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Microfluidic Device Development – Do’s and Don’ts

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On Wednesday June 15 at 2pm, 3M will host a webinar discussing how to design and scale a microfluidic device.

The webinar will feature expert speakers Maggi Tebrake of 3M and Murray Whyte, co-founder and director of FlexMedical Solutions.

What are microfluidic devices?

A microfluidic device is much like a circuit board, but instead of electricity, it uses liquid.

The device is made from a plastic chip with tiny channels running through in specific patterns.

These channels can be as narrow as 75 microns – thinner than a sheet of paper.

Microfluidic devices enable precise and controlled experiments and analysis to be conducted at a faced pace and low cost.

What are microfluidic chips used for?

Microfluidic chips have a huge range of research and analysis applications, from Covid testing and detection of water contaminants to analysing DNA sequences.

How does a microfluidic system work?

Different types of pump move fluid through tiny tubes to process the liquid, causing a chemical or physical reaction.

The liquid may contain cells or nanoparticles which can be processed and analysed.

How much does a microfluidic device cost?

The devices vary in cost. However they are relatively cheap.

Open source 3D printing looks set to make them even cheaper in the years to come.

In 2018, researchers from New York Genome Center and New York University developed an open-source 3D printed droplet microfluidic control instrument.

The instrument, designed to identify and target the correct cells to treat diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, cost just $600.

Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a novel technique that enables a 5000-piece physical library of mix-and-match channel scaffolds to be printed for $0.50.

Register now to secure your webinar ticket.

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