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NG Detectors, An Innovative Sapienza Start-Up


Biomedical research, which increasingly exploits the knowledge and tools produced by digital technologies to produce innovative and unique products, aims to improve investigative methodologies and reduce diagnosis times.

NG Detectors, an innovative start-up, is currently focusing on the industrialisation of GonioProbe, a new-generation, guided radio surgery application based on the concept of the “goniometric scintigraphy probe” patented by Sapienza University and conceived by Roberto Pani, Professor of Medical Physics and Scientific Director of the start-up. The NG Detector is a surgical tool that is capable of rapidly and precisely identifying “sentinel lymph nodes” in mammary carcinoma.

“The precise identification and removal of this type of lymph node,” explains Professor Pani, “allows us to detect the spread of metastases and provides precious information for developing custom-tailored therapies. The new device is equipped with technology that rapidly guides surgeons towards the objective and provides a “lock on target” feature that ensures more-than-millimetric precision. The NG Detector will bring diagnostic reliability to 95%, consistently increasing survival rates and drastically reducing collateral damage such as lymphedema.”

Thanks to the innovative nature of its projects and the technical, scientific and managerial competences of its team, NG Detectors has already received public and private funding amounting to 1,431,000 euro. Moreover, in 2016, it was selected as one of the top forty international start-ups by “OneStart Europe.”

This year, the start-up has reached a new achievement. The Sapienza Gonioprobe patent was amongst the nine finalists of the first edition of the Italian Patent Competition, a competition that aims to promote projects that exploit the excellence of patents in the Life Sciences and Digital Area.

“The NG Detectors experience is a great example of research produced entirely by Sapienza university, from the idea, to the patent, and to the commercialisation of the research results. Technological and functional innovation,” explains Professor Pani, “are the characteristics that allow start-ups to enter the market competitively. And the exclusive patent will allow us to maintain a good competitive advantage.”