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Build a scientific grade instrument used in physiological and medical studies to probe dynamic mechanical properties of biological systems, from organs to sub-cellular structures. Different types of displacement/force transducers can be included with this system. They are all variations of optical fiber-based displacement/force transducer, point-contact, unidirectional and transversal (see classification)
The system would be provided with all necessary components for sample manipulation, a container for physiological media in which experiments are performed, a visualization system, and software for data acquisition, visualization, analysis and management.
- Build the entire system. Almost done.
- Test and characterize transducers. In progress at Montreal Heart Institute
- Perform proof of concept and philological experiments. In progress at Montreal Heart Institute
- Produce a few scientific publications with data produced by our system. This will give our system exposure and the credibility to address the market.
- Deploy our system on the world market.
- Build teams of specialists in different key locations around the world to insure installation and support.
- Technical level Tactus (Ivan), Jonathan, Frederic, and Tibi.
- 3D modeling Daniel .
- Business relations and branding Tactus (Francois).
- Manufacturing: Frederic
- Felix Blyakhman, Biomedical Physics and Engineering Department, Ural State University
- Maksim Skorobogatiy, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
- OPTECH Montreal, Cegep Andre Laurendeau
In the short term the partner will pay for the development, the installation, for maintenance and consumables (transducers). The money will come from research funds. In the long term revenue will come from installing and maintaining similar systems around the world.
- Every member participating in this project will be rewarded according his/her involvement.
- Members involved on marketing and branding will also get a cut of sells.
- A cut is also allocated to members operating in the social space, helping our comunity to grow and improving the image of our community.
- Members involved in installing and maintaining systems around the world will get compensated according to the time they put in.
Tools, activities, and processes
For now all activities for this project are bundled with the other general activities. As the project develops we'll allocate a separate space for communication and coordination, a separate folder in our database, and so on.
Skills and resources needed
- Our short-term plans are to move away from proprietary hardware.
- We need to work on the portable scientific instrument.
- We also need some help to integrate the sensor with all the hardware into a hand-held device (3D model coming soon).
We are now offering a generic and modular automation software (LabView 8.5) that integrates imaging, motion, dosing, and data acquisition devices. This program was also extended for data characterization, data conditioning, and data analysis. It was written by Tibi and is offered through the IAC, an open community. Our short-term goal is to move away from proprietary platforms like LabView and to use only open source. We'll start with a simple program for data acquisition and control. We are already looking at ImageJ and microManager, and others.