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Gajus Worthington on the early days of Fluidigm

Recently I ran across this Stanford video of Gajus Worthington, co-founder and CEO of Fluidigm. Recorded in 2004, it’s a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the early years of the company, after they’d launched their first products (in protein crystallization) in 2003. Over the past decade Fluidigm has gone from fundraising to becoming a public company with […]

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WEST interview with CytonomeST’s Lydia Villa-Komaroff, winner of 2011 Leadership Award

Terrific to see CytonomeST’s CSO Lydia Villa-Komaroff win a 2011 WEST Leadership Award earlier 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 with Dr. Villa-Komaroff where she discusses her time at CytonomeST, and many other aspects of her career. At […]

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Microfluidics and food safety

Could microfluidic technology help deliver safer food?  While most lab-on-a-chip devices are aimed at the medical and life science research markets, a growing number of researchers and companies are investigating applications related to food and agriculture. The recent E. coli outbreak in Germany showed how devastating foodborne illness can be, in terms of human life, […]

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Lessons I learned from commercializing my postdoctoral research project — Part 2

This is the second installment written by Dr. Tanya Kanigan about her experiences co-founding BioTrove, a startup based on the nanovolume array technology she and others invented at MIT (click here for part 1). BioTrove was acquired by Life Technologies in December 2009, and Tanya is now establishing her own consulting practice, Proof of Market, to […]

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Lessons I learned from commercializing my postdoctoral research project — Part 1

This post is written by Dr. Tanya Kanigan, speaker at the March 2011 FluidicMEMS event. Tanya is originally from western Canada and received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from McGill University in Montreal. Afterwards she joined the MIT Bioinstrumentation Laboratory directed by Professor Ian Hunter as a postdoctoral research fellow. There Tanya worked on conducting polymer actuators, microneedle […]

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Learning from the NIST archives

Recently I learned about the US National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)  Technology Innovation Program (TIP) for encouraging the commercial development of new technologies. TIP was founded in 2007 and replaced the former Advanced Technology Program (ATP). The TIP program is an exciting potential funding source for microfluidics/BioMEMS development (depending on the yearly choice of competition topic). However, what I find especially intriguing are […]

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