The Growing Role of Microfluidics in Point-of-Care Diagnostics

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Since the development of the first commercially available devices in the 1990’s, microfluidic technologies have been evolving to benefit an ever-greater range of applications. Over the last decade, one particularly promising real-world application to emerge has been Point-of-Care (POC) diagnostics.

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SPEDs: Self-powered, Paper-based Electrochemical Devices

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The self-powered, paper-based electrochemical devices, or SPEDs, are designed for sensitive diagnostics at the “point-of-care,” or when care is delivered to patients, in regions where the public has limited access to resources or sophisticated medical equipment.

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Encouraging Life Science Innovation: The Value of Accelerator Programs

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We spoke to Giovanni Rizzo to learn about accelerator programs and the difference they can make to innovation, as well as share some tips for academics beginning a start-up venture.

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Blood-Brain Barrier-on-a-Chip

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John Wikswo, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education, reports on the development of a microfluidic device containing human cells which can model the blood-brain barrier.

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A New Approach to Hemoglobin Analysis

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To overcome some of the limitations of conventional methods of hemoglobin analysis, researchers from the University of Washington have recently developed a new approach utilizing microfluidics.

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Integrated Lab-on-a-Chip Uses Smartphone to Quickly Detect Multiple Pathogens
Integrated Lab-on-a-Chip Uses Smartphone to Quickly Detect Multiple Pathogens
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A multidisciplinary group has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in the format of a credit card.

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Dielectrophoresis Chromatography Could Advance Laboratory Analysis
Dielectrophoresis Chromatography Could Advance Laboratory Analysis
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Research being done at Rochester Institute of Technology to refine lab-on-chip devices—highly sophisticated laboratories on microchips—will provide more detailed and timely information to detect diseases such as cancer.

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Lung Cancer-on-Chip Platforms Model NSCLC
Lung Cancer-on-Chip Platforms Model NSCLC
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Human lung-on-a-chip technology is used to study behavior and drug responses of lung cancer in its natural environment, uncovering key mechanical dependencies.

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New Test Reveals Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in 30 Minutes
New Test Reveals Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in 30 Minutes
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The new procedure shortens wait times from three days and could help reduce the spread of superbug bacteria.

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'Body-on-a-Chip' Developed to Drive Testing of New Drugs
'Body-on-a-Chip' Developed to Drive Testing of New Drugs
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Using the same expertise they've employed to build new organs for patients, scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have engineered micro hearts, lungs and livers that can potentially be used to test new drugs.

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Freezing molecules to solve their structure
Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Freezing molecules to solve their structure
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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for "developing Cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution."

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