Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year Award
The Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year Award, initiated by the Berlin-based Falling Walls Foundation, showcases and celebrates the most recent breakthroughs in science and society from all around the world. Awardees are selected by a jury comprising globally recognised experts in the fields.
The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. It has been hosting an annual conference since 9 November 2009, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event brings together the latest breakthroughs, outstanding science projects and bright minds behind them in 10 scientific, innovation, and humanistic categories.
Science Start-ups | Prof. Weitian Chen – Illuminatio Medical Technology: Non-invasive technology to diagnose liver fibrosis
In 2021, Prof. Weitian Chen and his team from the Faculty of Medicine was selected as one of the Finalists in the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year Award in the category of Science Start-ups.
Chronic liver disease (CLD) is a global health problem. The current gold standard for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis, a key CLD feature, is invasive biopsy. Current non-invasive methods still have limitations. The start-up develops a non-invasive MRI technology to directly measure relative collagen content in the liver to detect fibrosis. It does not need extra hardware or any contrast agent. It is convenient for routine clinical use, and for screening and treatment monitoring of liver fibrosis.