Microfluidics Ireland

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Immunoassays

About Us

Based within our host institute, Dublin City University (DCU), the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems (FPC@DCU) is a German-Irish Research Collaboration between the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen, Germany) and Dublin City University (DCU).


Our centre designs, develops and manufactures microfluidic devices for Point-of-Care devices. These diagnostic technologies can be used “on location” at the “point-of-need” using miniaturised test systems to carry out a wide array of diagnostic tests. 

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PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

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HOST INSTITUTE

Technologies

Our centre’s core platform has traditionally been centrifugal lab-on-a-disc systems. Using pump-free centrifugal forces, our devices have no need for external pumping systems. However, our centre is much more than just “lab-on-a-disc”. We have particular expertise in:

  • In-line biopharmaceutical microfluidic Process Analysis Technologies (µPAT) for upstream and downstream process development

  • “Off-the-shelf” technologies for single cell isolation and manipulation

  •  Shear-free cell capture and organoid fabrication. 

Expertise in non-conventional manufacturing processes allows us to create highly innovative microfluidic systems at previously unscalable volumes. Precision automated chip assembly, Sensor Integration on-disc, and custom reader design and manufacture is why you should talk to us when designing or scaling your microfluidic solution.

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Applications

Our technologies are used in manufacturing facilities (to better optimise drug and cell technology manufacturing or diagnose quality issues), or used in R&D processes to better understand existing or emerging diseases, offering new therapeutic approaches in Lifesciences. FPC@DCU is a 1-STOP-SHOP for microfluidics technology design and commercialisation forindustry-driven innovations.


Our team can support early bioanalytic concept creation (with our highly inter-disciplinary team of Bioengineers, Chemical, and Bioanalytical Scientists) and can develop these early technologies into production-scale devices. We have off-the-shelf solutions for biochemical and surface functionalisation, nucleic acid sample preparation, cell handling and fluid mixing/particle sorting. Our applications extend well beyond the lifesciences market.

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Publications

While our best innovations are kept “close to our chests”, we do have a list of recent publications that describe the microfluidic technologies underpinning our centre. However, talk to use directly about how our in-house know-how and previous commercially-sensitive experience can help you design and market your next product.

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News & Events

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