Biotechnology

Microfluidics: The next medical breakthrough you haven't heard of

Microfluidics could be the future of healthcare. Image: Adan Rodriguez and Albert Folch, CC BY-ND

Albert Folch

Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington

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image of the wicking process in which which the energy stored within the liquid propels the liquid through narrow spaces
The colored liquids enter from the bottom left, but due to laminar flow, remain relatively unmixed even though they pass through one single channel and exit on the top right. Image: Greg Cooksey and Albert Folch
image of glucose strips being used to measure blood sugar
Glucose strips are microfluidic devices that require only a tiny amount of blood to measure blood sugar Image: Albert Folch, CC BY-ND
image of three microvalves in a microchannel
Three microvalves in a microchannel. The first and the third valve, leading to the orange-filled channel, are closed. The valve in the middle is open. Image: Greg Cooksey and Albert Folch
image of microfluidic equipment used in the field of tumor removal
This device is a ‘tumor-on-a-chip,’ and each well contains a different drug that is pumped to the center, where the tumor samples are placed. Image: Adan Rodriguez and Albert Folch, CC BY-ND
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