SelectBIO will host it’s 11th Annual Microfluidics & Lab-on-a-Chip 2019 World Congress October 7th – 9th. The conference venue is the beautiful Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa on Coronado Island, across and around San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego, California. Presentations at the conference will explore the latest advances in the Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics Fields. Focus at this conference will also be given to some of the many applications of Lab-on-a-Chip, from life science research, to taking diagnostics to the point-of-care/point-of-need and body-on-a-chip/organs-on-a-chip. The conference focuses on LOAC device production technologies, novel designs/technologies for manufacture, as well as the key application areas for LOAC from research to diagnostics as well as 3D-bioprinting and the convergence of microfluidics technologies with biofabrication and 3D-printing. Redbud Labs plans to showcase it’s cartridge-ready microfluidic chip families, MXR and STR, in a conference exhibit.

On Tuesday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m., Richard Spero will provide the Keynote Presentation in the Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics 2019: Emerging Themes, Technologies and Applications (Track “A”). His presentation, entitled Fast, Cartridge-Ready Sample Prep Using Off-the-Shelf Components will be shared with an audience and the abstract follows directly.

Sample-to-answer products are catching fire in the diagnostics and research markets, but microfluidic sample prep remains a major challenge. Methods that are ubiquitous at the bench, such as magnetic beads and centrifugation, translate poorly to cartridge formats. Meanwhile, microfluidic sample prep methods are generally proprietary and challenging to customize. We demonstrate microfluidic sample prep using commercially available components to deliver rapid affinity purification of target analytes. The result is an open platform for cartridge-ready sample prep that can deliver for lab-on-a-chip developers what magnetic beads enable at the bench.