Scientists have found a way to combine the separate steps required for drug development, hence facilitating and accelerating the search for promising new substances.
Given the flaws of animal research models and traditional in vitro experimentation, organ-on-chip studies are being hailed as the key to faster, more accurate drug development and precision medicine.
Organ-on-chip specialist CN Bio has signed a distribution agreement with Sydney-based AXT, with its products now available throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.
Researchers have developed an ultrasensitive diagnostic device that could allow doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Dr Warwick Nesbitt is on a mission to bring blood analysis out of the pathology lab.
MIT researchers are replacing the humble pipette with lab-on-a-chip technology that uses electric fields to move droplets of biological solutions around a surface.
European researchers have set up a lab-on-a-chip, hardly bigger than a matchbox in size, which enables them to study gene regulation in single bacterial cells.
Researchers at RTI International, in collaboration with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have developed a lung-on-chip microdevice for laboratory studies of respiratory challenges and therapeutics.
Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have taken a technique for measuring the chemical composition of liquids and implemented it in a tiny sensor.
UNSW PhD candidate Ryan Pawell has developed a method intended to cut the costs of microfluidic devices used for diagnostics.
European researchers have developed a rapid diagnostic system called LabOnFoil, which is based on smart cards and skin patches combined with a portable reader. Its test results can directly be sent to a remote computer, tablet or smartphone through a wireless connection, thus enabling access from anywhere in the world.
Cornell University researchers have developed a new system which, when fitted over a smartphone, can be used to quickly and easily measure cholesterol levels. The method has been described in the journal Lab on a Chip.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Veredus Laboratories, a supplier of innovative molecular diagnostic tools, have announced the launch of VereTrop, the first biochip in the molecular diagnostics market that can identify 13 different major tropical diseases from a single blood sample.
Thanks to USB sticks and video streaming, DVD players are becoming all but obsolete. But their cheap optics may find a new life in a cost-effective and speedy technique for on-the-spot HIV testing and other analytics.
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing a medical instrument that will be able to quickly detect a suite of biothreat agents, including anthrax, ricin, botulinum, shiga and SEB toxin. The device - once developed, approved by the Food and Drug Administration and commercialised - would most likely be used in emergency rooms in the event of a bioterrorism incident.