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Microsystems based diagnostics: new developments and novel tools

The third international Micro-Med-A workshop took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 16-19 September 2015. The workshop provided the perfect platform to bring together leaders in the field of microsystems technologies as well as industry partners and medical experts to discuss new ideas and strategies to develop cutting edge point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics to address solutions for real world problems by building a collaborative network across various disciplines and by crossing geographical borders.

The theme for the workshop was the development of rapid point-of-care technologies for various applications relating to health and the environment.

The workshop opened with a proposal put forth by the chairmen, Kevin Land from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and Jan Korvink from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. It was suggested that the outcome of the meeting should be the collaborative effort of experts in various fields working on a single extreme PoC project with combined expertise and combined resources, where each group would focus on an aspect of the bigger project with the common goal of addressing one defined problem.

The conference started with presentations from clinicians and pathologists whose daily work involves diagnostic testing and interactions with patients for whom rapid PoC tests would ultimately be aimed. Point of care is defined as a low cost, rapid diagnostic test or service that can be completed at the point of testing, independent of a centralised high infrastructure laboratory. In 2014 the recorded population of South Africans living in rural settings was 35.7%. Such settings do not have the infrastructure for high-tech laboratory and medical care facilities. In many instances visiting a clinic for medical attention comes at a cost of a day’s wage while also incurring travelling expenses. Furthermore, many people do not make the required follow up visits to receive results or treatment. Therefore PoC tests are well suited to the African landscape where clinics and medical facilities are far from rural communities.

The event presented work by industry partners and representatives from commercial companies which provided a fresh outlook on collaborative networks. This bridged the gap between academics and industry where the latter can serve to provide well established platforms that can be integrated into developed or developing technology without re-inventing the wheel. This provides a twofold advantage, mainly reduction to development costs and time to market.

Paper based microfluidic devices or µPADs are an attractive platform for diagnostic tests. Paper is cheap, easily accessible and easily printed on; it can be burnt and therefore there is no need for costly biohazard waste disposable facilities. Paper is easily stacked making it easy to transport and therefore deliverable to end users. Furthermore, paper is self-wetting and does not require instrumentation for readout. Therefore, paper based tests are gaining more recognition as the solution to PoC tests as it meets many of the ASSURED criteria for rapid PoC. Needless to say, there are many research groups developing PoC tests using paper substrates and this was showcased at the workshop. Some of the technologies presented at the Micro-Med-A workshop showed paper based PoC applications in the developmental stage of research for the detection of toxic metals and bacterial detection in the environment. This further emphasised that paper based tests can address an important niche in diagnostics.

The workshop fostered an environment for excitement in the field of microsystems for African health through many interactive discussions and insights from participants of various backgrounds. The workshop enabled new networks to be established, while strengthening existing ones, and mapped the overall bigger picture of what is required to address health issues, particularly in under-resourced settings such as those in rural Africa and India.

The workshop closed with many suggestions from delegates for future meetings with the groundwork being laid for collaborative efforts. Information on this workshop can be found at www.micromed2015.co.za. The next workshop will be held in September 2017. People interested in receiving details once they are available should contact Kevin Land.

Delegates who attended the MicroMed 2015 workshop in South Africa.

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“Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship 2015

Lab on a Chip and Corning Incorporated are delighted to announce that Professor Dino Di Carlo is the winner of the 2015 “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship.

The 10th “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship, sponsored by Lab on a Chip and Corning Incorporated and supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS), is for early to mid-career scientists who have made extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems.

This “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship will be presented to Professor Di Carlo at the µTAS 2015 Conference in Gyeongju, Korea, 25-29 October 2015. Professor Di Carlo will receive a certificate, a monetary award and will give a short lecture.

About the winner

Professor Di Carlo received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco in 2006.

Professor Di Carlo is currently a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Professor Di Carlo’s current research aims to exploit unique physics, microenvironment control and the potential for automation associated with miniaturized systems for applications in basic biology, medical diagnostics, material fabrication and cellular engineering.

Among other honours and awards, Professor Di Carlo has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award and the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2012, the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award in 2011, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award and Coulter Translational Research Award in 2010.

For more details on Professor Di Carlo’s research please visit his lab homepage.

Many congratulations to Prof. Di Carlo on this achievement from the Lab on a Chip team

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µ-Med A 2015 workshop

µ-Med A 2015, an international workshop on microsystems technologies for African health. This interesting workshop will be held during 16-19 September 2015 at Protea hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The event will bring together researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations and funding bodies to interact on the latest developments and future trends in the multidisciplinary field of microsystems technology.

