Microfluidic devices

With the Metalmembranes technology a ceramic layer is formed on the back side of a metal plate. Electrochemical machining can be applied on the front side of the plate thereby creating microchannels on top of a porous membrane. With electrochemical machining different microstructures can be formed offering tremendous design flexibility.

An organ-on-a-chip is an example of microfluidic cellular culture device mimicking organ physiology. This is a rapidly growing technology with a great potential impact on:

  • drug discovery (fast screening in a very early stage for efficacy and toxicity)
  • disease modelling
  • tissue regeneration
  • replacement of animal testing
  • personalized medicine

The quest for biocompatible materials (membranes and substrates for cellular culture) with unique physicochemical properties has brought Metalmembranes to collaborate with companies and research institutes on innovative organ-on-a-chip products. The advantage of Metalmembranes over other systems is that microfluidic channels can be etched in a metal, which can be combined with a membrane which is integrated with the metal.