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Good health case studies

Detection of cancer cells in a microfluidic device

Benjamin Thierry, SA node - University of South Australia
Good health
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women.

Mending broken nerves with a 3D printer

Prof Gordon Wallace and A/Prof Peter Innis Materialsnode
Supporting: Good Health
3D printing is promised to provide a revolution in manufacturing, where everything you buy is personalised, from eye glasses, to jewellery, or bone prosthesis.

Microrobots that swim in human arteries

Prof James Friend, Vic node
Supporting: Good Health
Microrobots are making minimally invasive vascular surgery (MIVS) less risky.

A tiny 240 µm-diameter ultrasonic motor designed to navigate a micro-robot through human arteries has been fabricated at the ANFF. The technology, developed by Professor James Friend of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication,...

Making noise in medical device technology

ANFF Victorian node and Professor James Friend, Monash University
New means treating cancer and autoimmune diseases could be enabled by a nano-bio technology being developed at the ANFF’s Victorian node.

Guerrilla tactics in the war against cancer

ANFF Victorian node Dr Christina Cortez-Jugo, Monash University
ANFF Victoria therapeutic molecules into cancer cells, without harming healthy cells, remains a largely unsolved technological challenge.

Rapid point of care sensor for infectious disease discrimination

Sasi Kandasamy, Vic node with Biodetectors Pty Ltd and the Small Technologies Uptake Program (STUP)
Bead-based technologies are used in many applications including genetic screening, diagnostics, drug discovery and protein analysis. They allow for fast, specific, high-throughput analysis of target molecules.

Focused ion beam milling of biological cells


Detecting cancer

Douglas Mair and Yang Choon Lim - ANFF Victorian node
The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabricaiton are supporting a project to create a cantilever based biosensor to detect cancer biomarker antibodies.

These cantilevers are to be made from a photoactive material called SU8. MCN houses all the required tools under one roof that allows manufacture and...

MEMS multi-analyte chemical sensor

WA node - Good health, agriculture
ANFF-WA scientists have developed a platform technology which could be used for the non-invasive detection of lung cancer.

The micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) uses optical waveguides to produce a signal for very high sensitivity cantilever deflection measurements (better than Atomic Force Microscope)...

Microrobots that can swim in your blood

Materials node - Biomedical devices
The possibility of a doctor using tiny robots in your body to diagnose and treat medical conditions is one step closer to becoming reality.

Microrobots would aid greatly in the practice of non-invasive and exploratory surgery by accessing parts of the cardiovascular system in a safer and less invasive way than conventional...

Flu detection in less than an hour

Prof Tanya Monro, OptoFab – commercializing their technology
Biomedical devices
ANFF scientists at the OptoFab node have developed a device which may be able to prevent a bird flu pandemic.

The biosensor, developed by Tanya Monro and Alexandre Francois from the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide,...


Prof Mark Kendall, ANFF-Q and Vaxxis - Biomedical devices
ANFF has a vital role in the translation of health research into real world applications for the general public. One of the large projects that ANFF-Q is involved in that falls into this category, is the development of the Nanopatch. This research effort, headed by Prof.