Proceedings of the First Workshop on Standards for Microfluidics
Darwin R. Reyes-Hernandez, Henne van Heeren
In the last two decades, the microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip field has evolved from the concept of micro total analysis systems, where systems with integrated pretreatment and analysis of chemicals were envisioned, to what is known today as lab-on-a-chip, which is expected to be modular. This field has shown great potential for the development of technologies that can make, and to some extent are making, a big difference in areas such as in vitro diagnostics, point of care testing, organ on a chip, and many more. Microfluidics plays an essential role in these systems, and determining the standards needed in this area is critical for enabling new markets and products, and to advance research and development. Our goal was to bring together stakeholders from industry, academia, and government to discuss and define the needs within the field for the development of standards. This publication contains a summary of the workshop, abstracts from each presentation, and a summary of the breakout sessions from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Workshop on Standards for Microfluidics, held on June 12, 2017. The workshop was attended by 46 persons from 26 organizations and 11 countries. This was a unique and exciting opportunity for stakeholders from all over the world to join in the discussion of future developments towards standardization in the microfluidics arena.