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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…)

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…)