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


The project pursues the goal of realizing smart pill technologies and applications for gastrointestinal (GI) diagnosis and therapy.

Cancers of the digestive tract are among the most significant killers in developed countries, with colon cancer ranging among the top 10 causes of death for both genders, male and female. If the disease is detected at the stage of pre-malignancy, local therapy, such as tissue resection or destruction, can be used to eradicate the disease before malignant transformation and the onset of invasive cancer.

The overall medical goal of the project is to enable medical devices through advanced technology that can dramatically improve early detection and treatment of GI early cancers and cancer precursors.

The main technological objective of the project is to innovate microsystems components, micro-robotic technologies and sensor devices for novel applications in the medical field.

The primary market goal of the project is to provide ground-breaking technology leads and platform technologies to European biomedical companies for future conversion into competitive novel products. This shall support the European biomedical industry in the international medical device market and help build up a franchise in the booming sector of cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment technologies.

The structure of the project is focused on the creation of technology platforms based on the medical requirements. These technology platforms will be leveraged in two ways. First and primarily, they will be used to realize smart capsules in different versions, dedicated to the different medical needs. Second, the platforms will be used to create derivative devices, not necessarily capsules, but endoscopic medical devices using the technologies created in the project.





Graduate from Reutlingen University is granted Otto-Johannsen Award for his work within the VECTOR project

VECTOR project presented at 4th Robotics Day in Ulm (Germany) | March 10, 2011

RTL Nachtjournal report on VECTOR project in colon cancer screening

VECTOR project presented on German radio

EPFL presents VECTOR project to attendees of NCCBI of Switzerland

German broadcast report on VECTOR project

German MedTec Journal reports on use of industrial robots within VECTOR

VECTOR project presented during the open doors of the EPFL in Lausanne

The VECTOR project receives "Best Exhibit Award" on ICT 2010 conference in Brussels

VECTOR attracts public attention: VECTOR technologies for painless endoscopy on German TV show

VECTOR partners from KU Leuven, Belgium, and FORTH, Greece, receive "Best Paper Award"

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

The VECTOR project exhibits at the ICT 2010 conference as STAR project on invitation by the European Commission

EC grants STAR status to the VECTOR project as exhibitor on ICT 2010 conference in Brussels

Final report of MNBS 2010 meeting issued

Comprehensive reports on VECTOR project on Deutschlandfunk radio and in the internet

VECTOR project exhibits latest prototypes and organizes symposium at pHealth 2010 conference in Berlin, May 26-28, 2010

VECTOR partner from Barcelona receives Best Paper Award at DCIS'09 in Zaragoza, Spain, for their paper on the development of an integrated circuit enabling active locomotion in capsular endoscopy

SMIT conference 2009, Sinaia, Romania,
7-9 October 2009:
Technology Award 2009 for outstanding development goes to the VECTOR Consortium

VECTOR takes centre stage in reports and interviews of Ralf Krauter with Marc Schurr in Munich at the World Congress of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering on 09.09.09

Innovative approach to active locomotion for capsular endoscopy in the gastric district

Marc O. Schurr, novineon, invited to present VECTOR project at World Congress of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Munich, 09.09.2009

VECTOR project presented at 2009 Korea-EU Joint Workshop in Seoul, Korea

New success in smart capsule technology: European collaboration yields the first OTSC clip release via telemetric endoscopic capsule

Tiny medical implant developed in Tuebingen - microtechnologies from the EU project VECTOR facilitate early detection of acute bleeding in the GI tract.

VECTOR: New Frontiers of Capsule Endoscopy – Project members present intermediate results at scientific VECTOR project session at the SMIT conference in Vienna;
28 - 30 August 2008

Report on 245,000 screening colonoscopies in Bavaria, Germany

Research and Expectations about Capsule Endoscope Systems in Diagnosis and Therapy

VECTOR project presented at scientific conferences on oncological and bariatric surgery