A Point-of-Care Monitoring System for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Progression

Student: Jonathan Freise, 2015-2016

Sponsor: Nanosyth Materials and Sensors, Salt Lake City, UT

Nanosynth Materials and Sensors has developed an innovative screening platform that uses a nanotechnology-based sensor with real-time disease analytics. The platform houses titanium dioxide nanotubes in a small handheld device that has potential application for detecting numerous diseases. The sensor utilizes a non-invasive and cost effective method for detecting biomarkers associated with diseases in under 10 minutes. Since the electrochemical detection of biomarkers works in a highly portable device, it is well suited for widespread adoption. This project will focus on the application of the device in analyzing patient's’ serum for biomarkers associated with progression from dry to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Specifically, thesis work will consist of examining the commercial and clinical viability of this application.