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The Winner Of The Microfluidic Circle Competition 2018 Takes Their Product To The Next Level

The Winner Of The Microfluidic Circle Competition 2018 Takes Their Product To The Next Level

Winning last year’s Microfluidic Circle competition brings uFraction8, a young biotech startup from Scotland, one step closer to the commercialization of their sustainable bioprocessing technology.

The Prototyping Grant is sponsored by uFluidix, the leading manufacturer of microfluidics devices. uFluidix’s technical staff are completely aware of the challenges involved in microfluidics device development. Of the list of challenges, the most difficult task is keeping the quality and reliability of the microfluidics devices uncompromised despite shortcomings in the manufacturing process.

“Producing microfluidics devices in short lead times while ensuring quality is a costly business that most startups cannot afford,”

says uFluidix CEO, Dr. Aarash Sofla. Through this program, the grant winners can have their hands on high quality devices to evaluate their proof of concepts. Dr. Brian Miller from uFraction8 says,

“The chips from uFluidix were of very high quality. We had to do some modifications to fit within the footprint available, and they were very helpful and responsive with this. The team at uFluidix also worked really hard to get us our order in time to use facilities we had booked for a specific window.”

Two previous successful rounds of The Prototyping Grant proved that there is a need to continue identifying and supporting microfluidics startups and individual inventors who are commercializing groundbreaking microfluidic products but have limited access to funding or production facilities. Therefore, The Microfluidic Circle Prototyping Grant competition will be open for the 3rd round in late-January 2019. The executives of uFraction8 encourage other companies to apply:

“We would highly recommend other startups to apply. The ability to iterate on your designs and validate performance in the lab with professionally manufactured chips has given us a real boost in our product development. After successful completion of the initial project, we still have some chips that we are using to help us refine our design tools.”

About uFraction8 
uFraction8 provides scalable bioprocessing technology enabling biomass filtration, separation and dewatering, used with wide ranges of microbes like micro algae, yeast and bacteria, sorting biomass from culture medium with no harm and no flocculants unlike centrifuges, filters and membranes. For more information, please visit http://www.ufraction8.com/.

About The Microfluidic Circle 
The Microfluidic Circle is a professional community of individuals and companies created by uFluidix to bring together those who share one goal: help commercialize and grow the field of microfluidics. In this regard, the Circle interconnects business experts, engineers, scientists, investors, startups and the industry to promote collaboration toward introducing more successful microfluidic products. To initiate and foster dialogue between all the players involved, a special opinion platform was created – Circle’s Blog. For more information, please visit http://circle.ufluidix.com/.

About uFluidix 
uFluidix is a contract manufacturer which designs, develops, and fabricates custom microfluidic chips that are mainly used by medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics companies for a variety of microtechnology applications. For more information, please visit https://ufluidix.com/.

Media Contact:

Kateryna Protsyk, Program Manager
The Microfluidic Circle
Email: circle@ufluidix.com

For information on our latest news and our trending posts:
twitter.com/ufluidix or @uFluidix

For official press release, please click here.

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2019

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2019

Microfluidics is no longer just a finger prick blood test. Lab-on-a-chip technology has started to conquer biological and medical labs. Nanofluidics is drawing researchers’ attention because it has unique liquid and fluidic properties that are not observed in any other technology. All three fields has advanced rapidly over the past 20 years and developed into cutting-edge technologies that has great application potential ranging from biology to electronics, from agriculture to space systems, from tissue engineering to organ-on-a-chip, from fertility enhancement to mutation diagnostics, from food safety to polymer synthesis, from cancer research to oil shale research, from DNA sequencing to DNA modification, from continuous to digital microfluidics, from developing to developed world. Following the state-of-art research and development in this field, we prepared an extensive directory of 65+ upcoming conferences that focus on:

