team at the iGEM 2019 competition

Congratulations to the entire Grenoble team, which once again distinguished itself at the end of October in Boston during the iGEM 2019 (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition) organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year 2019, the world's largest synthetic biology competition brought together nearly 4500 students in 353 multidisciplinary teams.




Thanks to the "Neurodrop" project, the 13 students from the University of Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Grenoble INP-Phelma, Grenoble INP Ensimag, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) and Sciences Po won the Gold Award and 3 exceptional nominations: "Best diagnostics project, Best software tool, Best new composite part".

The 2019 Grenoble project ? Demonstrate that biomarker detection is possible in tears. Because of the spatial proximity of the lacrimal glands and cranial nerves, they can contain many biological markers. Tear fluid sampling could then become a non-invasive technique for diagnosing patients with neurodegenerative disorders. The idea of the project, to develop an innovative synthetic biosensor, which, coupled with an intelligent hardware device, will allow the detection of biomarkers in a few microlitres of the weapon.


bulletIntroduction of the team :

igem presentation


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Thanks to the supervisors, Claire Durmort from Institut de Biologie Structurale, Pierre Cavailles and Audrey Legouellec from TIMC laboratory, and thanks to advisors Romy Rouzeau phd student at IBS, and Clément Caffaratti phd student at TIMC.


Thanks also to the sponsors who made it possible to finance the purchase of necessary equipment and travel to Boston: UGA, Grenoble INP, Fondation UGA, Fondation Grenoble INP, UFR de Pharmacie, TIMC, fonds de dotation Clinatec, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, CROUS, IDEX and ComUE, and companies: Crédit Mutuel, Promega, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Euromedex, Microsynth, Micorsynth, IDt, Biolabs, Carl Roth, Geneious Prime, Euromedex, STEF, Jean Bioscience, Addgene, Twist.


Congratulations to all !

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