Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip are growing fields with potential to disrupt multi-billion dollar markets such as diagnostics and drug discovery. There are numerous new ventures developing point-of-care diagnostics, single cell genomics, circulating tumor cell capture and analysis, human organ on chip, companion diagnostics, drug discovery research, liquid biopsy, stem cell therapy, and many more.
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What is microfluidics?
Microfluidics relates to design and study of devices which move or analyze tiny amount of liquid, smaller than a droplet. Microfluidic devices have microchannels ranging from submicron to few millimeters. To compare, human hair is about 100 micron thick. Microfluidics has been increasingly used in the biological sciences, because precise and controlled experiments can be conducted at lower cost and faster pace. Lab-on-a-Chip devices use microfluidics for applications such as Point-of-Care testing of diseases, or Organ-on-a-Chip studies.
How microfluidics work?
Microfluidics systems work by using a pump and a chip. Different types of pump precisely move liquid inside the chip with the rate of 1 μL/minute to 10,000 μL/minute. For comparison, a small water drop is ~10 microliter (μL). Inside the chip there are microchannels that allow the processing of the liquid such as mixing, chemical or physical reactions. The liquid may carry tiny particles such as cells or nanoparticles. The microfluidic device enables the processing of these particles, for example trapping and collection of cancer cells from normal cells in blood. (more…)