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Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip (LOAC) for Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostics Applications: Technologies, Applications, Research Trends

Held in conjunction with POC Diagnostics, Global Health-Viral Diseases 2017

02 Oct 2017, at 09:00-12:00 in Coronado Island, California


Course Title

Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip (LOAC) for Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostics Applications: Technologies, Applications, Research Trends

Scope of this Short Course

The course will provide a broad overview of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOAC) technologies as an enabling technology for new product development in diagnostics and the life sciences. Emphasis is put on the complete development process for commercial microfluidics-enabled products, covering aspects of development strategies, manufacturing technologies, application cases, markets as well as aspects of commercialization and latest trends in the academic world. The course is suitable for scientists, technicians, engineers but also business developers who would like to develop a deeper understanding of Lab-on-a-chip technologies as a key element for the development of new product in a broad range of markets, especially as it relates to POC diagnostics development.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of microfluidics technology in the development of new products
  • Learn about development and modularization strategies in product development
  • Understand different microfabrication methods for low and high volume production
  • Understand economic aspects in the development and manufacturing of Lab-on-a-chip devices and systems
  • Learn about examples of successful and unsuccessful microfluidic product introductions
  • Understand the current state of the markets and obstacles in the commercialization process
  • Get an overview on current trends in LOAC research

Topics and Course Organization

  • Introduction
  • Challenges in product development
  • A case study
  • Commercialization issues
  • Physical principles
  • Materials and micro-fabrication methods
  • Application and products
  • Research advice
  • Design advice
  • Conclusions

All Attendees of this Course Receive Electronic Copies of the PowerPoint Presentations from Dr. Becker as well as lots of recent Articles and Reviews on LOAC/Microfluidics and POC Diagnostics.  These materials are invaluable for R&D presentations, investor presentation, and business plans.

Holger Becker

Holger Becker, Chief Scientific Officer, microfluidic ChipShop GmbH