Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 11am EDT (NA) / 4pm BST (UK) / 5pm CEST (EU-Central)
Length of time: 60 minutes
Introduction to the webinar
This webinar will provide insight into the dynamics and benefits of rapidly evolving microfluidics and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies, which may have an enormous impact on the progress in science and healthcare.
Microfluidics is the science of manipulating small volumes of liquids, usually on microchips made with semiconductor manufacturing techniques and containing small channels, which enable accurate control of liquids and chemical reactions. Because of the use of small volumes, quicker temperature shifts and faster liquid displacement is made possible. Moreover, microfluidics enables the automation and integration of complex operations on-chip, with reduced sample and expensive reagent volumes. With such properties, microfluidics obviously fits applications in healthcare along with other MEMS technologies. Also, MEMS technologies are evolving into highly integrated technologies for a variety of application areas including biological and medical areas.
Breakthroughs in the fields of life science research, in vitro diagnostics and medical devices are only possible because of the progress that has been made by both top designers and top manufacturers in these technology fields. With the right capabilities and growing experience in the field, a plurality of possibilities are offered by microfluidics and MEMS companies that may lead to improvements in healthcare. For critical applications, where the challenge can be as critical as saving a patient’s life, selecting average quality is not an option.
For this, it will be key to successfully implement microfabrication technologies into industrial products. This does, however, require a multidisciplinary approach that usually starts from a conceptual design to prototyping, to a final design and process transfer for volume manufacturing. Moreover, a flexible approach allowing the choice of a variety of fabrication materials and hybrid material combinations as well as various options for fabrication technologies are key to the successful integration of multiple required functions into next generation products. This approach is of particular interest for developing relatively complex designs with multiple micro- and nanostructures and functionalities on board. This way, development costs and time-to-market can be reduced and success rates for cost-effective commercialisation are increased.
During this webinar, the approach for developing industrial solutions together with examples of recent technology developments will be presented and explained that may have a significant impact on applications in the field of life science research, in vitro diagnostics and medical devices. Examples provided will apply to the following market segments:
How microtechnologies are applied in growing application areas like genomics, in vitro diagnostics, cell culturing and medical MEMS devices
Senior professionals from biomedical, diagnostic, and medical MEMS device manufacturers & foundries.
Relevant job functions include: