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Commercialization of microfluidic point-of-care diagnostic devices

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Abstract

A large part of the excitement behind microfluidics is in its potential for producing practical devices, but surprisingly few lab-on-a-chip based technologies have been successfully introduced into the market. Here, we review current work in commercializing microfluidic technologies, with a focus on point-of-care diagnostics applications. We will also identify challenges to commercialization, including lessons drawn from our experience in Claros Diagnostics. Moving forward, we discuss the need to strike a balance between achieving real-world impact with integrated devices versus design of novel single microfluidic components.

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The article was received on 05 Dec 2011, accepted on 25 Jan 2012 and first published on 27 Jan 2012


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21204H
Citation: Lab Chip, 2012,12, 2118-2134
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    Commercialization of microfluidic point-of-care diagnostic devices

    C. D. Chin, V. Linder and S. K. Sia, Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 2118
    DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21204H

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