If you’re interested in international development and microfluidics, check out Jose Gomez-Marquez’s group at MIT — they’re at the forefront of creating technologies for global health as part of the Innovations in International Health (IIH) program. Gomez-Marquez has a wealth of experience in medical technologies for the developing world, having co-founded AeroVax andXoutTB. In 2009 Technology Review included Gomez-Marquez in its TR35 and recognized him as Humanitarian of the Year.
Microfluidics is a natural fit for global health, given its potential to enable low-cost assays. Although the lab’s microfluidics work is in progress, there are intriguing references in Technology Review and from the IIH blog about potential customizable microfluidic chips coming out of the lab in future:
[Gomez-Marquez] is now creating development kits for medical technology–sort of like Erector sets for medical professionals–which will initially be used in Nicaragua. The kits will enable doctors and medical students to devise diagnostics, drug delivery devices, microfluidic chips, and more. (Technology Review)
Watch this space!
For more on Gomez-Marquez’s work:
5-minute video from Technology Review
CIMIT Forum talk “Medical Devices for Today’s Four Billion: The IIH Innovation Model for Accelerating High Impact Medical Technology” by Gomez-Marquez and IIH co-founder Amy Smith (2008)
Check out the lab’s blog, Little Devices That Could
Follow Gomez-Marquez on Twitter: @jfgm (also see @dlab_mit