Lab-on-a-Chip Diagnostics for Western and Global Health Markets

March 20, 2012
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT


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Symposium Length: 1 hour + 30 min Q&A

Symposium Course Description: Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices have a tremendous potential for improving the health of the population by providing immediate diagnosis. This potential has largely been unfulfilled, despite many promising academic studies. This course will go over state-of-the-art developments in the academic arena, as well as past challenges faced by companies in commercializing promising technologies. In addition, the course will discuss the development of diagnostics for global health, which presents unique and challenging design criteria. The case study presented will be the instructor’s personal experience in helping to develop tests for prostate cancer and infectious diseases.

Learning Objective Bullet Points: 

  • Gain understanding of cutting-edge technologies in microfluidics for point-of-care diagnostics
  • Understand commercialization challenges and the way forward
  • Gain insight on unique challenges for global health


Who Should Attend:

Technology Development Manager

Biomedical engineering
Infectious Disease
Business Development

Instructor Information:
Samuel Sia, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Instructor Biography:

Gary Owens He obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University, and postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry at Harvard University. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow, National Science and Engineering Council of Canada Predoctoral Fellow, and Canadian Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow. Since 2005, he has been a faculty member of Columbia University's Biomedical Engineering department. His lab's work has been supported by the NIH (NHLBI and NINR), NSF, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, American Heart Association, and World Health Organization. He has been named one of the world's top young innovators by MIT Technology Review, and one of 10 innovators in human health and sustainability by NASA. His research has been covered by NPR, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, Voice of America, and Agence France Presse. He is a founder of Claros Diagnostics, a venture capital-backed company that is developing novel point-of-care diagnostics products; the company's first microfluidics product for monitoring prostate cancer growth received European Union regulatory approval in 2010.

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