  • Microfluidics
  • Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Organ-on-a-Chip
  • Point-of-Care Diagnostics
  • Nanofluidics
  • Acoustofluidics
  • Tissues-on-a-Chips
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Organoids
  • Liquid Biopsies
  • Biosensors
  • BioMEMS
  • BioMedical Devices
  • Drug Discovery
  • Wearables & Mobile Diagnostics
  • Biofabrication & Biomanufacturing
  • Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels
  • Microchemistry and Microsystems
  • Bioengineering
  • Flow Chemistry
  • Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis
  • Materials Science
  • Biochips and Biochip Solutions
  • Microfluidics for Circulating Biomarkers
  • Microarrays
  • Bionanotechnology
  • 3D Cell Culture Systems
  • Photomask Technology and more

Download here: Microfluidics Conferences 2019

 

uFluidix Masters “Lab on a Chip”

uFluidix Masters “Lab on a Chip”

uFluidix Masters “Lab on a Chip” — StartUp HERE Toronto (November 1, 2018)

Along a series of tiny channels, one-tenth the width of a human hair, pass liquids that are perhaps one-hundredth the volume of a single drop. With these special chips, we can now do everything from breakthrough molecular and cell biology research, to point-of-care diagnostics. It’s all thanks to the science of microfluidics, and Toronto firm uFluidix is at the forefront.

People with diabetes need to track their sugar levels throughout the day. With a hand-held blood glucose monitor, that can happen quickly and easily. Ever wonder how?

Newer technology is revolutionizing the process of testing fluids. Aarash Sofla calls it “lab on a chip” – and his Toronto firm has become a leader in the field of microfluidics.

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Novel Design For Harvesting Products From Biogas Wins The Microfluidic Circle Competition

Novel Design For Harvesting Products From Biogas Wins The Microfluidic Circle Competition

Early stage biotech startup which provides filtration systems to biomanufacturers will obtain free design and fabrication services from uFluidix for the development of their microfluidic prototype.

TORONTO (PRWEB) May 07, 2018 — The winner of the 2018 Microfluidic Circle competition is uFraction8 Ltd, a young biotech startup from Scotland. The winner receives US$50,000 worth of production and development services from uFluidix Inc.

uFraction_logo1uFraction8 develops microfluidic-based filtration systems to help biomanufacturers, who use biological cells in their production processes, to dewater and concentrate cell-based biomass with sustainable and scalable system, outcompeting conventional filters and centrifuges. uFraction8 participated in this round of competition with their novel device for the filtration of biochemical products which resulted from biogas processing. Unlike the conventional filtration methods in this industry which rely on large centrifuges, they use microfluidic technology to reduce the turnaround time and increase efficiency.

Microfluidic devices process tiny amount of liquid, often less than a droplet, for applications such as Point-of-Care diagnostics, as well as several other uses. The term has been increasingly used since the start of the millennium to describe many novel biological or chemical designs, but the field has not seen a champion yet. Dr. Aarash Sofla, CEO of uFluidix, a manufacturer of microfluidic devices, says,

“Although we have seen many designs during the past 15 years, especially from academia, very few of these inventions have been commercialized. The prototyping of microfluidic devices is costly, so once the intellectual property is transferred from academia to spin-offs, it hits a major obstacle. The Circle grant would help uFraction8 to take their product to the next level.”

The Microfluidic Circle Prototyping Grant was launched in 2016 to identify and support startups and individual inventors who are commercializing groundbreaking microfluidic products with limited access to funding or production facilities. Dr. Monika Tomecka, Executive Director & COO of uFraction8, the winner of the 2018 competition, mentions:

“Our current designs have focused on biological cell separation and have proven to be very robust and efficient. Moving to new targets is costly as it requires several iterations of design to optimize performance. With the support from uFluidix, we hope to make an even greater impact towards sustainable production and closing the loop of the circular bioeconomy.”

The competition will be open for a new round in January 2019.

About uFraction8
uFraction8 provides scalable bioprocessing technology enabling biomass filtration, separation and dewatering, used with wide ranges of microbes like micro algae, yeast and bacteria, sorting biomass from culture medium with no harm and no flocculants unlike centrifuges, filters and membranes.
For more information, please visit http://www.ufraction8.com/.

