Lab on a chip

  • Etching Microstructures with Lasers

    Structuring process for glass using direct laser ablation with ultrafast laser pulses. Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Volker Lannert.

    Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.

  • Lab-on-a-Chip for Tracking Single Bacterial Cells

    A microfluidic system for tracking growth and gene expression of single bacteria. University of Basel, Biozentrum

    Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, together with researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, have set up a novel lab-on-a-chip with accompanying automatic analysis software. As they report in Nature Communications, this integrated setup can be used to study gene regulation in single bacterial cells in response to dynamically controlled environmental changes.

  • Less Animal Experiments on the Horizon: Multi-organ Chip Awarded

    The illustrations show in comparison how the blood circulation in the human body (left) and the channels on the multi-organ chip (right) supply the liver, the kidneys and other organs or tissues. © Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

    Dresden Fraunhofer engineers have developed a so-called "multi-organ chip". This microsystem from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden, which has now received an "EARTO Innovation Award" in Brussels, simulates the blood circulation and the organs of animals or humans. The "lab-on-a-chip" will help industry to develop new drugs and cosmetics more quickly than before. But what is even more important: "We see good opportunities to eliminate the need for many animal experiments," emphasized Dr. Udo Klotzbach, Business Unit Manager Microtechnology at Fraunhofer IWS. In addition, this system opens the door to individualized medicine a little further, in which doctors can determine an exactly fitting therapy for each patient within days instead of years.

  • Microarray Rapid Test Speeds up Detection in Case of Legionella Pneumophila Outbreak

    First author Catharina Kober with the LegioTyper-chip. Photo: Jonas Bemetz / TUM

    In an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, finding the exact source as quickly as possible is essential to preventing further infections. To date, a detailed analysis takes days. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now developed a rapid test that achieves the same result in about 35 minutes. Legionella are rod-shaped bacteria that can cause life-threatening pneumonia in humans. They multiply in warm water and can be dispersed into the air via cooling towers, evaporative recooling systems and hot water systems.

  • MMA Helps Manufacturers of Medical Device Components to Introduce their Products into ASEAN Market

    24-channel microscope "zenCELL owl”. InnoME GmbH

    From August 29 to 31, 2018, the Medical Manufacturing Asia (MMA) takes place as a supplier trade fair in Singapore. The IVAM Microtechnology Network presents a joint pavilion at the fair. Here, international developers and manufacturers of medical device components present current technologies and products. The fair will be accompanied by a presentation forum, B2B meetings and a company visit.

  • Ready for new turbulences

    Detail of a high-resolution computer simulation of a highly turbulent salt solution. © University of Twente

    First Max Planck Center for the physics of complex fluid dynamics is inaugurated / Collaboration between two Max Planck Institutes and research groups from the University of Twente.

    The Max Planck Society and the University of Twente are joining forces to set up a groundbreaking centre for the investigation of complex fluid dynamics in Enschede/The Netherlands. The two parties are investing around ten million euros in total to enable this Max Planck - University of Twente Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics to make progress in medical diagnostics, or the operation of wind turbines, for example. It is anticipated that the outstanding research groups and the unique laboratory facilities, which can be used jointly via the Center, will attract scientific talent from all over the world. The inauguration will be celebrated with a symposium at the University of Twente on 3 March with the Presidents of the two institutions, the leading scientists and political guests.

  • Retina-on-a-chip Provides Powerful Tool for Studying Eye Disease

    Organ-on-a-chip system. Fraunhofer IGB

    Impact statement: New technology that recreates some of the complexity of the human retina may help scientists study eye disease and screen for drug side effects that harm the eye. The development of a retina-on-a-chip, which combines living human cells with an artificial tissue-like system, has been described today in the open-access journal eLife. This cutting-edge tool may provide a useful alternative to existing models for studying eye disease and allow scientists to test the effects of drugs on the retina more efficiently.