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Lab-on-A-Chip applications

At a time when nanotechnology appears to find applications in most key life-science sectors, new developments continue to make the lab-on-a-chip concept a reality.
Lab-on-A-Chip applications
Utilising microfluidics technology, scientists are in a position to essentially recreate a molecular diagnostics laboratory on a silicon chip. The nano-components, microchannels and microvalves required for such a structure are extremely technologically demanding and are not simple in their fabrication.

These labs-on-a-chip can be utilised with minute quantities of testing samples, a development that could reduce time and space requirements dramatically. Essentially, this could signal a new era in healthcare as we know it. An Israeli-based SME has developed an innovative micro-pump component, suitable for use on these labs-on-a-chip. The company has stated that the energy demands are minimal and overall production costs are much lower than existing alternatives.

This innovative pump technology can be used in a variety of testing settings, allowing pumping of minute quantities of fluids from sampling ports. One of the advantages is that the micropump is fully integrated on the chip and is suitable for use with silicon or polymer substrates.

The SME is in a position to demonstrate the operation of this micropump and possesses the secret know-how behind its production. It is interested to enter into a variety of collaborative deals, including joint venture agreements and outlicensing agreements. This technology could appeal to a number of industrial actors such as medical equipment companies as well as environmental protection firms.
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