The capsule that detects and treats cancer

Intestinal cancer is one of the most fatal types of cancer. Indeed, it is a subtle killer. 

In most cases intestinal cancer develops over the course of several years in the form of polyps or flat neoplasms. If they are detected in time, they can be removed with minor surgical intervention and will not give rise to cancer. It is therefore extremely important that the condition is recognized before it becomes malignant and spreads throughout the body. 

Our VECTOR project involves the development of endoscopic capsules which reduce the discomfort of the patient during medical screening. This, in turn, will lead to a greater acceptance of screening procedures among people who, today, are unwilling to undergo coloscopy. 

The project consortium, consisting of 18 European industrial and research partners, develops new microtechnology for providing capsule endoscopes of the next generation, including innovative locomotion concepts, highly integrated medical sensor systems, localization technologies as well as therapy concepts.

This European collaboration is focused on the new and further development of microsystem components, miniaturized robotic systems and minute sensor applications in order to produce disruptive innovations in a continuously growing sector of cancer prevention.  These products will add to the significance of European biomedical technology on the world market and will, in particular, strengthen the European domestic economy as well as exports.  

Project information

Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal Tumor Recognition and Therapy (VECTOR)

Framework Programme
Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6)

FP6 Activity Area
Information Society Technologies (IST)

FP6 Programme
"Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area (2002-2006)"

Type of Project
Integrated Project (IP)

Project Duration
01 September 2006 – 31 August 2010 (48 months)

Project Coordinator
novineon Healthcare Technology Partners GmbH

Project Website