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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics World Congress 2019

Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas's Biography



Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

Dr Kersaudy-Kerhoas’ research has focused on the development of microfluidic tools for the preparation of human blood samples prior to analytical detection of biomarkers such as DNA, RNA and microRNA. This involves the design of hydrodynamic plasma separation features and the integration of nucleic acid extraction into microfluidic workflows. She works closely with biologists and clinicians to develop applications in the field of non-invasive prenatal testing, cancer and beyond.

Her interests in Manufacturing Research lie in micro and nanotechnologies, rapid prototyping and the development of cost-effective manufacturing processes for medium to high volume production of polymeric microfluidic components. She is also interested in the replacement of petroleum-derived products by composites derived from renewable resources in the production of high-value microsystems.

In 2017, she won the £1.3M UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Healthcare Technology Challenge Award (2018-2022).

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Improving Sustainability in the Lab-On-a-Chip Field: Environmentally-Friendly Device Prototyping and Manufacturing

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 11:30

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The use of single-use, disposable medical equipment has increased the amount of medical waste produced and the advent of point-of-care diagnostics in lab-on-chip format is likely to add further volume. Current materials used for the manufacture of these devices are derived from petroleum sources and are, therefore, unsustainable. In addition, disposal of contaminated plastics necessitates combustion to reduce infection risk, which has, depending on material composition, and incineration capacity, an undesirable environmental impact. To address these issues, we have developed several sustainable approaches for the rapid prototyping of single-use point-of-care cartridges, including use recycled PMMA or laminated PLA. Parameters such as optical quality, cost, and translation to mass-market products will be discussed. These techniques present exciting opportunities for immediate and future sustainable solutions in the LOAC field.


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