Point-of-Care testing allows generating information about the patient’s health at the point where such information is most useful. In this decentralization process the laboratory is brought close to the patient rather than the patient to the laboratory. A number of Point-of-Care tests are available on the market and commonly used within the patients home, with the blood glucose test for diabetes monitoring and lateral flow tests representing the major classes of commercially available Point-of-Care diagnostic tests.
Micronit has the experience in developing and manufacturing Point-of-care Diagnostic devices. One public example can be found in the customer case of Medimate. This product is based on electrophoresis and provides the Lithium concentration from just one drop of whole blood. Micronit developed the product and is currently the contract manufacturing partner for the disposable Lab-on-a-chip component.
Micronit is also ISO 13485 certified for the design, development and manufacturing of Lab-on-a-chip based Point-of-Care devices based on micro and nanotechnologies.
Micronit has its own Roadmap and proprietary technology platforms that help our customers reduce their development time and cost and most importantly reduce their time to market for new products. A few relevant example of this are the SideConnect technology that allows cost effective hybrid integration and our passive microfluidics technology that allow cost effective assay workflow integration in a Lab-on-a-Chip device.
Point-of-care testing is one of the fastest-growing segments of the in vitro diagnostics market with a worldwide annual growth rate of the point-of-care market of approximately 15%. Lab-on-a-chip technologies have recently been employed in an effort to improve the performance of currently available Point-of-Care tests and expand their applicability to a wider range of diagnostic markers thereby becoming a driver in the development of Point-of-Care diagnostic products.
Economic trends in Western Europe show an increasing cost of healthcare and an aging population. Lab-on-a-Chip technologies provide solutions that allow patients to take care of themselves and monitor their health from the safety of their own homes reducing the cost of healthcare and simultaneously improving the quality of life. Only when the data generated with their Lab-on-a-Chip devices show the need to consult a doctor patients make use of the traditional healthcare system. Ideally, the overall cost per point-of-care test based on lab-on-a-chip technology is so low that a test performed by the patient itself is cheaper than a test performed in centralized laboratories.
Multiple functionalities in one device
Lab-on-a-Chip technologies also allow the integration of multiple assays into one single device. This opens up business cases where performing multiple laboratory tests competes in cost with one single lab on a chip based point-of-care device.
It is clear that Point-of-Care devices based on lab on a chip technology can bring great value to society and could mean a significant cost saving and efficiency increase. Most local markets suffer from the fact that current reimbursement systems do not take into account the point-of-care devices. Lab on a chip based point-of-care devices most of the time need a disruptive business case approach, but most funding schemes only allow products that optimize part of the value chain in healthcare.
The development of lab on a chip devices suitable for point of care diagnostics requires devices that are reliable, accurate and deliver quantitative results that are comparable or better than current laboratory methods. As these tests are used by either professionals, that are not lab technicians, or patients themselves ease of use and robustness is very important. Besides the technical performance the product also needs a good shelf life to survive the long term storage to allow the time from manufacturing to patient use.
The Micronit team has the experience and dedication to deliver our clients the best product for their Point-of-Care business case. Micronit will work as a true partner with its clients to increase the chances of success of development and manufacturing.