Ultra low cost laboratories on chips

Ultra low cost laboratories on chips

Wild Card's progress: nominated

This Wild Card came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Wild Card: 
Theme 3 - ICT - Information & communication technologies

The sub-theme that best relates to this Wild Card: 
Components, systems, engineering

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2025

Wild Card's description 
Conventional analytical methods often require a large sample volume and complicated time-consuming protocols. The ultra low cost laboratories on chips (LOC), which will integrate the Microsystems (valves, pumps, reservoirs, heaters, Organic LEDs and electronics) and Biotechnology (reagents, enzymatic reactions, immobilised layers). may do the same work without penalisation in time response, sensitivity or simplicity of use. The user will obtain the test results using a very popular interface, e.g. smartphone. This technology will cause fundamental change of research methods in many field, e.g. chemistry, biology or medicine.