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Commercialisation Opportunities of Microfluidics as Miniaturized Wearable Devices

Commercialisation Opportunities of Microfluidics as Miniaturized Wearable Devices

Microfluidic technology is based on devices capable of handling micro to picolitre amounts of samples, and their applications are diverse ranging from pharmaceuticals, healthcare to the chemical industry. As this technology is being embraced across industries and academic fields, its market value has been steadily increasing into a billion-dollar value. To understand the current and the future market of microfluidics the origin of these “micro-plumbing” devices must be reviewed. Microfluidic technology can first be found in analytic methods such as gas-phase chromatography (GPC), high-pressure liquid (HPLC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE) driven by technological demands in breakthroughs in molecular biology in the 1980s such as genomics and DNA sequencing1. (more…)

Rising Demand for Point-of-Care Testing and Significant Return on Investment: Key Driving Factors of the Microfluidics Market

Rising Demand for Point-of-Care Testing and Significant Return on Investment: Key Driving Factors of the Microfluidics Market

Rising demand for point-of-care testing

The rising prevalence of lifestyle-related & infectious diseases and an increasing preference for self-testing are driving the global point-of-care diagnostics market. In addition, growing private investments and the availability of venture funding for the development of new products, coupled with government support for improving the adoption of POC devices, are further supporting the growth of the POC diagnostics market. The rising incidence and prevalence of various diseases, coupled with product miniaturization and the decentralization of healthcare, are the major factors that are expected to offer significant growth opportunities to players operating in the POC diagnostics market. (more…)

What’s a Discman and How Is It a Medical Diagnostic Device? (CD Microfluidics)

What’s a Discman and How Is It a Medical Diagnostic Device? (CD Microfluidics)

When I started my pursuit to become a Biomedical Engineer, the last thing I would have ever thought I would end up working in is microfluidics. And why is that? Well, as others in the field have previously discussed, along with friends and family, and even myself; we did not know what microfluidics was. However, this shortly changed as I was fortunate to stumble into the Bio-MEMS laboratory of Dr. Marc Madou at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Madou specializes and focuses on a specific area of microfluidics known as Compact-Disk or CD microfluidics. One of my fondest memories in the lab was watching a video of Dr. Madou on TedxTalks describing how he was going to turn a Sony Discman into a medical diagnostic device and all I could think to myself was…“What is a Discman?” (more…)