We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

Wearable Tumour Device in the U.S.

Image credits: research.gatech.edu

A compact, autonomous gadget with a flexible sensor that can be attached to the skin has been developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology along with Stanford University to measure the changing size of tumours beneath the skin.

The battery-operated, non-invasive device is sensitive to one-hundredth of a millimetre (10 micrometres) and can wirelessly transmit results to a smartphone app in real-time at the touch of a button.

According to the researchers, the device tag FAST short for Flexible Autonomous Sensor measuring Tumours represents an entirely novel, affordable, hands-free, and accurate method for testing the efficiency of anti-cancer medications. On a larger scale, it could lead to promising new cancer treatment possibilities.

Researchers test thousands of potential cancer treatments on mice with subcutaneous tumours each year. Few make it to human patients, and the process of discovering novel medicines is sluggish since technologies for evaluating the shrinkage of tumours in response to medication therapy require weeks to determine a response.

The inherent biological heterogeneity of tumours, the limitations of existing measurement methods, and the relatively small sample sizes make medication tests challenging and laborious.

Metal pincer-like callipers are not appropriate for measuring soft tissues, and radiological techniques cannot provide the continuous data required for real-time assessment. While calliper and bioluminescence tests frequently need weeks-long observation periods to read out changes in tumour size, FAST can detect changes in tumour volume on a minute-timescale.

The FAST sensor is comprised of a skin-like, elastic polymer with an embedded layer of gold circuitry. This sensor is attached to a small electronic backpack designed by Yasser Khan and Naoji Matsuhisa, two former post-docs and co-authors.

The device monitors the membrane’s strain, or how much it stretches or contracts, and transfers this information to a smartphone. Using the FAST backpack, possible therapies connected to tumour size reduction can be promptly and confidently ruled out as useless or expedited for further investigation.

According to the experts, the new device offers at least three substantial improvements. First, it allows continuous monitoring because the sensor is physically attached to the mouse and remains in place during the duration of the experiment.

Second, the flexible sensor envelops the tumour and is consequently able to measure difficult-to-detect changes in form that cannot be detected by other methods. FAST is autonomous and non-invasive. It is affixed to the skin like a bandage, is battery-powered and wirelessly connected.

Following sensor placement, the mouse is unconstrained by the gadget or wires and scientists are not required to actively touch the mice. FAST packs are also reusable, cost approximately $60 to assemble, and can be connected to a mouse in a matter of minutes.

The breakthrough is the flexible electronic material developed by FAST. The skin-like polymer is coated with a coating of gold, which, when stretched, generates microscopic fissures that alter the material’s electrical conductivity.

Stretching the material increases the number of cracks, which in turn raises the electrical resistance of the sensor. When the material compresses, the cracks reconnect, and conductivity is enhanced. Researchers defined how fracture propagation and exponential changes in conductivity might be theoretically linked to dimensional and volumetric changes.

The researchers had to overcome the risk that the sensor itself could skew results by providing excessive pressure on the tumour, thereby compressing it. To avoid this danger, they meticulously matched the mechanical properties of the flexible material to those of skin, making the sensor as malleable and pliable as actual skin.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

Send this to a friend