MicroFluidic Devices

Microfluidic systems support a wide and growing range of applications from pharmaceutical discovery and live cell experimentation to point-of-care medical diagnostic devices and implantable drug delivery components. These devices have in common the integration of multiple functions in a single low cost platform and excellent sensitivity to low signal levels.

Microfluidic devices utilize miniature channels and pathways to move and process small quantities of fluids in a 2D or 3D structure. The application of microsystems technology to microfluidics has been a focus at Creative Microsystems for nearly 20 years. We can rapidly design, model, prototype and fabricate microfluidic devices and Lab-on-a-Chip systems.

Creative Microsystems has independently developed many of the microsystem and nanofabrication techniques in use today to produce custom microfluidics including: “soft lithography”, “step-and-flash”, nanoimprint lithography and roll-to-roll production. Components and systems are built from various glasses, fused silica, silicon, silicones, thermopolymers or UV cured polymers using both standard wafer tools and proprietary fabrication techniques or custom design elements.

Creative MicroSystems can design, fabricate, and test precision devices that manipulate fluids and their reactions using channels with dimensions from several hundred micrometers to ten microns or less, for sample volumes in nanoliters.

At small scales interesting and unintuitive properties appear.  We help our customers solve problems that require integration of biology, chemistry, optics, physics, and micro-electronics and deliver useful and practical solutions.

Capabilities include:

  • Innovative analysis
  • Flexible, responsive and creative prototyping and testing of alternatives.
  • A broad array of equipment and tools for micro-machining, measurement, quality control and testing
  • Years of experience with unusual materials, chemistries and processes.
  • Practical experience in taking abstract ideas from concept to successful implementation.

PRODUCTS:

Integrated Instrumentation Integrated instrumentation combines Electrical, Optical and Fluidic attributes and capabilities in one miniaturized device. Creative Microsystems has been a pioneer in the integration of electrical and optical sensing and I/O capability on 2D and 3D fluidic devices.

Lab-on-a-Chip A Lab-on-a-Chip is the result of shrinking a room full of glassware, laboratory equipment and instruments to fit on a thumbnail size piece of glass, polymer or silicon. Creative Microsystems designs and builds complex miniature systems using highly intricate fabrication processes in our own fully equipped microfabrication facility.

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