2nd April 2014
Swiss-Singapore Workshop on Microfluidics: Innovation and Opportunities was held on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014.
The event was jointly organised by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM),
Switzerland and swissnex Singapore.
Prominent industry leaders were in attendance to provide critical technological insights with the latest updates on the global Microfluidics industry,
as well as to discuss upcoming innovations and future opportunities in the industry.
This workshop also showcased an array of microfluidics technologies, services available, products and competency of SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry
for industry to tap on and develop capabilities. Potential collaborations and business opportunities were established through the event.
Please click here for the programme.
12th – 13th Nov 2013
This event was co-organised with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech),
a research institute of the Agency for Science and Technology Research (A*STAR), as part
of SIMTech's 20th anniversary celebrations. The Conference Chair is Dr. Zhiping Wang,
Director of the SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry.
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27th - 31st Oct 2013
SMF participated in The 17th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
(µTAS 2013) at Freiburg, Germany to meet up with prospective customers and distributors who are interested to learn about what we do here at SMF.
For more information on the event, click here.
12th - 13th Sept 2013
SMF exhibited in the Lab-on-a-Chip World Congress 2013 on 12-13 September in San Diego, at Booth#17.
Town and Country Resort Hotel
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California 92108
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22nd May 2013
Swiss-Singapore Workshop on Microfluidics 2013
SIMTech, CSEM, Creapole and i-NET in cooperation with swissnex Singapore joined forces to organize a one-day Swiss Singapore workshop on microfluidics.
This workshop follows similar successful events of previous years which took place in Singapore and which were organized by swissnex Singapore
and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). Delegates from Singapore and Switzerland, including some prominent industry
leaders, joined the workshop and provided critical technological insights and the latest updates on the global microfluidics industry,
as well as the current development in microfluidic applications.
MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG
Congress Center Basel
Tel: +41 58 206 28 54
6th March 2013
SIMTech Microfluidics Seminar 2013
This seminar was jointly organized by SIMTech and A*STAR Healthcare & Lifestyle (H&L) Programme.
Leading scientists were invited to share their cutting-edge research projects and breakthroughs
on the latest technological advances and emerging applications related to the microfluidics, or lab-on-a-chip.
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16th - 19th December 2012
SMF participated in the 7th Singapore International Chemistry Conference (SICC-7) in conjunction
with the 12th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Microscale Separation and Analysis (APCE 2012),
16th - 19th December 2012 at University Town campus of NUS.
28th Oct – 1st Nov 2012
SMF participated in the µTAS Conference 2012 at Okinawa, Japan on 28th Oct – 1st Nov 2012.
10th - 11th Oct 2012
This event was jointly organised by SIMTech, CSEM Switzerland and Swissnex Singapore.
It was targeted at researchers and industry practitioners involved in medical diagnostics,
synthesis and drug delivery or others who are active or interested in microfluidics related
research and applications, and intend to transfer microfluidics technology from laboratory
concepts and prototypes to the market place. Twelve techno-preneurs, from Singapore, Switzerland
and the United Kingdom, presented the latest trends, market needs and technologies in microfluidics
and new product concepts which are being developed in the pipeline. SIMTech Microfluidics Membership
(SMM) was officially launched in conjunction with the event to provide a microfluidics industrialisation
platform for start-ups and research groups to excel towards commercialization. SMM certificates were
presented to 6 companies: Camtech Management Pte Ltd, CellSievo, Clearbridge BioMedics, JN Medsys,
Molbot and QuantuMDx Group UK. Few more partners were signing up the membership right after the event,
they are Sparq Wireless Pte. Ltd, Rhodia and Fluigen Pte. Ltd. A total of 205 people attended the first
day talks and exhibition. In the second day, the SMM Roundtable discussion (by invitation) was attended
by 28 people including invited guests from Switzerland, ETPL (A*STAR) and Spring Singapore.
For event programme, please check here!
25th - 26th Sept 2012
Lab-on-a-Chip World Congress, serious conferences designed to review existing and new life science applications
of microfluidic technologies. This year, there were more than 400 registrations and 40 exhibitors in the conference.
Most of the attendees are in Lab-on-a-Chip area and it is a relatively small scaled but more interests focused conference.
