Leaders throughout history from Roman emperors to Adolf Hitler employed food tasters to ensure their food was not poisoned. Now imagine if we could use pigmented bacteria that change colour when they encounter heavy metals or toxins in food or water, to act as biosensors that tell us if it’s safe or otherwise. This was the focus of one of the winning projects that secured the Gold Award in the TP Innovation Competition 2014, submitted by three Biotechnology students.
The competition, open to all TP students, encourages them to create novel and innovative solutions to local and global issues. 17 projects in total, ranging from eco-solutions and social inventions to practical electronic gadgets, won awards in the competition, the hard work of 51 Biotechnology, Business Process & Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechatronics students.