May 2012

MiniFAB at The Broad Institute

Seminar on the advances in polymer microfluidic devices

MiniFAB will present a seminar on designing, prototyping, developing, and manufacturing polymer microfluidic devices at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on Monday, May 14, 2012. With a group of the Broad Institute’s expert scientists and engineers, MiniFAB’s CEO, Erol Harvey, will discuss advances in polymer microfluidics.

“Over the past 10 years the teams at MiniFAB have created a well-structured path for the development of polymer micro engineered lab-on-a-chip systems. While the development pathway is now clear, success still requires a fair degree of multi-disciplinary collaboration, discovery, and invention. We are excited to explore these themes with the researchers at The Broad Institute,” says Erol Harvey, MiniFAB’s CEO.

Successful technology transfer from laboratory prototype to full-scale manufacture of medical diagnostic products is about managing complexity. Although there are many promising emerging technologies in this field, there are a multitude of development hurdles facing each product development effort, including manufacturability, scale-up, and regulatory issues. Solutions rely on a combination of factors: development of enabling technologies for modular components; integration of key components into systems using novel, low-cost manufacturing techniques; interfacing of systems to the external environment and most importantly, understanding the requirements of the user community and target markets.

The Broad Institute is graciously hosting this seminar on Monday, May 14, 2012.

The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT was launched in 2004 to empower this generation of creative scientists to transform medicine. The Broad Institute seeks to describe all the molecular components of life and their connections; discover the molecular basis of major human diseases; develop effective new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics; and disseminate discoveries, tools, methods and data openly to the entire scientific community.

Founded by MIT, Harvard and its affiliated hospitals, and the visionary Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe L. Broad, the Broad Institute includes faculty, professional staff and students from throughout the MIT and Harvard biomedical research communities and beyond, with collaborations spanning over a hundred private and public institutions in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Read the full press release here.

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