Mobile Microfluidics / Ass.-Prof. Dr. Mirela Alistar
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In this talk, I argue that achieving true mobility in microfluidics would revolutionize the domain, by making laboratory services accessible during traveling or even in daily situations, such as sport and outdoor activities. I present the existing efforts to achieve mobility in microfluidics, and I discuss the conditions mobile biochips need to satisfy. In particular, I show how I adapted an existing biochip for mobile use, and I present the results when using it during a train ride. Based on that, and our systematic discussion, I identify the challenges that need to be overcome at technical, usability and society levels. In analogy to the history of computing, I make some predictions on the future evolution of mobile biochips. In my vision, mobile biochips will disrupt how people interact with a wide range of healthcare processes, including medical testing and synthesis of on-demand medicine.