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Welcome to MycroLab

KEY PLATFORM COMPONENTS

MycroLab has focused on developing a complete universal diagnostics solution to enable miniaturised fluid manipulation and detection.

MycroLab’s development is built around:  
+   Miniaturised universal instrumentation with universal optical bench, electronics and card interfaces
+   A microfluidic toolbox for fluid manipulation
+   SmartFluidicsTM technology delivering enhanced connectivity and functionality between the Mycro®Cards and MycroLab® instruments
+   Complete system and protocol integration
+   Microfluidic mass customisation at mass-manufacturing scale
+   Low-cost manufacture of complex Mycro®Card consumables using the patented MycroLab® SWAPP® process

As a result of this unique integrated approach MycroLab can rapidly transfer, test, and deploy multiple diagnostic applications to many different markets using the same core technology.

When interfaced to external instrumentation the Mycro®Cards provide a far more sophisticated interaction than possible with current technologies. These complex disposable devices enable higher levels of automation, instrument miniaturisation and simplified user operation.

MycroLab has effectively created complex, multifunctional and universal instrumentation diagnostics systems AT LOW COST. Now anyone can conduct a laboratory-quality diagnostic test, without the laboratory.

Development Rationale  
ISSUES Existing Methodology MycroLab® Approach
Complex Microfluidic
Device Fabrication
Capital-intensive processing requiring high per-unit volumes to amortise costs for Semiconductor or Glass devices and is bespoke for each application Hybrid materials combined in low cost, high throughput, mass customisation using SWAPP® manufacturing, readily adaptable for different assays
Fluid handling interface External instrumentation required Built into Mycro®Card
Real Estate Requirements Larger footprint and/or limited capability resulting from external integration demands Expanded capability on smaller footprint due to full protocol integration onboard
Packaging Problematic due to glass/silicon fragility Robust polymer construction
Cross Contamination Flushing & re-use to reduce cost creates contamination issues One-use, low-cost consumable with programmed failsafe
Polymer Consumables Simple fluidic systems can not handle complex protocols on-card and require expensive external componentry to deliver full protocol capabilities

High tooling costs limit minimum production volume

Highly complex, integrated fluidic systems on-card, enables miniaturised instrumentation

Mass customisation approach able to deliver individualised parts at mass production costs