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Trends Biotechnol. 2014 Jul;32(7):347-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2014.04.010.

Commercialization of microfluidic devices.

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1
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK.
2
Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 1QT, UK. Electronic address: ay283@cam.ac.uk.

Abstract

Microfluidic devices offer automation and high-throughput screening, and operate at low volumes of consumables. Although microfluidics has the potential to reduce turnaround times and costs for analytical devices, particularly in medical, veterinary, and environmental sciences, this enabling technology has had limited diffusion into consumer products. This article analyzes the microfluidics market, identifies issues, and highlights successful commercialization strategies. Addressing niche markets and establishing compatibility with existing workflows will accelerate market penetration.

KEYWORDS:

commercialization; lab-on-a-chip; market entry; microfluidics

PMID:
24954000
DOI:
10.1016/j.tibtech.2014.04.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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