Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Biomolecular Screening
Scientific Community
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

Dolomite Expertise Brings Microfluidic Product to Market

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013
Last Updated: Monday, June 24, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Fledgling spin-out company Drop-Tech has turned to microfluidics specialist Dolomite for its product development and fabrication skills.

Dolomite to help productize the advanced and innovative Robo¬Drop™ technology into the Mitos Dropix, a droplet-on-demand sampler that is set to make it easy to produce extremely miniaturized droplet compartments with excellent control over their contents.

Access to this new high-throughput screening format will prove invaluable in basic research, drug discovery and diagnostics applications.

The collaboration began when Drop-Tech entered – and won – Dolomite’s Productizing Science® Competition, sparking discussions and exchanges of ideas between the two development teams. Liisa van Vliet, a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and Managing Director of Drop-Tech, explained: “Drop-Tech was formed from an academic collaboration between Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge. In a university environment, finding the time to convert an invention into a product is often difficult, so we welcomed Dolomite’s offer to accelerate product development, fast-tracking the transition from idea to market; Dolomite knows and understands microfluidic droplet technologies and has the engineering expertise to productize the instrument. Drop¬Tech’s Technical Director Fabrice Gielen and I met with Dolomite’s product development team to discuss the internal workings of the instrument. Together, we were able to bounce ideas back and forth to incorporate improvements and determine a list of specifications.”

The Mitos Dropix sampler allows the creation of nanoliter droplet sequences from up to 24 different samples, with precise control over droplet content and size, as well as the spacing between droplets. It can be used as an add-on for conventional microfluidic chips, delivering droplets for merging, further miniaturization, dilution or any other droplet manipulation, and will also be an invaluable tool to use in conjunction with other analytical and liquid handling systems. The first batch of instruments will be with beta testers by summer 2013, and further collaboration is planned to develop droplet analysis capabilities on upcoming versions of the instrument.

Liisa concluded: “This has been a great start to our collaboration. From the beginning, our aim was to make microfluidics easier and, with Dolomite’s help, we will be able to provide scientists with an easy-to-use instrument that can dispense controlled, user-defined sequences of nanoliter droplets for a range of diverse applications.” Drop-Tech and Dolomite are already looking forward to additional Productizing Science collaborations in the future.

Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,800+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,000+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters

Sign In

Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Scientific News
High Throughput Mass Spectrometry-Based Screening Assay Trends
Dr John Comley provides an insight into HT MS-based screening with a focus on future user requirements and preferences.
NIH Supports New Studies to Find Alzheimer’s Biomarkers in Down Syndrome
Initiative will track dementia onset, progress in Down syndrome volunteers.
University of Edinburgh, Selcia Achieve Key Milestones in Drug Development Program
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, working with Selcia, have successfully passed the 20-month milestone targets of a 30-month Wellcome Trust SDDi £2.5 million project to design novel treatments for sleeping sickness.
Potential Treatment for Life-Threatening Viral Infections Revealed
The findings point to new therapies for Dengue, West Nile and Ebola.
World’s First Therapeutic Venom Database
Open-source library describes nearly 43,000 effects on the human body.
Measuring microRNAs in Blood to Speed Cancer Detection
A simple, ultrasensitive microRNA sensor holds promise for the design of new diagnostic strategies and, potentially, for the prognosis and treatment of pancreatic and other cancers.
Potential Persistent Tuberculosis Treatment
Researchers have discovered several first-in-class compounds that target hidden TB infections by attacking a critical process the bacteria use to survive in the hostile environment of the lungs.
Metabolic Profiles Distinguish Early Stage Ovarian Cancer with Unprecedented Accuracy
Studying blood serum compounds of different molecular weights has led scientists to a set of biomarkers that may enable development of a highly accurate screening test for early-stage ovarian cancer.
The Do’s and Don’ts of SPR Experiments
Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is a technique that is becoming more widely used, particularly by anyone who wants to obtain accurate on (association) and off (dissociation) rates for biomolecular binding.
Long-Sought Protein Sensor for the ‘Sixth Sense’ Discovered
In a study led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)the sensor protein for propioception has been identified.

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,800+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,000+ scientific videos