About The Microfluidic Circle
The Microfluidic Circle is a professional community of individuals and companies created by uFluidix to bring together those who share one goal: help commercialize and grow the field of microfluidics. In this regard, the Circle interconnects business experts, engineers, scientists, investors, startups and the industry to promote collaboration toward introducing more successful microfluidic products. To initiate and foster dialogue between all the players involved, a special opinion platform was created – Circle’s blog.
For more information, please visit http://circle.ufluidix.com/.

About uFluidix
uFluidix is a contract manufacturer which designs, develops, and fabricates custom microfluidic chips that are mainly used by medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics companies for a variety of microtechnology applications.
For more information, please visit http://ufluidix.com.

Media Contact:

Kateryna Protsyk, Program Manager
The Microfluidic Circle
Email: circle@ufluidix.com

For information on our latest news and our trending posts:
twitter.com/ufluidix or @uFluidix

For official press release, please click here.

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2018

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2018

Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip are rapidly growing, highly interdisciplinary fields at the intersection of physics, engineering, nanotechnology, biotechnology, chemistry, and biology. Every day researchers are discovering new possibilities that the technology can provide in the fields of diagnostics, drug delivery, biochemistry, pharmaceutical and life science research etc. Reflecting the wide range of applications, we prepared a directory of 50+ upcoming conferences related to:

  • Microfluidics
  • Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Organ-on-a-Chip
  • Tissue-on-a-Chip
  • Point-of-Care Diagnostics
  • Nanofluidics
  • Acoustofluidics
  • Biosensors
  • BioMEMS
  • 3D-BioPrinting and more

 

Download here: Microfluidics Conferences 2018

Miniature Pump Design That Uses Smart Materials Wins The Microfluidic Circle Competition

Miniature Pump Design That Uses Smart Materials Wins The Microfluidic Circle Competition

Toronto, Canada, May 10, 2017 (Newswire.com) – The winner of the 2017 Microfluidic Circle competition is Shaw Mountain Technology (SMT) from Boise (Idaho, USA). The winner receives US$50,000 worth of production and development services from uFluidix Inc.

Shaw Mountain Technology specializes in the production of smart materials. They also develop new actuators that use these materials. Smart materials are alloys that change shape once exposed to certain external stimuli such as temperature, magnetic or electric fields. SMT participated in this round of competition with their novel micro-pump that uses magnetic shape memory alloy to deliver micro-liters of fluid. Because they use smart materials, their design is a motorless pump with potential to be used in integrated microfluidic systems such as portable blood analyzers.

Microfluidics is a field that brings together biology and engineering for precise analysis or efficient synthesis of sub-droplet size of liquid. It has great potential in the field of Point-of-Care diagnostics, as well as many other applications, but the field has not witnessed a tangible impact on the market yet. Dr. Aarash Sofla, CEO of uFluidix, a manufacturer of microfluidic devices, says:

“During the past 15 years, thousands of microfluidic devices have been designed by more than 10,000 developers worldwide. Unfortunately, very few of these inventions have been commercialized. One major obstacle is the costly process of verification or optimization of the early stage prototypes, where the developers often have to go through several iterations, or test tens to hundreds of their devices.”

The Microfluidic Circle Prototyping Grant was launched in 2016 to identify and support startups and individual inventors who are commercializing groundbreaking microfluidic products with limited access to funding or production facilities. Dr. Aaron Smith, a senior engineer at SMT and winner of the 2017 competition, mentions:

“This is a great opportunity to work with uFluidix to bring our microfluidic technology to the market. This grant synergizes well with our current activities and will be instrumental for achieving our next major goal.”

The competition will soon be open for a new round.

About Shaw Mountain Technology

Shaw Mountain Technology LLC, established in 2015, is a Boise-based company that produces high-quality, advanced technology. The company specializes in shape memory alloys, particularly the magnetic shape memory alloy Ni-Mn-Ga, and develop various technologies within the fields of sensors, microfluidics, energy harvesters and actuators. For more information, please visit shawmountaintechnology.com.

