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The Winner Of The Microfluidic Circle Competition 2018 Takes Their Product To The Next Level

Winning last year’s Microfluidic Circle competition brings uFraction8, a young biotech startup from Scotland, one step closer to the commercialization of their sustainable bioprocessing technology.

TORONTO (PRWEB) JANUARY 10, 2019 — uFraction8 develops microfluidic-based filtration systems to help biomanufacturers to dewater and concentrate biomass while attaining uFraction_logo1scalability and energy efficiency that outcompetes conventional filters and centrifuges. They participated in this international contest to compete with several high-caliber microfluidics startups. Dr. Brian Miller, Managing Director of uFraction8 notes,

“It was perfect timing for us [to apply for The Prototyping Grant] as we had just been approached by a company to explore if we could target a problem area for them, anaerobic digestate. We used the grant to prepare a suite of microfluidic devices at various scalings to see which sizes would be most effective at targeting the particle populations in the digestate.”

The Prototyping Grant not only provided uFraction8 executives with great data that helps take on larger projects but also allowed them to narrow their focus to hone in on new market opportunities.

The Prototyping Grant is sponsored by uFluidix, the leading manufacturer of microfluidics devices. uFluidix’s technical staff are completely aware of the challenges involved in microfluidics device development. Of the list of challenges, the most difficult task is keeping the quality and reliability of the microfluidics devices uncompromised despite shortcomings in the manufacturing process.

“Producing microfluidics devices in short lead times while ensuring quality is a costly business that most startups cannot afford,”

says uFluidix CEO, Dr. Aarash Sofla. Through this program, the grant winners can have their hands on high-quality devices to evaluate their proof of concepts. Dr. Brian Miller from uFraction8 says,

“The chips from uFluidix were of very high quality. We had to do some modifications to fit within the footprint available, and they were very helpful and responsive with this. The team at uFluidix also worked really hard to get us our order in time to use facilities we had booked for a specific window.”

Two previous successful rounds of The Prototyping Grant proved that there is a need to continue identifying and supporting microfluidics startups and individual inventors who are commercializing groundbreaking microfluidic products but have limited access to funding or production facilities. Therefore, The Microfluidic Circle Prototyping Grant competition will be open for the 3rd round in late-January 2019. The executives of uFraction8 encourage other companies to apply:

“We would highly recommend other startups to apply. The ability to iterate on your designs and validate performance in the lab with professionally manufactured chips has given us a real boost in our product development. After successful completion of the initial project, we still have some chips that we are using to help us refine our design tools.”

About uFraction8
uFraction8 provides scalable bioprocessing technology enabling biomass filtration, separation and dewatering, used with wide ranges of microbes like micro algae, yeast and bacteria, sorting biomass from culture medium with no harm and no flocculants unlike centrifuges, filters and membranes. For more information, please visit ufraction8.com.

About The Microfluidic Circle
The Microfluidic Circle is a professional community of individuals and companies created by uFluidix to bring together those who share one goal: help commercialize and grow the field of microfluidics. In this regard, the Circle interconnects business experts, engineers, scientists, investors, startups and the industry to promote collaboration toward introducing more successful microfluidic products. To initiate and foster dialogue between all the players involved, a special opinion platform was created – Circle’s Blog. For more information, please visit circle.ufluidix.com.

About uFluidix
uFluidix is a contract manufacturer which designs, develops, and fabricates custom microfluidic chips that are mainly used by medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics companies for a variety of microtechnology applications. For more information, please visit ufluidix.com.

 

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The Microfluidic Circle
Email: circle@ufluidix.com

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Novel Design For Harvesting Products From Biogas Wins The Microfluidic Circle Competition

Early stage biotech startup which provides filtration systems to biomanufacturers will obtain free design and fabrication services from uFluidix for the development of their microfluidic prototype.

TORONTO (PRWEB) May 07, 2018 — The winner of the 2018 Microfluidic Circle competition is uFraction8 Ltd, a young biotech startup from Scotland. The winner receives US$50,000 worth of production and development services from uFluidix Inc.

uFraction_logo1uFraction8 develops microfluidic-based filtration systems to help biomanufacturers, who use biological cells in their production processes, to dewater and concentrate cell-based biomass with sustainable and scalable system, outcompeting conventional filters and centrifuges. uFraction8 participated in this round of competition with their novel device for the filtration of biochemical products which resulted from biogas processing. Unlike the conventional filtration methods in this industry which rely on large centrifuges, they use microfluidic technology to reduce the turnaround time and increase efficiency.

Microfluidic devices process tiny amount of liquid, often less than a droplet, for applications such as Point-of-Care diagnostics, as well as several other uses. The term has been increasingly used since the start of the millennium to describe many novel biological or chemical designs, but the field has not seen a champion yet. Dr. Aarash Sofla, CEO of uFluidix, a manufacturer of microfluidic devices, says,

“Although we have seen many designs during the past 15 years, especially from academia, very few of these inventions have been commercialized. The prototyping of microfluidic devices is costly, so once the intellectual property is transferred from academia to spin-offs, it hits a major obstacle. The Circle grant would help uFraction8 to take their product to the next level.”

