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A generic toolbox for microfluidics and point-of-care diagnostics
What is Flowpad?
FlowPad features disposable, credit card format microfluidic cartridges with fluidic channels designed to perform a selection of tests outside of a traditional lab environment. The integrated protocol can be complex by including all sample preparation steps — concentration, lysis, purification—as well as bio-analysis and detection procedures—qPCR, RPA, LAMP, etc. An instrument leverages a chip holder, a functional implementation system based on the microfluidic cartridge design—a valve, fluidic actuator, Peltier heater, magnet and pellet disruptor—and related software programs. Both instrument and microfluidic cartridges are custom-designed based on clinical or manufacturing requirements.
CEA-Leti is currently working in scaling to high-volume manufacturing both the cartridge and the instrument with industrial partners. New application: microARN detection from blood.
• 5 fluidic connection patents filed
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.