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FluidicMEMS May 2011 Event: Bill Rodriguez of Daktari Diagnostics

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, exchange ideas, and trade stories. Daktari is developing a portable microfluidic CD4 cell counter for HIV patients […]

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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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Wyss Institute Symposium May 9, 2011: MICROFLUIDICS AND MEDICINE

The Wyss Institute at Harvard (recently mentioned in this previous post) is holding a symposium on May 9, 2011 on “Microfluidics and Medicine: accelerating the flow from lab to clinic.” For those of you interested in commercialization of microfluidics, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear from leaders in the area. Definitely check this out!  […]

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12/6: MIT webinar on value creation and capture in the microfluidics market

Update: For those not able to attend live, the recorded presentation is available here: http://tinyurl.com/3744jx6. 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 […]

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Interview with Melinda Hale: Low-cost manufacturing of microfluidic devices

Recently I was lucky to meet Melinda Hale, a graduate student at MIT in David Hardt’s group.  Melinda’s research focuses on developing low-cost systems for manufacturing microfluidic devices.  Here Melinda generously answers a few questions on the hot embossing system she developed. What is hot embossing?  Why is hot embossing important for microfluidics? Hot embossing […]

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Natural technology evolution vs. failed innovation

I loved David Rotman’s recent Technology Review article “Shoveling Water” on why the commercialization of microfluidics has been so slow. (I wrote about it here.) Later I realized it reminded me of an article I read earlier this year by Michael Mandel of Business Week on “The Failed Promise of Innovation in the US.”  Mandel […]

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Technology Review investigates the slow process of microfluidics commercialization

Today Technology Review came out with a great article speculating why the commercialization of microfluidics has been so slow. In “Shoveling Water: Why does it take so long to commercialize new technologies?” David Rotman uses Fluidigm as a case study and adds a twist by applying ideas from W. Brian Arthur’s The Nature of Technology, […]

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Dec 1st CIMIT Forum: Life Science Innovation

I’ve posted about the CIMIT forum before — it’s a terrific series of talks on the integration of technology and medicine.  This week there’s an especially cool program on investing in life science innovation, including speakers Juan Enriquez of Excel Medical Ventures and Biotechonomy and Luis Barros of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. In addition, […]

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