What, Why, Who?
The working group Tech4Bio was born in 2013 as an ambitious initiative of several CNR researchers belonging to different Institutes and having different expertise and background, to promote the formation of a large scientific network in the fields of diagnostics, biosensing and, more generally, innovative technologies applied to Biology, Biophysics and Biomedicine.
On May 16th 2016, the initiative obtained a formal acknowledgment from the Directors of the founding institutes ISM, IDASC, ISC, IFN, IFT, and the Virtual Laboratory Tech4Bio has been established by means of a dedicated framework agreement.
The Tech4Bio Virtual Laboratory now operates as a diffused facility with the aim of promoting the transfer of expertise and research results between public and private, favouring the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and fostering the development of specific production realities at the local and national scale.
Tech4Bio is presently involved in a number of projects and collaborations on biochemistry, advanced microscopy, innovative sensing and diagnostic platforms, nano and micro scale material characterization for biomedical applications, lab and cell-on-chip devices, and has initiated in 2014 a series of annual meetings dedicated to Biophysics and related technologies (Biophysics@Rome).
I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning.