A Saudi engineer won the “Innovators Under 35” award for developing a microchip that can detect different types of cancer in the body.
Dana Al-Sulaiman is an assistant professor of material science and bioengineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
According to MIT Technology Review Arabia’s website, she was awarded for her work, described as “a functional hydrogel-coated micro needle platform.”
The 28-year-old told the Alekhbariya channel “it is a small chip made of micro needles covered with a substance that is placed on the skin.”
It enables rapid and non-invasive sampling and detection of cancer-specific biomarkers from the skin’s interstitial fluid.
Al-Sulaiman’s invention has been granted a U.S. patent.