There is a strong demand for the development of new technologies for point-of-care (PoC) diagnostic testing. PoC devices allow medical tests to be performed in the vicinity of the patient instead of in a clinical laboratory. Compared to current solutions, microfluidic devices promise to enable the development of PoC devices for more complex diagnostic tests. From a cost perspective, the use of plastic microfluidic chips is preferred, but their commercial success requires a number of technological challenges to be solved.
In Coat PoCKET, Micronit Microtechnologies and Surfix join forces to bring the technology for fabricating advanced point-of-care diagnostic tests to the next level. In the related R&D project ScaleTIME, this development is continued.