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Project to improve the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases using room-temperature diamond quantum dynamics to enable safe multimodial cardiac imaging.

MetaboliQs is a European collaboration between research institutes and companies to leverage room-temperature diamond quantum dynamics to enable safe multimodal cardiac imaging to improve the diagnosis of Cardiovascular Diseases.

MetaboliQs is a 3-year project, part of the Quantum Flagship intiative. Launched in October 2018 the project received €6,667,801.25 in funding.

Project goals :

  • Develop nanodiamonds with nitrogen vacancy centers for hyperpolarization
  • Develop a diamond based polarizer that can operate at room temperature for preclinical experiments in the field of cardiovascular diseases.

These goals aim for the use of hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at room temperatue using long-time-stable hyperpolarized marker molecules, allowing for:

  • Clinical care of very high volumes of patients
  • Drug discovery improvements
  • Access to affordable healthcare
  • Synergetic collaboration with the medical imaging and quantum sensing European infrastructure


MetaboliQs brings together a multidisciplinary consortium:

  • NVision Imaging Technologies GmbH (NVIS), Ulm, Germany
  • Fraunhofer IAF, Freiburg, Germany
  • Bruker BioSpin GmbH (BBS), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Element Six Limited (E6), Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel
  • Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
  • Swiss Federal Institue of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland


October 2018
MetaboliQs chosen as one the Quantum Flagship's ramp-up phase projects

MetaboliQs receives €6,667,801.25 in funding for the 3-year project.

Further Resources


MetaboliQs project targets breakthrough in cardiac metabolic MRI - Physics World


November 14, 2018


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