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The Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip (p-BNC) Technology

The programmable bio-nano-chip technology takes steps to bring in closer to wide-spread clinical practice. This 3 minute video describes current progress that is being made in the cardiac diagnostics and mobile health areas.


 MDACC Lecture

Rising Healthcare vs. Lowering Electronics Costs

Lecture for Cancer Prevention Grand Rounds

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
January 28, 2011


Translating Ideas into Impact

2010 Conference on Global Health Diagnostics
GHDx Innovations Summit
University of California, Berkeley
December 10, 2010

A one-day conference examining new frontiers in low-cost, point-of-care diagnostics for global health. This symposium features recent university and industry advances, as well as innovative networking sessions and partnership opportunities. Dr. McDevitt delivered a lecture on Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip Sensor Systems: from Humanitarian to Clinical Applications.


McDevitt Channel on YouTube

The McDevitt lab has recently established a YouTube Channel to feature new micro-medical devices that have emerged from the lab. These powerful mini-sensors have potential to reduce healthcare costs while at same time improving treatment for patients suffering from cancer, stroke, and cardiac diseases.


New 'Dentist' Test to Detect Oral Cancer Will Save Lives

 Press release  

University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

6 August, 2010

The following is a collection of international news bulletins about a lab-on-a-chip study being conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The two-year clinical trial seeks to perfect the bio-nano-chip technology developed by the McDevitt lab at Rice University and to make it as sensitive as possible.


KHOU-TV's 'Great Day Houston'

Medical Breakthroughs segment
June 21, 2010

Rice's John McDevitt and Chief of Cardiology Biykem Bozkurt at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are interviewed on the medical benefits of the bio-nano-chip.


Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip Sensors: Analytical Meets Clinical

ACS Publications: Analytical Chemistry
February 3, 2010, 82, 1571-1579

Managing Editor Jennifer Griffiths interviews John McDevitt about his cover feature on Programmable bio-nano-chip Sensors.

Diagnosing Heart Attacks Before They Strike

Ivanhoe Broadcast Network
January 1, 2010

Researchers in the McDevitt research laboratory are testing a new kind of diagnostic tool to quickly diagnose heart attacks 


Salivary diagnostics

NIH Podcast on Oral Cancer  

Interview with Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., from the NIDCR division of the NIH describes the future on salivary diagnostics and features the pioneering work of the McDevitt laboratories (video link).


Engineering Innovations

Radio interview (WTOP 103.5 FM)

National Academy of Engineering journalist Randy Atkins interviews John T. McDevitt about the new Texas-centered CARDIUS program that is developing next-generation saliva-diagnostics for heart attacks by testing a person's spit (MP3).


From Nano to Global: Bridging the Gaps in Health Care

Invited lecture

The Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Biomedical engineer John T. McDevitt discusses his bio-nano-chip research and its application in bridging gaps in global health care (video link).


A Universal Assay System Revealed

McDevitt Research Lab Demo 

For about four decades, flow cytometer instruments have been the dominant approach for sophisticated cell typing applications as required for HIV immune function testing. Unfortunately, over two thirds of the global HIV-AIDS problem is restricted to resource-poor settings where flow cytometry can reach on a small portion of the inflicted population.

The McDevitt laboratory, through a partnership with LabNow, has created a portable cellular processing unit that when paired with a universal analyzer can be used to make the HIV immune function measurements at the point-of-need. This video shows the traditional flow cytometer instrument juxtaposed to the new medical micro-device (video link).


Compact, Ruggedized Illumination System

McDevitt Research Lab Demo

A compact, ruggedized illumination system suitable for high-performance cellular and protein measurements is shown. Through collaboration between the McDevitt laboratory and LabNow, these powerful image analysis tools are being created for use both in resource poor settings as well as in traditional health care locations (video link).


Cutting Edge

ABC Nightly News

Peter Jennings and Gina Smith on ABC’s Nightly News feature a story on the “electronic tongue” developed by the McDevitt laboratory.

As this video highlights, the microchip sensor system had its origin in the complex testing of foods, beverages, and toxins. (video link).


The Tonight Show

The initial paper describing the micro-bead array sensor featured a complex vapor analysis using “electronic noses”. With this background in mind, the initial micro-bead array approach was naturally dubbed as the “electronic tongue”.

Interestingly, the public release of the electronic tongue terminology was picked up by several scientific and generic news agencies. Perhaps the most unusual coverage came form Jay Leno's opening monologue. Watch the movie and see how the work ended up in his monologue. Please note that the authors do not endorse these suggestions. Following this coverage, the new terminology of “electronic taste chip” was introduced into the literature (video link).