Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies
Microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip techniques enable the controlled handling of sub-microlitre volumes of fluids in an automated and high-throughput manner, offering miniaturised methods for carrying out laboratory procedures in an on-chip format. As most biological processes occur in aqueous solutions, microfluidic systems are inherently suitable to handle particles and cells suspended in fluids with micron-scale precision and in a biocompatible manner, creating in vitro mimics of biological systems.
By using photo-lithography and soft-lithography, customised, biocompatible, polymeric devices for microfluidic assays can be readily prototyped in house. Such fabrication capabilities are used to produce lab-on-a-chip devices amenable to perform on-chip cell culture, cell manipulation and patterning, drug delivery and screening, artificial cell membrane formation, as well as for molecular- and synthetic-biology applications.
REDUCED SAMPLE VOLUMES - BIOCOMPATIBILITY - HIGH-THROUGHPUT CAPABILITIES
SINGLE CELL RESOLUTION - FAST PROTOTYPING - MICROSCOPY READY
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