NGM presenting @BMT Focus Session “Nanotechnologies for Safe & Sustainable Biomedical Applications” on 28 Sept.

The biomedical engineering community will come together again in the heart of the Alps. Innsbruck with its unique combination of urban flair and impressive mountain scenery will provide an inspiring atmosphere to meet colleagues and friends, exchange scientific ideas, discuss current trends, initiate new research and make new contacts.

BNN encourages NextGenMicrofluidics beneficiaries and all interested parties to join our focus session “Nanotechnologies for Safe & Sustainable Biomedical Applications”.

Chairs: Andreas Falk, Susanne Resch, and Clemens Wolf, BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (BNN), Austria

Dr. George Tsekenis from Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens is going to give a presentation titled “NextGenMicrofluidics: low-cost, high-throughput manufacturing approaches for the development of microfluidics-based molecular diagnostics devices” during this focus session” on 28 September 2022 in Innsbruck, Austria.

 

ABSTRACT

 

NextGenMicrofluidics: low-cost, high-throughput manufacturing approaches for the development of microfluidics-based molecular diagnostics devices (Zena Chakim, Dimitris G. Karadimas, Jenny Graunitz, Joerg Nestler, Claude Leiner, Martin Smolka, Anja Haase, Jan Hesse, Richard Benauer, Andreas Flanschger, Andreas Mader, Wilfried Weigel, Nastasia Okulova, Jan Kafka, Conor O’Sullivan, Mirko Lohse, Janine Brommert, Christoph Stöver, Goran Bijelic, George Tsekenis)

 

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of population-scale screening to identify infected and often asymptomatic individuals, making the need for low-cost and reliable tests that can be widely-implemented even more pressing.

Methods

To address this need, and within the context of the H2020 NextGenMicrofluidics project, we have focused on the development of a microfluidic-based Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC), for the multiplexed detection of SARS-CoV-2 as well as Influenza A (both H1N1 and H3N2), combining a roll-to-roll (R2R) fabricated sensor foil with an injection-molded cartridge. Detection of viral genetic material relies on the Linear-after-the-Amplification (LATE) PCR protocol, while their detection is achieved through hybridization with a virus- and strain- specific microarray of probes, spotted onto an appropriately-functionalized polymer foil. The latter also serves as a waveguiding element, where a sensitive TIRF (total internal reflection fluorescence) readout is realised. Integration of the probe-spotted foil with a disposable microfluidic cartridge, consisting of several reservoirs for reagents as well as a capillary chamber for viral RNA amplification by means of convective PCR (cPCR), permits further reductions in the LoC footprint to be attained. Finally, liquids are moved within the cartridge by integrated electrochemical micropump, making PCB-based fluidic actuation obsolete.

Results

Herein, the sensitive and selective detection of viral genetic material in real patient samples with the use of the novel LoC is demonstrated, while the challenges faced upon integrating the individual and highly-heterogeneous components of the molecular diagnostics assay are also discussed.

Conclusion

The proposed microfluidic-based LoC addresses the current global demand for sustainable and efficient processes in the diagnostics field as it enables high-throughput, cost-effective manufacturing, while the high degree of process parallelisation accomplished renders it suitable for the test quantities needed for mass screening and viral strain discrimination.

 

MicroNanoConference, 1 – 2 November 2022, Twente, Netherlands

Where industry meets science, where problems can find solutions and where trends, challenges and new technologies are highlighted

 

The international MicroNanoConference 2022 brings together science and industry to show how micro and nanotechnology can help to tackle social issues in Nano4Society. The language at the MicroNanoConference is English.

 

NGM presents poster at NanoWeek 2022 in Cyprus

Clemens Wolf (BNN) presented the poster “Next Generation of Microfluidics for safe and sustainable diagnostics devices” at NanoWeek 2022 in Limassol, Cyprus from 20-24 June 2022. A highlight of the week was the outdoor poster session overlooking the sea, where participants could wander through the poster stands at a leisurely pace.

