Agorize Blog

Digital disruption in the healthcare sector is occurring at an unprecedented rate through the discovery, invention and revolutionization of innovative solutions to approach global healthcare. Medical and pharmaceutical companies, such as Astellas Pharma, are at the forefront of such change. Their collaboration with startups has engendered a limitless potential within the HealthTech industry waiting to be discovered and unleashed. 
With the latest microfluidic chip technology, the device can detect the virus in just 40 minutes from sampling to testing, compared to the currently-used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology which takes between 1.5 to 3 hours. Unlike conventional large-scale PCR devices which use semiconductor to heat up testing samples, the team led by Prof. WEN Weijia from HKUST’s Department of Physics developed a novel silicon-based micro-heater module for the purpose.
Back in June 2019, Ivan Lopes, a Telecom SudParis-student started a 3-month-internship within the Agorize R&D team. Coming from South of France, Ivan chose to grow his skills during the summer in Paris instead of enjoying some relaxing time by the beach. Let’s meet him!