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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.10, October 2006

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1.   BioMarket Trends: Biosensor Markets Outperform Expectations

2.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest), No.10, October 2006

3.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

4.   New Recently Published MEMS and DSP Books

5.   Conferences

6.   Subscriber services

7.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


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Bullet BioMarket Trends: Biosensor Markets Outperform Expectations


In August 2002, Kalorama Information published the first edition of a report called “Medical and Biological Sensors and Sensor Systems: Markets, Applications and Competitors Worldwide.” Kalorama projected that the world biosensor market in 2005 would be near $2.3 billion. Revisiting this topic in 2006, the results of the second edition show an even better market picture, with actual revenues more than 25% above that projection. According to the current research, worldwide revenues for biosensors reached nearly $2.9 billion last year.


The surprising results stem from a number of unexpected developments. The most significant change in the market climate has been the breadth and depth of biosensor technology’s penetration into non-medical applications. Medical applications—especially the “killer app” of biosensors, glucose testing—have been the backbone of the biosensor industry, accounting for the majority of revenues.


More than 60% of the biosensor industry’s revenue is attributable to clinical applications including glucose, cholesterol, and coagulation monitoring. However, this percentage is down significantly from earlier projections, some of which projected medical application at more than 90% of revenues.


Surely some of the discrepancy among research findings can be attributed to the shifting definitions of what a biosensor really is. But the real changes in the market environment evolved from rapidly advancing technologies and some serious business challenges.

On the technology front, advances are too numerous to fully elucidate here, but biosensor products have evolved to be more optics-based and less electrochemical than projected. And during the last four years, the direction of biosensor R&D significantly changed in response to new biotechnology innovations in biocomplementary chemistry, surface characterization, molecular markers, and nanotechnology.


Microelectronics, embedded circuits (smart sensors), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and integrated optical MEMS have solved most sensor sensitivity problems. Also, progress in multiple sensor systems—each at different locations that communicate with one another, locate each other, and make decisions without the need for each to communicate to an external control center—may soon provide a means for simultaneously evaluating multiple markers instead of just one, which will have a major impact on clinical diagnostics and therapeutic monitoring. Microminiaturization trends will only enable these emerging technologies to expand their applications.


Steven Heffner

Genetic Engineering News, Vol. 26, No.16, 15 September 2006

http://www.genengnews.com/articles/chitem.aspx?aid=1864 (continuation is here)


Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest (ISSN 1726-5479), Vol. 72, No. 10, October 2006




1) Thermocouples vs. RTDs and Thermistors (Letter to Editor)

Jerry Gaffney, pp. 729-730


2) Modeling of an Aged Porous Silicon Humidity Sensor Using ANN Technique

Tarikul ISLAM, Hiranmay SAHA, pp.731-739


3) Optimized Design of Microresonators Using Genetic Algorithm

G.Uma, A. Girija, M. Umapathy, pp.740-753


4) MEMS Capacitive Thermal Sensor Sensitivity Investigation Using Full Factorial Design Method

Ghader Rezazadeh, Shahriar Kouravand, Mehdi Mehrban, pp.754-760


5) Optical Tomography: Infrared Tomography Sensor Configuration Using 4 Parallel Beam Projections

Ruzairi ABDUL RAHIM, PANG J.F, CHAN K. S., Mohd. Hafiz FAZALUL RAHIMAN, pp.761-768


6) Investigation of Glucose Non-Invasive Measurement Based on NIR Laser

Yingna Zheng, Nabil Gindy, pp. 769-785


7) Structural and Optical Properties of Chemical Bath Deposited CuIn(S,Se)2 Thin Films

R. H. Bari, L. A. Patil, pp.786-792



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Bullet Sensors Web Portal Up-Date Briefs




Bullet New MEMS and DSP Books


Smart Material Systems and MEMS, by Vijay Varadan, 
K. J. Vinoy, S. Gopalakrishnan


Digital Signal Processing with Field Programmable Gate Arrays

by Uwe Meyer-Baese


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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Hardcover: 418 pages

Pubdate: 23 October 2006

ISBN: 0470093617


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Publisher: Springer (2nd edition, with CD-ROM)

Hardcover: 527 pages

Pubdate: September 2006

ISBN: 3540211195


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Bullet Conferences


1) Nano & Micro Systems in Defence, 30-31October 2006, The Hatton, London (sponsored by IFSA)


SMi’s Nano & Micro Systems in Defence will provide a clear overview of the current programmes and latest developments in military research. Furthermore it will illustrate the increasing commercial aspect of nano and micro systems outlining current market trends and addressing issues such as patenting MNT technologies.

Topics will include:


·                  Smart Autonomous Systems

·                  Nanomaterials in Defence

·                  Quantum Computing

·                  Military Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

·                  Uniform and Armour for Future Battle Fields


Hear from industry leading experts including:


Professor Roland Decuypere, Visiting Professor, ERASMUS Institute, Brussels and retired Head of Department, IWT, Royal

Military Academy, Belgium

Dr Douglas Imeson, Programme Director, Physical Sciences, dstl

Dr Rafal W Zbikowski, Principal Research Officer, Department of Aerospace, Power and Sensors, Cranfield University (Defence

Academy Shrivenham)

Dr Jörg Schulze, Senior Consultant, Production Processes, Simulation and Risk Management Department, Siemens and Faculty

Member, University of the German Armed Forces

Shamik Das, Senior Nanosystems Engineer, Nanosytems Group, MITRE Corporation

Dr Steven Savage, Deputy Research Director, Functional Material, Swedish Research Agency (FOI)


IFSA Members are eligible for a £200 discount.

For more information simply visit: www.smi-online.co.uk/nanotech8.asp

Alternatively contact Teri Arri on Tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6162


2) AsiaSense 2007 - Asian Conference on Sensors, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 5 - 7 June 2007 




AsiaSense 2007 is the 3rd Asian Conference on Sensors. It is a meeting of scientists and engineers working in the highly dynamic field of sensors research, development and application.It is organized by the Division of Analytical Science of the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (Chemical Society of the Philippines) in cooperation with the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines) and the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies.


Goals of the Conference

  • To promote the growth of R & D work on sensors in the Asian region

  • To provide a platform for the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experience among participants coming from different parts of the world, particularly the Asia-Pacific region

  • To contribute towards the strengthening of the cooperation and collaboration among scientists and engineers sharing a common interest in the field of sensor technology

Scientific Scope


AsiaSense 2007 is an interdisciplinary forum, encompassing all aspects of sensors research, development and application. It is devoted to sensor-related areas, including:

  • Sensor materials

  • Sensing principles and modeling

  • Sensor and actuator systems

  • Physical sensors

  • Mechanical sensors

  • Optical sensors

  • Chemical sensors

  • Biosensors

  • Sensor characterization

  • Sensor applications

Deadline for four pages extended abstract: 10 February 2007

For more details, please download the conference flyer: Acrobat logo AsiaSense 2007 (136 Kb).


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