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Anna MacDonald

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After obtaining a first-class honours degree in biological sciences from the University of East Anglia, Anna worked as a scientific conference producer before joining Technology Networks. As part of her role, Anna helps to coordinate coverage, working with key opinion leaders from industry and academia to produce content across all communities.

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7 Diagnostic Developments of 2017

In this list we take a look at 7 promising developments in diagnostic technologies from 2017.

A New Approach to Hemoglobin Analysis

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.
Industry Insight

The Tiny Pump with Big Applications

We spoke to Tom Harrison, Business Development Manager, TTP Ventus, to learn more about the technology behind Disc Pump, and some of the applications it could benefit.

Origami-based Fast, Reconfigurable Flow Switch for Paper Microfluidics

Researchers have recently developed a new type of switch for paper microfluidics made out of folded chromatography paper, published in Lab on a Chip. We spoke to Santosh Pandey, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, to learn more about the origami-based switch and the advantages it can offer.
Industry Insight

Tackling the Opioid Crisis: Genetic testing to identify addiction risk

Dr Keri Donaldson, CEO and founder of predictive health intelligence company Prescient Medicine, tells us about the role that genetic testing could play in tackling the opioid crisis.

6 Microfluidic Researchers You Should Follow

In this list we take a look at 6 researchers whose contributions have helped (and are continuing to help) drive the field forward.

Smartphones: Making Diagnostics Mobile

Since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, smartphones have transformed many aspects of society, changing the way people communicate, shop and access entertainment. The impact they could have on global health is also increasingly being realised.

The Microfluidics Industry is Already Looking for the Next Killer Application

To learn more about the evolution of microfluidics and some of the applications driving growth in this area, we spoke to Sébastien Clerc and Dr Marjorie Villien, Yole Développement.

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

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.

Cell Culture: Making Sense of 3D Tools

Cell culture has come a long way since Roux’s first method in 1885, playing a key role in a wide range of biological research, from drug discovery, to modelling diseases, to manufacturing vaccines.