Microfluidics

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology represents a revolution in laboratory experimentation, bringing the benefits of miniaturization, integration and automation to many research-based industries. Microfluidic chips are the key components of our LabChip® systems, which also include a LabChip® instrument and experiment-specific reagents and software. Our chips contain a network of miniaturized, microfabricated channels, containing channels in one dimension smaller than 1 millimeter and larger than 1 micrometer, through which fluids and chemicals are moved to perform experiments. The instrument and software control the movement of fluids via pressure or voltage, and an integrated optical system detects the results of the particular experiment. Because we have great flexibility in channel design, and can exert split-second computer control over fluid flow, we have the ability to create chips for a multitude of applications. Our LabChip® systems provide the benefits of improved data accuracy and reproducibility, reduced cost and higher speed, leading to expanded individual researcher capability and improved enterprise-wide productivity.

In this video 'Sipper Chip at Work', compounds are sipped into a 4-sipper chip through the capillaries by vacuum. Reagents are dispensed from reservoirs on the chip and mixed with compounds in microchannels. Reactions occur in the channels and the resulting reactant and product are separated by electrophoresis. Finally, the signals are measured by laser-induced fluorescence.

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