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Posted: May 16, 2013
New Microfluidic Droplet-On-Demand System From Dolomite
(Nanowerk News) Fledgling spin-out company Drop-Tech has turned to
microfluidics specialist Dolomite for its product development and fabrication skills to
help productize the advanced and innovative Robo-Drop™ technology into the Mitos
Dropix, a droplet-on-demand sampler that is set to make it easy to produce extremely
miniaturized droplet compartments with excellent control over their contents. Access to
this new high high-throughput screening format will prove invaluable in basic research,
drug discovery and diagnostics applications.
Mitos Dropix - Dolomite's new droplet-on-demand system.
The collaboration began when Drop-Tech entered – and won – Dolomite’s Productizing
Science® Competition, sparking discussions and exchanges of ideas between the two
development teams. Liisa van Vliet, a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University
of Cambridge and Managing Director of Drop-Tech, explained: “Drop-Tech was formed
from an academic collaboration between Imperial College London and the University of
Cambridge. In a university environment, finding the time to convert an invention into a
product is often difficult, so we welcomed Dolomite’s offer to accelerate product
development, fast-tracking the transition from idea to market; Dolomite knows and
understands microfluidic droplet technologies and has the engineering expertise to productize the instrument. Drop-Tech’s Technical Director Fabrice Gielen and I met with Dolomite’s product development team to discuss the internal workings of the
instrument. Together, we were able to bounce ideas back and forth to incorporate
improvements and determine a list of specifications.”
The Mitos Dropix sampler allows the creation of nanoliter droplet sequences from up to
24 different samples, with precise control over droplet content and size, as well as the
spacing between droplets. It can be used as an add-on for conventional microfluidic
chips, delivering droplets for merging, further miniaturization, dilution or any other
droplet manipulation, and will also be an invaluable tool to use in conjunction with other
analytical and liquid handling systems. The first batch of instruments will be with beta
testers by summer 2013, and further collaboration is planned to develop droplet
analysis capabilities on upcoming versions of the instrument.
Liisa concluded: “This has been a great start to our collaboration. From the beginning,
our aim was to make microfluidics easier and, with Dolomite’s help, we will be able to
provide scientists with an easy-to-use instrument that can dispense controlled, userdefined
sequences of nanoliter droplets for a range of diverse applications.” Drop-Tech
and Dolomite are already looking forward to additional Productizing Science
collaborations in the future.
For further information, visit www.dolomite-microfluidics.com.