MicroLIQUID has shown once again that it strives to develop new point-of-care platforms by using the latest technologies in microfluidics.
In this project, microLIQUID will be working together with European leaders, both from academia and industry, to develop new PoC applications.
We invite you to read the press release issued by Ghent University at the start of the project in October 2017.
“Ghent, Belgium – October 1, 2017 – Ghent University and its project partners today announced the launch of the PoCOsteo project. Together they will develop and validate a point-of-care in-office device for identifying individuals at high risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fracture. The project is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Industrial leadership in nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing and processing (H2020-NMBP). The overall goal of the project is the development, clinical validation and preparation for commercialisation of a point-of-care tool for bone disease (a.o. osteoporosis) prevention, detection and treatment.
Indeed, as a consequence of the ageing of the society, osteoporosis (literally “porous bone”) and its complications is becoming more and more prevalent, making the bone disease a health priority in many parts of the world. Usually osteoporosis manifests itself in a drastic manner, i.e. through fracture of the osteoporotic bone in the affected individual. This causes a serious burden for the patient and a high medical care cost for the society. Currently osteoporosis is commonly known as a “silent killer” disease. Up to 20% of patients die in the first year following a hip fracture, mostly due to pre-existing medical conditions. Less than half of those who survive the hip fracture regain their previous level of function1. Early detection of individuals at risk of osteoporosis and starting a suitable treatment before fractures and complications arise would drastically improve the current situation. Until now little or no measures for prevention or early detection of osteoporosis are taken, because no simple, yet sufficiently accurate or sensitive tools for early detection are available.
The PoCOsteo system will employ electrochemical detection and brings together proteomics, genomics and microfluidics technologies. The in-office test will provide the results in real-time during consultation and can be performed by unskilled technicians even at rural areas where access to current state-of-the-art equipment is limited. The design will limit the amount of both expensive reagents and blood samples needed for the tests and so it not only reduces the cost of each test, which is of great importance, especially nowadays when full reimbursement is not practiced in many countries, but also reduces the patient’s pain and discomfort.
The project will be supported and advised by the IOF, the International Osteoporosis Foundation, which is the main global alliance of patient societies, research organizations, healthcare professionals and international companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health.
Over the next four years, PoCOsteo will be coordinated by Ghent University. Industrial, academic and clinical partners will bring their expertise to the project: Universitat Rovira I Virgili and microLIQUID (Spain), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung (Germany), Labman Automation (United Kingdom), Medizinische Universität Graz (Austria), Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute (Iran) and Fundico (Belgium).”
In microfluidics, sharing is hard. However, practitioners are exploring new ways to share designs and devices along with their experience. Many thanks to Vivien Marx and Nature for giving microLIQUID the opportunity to describe our experience in Volume 15, Number 3 of the magazine NATURE.
Some of the key aspects of microLIQUID´s origins are set out in this review, as well as a description of our business model, which aims to manufacture new robust products and introduce them into the market.
Nature explains that microLIQUID was spun out of the technology centre IKERLAN in 2008. In microLIQUID´s first years, the customers were mainly academics requesting microfluidic chip development. Today, around 15% of microLIQUID customers are academics and R&D centres working with state-of-the-art technologies, and the rest are pharmaceutical and biotech companies, of which around 55% are in Europe and around 40% are in the U.S.. The review also points out that working with academics is essential for the future of the field because of the way it drives us toward next-generation solutions.
In 2013, the company switched from making stand-alone chips to designing and manufacturing microfluidic chips and automated instruments. This new value proposition reflects customer needs. It plays out well because it´s hard to launch a microfluidic device without knowing the automated instrumentation it will be associated with. This helps to explain why many microfluidic chips do not make it to market even after many years in development.
microLIQUID will be at Analytica 2018 this April 09-13 in München, Germany.
On behalf of our company, if you are attending to the event, we want to take advantage to have a meeting with you in order to talk about our common interests.
We will be pleased to invite you to join us at our stand A3.220, where we will be showcasing our latest offerings and technologies, and we will have our top product experts on hand to answer your questions.
Looking forward to seeing you.
microLIQUID is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at several international events during this year. See some of them below:
We will be demonstrating our latest offerings and technologies and we will have our top product experts on hand to answer your questions. Therefore, don´t hesitate to send us an e-mail to [email protected] if you are interested in scheduling a meeting with one of our experts on site.
We would like to thank you for devoting some of your time in visiting our booth at Compamed, held in Düsseldorf, DE, from the 13th to the 16th of November of 2017. We hope that you had a good time and enjoyed your visit to the city.
It was our pleasure and honor, and we enjoyed many inspiring conversations. Moreover, we were impressed by the number of visitors and the great interest in our products.
In case we weren’t able to answer some of your questions about our products and services while you were there, we encourage you to contact us at the following email adress: [email protected]
We look forward to being able to be of service to you.