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microfluidic ChipShop GmbH advances lab-on-a-chip technology. #BIOMEDevice.

By Rick Nelson, Executive Editor, April 2012 Microfluidics is moving from the realm of academia—where it has been a technology looking for a problem to solve—and becoming an enabling technology for practical lab-on-a-chip devices. That's according to Dr. Holger Becker, the co-founder and chief scientific officer of microfluidic ChipShop GmbH . Speaking April 26 at BOIMEDevice Boston , he noted that there are challenges ahead for the technology: markets are fragmented, standardization efforts are ongoing, and customers may hesitate to adopt new technologies. Becker recommended targeting high-value market entry points, noting that the now ubiquitous airbags first appeared in Mercedes, not Volkswagens. Becker described the necessary steps a lab on a chip performs: sample interface, preparation, amplification, separation, detection, and on-chip waste storage. He cited differen...

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