The Microfluidic Circle Prototyping Grant was launched in 2016 to identify and support startups and individual inventors who are commercializing groundbreaking microfluidic products with limited access to funding or production facilities. Dr. Monika Tomecka, Executive Director & COO of uFraction8, the winner of the 2018 competition, mentions:

“Our current designs have focused on biological cell separation and have proven to be very robust and efficient. Moving to new targets is costly as it requires several iterations of design to optimize performance. With the support from uFluidix, we hope to make an even greater impact towards sustainable production and closing the loop of the circular bioeconomy.”

The competition will be open for a new round in January 2019.

About uFraction8
uFraction8 provides scalable bioprocessing technology enabling biomass filtration, separation and dewatering, used with wide ranges of microbes like micro algae, yeast and bacteria, sorting biomass from culture medium with no harm and no flocculants unlike centrifuges, filters and membranes.
For more information, please visit ufraction8.com.

About The Microfluidic Circle
The Microfluidic Circle is a professional community of individuals and companies created by uFluidix to bring together those who share one goal: help commercialize and grow the field of microfluidics. In this regard, the Circle interconnects business experts, engineers, scientists, investors, startups and the industry to promote collaboration toward introducing more successful microfluidic products. To initiate and foster dialogue between all the players involved, a special opinion platform was created – Circle’s blog.
For more information, please visit circle.ufluidix.com.

About uFluidix
uFluidix is a contract manufacturer which designs, develops, and fabricates custom microfluidic chips that are mainly used by medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics companies for a variety of microtechnology applications.
For more information, please visit ufluidix.com.

Media Contact:
Kateryna Protsyk, Program Manager

The Microfluidic Circle
Email: circle@ufluidix.comFor information on our latest news and our trending posts:
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Miniature Pump Design That Uses Smart Materials Wins The Microfluidic Circle Competition

The winner of the 2017 Microfluidic Circle competition is Shaw Mountain Technology (SMT) from Boise (Idaho, USA). The winner receives US$50,000 worth of production and development services from uFluidix Inc.Shaw Mountain Technology

Toronto, Canada, May 10, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Shaw Mountain Technology specializes in the production of smart materials. They also develop new actuators that use these materials. Smart materials are alloys that change shape once exposed to certain external stimuli such as temperature, magnetic or electric fields. SMT participated in this round of competition with their novel micro-pump that uses magnetic shape memory alloy to deliver micro-liters of fluid. Because they use smart materials, their design is a motorless pump with potential to be used in integrated microfluidic systems such as portable blood analyzers.

Microfluidics is a field that brings together biology and engineering for precise analysis or efficient synthesis of sub-droplet size of liquid. It has great potential in the field of Point-of-Care diagnostics, as well as many other applications, but the field has not witnessed a tangible impact on the market yet. Dr. Aarash Sofla, CEO of uFluidix, a manufacturer of microfluidic devices, says:

“During the past 15 years, thousands of microfluidic devices have been designed by more than 10,000 developers worldwide. Unfortunately, very few of these inventions have been commercialized. One major obstacle is the costly process of verification or optimization of the early stage prototypes, where the developers often have to go through several iterations, or test tens to hundreds of their devices.”

The Microfluidic Circle Prototyping Grant was launched in 2016 to identify and support startups and individual inventors who are commercializing groundbreaking microfluidic products with limited access to funding or production facilities. Dr. Aaron Smith, a senior engineer at SMT and winner of the 2017 competition, mentions:

“This is a great opportunity to work with uFluidix to bring our microfluidic technology to the market. This grant synergizes well with our current activities and will be instrumental for achieving our next major goal.”

The competition will soon be open for a new round.

About Shaw Mountain Technology

Shaw Mountain Technology LLC, established in 2015, is a Boise-based company that produces high-quality, advanced technology. The company specializes in shape memory alloys, particularly the magnetic shape memory alloy Ni-Mn-Ga, and develop various technologies within the fields of sensors, microfluidics, energy harvesters and actuators. For more information, please visit shawmountaintechnology.com.

About The Microfluidic Circle

The Microfluidic Circle is a professional community of individuals and companies created by uFluidix to bring together those who share one goal: help commercialize and grow the field of microfluidics. In this regard, the Circle interconnects business experts, engineers, scientists, investors, startups and the industry to promote collaboration toward introducing more successful microfluidics products. For more information, please visit circle.ufluidix.com.

About uFluidix

uFluidix is a contract manufacturer that designs, develops, and fabricates custom microfluidic chips that are mainly used by medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics companies for a variety of microtechnology applications. For more information, please visit ufluidix.com.

 

Media Contact:
Kateryna Protsyk, Program Manager
The Microfluidic Circle
Email: circle@ufluidix.com

For information on our latest news and our trending posts:
twitter.com/ufluidix or @uFluidix

For official press release, please click here.