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Why Hasn’t Microfluidics Reached Consumer Market Despite a Huge Number of Academic Inventions and Publications During the Past 15 Years?

Why Hasn’t Microfluidics Reached Consumer Market Despite a Huge Number of Academic Inventions and Publications During the Past 15 Years?

For over three decades, a revolutionary impact of microfluidic technology on science and industrial applications has been envisioned; however, such predictions have not been met regardless of a large number of academic publications and even patents. Fervently, the number of publications rose from a few dozen publications per year in 2000 to the thousands in 2012; yet a killer application has not been realized either for academic research nor for the industry1. The obvious question is why the gap between the proof-of-concept microfluidic development found in these publications and the mainstream market has not yet been breached.  (more…)