NanoWeek is co-organized by NanoCommons and the EU NanoSafety Cluster projects. The theme of the 2022 conference was Evolution of Nanosafety and materials sustainability as we transition into Horizon Europe”.

Webinar: Promoting your Research on Social Media (7 Sept. 2022)

You are warmly invited to our partner BNN’s upcoming webinar: Promoting your Research on Social Media on Wednesday, 7 September from 10 – 11 am CEST.

BNN is holding this webinar for all of their projects and members, including NextGenMicrofluidics project. This workshop is not for social media experts but rather for those of us that want to learn some Do’s and Don’ts for setting up your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts so that you can do effective promotion and then move on with your life!

The workshop will cover:

  • Setting up your profile with the most important info
  • How to post most effectively with the least amount of effort
  • Mistakes to avoid
  • Examples from real accounts in our sector

Find more details and the workshop link here: https://www.bnn.at/events/social-media-webinar

Please share this informative event with your colleagues and post on your website.
You can also share our posts on Twitter and LinkedIn

We hope you’ll join!

NGM @ Knowledge for Growth

 

19 May 2022, ICC Ghent, Belgium

 

Microfluidics Innovation Hub (MIH) and JOANNEUM RESEARCH had a booth at Knowledge for Growth (#kfg2022), where they presented the Hub as well as NextGen Microfluidics and our Open Call. Knowledge for Growth is one of Europe’s finest life sciences conference with delegates from biotech, pharma and medtech, agricultural and chemical industry as well as investors, universities, and topnotch research institutes.

NGM @ BioCHIP Berlin

10 – 11 May 2022, Berlin, Germany

BioCHIP Berlin brings together engineers, product developers with scientists and practitioners to gain valuable information on the latest trends of microfluidic technologies and their applications in complex systems. It is a forward-looking forum for presenting advances in micro and nano technology, microfabrication, devices integration, materials and surfaces, analysis and synthesis technologies for the life sciences and chemistry.

Parallel to the exhibition is the technology conference. A broad array of scientific tracks will cover diverse topics and attract researchers and practicing engineers from different disciplines to interact and exchange their latest results.

JOANNEUM RESEARCH and MIH plan to have a booth there.

 

For all science-loving lucky ones, here’s your chance to win free tickets!

Drop us a message, win 2 tickets and meet us in Berlin to discuss microfluidics!

NGM @MEDICA & COMPAMED 2022

14 – 17 November 2022, Düsseldorf, Germany

MIH plans to have a booth at the MEDICA & COMPAMED conference in November.

More information coming soon.

 

NGM @ LOPEC

22 – 24 March 2022, ICM – Internationales Congress Center München

The trade show will take place from 23 – 24 March and the congress will already start on 22 March and ends on 24 March.

With around 200 conference presentations, the LOPEC Conference is once again the world’s leading communication platform for technology, solutions, knowledge and research in the printed electronics industry.

Barbara Stadlober (JR) will give a presentation on microfluidics and JOANNEUM RESEARCH will have a booth at the event.

 

NGM @ Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2022

21 – 22 June 2022, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

SelectBIO Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2022 now in its 15th year brings together researchers and industry participants from both academia and industry focusing on technology and innovation in the Lab-on-a-Chip (LOAC) and Microfluidics fields.

The focus is on LOAC device production technologies, novel designs/technologies for manufacture, as well as the key application areas for LOAC from research to diagnostics as well as 3D-bioprinting and the convergence of microfluidics technologies with biofabrication and 3D-printing as well as deployment of microfluidics technologies in point-of-care testing and global health.

Our partners from JOANNEUM RESEARCH and TECNALIA will give a presentation at this conference. JOANNEUM RESEARCH and MIH plan to have a booth there.

 

NGM @ Global Innovation Summit

The Global Innovation Summit provides an international meeting place for businesses, innovators, researchers and funding experts to network, share knowledge and develop new business ideas. It took place 18 – 20 May 2021 in Graz, Austria.

Anja Haase from JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH gave a talk about “High throughput Roll-to-Roll Production of Lab on Chip Devices”.

Watch the video below, starting at 1:06 h.