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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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NIH / DARPA solicit proposals for human-on-chip platforms to accelerate drug development

Fantastic to hear about a new, substantial U.S. government funding effort in microfluidics research! Last month a joint effort between the NIH, DARPA, and the FDA was announced to develop human-on-chip platforms to test drug candidates more efficiently and accurately. The NIH and DARPA are soliciting proposals separately from all types of research organizations (academic, industry, government, other) […]

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Startup spotlight: Pharyx

Pharyx is a recent microbioreactor startup spun out of Rajeev Ram’s group at MIT and founded by Harry Lee and Paolo Boccazzi. They’ve been around for a few years and won a Phase I SBIR grant in 2008 ($200,000) and Phase II award in 2009 ($750,000) to develop microbioreactors for biofuels. Bioreactors are essentially tanks […]

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If you can make it there: Microfluidics in New York

Since I’m located in Boston, it’s easy to get surrounded by Massachusetts-based efforts to promote innovation. But it’s also great to see similar efforts in others locations.  For example, I ran across this 2009 report on microfluidics research in New York State published by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR).  […]

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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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