Technion Prof. Hossam Haick and the SniffPhone project – innovative technology for rapid and noninvasive medical diagnostics — have been selected for the Nominet Trust 100 list, which includes the 100 digital developments that had the greatest effect on society in 2015. This list honors individuals and organizations for digital technologies that contribute to society.

The SniffPhone system – a smartphone-linked technology aimed at rapid diagnosis of cancer and other diseases based on the subject’s exhaled breath — is currently being developed by a team led by Haick, a faculty member of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion.

Haick says the SniffPhone system will be simple to operate and not prevent the user from functioning normally. The phone will be equipped with minute sensor arrays that will “read” the exhaled breath and send the data by the mobile phone to a data processing system which will interpret and determine whether the subject has the disease. If the answer is positive, it will provide the attending physician with further details using an advanced digital system.

Haick has won numerous awards and honors including 50 Sharpest Minds in Israel, Four Saluted Israeli Scientists, the highest teaching award granted by the Technion – the Yanai Prize for Academic Excellence, among others.

In 2014, Haick led a massive open online course (MOOC) on nanotechnology and nano-sensors, for which over 70,000 people registered.