The use of microfluidics enables cost-efficient and rapid analysis outside
VTT develops microfluidic platforms for different customer needs from
silicon, glass, polymers and paper, and their combinations. Our platforms can be
applied for different biochemical and chemical assays and sample preparation.
The mass production technologies at our disposal facilitate even high-volume
production of microfluidic platforms.
As part of an EU project we have developed, among other things, a
microfluidic sampling method, enabling taking of analysis samples from a tissue
section for rapid verification of the spread of cancer.
From fluidics design to functional analysis solutions
Our competence comprises modelling and simulation of fluidics, optical and
electronic detection, design and production of microfluidic platforms, and
integration of platforms as part of a measuring device or system.
We have developed methods for biomolecule integration into various platforms,
and also engage in assay development. In recent years, we have been focusing on
the development of tests based on immunoassay for medical and environmental
applications, and analysis solutions based on chemical separation.
Versatile research environments and competence support development serving
In the design and development of microfluidic platforms and systems we use
Comsol Multiphysics modeling and simulation environment, printing environment
and equipment, and MEMS and fine-mechanical production techniques.
Through our projects, we collaborate with various Finnish and foreign
universities, research institutes, and companies. Our key partners include Printocent and the international
research network NAMIS.
Even though our core customer base consists of companies specialising in in
vitro diagnostics (IVD), biochemistry and chemistry, microfluidics can also be
used for health and well-being applications and food and environmental analysis.