Laboratory Skin Patches and SmartCards based on foils and compatible with a smartphone
Duration: 1-5-2008 - 28-2-2013
Abstract: The objective of the LabOnFoil project is to develop ultra-low-cost laboratories on chips (LOC) without compromising time response, sensitivity or simplicity of use. The user can obtain the test results using a very popular interface (a smartphone) and a set of Labcards and skin patches, where the sample preparation and detection take place.
The project tested the devices in four applications:
· Labcard for marine algae analysis, climate change, CO2 sequestration and toxic blooms.
· Labcard for Salmonella spp. and Campylobacter spp. detection in slaughter houses and farms.
· Labcard for Colorectal Cancer monitoring using blood.
· Skin patch for cocaine consumption testing of professional drivers.
The future mass production of these novel diagnostic components was guaranteed by the development of equipment for Lab-on-a-chip manufacture. The dramatic cost reduction is based on the use of films and polymers instead of wafer substrate. The Labcards and skin patches demonstrate the wide range of applications and the potential of the technology.