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Short Course 4
Microfluidics for POC: Technologies, Applications and Products
Monday, August 18 | 2:00am - 5:00pm


Instructor: Holger Becker, Ph.D., Founder & CSO, microfluidic ChipShop GmbH

The course will provide a broad overview of microfluidics as an enabling technology for point-of-care diagnostics. The course is constructed to provide a comprehensive overview of the field, starting with an introduction to microfluidics and its principles. Different manufacturing options will be discussed. Emphasis is put on the complete development process for commercial microfluidics-enabled POC-products, covering aspects of development strategies, application cases, markets as well as aspects of commercialization. The course covers the existing product landscape as well as exemplary disease cases with examples from molecular and immunodiagnostics. The course is suitable for scientists, technicians, engineers but also business developers who would like to develop a deeper understanding of microfluidics as a key technology for the development of new product in the POC markets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of microfluidics technology in the development of new products.
  • Learn about development strategies in product development.
  • Understand different microfabrication methods for low and high volume production.
  • Get an overview on existing microfluidics-enabled products in the POC market.
  • Understand the current state of the markets and obstacles in the commercialization process.
  • Learn about examples of successful and unsuccessful microfluidic product introductions.
  • See examples for disease cases in molecular and immunodiagnostics.

Topics and Course Organization

  • Introduction
  • Principles of microfluidics
  • Materials and microfabrication methods
  • Commercialization issues
  • Product examples
  • Disease cases
  • Strategies for product development and design advice
  • Conclusions

Speaker Biography

Holger BeckerHolger Becker, Ph.D., Founder & CSO, microfluidic ChipShop GmbH

Dr Holger Becker is co-founder and CSO of microfluidic ChipShop GmbH. He obtained physics degrees from the University of Western Australia/Perth and the University of Heidelberg. He started to work on miniaturized systems for chemical analysis during his PhD thesis at Heidelberg University, where he obtained his PhD in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he was a Research Associate at Imperial College with Prof. Andreas Manz. In 1998 he joined Jenoptik Mikrotechnik GmbH. Since then, he founded and led several companies in the field of microsystem technologies in medicine and the life sciences. He was nominated for the German Founders Prize in 2004. He lead the Industry Group of the German Physical Society between 2004 and 2009, was co-chair of MicroTAS 2013, and is the current chair of the SPIE ‘‘Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems’’ conference. He serves on the Editorial Board of “Lab-on-a-Chip” as well as acting as a regular reviewer of project proposals on a national and international level.

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