The EU has granted €9m for the development of a lab-on-chip to detect neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

A consortium of 18 partners will take up the development of the device, with the project led by DTU Nanotech, a department at the Technical University of Denmark.

Project coordinator professor Jörg Peter Kutter said the EU contribution has made it possible to gather together Europe’s leading experts to concentrate on a very challenging task.

“Hopefully the diagnostic devices developed through the project will quickly make their way into the hospitals and doctor’s offices around Europe,” Kutter said.