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

PROJECT SUMMARY

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.

 

 

 

NEWS

08.2011
Graduate from Reutlingen University is granted Otto-Johannsen Award for his work within the VECTOR project

03.2011
VECTOR project presented at 4th Robotics Day in Ulm (Germany) | March 10, 2011

02.2011
RTL Nachtjournal report on VECTOR project in colon cancer screening

01.2011
VECTOR project presented on German radio

12.2010
EPFL presents VECTOR project to attendees of NCCBI of Switzerland

11.2010
German broadcast report on VECTOR project

11.2010
German MedTec Journal reports on use of industrial robots within VECTOR

11.2010
VECTOR project presented during the open doors of the EPFL in Lausanne

09.2010
The VECTOR project receives "Best Exhibit Award" on ICT 2010 conference in Brussels

09.2010
VECTOR attracts public attention: VECTOR technologies for painless endoscopy on German TV show

09.2010
VECTOR partners from KU Leuven, Belgium, and FORTH, Greece, receive "Best Paper Award"

09.2010
novineon presented as "European Success Story" Interview with Prof. Marc O. Schurr

09.2010
The VECTOR project exhibits at the ICT 2010 conference as STAR project on invitation by the European Commission

07.2010
EC grants STAR status to the VECTOR project as exhibitor on ICT 2010 conference in Brussels

06.2010
Final report of MNBS 2010 meeting issued

05.2010
Comprehensive reports on VECTOR project on Deutschlandfunk radio and in the internet

05.2010
VECTOR project exhibits latest prototypes and organizes symposium at pHealth 2010 conference in Berlin, May 26-28, 2010

11.2009
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

10.2009
SMIT conference 2009, Sinaia, Romania,
7-9 October 2009:
Technology Award 2009 for outstanding development goes to the VECTOR Consortium

09.2009
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

09.2009
Innovative approach to active locomotion for capsular endoscopy in the gastric district

09.2009
Marc O. Schurr, novineon, invited to present VECTOR project at World Congress of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Munich, 09.09.2009

03.2009
VECTOR project presented at 2009 Korea-EU Joint Workshop in Seoul, Korea

12.2008
New success in smart capsule technology: European collaboration yields the first OTSC clip release via telemetric endoscopic capsule

10.2008
Tiny medical implant developed in Tuebingen - microtechnologies from the EU project VECTOR facilitate early detection of acute bleeding in the GI tract.

08.2008
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

07.2008
Report on 245,000 screening colonoscopies in Bavaria, Germany


05.2008
Research and Expectations about Capsule Endoscope Systems in Diagnosis and Therapy


04.2008
VECTOR project presented at scientific conferences on oncological and bariatric surgery