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Common Material Challenges in Miniaturizing In Vitro Diagnostics

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The miniaturization of diagnostic tests comes with several unique challenges. The aim is to transform the fast turnaround time and specificity of Lab on a Chip (LOC) diagnostics into a mass-produced product that delivers the same result to consumers in the real world. For researchers, overcoming these challenges means designing specifications and meeting investors' requirements in order to manufacture a product that meets customers' needs to a high degree of accuracy.

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A Closer look at Advanced Flexible Materials: Hydrogel

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Join us for a quick video and take a closer look at a hydrogel from our Sourcebook library. 

 

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Demystifying Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEAs) in Medical Device Manufacturing

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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a design review tool used to identify and correct all possible failures in a product, service, design or manufacturing process. This step-by-step approach was first initiated in the 1940s by the United States Army and further developed by NASA in the early 1960s.

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Breakdown of a Lateral Flow Test Strip

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Lateral flow test strips are simple, easy to use devices that can detect the presence or absence of a target analyte (chemical or substance) in a specimen provided by a patient. These tests are typically used at point of care (medical office), at home, or in the laboratory. They are valued for being low-cost, simple, rapid and portable.

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Lab-on-Chip: an Overview

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Lab-on-chip (LOC) technology has the potential to provide a robust and portable point-of-care (POC) toolset at a fraction of the size and cost of conventional laboratory sampling methods. However, it is still an emerging technology, and commercial applications of LOCs are presently limited. Several major technical bottlenecks hamper the commercial viability of LOCs, including material quality, commercial-scale fabrication challenges, sample complexity, and many other hindrances.

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