Two winners of the annual SEIS (Türkiye Sağlık İşverenleri Sendikası) National Medical Systems Project Awards went to UNAM National Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology of Bilkent University in 2011. The “Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging System” developed by the research group of Doç.Dr. Aykutlu Dana won the first place, while the project titled “Nanofibers inducing improved recovery of scars” by Yrd. Doç. Dr. Mustafa Özgür Güler and Yrd. Doç.Dr. Ayşe Begüm Tekinay won the third place.
The Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) imaging system developed by Dr. Dana and his students is used to measure molecular binding on metallic surfaces. Using the system, the presence and interactions of biomolecules such as proteins, DNA or RNA can be monitored. Monitoring of such molecules and their interactions have wide applications in diagnosis and other fields related to molecular biology The system can be used in a large number of fields, including drug development, diagnosis, environmental monitoring. Although similar systems exist in the market, these are typically expensive and are imported. Development of such a system domestically, reduces dependence on imports and brings an important economical advantage, thereby enabling greatly increased research capability in related fields. The team that developed the system consists of MS and PhD students currently pursuing degrees at UNAM. The team spent considerable effort in developing the system, working on optical, mechanical, electronics, microfluidic and software components. The result is a portable SPR system, that can be operated by a netbook through a simple USB connection. The team is now working on developing further portable analytical systems that can find application in on-site chemical analysis and sensing.
SEIS (Türkiye Sağlık Endüstrisi İşverenleri Sendikası), established in 2003, aims to support companies in the field of Medical Systems for sustainable and profitable operation and growth. SEIS also represents the sector in the determination of national policies on health.