For more than eight decades, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has been Israel’s primary technological university and the largest center of applied research. Technion has earned a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in electronics, information technology, nano(bio)technology, materials engineering, water management, aerospace, etc. The LNBD group, headed by Prof. Hossam Haick, is ranked as one of the world’s premier research groups in the field of disease diagnosis by VOCs and nanomaterial-based artificially intelligent nanoarrays. Highly multi-disciplinary in nature, LNBD research combines knowledge from diverse fields, among them microelectronics, nanotechnology, microfluidics, machine learning, biochemistry, medicine, and genetics. Borrowing from these different disciplines, the laboratory develops novel solid-state and flexible devices/sensors, as well as electronic sensory nanoarrays for application in various areas. Healthcare diagnosis, consumer electronics, robotics and fitness, environmental monitoring and other fields. To realize its full potential, the laboratory has assembled a critical mass of partners from across the scientific, technical and commercial and public sectors, to develop intrinsically scientific and technologically-driven approaches.

Main tasks attributed in the A-PATCH project:

Technion is the coordinator of the A-PATCH project. Prof. Haick has a wide experience in coordinating international consortia, including the FP-7’s LCAOS, EuroNanoMed’s VOLGACORE and Horizon-2020’s SNIFFPHONE. In addition to coordination tasks, Technion will be leading WP2 and WP8.

Prof. Hossam Haick
A-PATCH Coordinator. Full Professor; F.M.W. Academic Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute.
Hossam Haick is a Full Professor in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an expert in the field of nanotechnology and non-invasive disease diagnosis. Prof. Haick is the recipient of the most prestigious awards in the world and a coordinator of few international consortia, including the FP-7’s LCAOS, EuroNanoMed’s VOLGACORE and Horizon-2020’s SNIFFPHONE. He is also the recipient of more than 70 international honors and prizes for his achievements, including a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (conferred by the French Government), the Advanced Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, the IChemE Global Award, the Sanford Kaplan Prize, the Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa) from the University of Haifa, etc. Prof. Haick was included in more than 80 top-rank listings worldwide, including the “MIT Technology Review” list of 35 leading young scientists in the world, the "50 Sharpest Israeli Minds", the world’s top-100 influential innovators in the Digital Technology by Nominet Trust (London, UK) and the top-100 influential people in the world by the GOOD Magazine (Los Angeles, USA). Prof. Haick also received the highest teaching awards granted by the Technion, including the “Yanai Prize for Academic Excellence”. The technologies developed by Prof. Haick and his team have led to the production of more than 42 patents and patent applications – many of which have been licensed to six international companies. Prof. Haick is the co-founder of FeelIT Ltd. and NanoVation-S.G. Ltd. – startup companies aiming to commercialize innovative non-invasive technology for monitoring vital signs in health. The research interests of Prof. Haick include nano-array devices for screening, diagnosis, and monitoring of disease, nanomaterial-based chemical (flexible) sensors, electronic skin, breath analysis, volatile biomarkers, and molecule-based electronic devices.

Dr. Rotem Vishinkin
A-PATCH scientific project leader
She received her Bachelor’s (2012) degree in Biochemical Engineering at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Rotem joined the group of Prof. Hossam Haick during her B.Sc. research project on development and characterization of chemical sensors based on field effect transistors of Si nanowires. In February 2018, Rotem obtained her direct Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering on non-invasive Tuberculosis  (TB) detection based on volatile organic biomarkers patterns, especially via human skin. Rotem obtained her MBA degree during 2019 at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Her research interests include the development of field effect transistors and gold nanoparticle-based sensors for sensing applications and detection of disease-related volatile biomarkers, using mass spectrometry methods and nano-arrays of chemical sensors. Her contribution to the A-PATCH project will focus on the scientific management and exploration and validation of skin VOCs linked with TB and non-TB states as well as with the validation of the A-PATCH sensors with pre-clinical and clinical samples.
Mrs. Liat Zuri
A-PATCH administrative coordinator
She received her B.Sc. degree in Biotechnology and Food Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1998. She received her MBA degree from the same institute in 2015. From 1998 -2010, she worked in the industry as MIS consultant. She implemented ERP in different companies, among them Alvarion, Itamar-Medical and Helioss Semiconductors. In 2010, she joined Prof. Haick’s group as an administrative manager. Liat has coordinated the administrative aspects of the FP7 project LCAOS since 2014. In addition, she manages several other EU-funded projects of Prof. Hossam Haick, including the FP7 project ERC (DIAG-CANCER), the Marie Curie project (EXT) AND SNIFFPHONE. Liat is currently the administrative coordinator of the Horizon2020 projects, A-PATCH and VOGAS.
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