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Short Course 1 - Commercialization of Microfluidic Devices and Systems

The course will give an overview of the introduction and penetration of microfluidics technology into the markets and presents a range of applications and products.

Learning objectives:
  1. Understand industrial requirements in product development and realization
  2. Get an overview on development strategies
  3. Obtain a perspective on the development of the microfluidic market and the lessons learned
  4. Get an overview on successful and unsuccessful products and applications
Topics to be covered in the course:
  1. Aspects of commercialization and historical perspectives
  2. Microfluidic product development
  3. Industrial manufacturing requirements
  4. Product examples
Course material:

Printed lecture notes (approx. 150 pages)


Dr Holger Becker is co-founder and CSO of microfluidic ChipShop GmbH. He obtained physics degrees from the University of Western Australia/Perth and the University of Heidelberg. He started to work on miniaturized systems for chemical analysis during his PhD thesis at Heidelberg University, where he obtained his PhD in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he was a Research Associate at Imperial College with Prof. Andreas Manz. In 1998 he joined Jenoptik Mikrotechnik GmbH. Since then, he founded and led several companies in the field of microsystem technologies in medicine and the life sciences. He lead the Industry Group of the German Physical Society between 2004 and 2009, and is the current chair of the SPIE "Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems" conference, co-chair of MicroTAS 2013. He serves on the Editorial Board of "Lab-on-a-Chip" as well as acting as a regular reviewer of project proposals on a national and international level.

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