Photonic and plasmonic sensing may collectively address unmet medical diagnostic needs when implemented in the context of integrated optics. On one side, Photonic integrated circuits (PIC) technology allows the integration of multiple optical components onto the same substrate, enabling fast measurement, multi-functionality, miniaturization, and scalability. On the other side, plasmonic sensors can boost the specifications of diagnostic solutions like sensitivity (strong light-analyte interaction) and small sample volume requirements (ultra-small sensing area). Bringing the best of those worlds onto a CMOS- compatible PIC platform can meet those goals while offering lower production cost and high-volume manufacturing of disposable chips. We will present Bialoom’s unique silicon-plasmophotonic biosensing technology that enables monolithic co-integration of CMOS-compatible Mach Zehnder interferometers with plasmonic transducers into robust, stable and flexible biosensor PICs. We will review the capabilities of this technology and we will present the progress towards the development of a powerful plasmo-photonic diagnostic biochip towards immediate diagnosis of acute infections.
Dimitris Tsiokos obtained his BEng degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton, and his MSc degree in Optics & Photonics from Imperial College London. In 2007 he completed his PhD at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Ever since, Dimitris held various research positions developing photonic technologies for telecommunications, optical interconnects and bio-applications. After nearly 10 years as a Principal Researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, his passion for innovation in health and medical technologies led him to the founding of bialoom, a photonic biosensing technology startup that aims to accelerate diagnosis of acute infections. His technological interest spin around silicon photonics, plasmonics, biosensing and point of care diagnostics. Dimitris has authored and co‐authored more than 70 publications in peer‐reviewed journals and international conference proceedings, 4 book chapters and 3 patents.