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


August 2011
Graduate from Reutlingen University is granted Otto-Johannsen Award for his work within the VECTOR project
Since 1981, Reutlingen University, Germany, grants the Otto-Johannsen Award to the best graduates of the year who were able to demonstrate practicability, a high level of innovativity and a significant scientific contribution in their theses. This year, Daniel Lang received the Otto-Johannsen Award for his master thesis about novineon's bleeding detection project. In his work, Daniel Lang developed a system concept for 24/7 monitoring of patients with the bleeding detection implant. The work was carried out within the scope of the VECTOR project.

March 2011
VECTOR project presented at 4th Robotics Day in Ulm (Germany) | March 10, 2011
On behalf of the VECTOR consortium Dr. Sebastian Schostek holds a lecture on R&D in the framework of this EU project on this year’s 4th Robotics Day in Ulm (Germany). In his presentation he expands on the experience of novineon Healthcare Technology Partners GmbH with an industry robot as a platform for medical research. The Ulm Robotics Day is a yearly held conference of the Hochschule Ulm where experts from science and industry report and discuss the latest developments in automotion technology and robotics.

February 2011
RTL Nachtjournal report on VECTOR project in colon cancer screening
In a report on the future of colon cancer screening RTL Nachtjournal, a daily news, reported on the use of capsule endoscopes in colon cancer screening. They describe the important role of endoscopic exploration in colon cancer screening and present future technologies developed within the framework of the VECTOR project. In an interview, Prof. Marc O. Schurr explains his vision of the 'operating room travelling through the body'. Marc O. Schurr is the coordinator of the VECTOR project sponsored by the European Union.
You can view the article under

January 2011
The VECTOR project presented on German radio
The VECTOR project has been presented on the German radio channel SWR4. Prof. Marc O. Schurr and Dr. Sebastian Schostek explain how the technologies developed within the VECTOR project will contribute to the fight against digestive cancer by reducing discomfort during endoscopic cancer screening.
Here is the MP3 (in German)

December 2010
EPFL presents VECTOR project to attendees of NCCBI of Switzerland
The Microvision & Microdiagnostics group of Professor DEPEURSINGE at EPFL presents the optical solutions and demonstrators developed for the VECTOR project during a laboratory visit tour organized for the attendees of the 3rd NCCBI annual meeting (National Competence Center in Biomedical Imaging) carried out at EPFL on November 29th and 30th. This meeting regrouped ~150 advanced and young researchers from the most famous Swiss academic institutions.
For more information on NCCBI, see

November 2010
German broadcast report on VECTOR project
On 22 November 2010 the arts section of SWR2 reported on the VECTOR project in ‚SWR2 Matinée’. Prof. Marc Schurr and Dr. Sebastian Schostek outline capsule endoscopy within VECTOR from the medical and technological views. The results of the project are presented in a wider social context on capsules in general: "Little world of its own – The capsule principle"
Excerpts of the radio transmission are available under the following link (in German only):

November 2010
German MedTec Journal reports on use of industrial robots within VECTOR
DeviceMed, issue 11/2010, reports about the use of industrial robots for conducting research in the field of medical robotics. DeviceMed is a German-language trade magazine serving the manufacturers of medical devices. For conducting research on active capsule locomotion, the VECTOR partners use industrial robots in order to capitalize on robust technologies which is easily adaptable to changing experimental environments. The article reports on the experience with the use of industrial robots in research and development.
The article is available online (in German only): or as pdf

November 2010
VECTOR project presented during the open doors of the EPFL
In the framework of their dissemination activity, the Microvision & Microdiagnostics Group within the Advanced Photonics Laboratory of the Swiss Polytechnical School of Lausanne (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL) regularly presents the VECTOR project during lab visits organized mostly for schools (2 - 3 times per year) but also for groups of acadamic visitors. A highlight of their activity were the open doors of the EPFL which was widely commented in the media and had attracted around 30,000 people.
For more information (in French only), please follow the link below:

September 2010
The VECTOR project receives "Best Exhibit Award" on ICT 2010 conference in Brussels
The VECTOR project is winner of the "Best Exhibit Award" of the European Commission's conference on Information and Communication Technologies ICT 2010. Out of more than 200 exhibitors, VECTOR received the majority of votes from the visitors of the ICT 2010 conference. This year, the traditional "Best Exhibit Award" is sponsored by Intel. Dr. Sebastian Schostek, head of research and development at novineon GmbH, accepts the award on behalf of the VECTOR consortium during an official award ceremony. The award was presented by Antti Peltomäki (European Commission), Vincent van Quickenborne (Belgian Minister for Economy and Simplification) and Prof. Martin Curley (Director of Intel Labs Europe).

