Towards safe innovations in Nanodiagnostics
The DeDNAed project is guided by safety and sustainability-by-design (SSbD) principles (WP7 task 7.2) to ensure the production of sustainable and intrinsically safe products. As part of the development and innovation process, clarity about the safety of new technologies is one of the most important prerequisites for technology acceptance. Integration of nanoscale dimension materials in the biosensor composition such as gold nanoparticles, atomic cluster based bioreceptors, DNA origami structures and nanostructured surfaces requires the assessment of chemicals, materials and processes. Additionally, the production and disposal of single-use devices poses significant challenges for the environment and human health. This needs to be addressed in the following decade not only because most of the devices are commonly manufactured from unsustainable polymeric materials but also because many devices contain toxic chemicals and/or materials that can harm the environment and be dangerous for human health if not disposed of safely. SSbD offers some solutions to incorporate considerations at an early stage of development while reducing environmental impacts in research and product development while ideally improving product performance, reliability, and controlled manufacturing processes; this also serves the economic sustainability of advanced materials.
A poster was presented at the BMT2022 Conference in Innsbruck on September 28th, and a non-scientific article appeared in the BNN QUARTERLY newsletter under the focus topic “Nanomedicine” in October 2022.