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Pre-Conference Short Courses*

10 October



This course is designed for scientists, managers, technicians and engineers who would like to acquire a comprehensive overview of the field of microfluidics. Starting with the underlying physical principles of miniaturization, the course includes an introduction into microfabrication technologies for microfluidic devices covering a wide range of existing materials (glass, silicon, polymers) and manufacturing technologies and describes the complete development cycle of a microfluidic device from the design to the ready-to-use device. Applications of microfluidics in point-of-care and clinical diagnostics, analytical and synthetic chemistry, biotechnology and cell biology will be presented. The course will also provide an insight into the business and commercialization aspects of the field and the uptake of microfluidic technology in various markets.

  • Understand the basic physical principles and scaling laws governing miniaturization
  • Identify the suitable material for a given microfluidic application
  • Understand the basic technologies available for the microfabrication of glass, silicon and polymer materials and follow the device manufacturing process from design to the finished microfluidic device
  • Learn application examples of microfluidic devices in a wide range of disciplines
  • Understand the current state of the market and obstacles in the commercialization process


Holger Becker, Ph.D., CSO, microfluidic ChipShop



High specificity of the formation of antibody-antigen complexes and advances in the sensitivity of labels make the use of immuno-assays the method of choice for infectious disease diagnostics. In addition, immunoassays detect analytes at very low concentrations which measure drug and protein markers such as cancer and cardiac injury. The qualitative and quantitative results, ease, speed, and cost saving all combine to make immunoassays the method of choice for advancing diagnostics. This course is designed for bioengineers developing diagnostic assays and physicians, technicians, biotherapeutic researchers who wish to become informed about advances in the diagnostic pipeline.

Toon H. Evers, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Molecular Diagnostics, Philips Corporate Technologies
Vincent C. Emery, Ph.D., Infection, School of Life and Medical Sciences (Royal Free Campus), University College London
Henk SP Garritsen, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Institute for Clinical Transfusion Medicine, Staedtisches Klinikum Braunschweig GmbH

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nstructors to be announced. 

14:00 Opening RemarksMary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute 

14:10 Molecular Diagnostics in Transfusion Medicine: In Capillary, on a Chip, in Silico, or in Flight?Henk SP Garritsen, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Institute for Clinical Transfusion Medicine, Staedtisches Klinikum Braunschweig GmbH 

14:55 Refreshment Break 

15:20 Use of Cantilever Technology for Detection of Different AnalytesVincent C. Emery, Ph.D., School of Life and Medical Sciences, University College LondonDuring this presentation I will review how cantilever technology is being developed, and the different modes in which it can operate to detect different analytes of clinical interest.  These will include the detection of antigens using antibody capture on the cantilver platform and the use of peptide conjugated cantilvers for the characterisation of antibiotic  resistance.

15:55 Magnotech: Technological Solutions for Assay Development Challenges in Point-of-Care ImmunoassaysToon H. Evers, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Molecular Diagnostics, Philips Corporate TechnologiesPoint-of-care diagnostic applications require tests that are both fast and sensitive, have a broad dynamic range, and can be performed in undiluted biological samples. In this presentation, I will present the development of the Philips Magnotech technology for point-of-care immunoassays and focus on the technological solutions for these challenges in assay development.

16:30 Panel Discussion 

17:00 Close of Short Course 

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