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Microfluidics 2.0 Workshop on Capillary-based Microfluidics for Bioanalysis 2012

Are you curious about the rapidly growing field of paper microfluidics?  Or maybe you’re already in the field and want to meet up with others doing the same?  Are you already planning to visit Boston this fall for MRS and building your itinerary? Then check out this year’s Microfluidics 2.0 Workshop on Capillary-based Microfluidics for […]

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How much does point-of-care testing cost?

One of the reasons for using microfluidic technology is to shrink large machines down into portable desktop or handheld versions. A low cost per test is often important for point-of-care (POC) or point-of-use devices, especially when intended for resource-limited settings such as regions of Africa. But how do you estimate the actual cost of a […]

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Diagnostics For All featured in the New York Times

Diagnostics For All and their paper microfluidic liver tests were featured yesterday in the New York Times as part of its “Small Fixes” series. The series focuses on low-cost innovations for the developing world.  A few themes: Evolution from academic to commercial design: “Originally, Dr. Whitesides used a plastic that hardened in ultraviolet light, but […]

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Takeaways from the 2011 Wyss Institute Microfluidics & Medicine Symposium (part 1)

Last month I attended the Wyss Institute’s Symposium on Microfluidics and Medicine, a fantastic gathering of some of the most influential people in microfluidics from around the world. While many speakers were from academia, it was different from a typical academic conference because (in the spirit of the new Wyss Insitute) the focus was on how microfluidics could be launched […]

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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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BVGH’s Diagnostics Innovation Map for Global Health

In the past few years, more diagnostics companies have been directing efforts toward global health. Many are hoping to tap into the “boomerang effect” — the concept that cheap technologies optimized for the developing world could boomerang back to access additional markets in the G7. This year BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) issued a […]

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Watch this space: Jose Gomez-Marquez’s lab at MIT’s IIH

If you’re interested in international development and microfluidics, check out Jose Gomez-Marquez’s group at MIT — they’re at the forefront of creating technologies for global health as part of the Innovations in International Health (IIH) program.  Gomez-Marquez has a wealth of experience in medical technologies for the developing world, having co-founded AeroVax and XoutTB.  In […]

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Microfluidics and technology decentralization

I’m currently reading Daniel Pink’s Free Agent Nation, which discusses how the availability of technology has enabled people to do certain types of work (e.g. software development, graphic design) from their homes as part of a modern cottage industry.  It got me thinking about how microfluidics may contribute to technology decentralization, shifting technology resources from […]

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5/17: Microfluidics @ World Health Medical Technology Conference @ Boston University

If you’re interested in how microfluidics can be applied to global health, check out the upcoming World Health Medical Technology Conference at Boston University on May 17th.  While there are many types of technology that can be applied to global health problems (see entries for MIT’s $100K Business Plan Contest Development Track as examples), it’s […]

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Claros Diagnostics in Tech Review

Claros Diagnostics, who spoke at the first FluidicMEMS event, is on a roll. In the past few weeks their microfluidic technology for monitoring levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) has been covered in both Technology Review and Popular Science (April 2010 issue). From the Technology Review article (March 31, 2010): Claros’s technology, which consists of […]

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