6 of the TOP 10 finalists of this year's TUM IDEAward are part of the ecosystem of our TUM Venture Lab! We have put together a short summary of the identity of these teams, their areas of expertise and the particular Venture Lab that supports their initiatives!
ExoSphere's offering caters to the worldwide demand for the early identification of aggressive cancers, with a particular emphasis on pancreatic cancer. The product, a microfluidic device for point-of-care use, swiftly detects cancer markers—specifically, exosomal markers and microRNAs—from blood samples. This process is non-invasive, accurate, and convenient. The dedication to early detection and precise patient outcomes contributes to enhanced patient survival rates.
ExoSphere's research and development are backed by three of our Labs: ChemSPACE, Additive Manufacturing, and Healthcare.
AIRGAE is at the forefront of developing sustainable and circular solutions tailored for the aquaculture sector. Through this technology, aquaculture proprietors can generate nutrient-rich feed by cultivating microalgae in their wastewater. This not only enhances the well-being of the fish but also contributes to a cleaner environment. The system ensures that farmed fish receive a comprehensive array of essential nutrients, spanning from proteins to oils, thereby promoting their overall health. Simultaneously, the wastewater from aquaculture serves as a natural fertilizer for the microalgae. This groundbreaking approach not only mitigates overfishing by diminishing dependence on fishmeal but also streamlines supply chains and substantially curtails CO2 emissions. Choose AIRGAE and become an integral part of the movement towards fostering more sustainable aquaculture practices, prioritizing animal health, and paving the way for a sustainable future for all.
The research and development of AIRGAE is supported by three of our Labs: Additive Manufacturing, Sustainability, and Food/Agro/Biotech.
Presently, our global reliance on over 8,000 active satellites for essential services like GPS, banking, and climate change monitoring impacts the lives of more than 7 billion people. Conversely, the persistence of space debris, comprising remnants of defunct satellites and rocket bodies, poses a long-lasting threat in orbit. Traveling at speeds exceeding 20,000 km/h (15 times faster than a bullet), these fragments have the potential to obliterate operational satellites upon collision. With such incidents on the rise each year and the debris population growing exponentially, a viable solution is imperative.
AcTLAbS endeavors to establish itself as a global leader in detection accuracy by developing space-based systems and software supported by cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms. Through these innovations, we aim to forecast and prevent satellite collisions, safeguarding critical space infrastructure essential for human safety and paving the way for space exploration in the generations to come.
AcTLAbs is supported by our Aerospace Lab.
Scentum employs quantum-based olfaction for molecular detection in both natural and industrial settings. Drawing inspiration from the highly sensitive olfactory organs of living organisms, our technology enables the identification and interpretation of odor molecules even at minimal concentrations. This presents a revolutionary alternative to traditional technologies like electronic noses, which depend on high concentrations of molecules and lack specificity.
Our technology finds diverse applications, ranging from the early diagnosis of diseases to the detection of hazardous substances and the exploration of active ingredients. With Scentum, we harness the power of quantum technology and biology to detect what remains imperceptible to the human nose.
The research and development efforts of Scentum receive support from our Quantum Lab.
IONSELECT is revolutionizing agriculture by introducing cutting-edge sensor technology that precisely and efficiently manages the application of slurry. This innovative technology empowers farmers to continuously monitor nutrient levels in real-time, leading to substantial resource and fertilizer cost savings. By preventing over-fertilization and optimizing yields, IONSELECT not only enhances efficiency but also provides farmers with a straightforward solution to comply with fertilizer regulations without added complexity.
The research and development of IONSELECT are supported by two of our Labs: ChemSPACE and Food/Agro/Biotech.
The global demand for spicy foods is on the rise, while climate change poses challenges to chili pepper production. Simultaneously, there is a growing need for natural, non-steroidal solutions to address health issues like arthritis, chronic pain, and obesity. Governments are striving to combat antibiotic resistance through legislation, yet livestock farmers face difficulties maintaining healthy animals without antibacterial drug supplements. What ties these challenges together? A biomolecule called capsaicin, found in hot chilies, holds the potential to address these issues, from pain-relieving creams to natural antibacterial agents in animal feed supplements.
Presently, capsaicin is either extracted from chili peppers in limited quantities or chemically synthesized using harmful solvents, limiting its broader applications due to the adverse environmental impact of the synthetic process. Kapsobi breaks away from these conventional methods by leveraging precision fermentation technology to enhance capsaicin production, providing an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative. Our objective is to offer manufacturers easily accessible, safe, and environmentally conscious spices, enabling the creation of more sustainable and safer products. At Kapsobi, we are dedicated to extensive research and innovation, aiming to revolutionize the spice industry and make a range of biomolecules available for a healthier planet.
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