The workshop will focus on the following themes:

  • Burden of disease in Africa
  • Microfluidic diagnostic technologies
  • Point of care diagnostics
  • Paper based diagnostics

Feel free to read more about the success of the first workshop held in 2011.


Register now and contribute to the efforts to improve health in Africa!


For additional information, please visit µ-Med A website.

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Global Engage to host 3 exciting Congresses in October 2015

Global Engage are pleased to announce a set of 3 co-located events,  attracting over 400 attendees and more than 50 poster presentations in 2014.


October 20 – 21 2015, London UK

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow
140 Bath Road
Hayes
UB3 5AW
United Kingdom


Microfluidic Congress

Attracting experts working in microfluidic development and application, including point-of-care diagnostics, single cell analysis, lab-on-a-chip applications, droplet microfluidics and next generation microfluidics, the conference will examine the latest developments in the technologies and techniques being used for progressing medical research in areas such as disease monitoring, diagnostics, organ-on-a-chip and synthetic biology. The challenges and possibilities of microfluidics will also be examined.

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Synthetic Biology Congress

Designed for experts working in genome engineering, technological developments, protein design, cell building, bio-manufacturing and gene editing, the Synthetic Biology Congress will examine the latest developments in these fields in both the healthcare and plant biology sectors. New to the conference will be the addition of a third stream, focusing on Investment, Start-Ups, Strategy and Bioethics, for those looking for investment opportunities and seeking to further exploit their research.

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qPCR & Digital PCR Congress

Bringing together over 300 industry & academic experts working in areas such as molecular biology/diagnostics, gene expression, genomics, biomarkers, pathogen detection, GMO, mRNA, NGS, bioinformatics and data management, the congress will examine the latest developments, opportunities and applications of both dPCR and qPCR through case studies across diverse areas such as oncology, virology, infectious diseases, vaccines, prenatal diagnosis, clinical applications, microbiology, food microbiology, plant/ecology genomics and other novel applications.

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We look forward to seeing you in London!

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Lab on a Chip gives prestigious awards at µTAS 2014

The μTAS conference 2014 was held in October, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

As in previous years, Harp Minhas, Editor of Lab on a Chip, was in attendance at the conference to announce the prestigious Lab on a Chip awards, which include the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship (supported by Corning Inc), the Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize, and the Art in Science Award (co-sponsored by NIST).

New to 2014: The μTAS Video Competition, created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society) was awarded for the first time at this years conference!

Art in Science Award

The Art in Science Award is given each year “to draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit.” This year’s award was presented to David Castro and research group form the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. More information on the winning photograph can be found on our competition blog.

Left to Right: Darwin Reyes (NIST) Shilpa Sivashankar (KAUST) Harpal Minhas (LOC) and Albert Folch (University of Washington)

Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship

The Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship recognises early-mid career scientists who demonstrate outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of micro- and nano-scale science. This year, the Lectureship was awarded to Sangeeta Bhatia, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology.  Dr Bhatia received a certificate$5000 and gave a short lecture at the conference. You can find out more about Dr Bhatia on our winners blog.

Left to Right: Harpal Minhas (LOC) Sangeeta Bhatia (winner) and Ed Fewkes (Corning Inc.)

Video Competitions

New to 2014 and created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society) the video competiton was awarded to Tijmen Hageman and colleagues. Prior to the conference, μTAS participants were invited to submit short, scientifically or educationally focused videos. The winning group, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Twente and the Korean Institute of Science and Technology produced a video demonstrating that bacteria can be manipulated by a magnetic field by using magnets to teach bacteria to line dance. The full video can be viewed on our competition blog.

Left to Right: Harpal Minhas (LOC) Tijmen Hageman (winner) and Omar Jina (Dolomite Microfluidics)

Please join us at Lab on a Chip in congratulating all of our prize winners! We look forward to seeing you at μTAS 2015 in Gyeongju, Korea.

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Dancing Magnetotactic Bacteria wins the 2014 microTAS Video Competition

Lab on a Chip congratulates Tijmen Hageman and colleagues, winners of the first μTAS Video Competition, created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society).

At the μTAS conference in October 2014 Lab on a Chip Executive Editor, Harpal Minhas (above left) and  Dolomite Microfluidics Group Chief Sales Officer, Omar Jina (above right) presented Tijmen (above middle) with his award and a $2500 gift certificate to spend on dolomite equipment.

