Labs on a chip for health care applications


Berg, A. van den (2010) Labs on a chip for health care applications. In: 14th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, µTAS 2010, 3-7 October 2010, Groningen, the Netherlands (pp. pp. 4-6).

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Abstract:Three examples of Lab on Chip devices for medical applications are presented. First, a disposable, prefilled capillary electrophoresis chip for monitoring lithium in blood of manic depressive patients is discussed. It is demonstrated that the same chip-platform can also be used to measure sodium in urine which is relevant for kidney patients. In a second example, a simple chip for counting sperm cells in semen is presented that is used to determine male fertility. Finally, the development of silicon nanowires for a nanopill usable for early cancer diagnostics is presented, and its electrochemical functionality is demonstrated. These three examples show that the first lab on chip devices are coming close to commercial application, and that future healthcare may strongly benefit from extensive point-of-care diagnostics capabilities.
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