Iranian Research Plan Ranks 1st in EUvsVirus Hackathon 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 10:42

In a form of an international teamwork, PhD student of Nanobiotechnology from Tarbiat Modares University has succeeded to present a research project which aims at developing a quick screening device to detect if humans exhale SARS-CoV-2 virus particles using an optical detection scheme.

According to an ISCA report, the EUvsVirus Hackathon is a European Commission initiative that is open to everyone around the world. Together with the European society, the European Commission is looking for solutions to challenges related to the Corona virus. Innovators from all industries as well as socially committed citizens took part in the the first pan-European hackathon between April 24th and 26th.

The EUvsVirus Hackathon Jury identified the best solutions to support European and global in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. In collaboration with private and public partners from Europe and beyond, the group is awarding the best teams and solutions per domain as well as a winner and two runner-ups for each of the 37 challenges; altogether 117 out of 2160 solutions.

In this regard, the research plan of Marzieh Moosazadeh, PhD student of Nanobiotechnology in Tarbiat Modares University, which is Instant SARS-CoV-2 breathalyzer, in cooperation with a team of researchers from France, Germany, the United States and Turkey could rank first in the section of Health & Life, in the section of Cheap Rapid Tests.

Under #EUvsVirus, the hackathon offers a common organizational and technical framework in which the participants can get involved online and develop working prototypes and solutions for technically, politically, and socially relevant issues with regard to the Corona crisis. It aims at commonly developing innovative solutions e.g. high tech, low tech, hardware, software, using biotech, digital tech, societal science and other innovation domains.

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