About Microfluidics Ireland

Microfluidics Ireland or the Fraunhofer Project Centre for embedded bioanalytical systems (FPC@DCU) is a three-way partnership between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (Aachen, Germany), and Dublin City University. This Strategic Partnership has the privilege of being the 1st Fraunhofer project centre in Ireland. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is Europe‘s largest organization for applied research, with more than 25,000 employees and 75 specialised Institutes across Germany.


FPC@DCU is a 1-stop-shop for microfluidics technology development. With expertise in microfluidic systems design, prototyping and biological optimisation, FPC@DCU is ideally placed to de-risk and accelerate early-stage technologies for commercialisation. Through its partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany, coupled with indigenous collaborating manufacturing partners, FPC@DCU also offers manufacturing scale-up capabilities, with access to cutting edge small scale manufacturing, microfluidic injection moulding and automated assembly/bonding systems. 


Our facilities in DCU gives us immediate access to many microfabrication tools (e.g., ultraprecision milling, laser ablation and lithography, hot embossing, adhesive patterning, thermal lamination, 3D printing) and analysis (FRT 3D optical profilometry, electron/light/AF microscopy, spectroscopy, nanoindentation, chromatography, cell culture, mass spectrometry). We also have access to in-house IP and know-how in the areas of NGS Automated Sample Preparation, cell sorting & enrichment, and unique microfluidic valve technology that offer a powerful and versatile toolbox for microfluidic manipulation and analysis.

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Objective

To offer our clients innovative and cost-effective solutions in microfluidics design and scale-up for manufacture and commercialisation. We will share our experience and expertise to allow your business to innovate and grow.

 

Meet the Team

Prof Jed Harrison

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Scientific Director

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Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Professor, Dublin City University, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

RELATED EXPERIENCE:
Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada, 2020 – present
Prof of Chemistry (part time), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada, 2020 – 2021
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada 1984-2019
Visiting Professor, Ames Research Center, NASA, CA, USA, Sep 2017-Mar 2018
Member of the Visiting Committee for MicroDevices Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA, 2008 -present


President of Chemical and Biochemical Microsystems Society, operating Micro-TAS Conferences on microfluidics from 2000-2010.
Management Board, University of Alberta Centre for Nanofabrication (Nanofab) 1997-2014

First to publish microfluidic separations in 1991 and since developed the technology for over two decades; developed world to chip interfaces, first to develop on chip reaction methods for biochemical assays, developed chip to MS interfaces, demonstrated salt reduction methods for LDI-MS surfaces. Extensive research portfolio on ion selective electrodes, and cyclic voltammetry-based analyses. Co-PI for two DARPA grants on microfluidic systems for remote bio-agent monitoring. 
 

 

Dr John Gleeson

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Business Development Manager 

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John is Business Development Manager of the Fraunhofer Project Centre in DCU and is a highly motivated and experienced Start Up executive and founder, with a strong background in Life Sciences technology commercialisation. John’s experience spans the entire product development cycle (i.e. technology conceptualisation, research and development, intellectual property (IP) exploitation, clinical and regulatory approval, business development). He was a Director of SurgaColl technologies and a member of their Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, and previously a Board Member of the Engineers Ireland Biomedical Engineering Division Steering Committee. In his Executive roles (CEO/CTO), he raised over €5 million in start-up equity finance from both the Angel and Venture Capital community internationally. 

Before founding SurgaColl, he was a Principal Investigator in the Royal College of surgeons in Ireland (Tissue Engineering Research Group) where he was directly responsible for attracting over €3 million of research funding within the fields of Tissue Engineering and Translational Research. John continues to be research active, with an adjunct lecturing position in RCSI and is an active collaborator on a number of EU H2020 projects. John holds a PhD in Engineering, Masters in Leadership and Management, and a Sprachdiplom Stufe II accreditation.

Dr Rohit Mishra

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Principal Investigator

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Dr Mishra is a Principal Investigator and Research Fellow with a portfolio that spans over fifteen years’ experience in the R&D of Micro & Nano systems for Life Sciences and Medicine, Materials, and other Bioanalytical applications. He currently leads the FPCs mission in the development of microfluidic and micro/nano-systems based solutions for industry and academia (Idea-to-manufacturing of Lab-on-disc, Lab-on-Chip; Micro and Nano-fabrication; Sample prep automation; Point-of-use/care detection, Micro-total-analysis-systems; Surface engineering, Organ-on-a-chip). 


