October 25, 2011

A-B. Microfluidic perfusion device. C. Microfluidic perfusion systems use flow to fine-tune the relative significance of convection, diffusion, and reaction.

 

Exciting to see the work of Dr. Katarina Blagovic from the Voldman group at MIT published inPLoS ONE last month...

September 22, 2011

Recently I’ve been wondering if microfluidics is a “stealth” technology that will be adopted quietly, with most people never realizing that a device they use has a microfluidic component, and without recognizing terms like “microfluidic,” “lab on a chip,” or “bioMEMS.”...

September 14, 2011

Terrific to see CytonomeST’s CSO Lydia Villa-Komaroff win a 2011 WEST Leadership Awardearlier this summer.  CytonomeST is a Boston-area startup developing a clinical-grade, optical, microfluidic cell sorter.

 

On the WEST site I ran across this interview w...

September 10, 2011

Cantaloupes are especially susceptible to contamination since microbes find it easy to live on their textured rinds. (Image credit: Brandon Quester/News21)

 

Could microfluidic technology help deliver safer food?  While most lab-on-a-chip devices are aimed at the medical...

June 30, 2011

Image source: Wyss Institute

 

 

Last month I attended the Wyss Institute’s Symposium on Microfluidics and Medicine, a fantastic gathering of some of the most influential people in microfluidics from around the world. While many speakers were from academia, it was differe...

June 28, 2011

Terrific to have Bill Rodriguez, CEO and founder of Daktari Diagnostics, speak at the FluidicMEMS gathering on May 26th sponsored by MicroPEP, where a mix of ~50 microfluidics folks in the Boston area from academia and industry gathered over food and drink to meet, exc...

December 3, 2010

Thanks to Carrie Stalder of the Venture Cafe for the tip on an intriguing talk on Monday December 6, 2010 from noon-1pm EST by Shailendra Anand Yadav of the Broad Institute on “Analysis of Value Creation and Value Capture in the Microfluidics Market.”  The talk is open...

May 28, 2010

Drug discovery and development is hard. It can easily take 15-20 years to get to market from the time a new drug is identified, and throughout that period the risk of failure is high. Even drugs that make it past most of the hurdles can end up getting dumped after 20 y...

April 28, 2010

Last week I wrote about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) microfluidics and mentioned the overlap with theDIY Bio movement.  However, the potential applications for DIY (or low-cost) microfluidics techniques are broader than DIY Bio alone.

 

The truth is, everyone wants to...

April 21, 2010

 

Image credit: Kumar, Smith, Pappas 2009

 

Lately there’s been talk about the DIY Bio movement enabling individuals to do real biology without being part of a university/company lab.  Given its potential for low-cost and quick prototyping, microfluidics seems to have pro...

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