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Jan 10th, 2014
 
COWIN helps commercialise European project to develop a Lab-on-a-Chip diagnostic system
 
COWIN, a European initiative to facilitate the take-up of advanced technologies, is now helping the commercialisation phase of a European project to develop a Lab-on-a-Chip.
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The concept of a Lab-on-a-Chip has been around for many years but this project, which has been
co-ordinated by IK4-Ikerlan, has brought together over a dozen different companies from around Europe to contribute the various technologies needed to make it a success. Called LabOnFoil™, it is now at the stage of having three different products that are at the field testing phase.

There is always a danger that projects such as this can lose their way when researchers find something interesting and go off on a tangent,” explained Dr Jesus Ruano, International Project Manager at IK4-Ikerlan. “To ensure that we kept on track and on budget, we used a very strict Product Design model where the form and functionality of every component was clearly specified at the start. This meant that we were bringing together a jigsaw where each component was precisely defined and that made the co-ordination and timing much easier.Now that we have the technologies and product design sorted, COWIN is playing a vital role in helping identify which application areas to focus on and what are the key differentiators over existing solutions that will make successful in each target market. For example, for some applications such as pathogen testing or in an Accident and Emergency Department being able to provide testresult in 30 minutes rather than two days is a tremendous advantage but for routine blood tests it is not.

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