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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics World Congress 2019

Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas's Biography

Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, Professor of Microfluidic Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas is a Professor of Microfluidic Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She leads a multi-disciplinary research group of biologists and engineers. Her work has focused on the development of robust, reproducible and affordable prototyping methods for point-of-care diagnostics. She has developed several pre-analytical tools for liquid biopsies applications with clinicians, including blood plasma separation devices, cell-free DNA extraction cartridges and a finger-actuated blood processing device. In 2013, she received a five year Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship and in 2018 a Healthcare Technology Challenge Award from the UK Engineering and Physical Science Council. In 2019 she was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering ‘Frontiers of Development’ and Global Challenge Research Fund seed funding to develop an advanced sepsis diagnostic tool via cell-free microbial nucleic sequencing with clinical partners around the world. She is a recipient of the 2023 Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers Champion award, which she will use for the creation of a Frugal Diagnostic network.

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Improving Sustainability in the Lab-On-a-Chip Field: Environmentally-Friendly Device Prototyping and Manufacturing

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 11:30

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The use of single-use, disposable medical equipment has increased the amount of medical waste produced and the advent of point-of-care diagnostics in lab-on-chip format is likely to add further volume. Current materials used for the manufacture of these devices are derived from petroleum sources and are, therefore, unsustainable. In addition, disposal of contaminated plastics necessitates combustion to reduce infection risk, which has, depending on material composition, and incineration capacity, an undesirable environmental impact. To address these issues, we have developed several sustainable approaches for the rapid prototyping of single-use point-of-care cartridges, including use recycled PMMA or laminated PLA. Parameters such as optical quality, cost, and translation to mass-market products will be discussed. These techniques present exciting opportunities for immediate and future sustainable solutions in the LOAC field.

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