Why do not all Microfluidics Entrepreneurs Drive Ferraris? Microfluidics from an Industrialist's View
Sep 28, 2012
from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
|Where||ENGR. IV Bldg., Tesla Room 53-125|
|Contact Name||Prof. Aydogan Ozcan|
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Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH, Germany
More than 20 years after the introduction of the concept of the "miniaturized total chemical analysis system (µTAS)" and about 10 years after the gold digger`s frenzy about how this technology would revolutionize all aspects of chemical, biochemical or diagnostic analyses, it is worth to have a look how his technology has matured. It is my firm belief that we see a significant part of the early day's promises being fulfilled and a rapidly growing range of applications and products. A review on roadblocks as well as success factors for the commercialization of microfluidic devices will be given as well as an overview on commercially available manufacturing routes with their specific application to microfluidics. Several examples of products and their development characteristics will be presented.
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 lead the Industry Group of the German Physical Society between 2004 and 2009, and is the current chair of the SPIE ''Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems'' conference as well as acting as a regular reviewer of project proposals on a national and international level.