His current interests focus on nano/microsystems including principles of design-for-manufacture, miniaturization and micro-fabrication scale-up, and process & functional material integration. In addition to R&D, he also has experience and is involved in project management, business & IP development, regulatory and ISO work environments. He holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and a Masters in Applied Polymer Science from MLU, Germany and ETH Zurich, Switzerland with a track record in industrial collaborations in his research (Roche, Bayer etc.). He currently serves on the technical programme committee of the MicroTAS conference since 2018.

Dr Damien King

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Princial Investigator

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Damien King is a research fellow and the group lead for cell handling applications in the Fraunhofer Project Centre in DCU. Damien has experience in technology conceptualisation, research and development, systems engineering, validation and compliance, regulatory approval, intellectual property exploitation, business development and project management. To date he has raised over €1 million in competitive funding and has led commercialisation projects, industry collaborations and collaborations on EU H2020 projects. His previous roles include senior systems engineer at Stokes Bio: a part of Life Technologies (now Thermo Fisher), post-doctoral researcher roles at the University of Limerick (Stokes Institute and The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre) & assistant lecturer in the department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. Damien holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering, specialising in optical fibre sensor and an honours degree in Electronic Engineering. 

David Boyle

Technical Officer

david.boyle@dcu.ie

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David Boyle is a milling technician responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Kern EVO UPM (ultra-precise machining) platform. This machine gives excellent on-piece accuracy (<5µm) and outstanding surface finish (< 1µm Ra), and is used to produce high-quality microfluidic parts for core pilot applications and external projects.

Julia Kwiatkowska

Research Assistant

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Julia is a Research Assistant working under the supervision of Dr Rohit Mishra towards the development of a polymeric medical device for sample handling and assay deployment towards a rapid, saliva-based Covid-19 screening assay. She is also involved in platform development on other microfluidics projects. Her primary background is in biomedical engineering with focus on medical devices.

Alexandra Weniger

Research Assistant

Alexandra.weniger@dcu.ie

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Alexandra is a Research Assistant working under the supervision of Dr Rohit Mishra. Her work will focus on development of a colorimetric detection on a handheld device for rapid diagnostics applications. Her work will also involve testing of microfluidic long term storage structures which enable in-field deployment. Her primary background is in industrial engineering with focus on civil engineering.

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Maximilian Fahland

Research Assistant

Maximilian.fahland@dcu.ie

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Maximilian Fahland is a research associate working under the supervision of Dr. Rohit Mishra in the area of droplet generation for LOD applications. Maximilian is responsible for the simulation of microfluidic processes. He studies mechanical engineering with a focus on fluid mechanics.

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Darren McAuley

Research Assistant

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Darren McAuley is a Research Assistant working under the supervision of Dr Rohit Mishra towards several current and past projects in the development of microfluidic Point of Care systems including reagent handling, flow control, microfabrication and fluidic demonstration. His primary background is in Physics with a biomedical emphasis.

Rosheen Speier

Research Assistant

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Rosheen Speier is a research assistant working under Dr. Damien King. As part of the cell handling biology team she is involved in numerous projects, with her main responsibilities including the manufacturing of microfluidic chips, the culturing of cells, conducting marker and viability tests and data analysis.

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Raphaela Ferreira

Research Assistant

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Raphaela Ferreira is Research Assistant working under Dr. Damien King on various projects in the centre. She is responsible for the experimental characterization, optimization and benchmarking of cell-based assays implemented on microfluidic systems.

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Josh Fallon-Doran

Research Assistant

Josh.fallondoran@dcu.ie

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Josh Fallon-Doran is Research Assistant with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. He is working with Dr. Damien King on numerous interesting projects in the centre. He helps visualise ideas generated in 3D CAD, designs prototypes and tests them for proof of concept, using tools like 3D designing, Micro-milling, 3D printing, Laser cutting, and White-light-interferometry characterisation.

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