Prior to the conference, μTAS participants were invited to submit short, scientifically or educationally focused videos. The winning group, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Twente and the Korean Institute of Science and Technology produced a video demonstrating that bacteria can be manipulated by a magnetic field by using magnets to teach bacteria to line dance – and it looks like they had a lot of fun during the making!

Watch ‘Line Dancing Magnetotactic Bacteria‘ online now!


Ph.D student, Tijmen Hageman directed the video titled ‘Magnetotactic Bacteria.’

“The idea of dancing bacteria existed for some time already, and we decided to make it all in the style of Texas. We think we succeeded in introducting these extraordinary organisms to the public in a remarkable way and hope it will have made our research more visible,” he explains.

Like many studens, Tijmen is currently undecided about what to do after completion of his Ph.D. “I have some years left, and who knows…more videos prehaps” he says.

Tijmen can not take full credit for the winning video and we would also like to congratulate the following for their contribution:

Andreas Manz: Actor (bacteria)

Tijmen Hageman: Actor, director

Marc Pichel: Writer/ideas, cultivation

Caspar Abelmann: Animations

Line dancers: Ahyeon Gyeon, Jaewon Hwang, Jang Mi, Sangin Park, Jooyoung Im, Deepti Mittal, Marc Pichel and Tijmen Hageman

And the rest of the team for ideas and feedback!

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The Sphere wins the 2014 Art in Science Competition

Congratulations to David Castro, winner of Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science, sponsored by NIST and Lab on a Chip.

The winning photograph for the seventh annual art in science competition was announced last week at the µTAS 2014 Conference. The research group, from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia were presented with a certificate and a financial reward. Their photograph will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of Lab on a Chip. Make sure you don’t miss it – register for our e-alerts now!

And the winning photograph is… THE SPHERE

More about ‘The Sphere’

Photographed by David Castro and David Conchouso, is the top view of a rotating 40uL aqueous droplet, suspended at the interface between two fluids, inside a square cuvette. The droplet contains an assay of functionalized latex beads, agglutinating in the presence of human C-reactive protein. This entry was selected as the winning photograph due to its aesthetic eye appeal, artistic allure and scientific merit.

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Dolomite and Lab on a Chip Productizing Science® Competition 2015

Submission Deadline 30th April 2015

Have you made a great scientific discovery but are not sure how to convert it into a commercially successful product?

The Dolomite Centre, in collaboration with Lab-on-a-Chip journal and Integrative Biology journal are pleased to announce that the Dolomite and Lab on a Chip Productizing Science® Competition 2015 will open on the 1st of October 2014

Click on the links below to find out more:

What is the competition about?

How do I enter?

Important dates

Requirements for participation and abstract guidelines

Good Luck!

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Art In Science Award – the contenders

Every year, Lab on a Chip sponsors the Art in Science award, titled: “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science”. This award, presented at the annual microfluidics conference MicroTas, aims to draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit.

In 2013, the submissions were as fantastic as ever, so we must say a big well done to all of our contributors!

Have a look below at 2013’s winner, and other highly commended pieces…


The Winner: “Artificial Life” by Ye Wang, Eindhoven University of Technology.


An SEM image of artificial cilia (microhairs) made with Polydimethylsiloxane and magnetic nanoparticles using a glass mold made by femtolaser modification and hydrofluoric acid etching.


Highly Commended: “Trapping Trapping” by Satoru Ito, Nagoya University.

Fabricated ZnO nanowire (100 nm in diameter and 2-3 micrometer in length) trapping 100 nm beads by electrostatic interaction.


Highly Commended: “Nanoforest” by Sakon Rahong, Osaka University.

A colorised SEM micrograph showing Christmas-tree nano wires prepared by Vapour Liquid Solid (VLS) growth embedded in microchannel for fast DNA separation.


Highly Commended: “Van Gogh’s Wall Paper” by You-Ren Hsu, Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems, NTHU.

Salt crystallization on a gold coated photonic crystal substrate. The salt crystallization changed the index of refraction on the surface, making the color tone.

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MicroTas abstracts are now online!

Lab on a Chip presents uTAS Abstracts 2003 to Present:

The page link below gives the lab on a chip/microfluidics/uTAS communities FREE ACCESS to both current and archived content submitted to the uTAS conferences in the form of extended abstracts. It is hoped that this service will support workers in finding essential references and hence increase knowledge of past work in the field and assist with current and future research.

This archive includes abstracts presented at uTAS meetings from 2003 to present and essentially provides easy web access to the abstract discs supplied at the uTAS meetings.


CLICK HERE for abstracts! http://rsc.li/1eYWXQs

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