This patented technology (US 8,580,161) describes ways of controlling fluid movement in microfluidic devices and microwell plates. Fluid movement is achieved by controlling gating, valving, and permeation using light-actuated compounds such as a spiropyran. Prototypes have been tested in the lab and we are looking for a licensee to develop and commercialize µfluidic devices in a wide variety of applications enabled by the underlying patent.
Features & Benefits
- Enables repatternable µfluidic valves and channels
- Provides for non-mechanical pumping of fluids
- Reduced fabrication cost
- POC blood diagnostics
- Biomarker detection
- Food pathogen testing
- Many others!
Background of Invention
Microfluidic devices are a popular means of analyzing minute quantities of samples and feature high-throughput sampling capabilities and suitability for providing highly controlled microreactor environments; however, many types of microfluidic devices and related fabrication approaches can be costly and require great effort and time to produce.
Patented, available for exclusive licensing