[UCI-Calit2] Industrial Manufacturing and Commercialization of Microfluidics: Are We There Yet?

Shellie Nazarenus snaz at calit2.uci.edu
Thu Apr 15 13:40:10 PDT 2010


"Industrial Manufacturing and Commercialization of Microfluidics: Are We
There Yet?"

Dr. Holger Becker

Co-Founder and CSO, Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH, Germany


Thursday, April 29, 2010


Room 3008, Cal-IT2

Refreshments will be served


Seminar Background:

Historically, the microfluidics industry has been challenged to achieve
a strong return on investment. With the exception of inkjet printing, a
key killer application has yet to be identified for this burgeoning
technology. With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Dr.
Holger Becker, co-founder and CSO of Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH in
Germany, will share his thoughts and perspective on this matter as well
as practical advice and predictions. 


Over the last few years, Dr. Becker has authored many insightful focus
articles in the leading journal for microfluidics, Lab on a Chip. Titles
include "Hype, Hope, and Hubris: The Quest for the Killer Application in
Microfluidics,"  "It's the Economy...," "Mind the Gap!" and most
recently "Lost in Translation." Please join us for an important seminar
with one of the world's leading experts in the field.


Holger Becker Biography:

Dr. Holger Becker is co-founder and CSO of Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH.
He obtained physics degrees from the University of Western
Australia/Perth and the University of Heidelberg. He started to work on
miniaturized systems for chemical analysis during his PhD-thesis at
Heidelberg University, where he obtained his PhD in 1995. Between 1995
and 1997 he was a Research Associate at Imperial College with Andreas
Manz. In 1998 he joined Jenoptik Mikrotechnik GmbH. Since then, he
founded and led several companies in the field of microsystem
technologies in medicine and the life sciences. He leads the Industry
Group of the German Physical Society and is member of the program
committee of the SPIE "Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems"
conference as well as acting as regular reviewer of project proposals on
national and EU level and for several journals devoted to microsystem


This seminar is sponsored by the Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus
(MF3) Center, headquartered at UC Irvine. Visit our website for more
information about the center: www.inrf.uci.edu/mf3





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