Commercialization of microfluidic devices

Trends Biotechnol. 2014 Jul;32(7):347-50. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2014.04.010.


Microfluidic devices offer automation and high-throughput screening, and operate at low volumes of consumables. Although microfluidics has the potential to reduce turnaround times and costs for analytical devices, particularly in medical, veterinary, and environmental sciences, this enabling technology has had limited diffusion into consumer products. This article analyzes the microfluidics market, identifies issues, and highlights successful commercialization strategies. Addressing niche markets and establishing compatibility with existing workflows will accelerate market penetration.

Keywords: commercialization; lab-on-a-chip; market entry; microfluidics.

MeSH terms

  • Genome, Human
  • Humans
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / economics*
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / instrumentation
  • Microfluidics / economics*
  • Microfluidics / instrumentation
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Technology Transfer*