TITLE

Synergism between particle-based multiplexing and microfluidics technologies may bring diagnostics closer to the patient

AUTHOR(S)
Derveaux, S.; Stubbe, B. G.; Braeckmans, K.; Roelant, C.; Sato, K.; Demeester, J.; De Smedt, S. C.
PUB. DATE
August 2008
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Aug2008, Vol. 391 Issue 7, p2453
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the field of medical diagnostics there is a growing need for inexpensive, accurate, and quick high-throughput assays. On the one hand, recent progress in microfluidics technologies is expected to strongly support the development of miniaturized analytical devices, which will speed up (bio)analytical assays. On the other hand, a higher throughput can be obtained by the simultaneous screening of one sample for multiple targets (multiplexing) by means of encoded particle-based assays. Multiplexing at the macro level is now common in research labs and is expected to become part of clinical diagnostics. This review aims to debate on the “added value” we can expect from (bio)analysis with particles in microfluidic devices. Technologies to (a) decode, (b) analyze, and (c) manipulate the particles are described. Special emphasis is placed on the challenges of integrating currently existing detection platforms for encoded microparticles into microdevices and on promising microtechnologies that could be used to down-scale the detection units in order to obtain compact miniaturized particle-based multiplexing platforms.
ACCESSION #
33372828

 

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