September 2010
VECTOR attracts public attention: VECTOR technologies for painless endoscopy on German TV show
The VECTOR project has been presented on the German TV show named "Einfach Genial" on Tuesday, September 28 at 19.50 on channel "mdr". The show reports on the technological advances of VECTOR towards painless endoscopy and its potential impact on gastrointestinal cancer management. Prof. Marc O. Schurr, coordinator of the VECTOR project, and the team of the company novineon demonstrated the technology to the public audience. In an interview, he states: "Endoscopic screening is key in the fight against gastrointestinal cancer. The goal of the VECTOR project is to convince the broad population to undergo this procedure by offering a painless alternative to today's conventional endoscopes."
For more information (in German), please follow the link below:

September 2010
VECTOR partners from KU Leuven, Belgium, and FORTH, Greece, receive "Best Paper Award"
The work on wireless power transmission and vibratory locomotion for capsule endoscopy within the VECTOR consortium has been awarded during the Eurosensors XXIV conference in Linz, taking place from September 5-8 2010. The groups from KU Leuven, Belgium, and FORTH, Greece, were awarded the first prize for the best oral presentation:
R Carta, N Pateromichelakis, J Thone', M Sfakiotakis, DP Tsakiris and R Puers "A Wireless Powering System for a Vibratory-Actuated Endoscopic Capsule"

September 2010
novineon presented as "European Success Story"
Interview with Prof. Marc O. Schurr

Within the scope of the ICT 2010 event, the European Commission presents novineon as "European Success Story". In an interview given at the ICT 2010 conference in Brussels, Prof. Marc O. Schurr elaborates on the role of European research programmes for today's business of novineon.
He states: "EU funding has been key for the technological success we have achieved in developing medical technology. A relevant part of our developments would have hardly been possible outside of EU projects. Besides the financial dimension of helping our R&D work, networking with partners has been the greatest benefit."
For the full interview, please click on the following link:

September 2010
The VECTOR project exhibits at the ICT 2010 conference as STAR project on invitation by the European Commission
The European Commission has invited the VECTOR project to present its results in research and development of wireless endoscopes for painless endoscopy at the ICT 2010 conference in Brussels, taking place from 27th to 29th of September. The VECTOR project received the status of a STAR project from the European Commission, which attracts particular attention to the VECTOR exhibit.
The VECTOR exhibit presents novel robotic technologies for painless endoscopy. The interactive demonstration prepared by the project partners novineon and Ovesco allowed the visitors to take over control of a wireless capsule endoscope and to travel through an artificial organ. The VECTOR exhibit attracted more than 300 visitors per day of all levels, from students to senior researchers, high level managers and representatives of the European commission. The ICT 2010 event attracts about 6.000 visitors. The comprehensive scientific programme and exhibition addresses European topics of society, technology and politics related to the information and communication technologies of today and the future.

July 2010
The European Commission grants the 'STAR project' status to the VECTOR project as exhibitor on the forthcoming ICT 2010 conference in Brussels
The ICT 2010 conference, taking place on September 27-29, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium, organized by the European Commission, is the most visible forum for research and innovation in the field of information and communication technologies in Europe. The VECTOR project, as one of the exhibitors at this event, received the status of a 'STAR project', by demonstrating its distinguished role within the European research community.
More information:

June 2010
Final report of MNBS 2010 meeting issued
The European Commission has issued the final report of the 2010 MNBS meeting in Neuchâtel, February 15-16 2010, where also the VECTOR project was presented.

May 2010
Comprehensive reports on VECTOR project on Deutschlandfunk radio and in the internet
In a detailed interview with Prof. Dr. Marc O. Schurr and Dr. Sebastian Schostek of novineon Healthcare Technology Partners GmbH, Deutschlandfunk radio reports on the presentation of the VECTOR project at pHealth 2010 in Berlin.
Schwimmende Pille | Die Zukunft der Darmspiegelung. Von Volkart Wildermuth
Here you can listen to the interview | mp3

May 2010
VECTOR project exhibits latest prototypes and organizes symposium at pHealth 2010 conference in Berlin, May 26-28, 2010
The pHealth conference is a leading international event in technologies for personalized health care and focuses on smart systems, micro and nano technologies, smart textiles, telemedicine and other technologies to improve the future of medicine.

November 2009
VECTOR partner from Barcelona receives Best Paper Award for their paper on the development of an integrated circuit enabling active locomotion in capsular endoscopy
O. Alonso, L. Freixas and A. Dieguez from the Department of Electronics at the University of Barcelona have been conferred the Best Paper Award at the Conference on Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems (DCIS) 2009. Angel Dieguez and his team have developed and presented an integrated circuit particularly suited for driving a robotic capsular endoscope. The DCIS'09 Steering Committee selected their paper entitled ‘Enabling Active Locomotion in Capsular Endoscopy’ in recognition of the ‘research paper quality, originality and significance’. The XXIV DCIS Co