Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal TumOr Recognition and therapy
  Funded by the European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme, Information Society Technologies Priority

EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Cell and tissue imaging, down to the molecular level, is the major occupation of the Microvision and microdiagnosis group (MVD) at EPFL. The proposed research activities and collaborations inside and outside EPFL correspond to the wish of developing life sciences abroad and of establishing "horizontal" links on themes of common interest. New coherent and incoherent imaging methods are developed actively in the MVD group in close connection to spectroscopy of biological material. Close cooperation with biologists at the life science department of EPFL and University is currently developed in MVD group in order to maintain its leadership in the field of tissue and cell imaging. The interdisciplinary approach opens revolutionary perspectives in tissue diagnosis and functional imaging of living cells and tissues. A major impact is expected in the field of cancer detection. The MVD contribution fits perfectly well with the VECTOR Project. The MVD contribution appears as a leading one in the fast developing context of genomics, associated with proteomics and cellomics, applied to diagnosis. In particular, it will contribute largely to the impact of innovative methods suitable for microsystems embarked in a capsule. MVD group is also an active member of the EPFL team participating in the European network of excellence (NE) "nano2life" (nanotechnologies applied to life sciences)
In the past ten years of activity, MVD group has developed pioneering works in the field of incoherent and coherent optical imaging: A new cell and tissue imaging technique called Digital Holographic Microscopy, has been invented for the determination of three-dimensional structure and constitution of living organisms, cells and tissues in particular. The technology is now commercialized.

Prof. Christian Depeursinge
Microvision & Microdiagnostics Group
BM 4.114
Station 17
1015 Lausanne / Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)21 693 61 77
Fax: +41 (0)21 693 37 01