About The Microfluidic Circle

The Microfluidic Circle is a professional community of individuals and companies created by uFluidix to bring together those who share one goal: help commercialize and grow the field of microfluidics. In this regard, the Circle interconnects business experts, engineers, scientists, investors, startups and the industry to promote collaboration toward introducing more successful microfluidics products. For more information, please visit circle.ufluidix.com.

About uFluidix

uFluidix is a contract manufacturer that designs, develops, and fabricates custom microfluidic chips that are mainly used by medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics companies for a variety of microtechnology applications. For more information, please visit ufluidix.com.

Media Contact:

Kateryna Protsyk, Program Manager
The Microfluidic Circle
Email: circle@ufluidix.com

For information on our latest news and our trending posts:
twitter.com/ufluidix or @uFluidix

For official press release, please click here.

Meet The Prototyping Grant Winner

Meet The Prototyping Grant Winner

After lengthy and careful consideration uFluidix is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016-2017 Prototyping Grant.

 

The winner is

Shaw Mountain Technology 

• Congratulations! •

 

SMT_MSMMicropump-300x281Shaw Mountain Technology (SMT) is a Boise-based company (Idaho, USA) that specializes in shape memory alloys, particularly the magnetic shape memory alloy Ni-Mn-Ga, and develop various technologies within the fields of sensors, microfluidics, energy harvesters, and actuators.

This grant covers USD 50,000 of design and fabrication services from uFluidix for the development of the magnetic shape memory (MSM) micropump, created by Shaw Mountain Technology, for one year up to a maximum defined with no strings attached.

«The MSM micropump utilizes a heterogeneous magnetic field from a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet to locally strain the material nearest to the poles of the magnet.  The resulting small cavity follows the poles of the magnet when the magnet is rotated.  The MSM micropump captures this motion by placing the material within a microfluidic channel.  Fluid from the inlet side of the channel is peristically transported to the outlet using the MSM effect.»
Retrieved from shawmountaintechnology.com

 

We would like to thank all applicants who applied for the 2016-2017 Prototyping Grant round!

We greatly appreciate your time, effort, and persistence.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to join The Microfluidic Circle. The next round is coming!

 

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2017

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2017

If you would like to advance your knowledge of cutting-edge microfluidics technology as well as participate in lively discussions and constructive collaborations, then attached document is for you. Click the link below to download a list of conferences related to Microfluidics, Nanofluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip, Point-of-Care Diagnostics, Organs-on-a-Chip, BioMEMS, 3D-BioPrinting, etc.

Download here: Microfluidics Conferences 2017

Please feel free to download the list of Microfluidics Conferences 2018 as well.

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2016

Upcoming Microfluidics Conferences 2016

If you are inspired about Microfluidics and want to exchange knowledge or share experience, attached document is for you. Click a link below to download useful information about upcoming conferences related to Microfluidics, Nanofluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip.

Download here: Microfluidics Conferences 2016

                  Please feel free to download the list of  Microfluidics Conferences 2017 as well.

Rules of Thumb for Designing $1 Microfluidic Cartridges

Rules of Thumb for Designing $1 Microfluidic Cartridges

If your business plan requires your raw microfluidic chip’s cost remain under $1 for being competitive with existing solutions, then you need to plan for it early in the product development process. Unfortunately, too often we come across microfluidic device developers who learn heart-breaking, nasty surprises regarding scalability of their multi-million dollar prototypes.

uFluidix’s production team has put together a few rules of thumb for designing low-cost plastic microfluidic cartridges. If these restrictions are conflicting with your design requirements, then it is recommend to consult with a few lab-on-a-chip manufacturers soon.

Guideline for the design of low-cost plastic microfluidic chips.

  • Keep the width of features (channels, chambers, …) greater than 20um.
  • Use no more than two layers including one feature layer sealed by a flat substrate layer.
  • Keep aspect ratio (height/width) between 0.5 and 2.
  • Keep features only on one side of a layer.
  • Avoid hard-to-bond plastics such as olefin copolymers.
  • Avoid dissimilar layers.
  • Avoid need to micro alignment of layers.
  • Avoid drilled or punched ports. Instead, use side access.

Aarash Sofla, CEO, uFluidix