As part of a series of marketing activities planned, this is the 3rd overseas trip after the launch of SIMTech Microfluidics
Foundry on 21st September 2011. The main objective of the trip was to promote the SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry and explore
business opportunities through the setting up of an exhibition booth at the Lab-on-a-Chip World Congress 2012 held at
San Diego, CA. Technology competitive intelligence (TCI) data was gathered at the exhibition and through subsequent university
and company visits.
22nd - 24th May 2012
SMF was participating in the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East 2012 exposition in Philadelphia on 22nd - 24th May, 2012.
6th Mar 2012
SIMTech Microfluidics Seminar was held on 6th March 2012, Tuesday at SIMTech Auditorium. The seminar had attracted more than 120 executives, managers, engineers, researchers and students from 23 organisations. The topics covered in the seminar included the market opportunities, technology trends, and manufacturing techniques for microfluidics devices. This seminar had provided an excellent forum for interaction and sharing of ideas on the latest technological advances and emerging applications related to the microfluidics, or lab-on-chip.
Six speakers from UK, Korea and Singapore presented in the seminar:
- “Developing Diagnostics for the Developing World” by Professor Jonathan Cooper, The Wolfson Chair in Bioengineering, Department of Electronics, University of Glasgow, UK.
- “Manufacturing of Polymer Microfluidics, the Potential and Challenges” by Dr Wang Zhiping, Director of SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry, SIMTech.
- “Microfluidics from a Commercial Standpoint” by Dr Johnson Ng, Managing Director, JN Medsys Pte Ltd.
- “Micro Optofluidics and Micro Magnetofluidics, the Emerging Microfluidics Thrusts” by Associate Professor Nguyen Nam-Trung, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technology University.
- “Multiphase Microfluidics for Nanomaterial Synthesis” by Assistant Professor Saif A Khan, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore and.
- “Rapid Prototyping of Lap-on-a-Chip Devices” by Dr Muntak Son, Chief Technology Officer, Clearbridge Bioloc Pte Ltd.
30th Oct 2011
SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry (SMF) had conducted a launching event in Cambridge, UK on 31st Oct 2011 through its business partner CAMTech Innovations.
Venue of Event: The Howard Building, Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge. CB2 1DQ
Date: 31st October 2011
The purpose of the launch was to introduce the foundry services to the local academia and companies in UK. These services include research collaborations, design, prototyping and volume production of microfluidics devices. During the launch, SMF had showcased its research and manufacturing capability and sharing some success stories.
SMF had signed an MOU with CAMTech Innovations on 21st September 2011 to promote SMF to potential customers in UK.
21st Sept 2011
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a
research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research
(A*STAR), launched the SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry (SMF) today. SMF
offers an integrated spectrum of capabilities for developing and
manufacturing of specialised and low-cost microfluidic devices for
applications in healthcare, biomedical, pharmaceutical, energy, water
quality monitoring and chemical processing. Reflecting A*STAR’s
strategic investments in R&D of innovative high-value manufacturing
solutions, this will make Singapore a focal point for public-private
sector microfluidic devices investments, R&D and manufacturing.
The Government continues its steadfast investments in growing R&D in
Singapore. $16.1 billion Singapore dollars has been earmarked under the
Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2011 to 2015 Plan or RIE 2015. This
is an overall increase of about 20 per cent over the previous
quinquennium and a commitment of 1 per cent of expected Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) to public sector research and innovation. With this
increased commitment, there is also increased expectation and emphasis
on economic impact and fostering commercialisation of R&D. Singapore
aims to increase our gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) to 3.5 per cent of
GDP by 2015.
The global microfluidics market is estimated to grow to US$5B in 2016 (Yole
Developpement 2011, Microfluidic Substrates Market and Processing
Trends), driven largely by the advancement of biotechnology and
microtechnology. Although Singapore does not presently have a
microfluidic industry, Fluidigm and microfluidic start-ups such as
CAMTech, Clearbridge Biomedics, JN Medsys, Molbot and Fluigen have set
up operations in Singapore for medical/life science applications,
seeding the growth of such an industry in Singapore. A key enabling
technology that cuts across multiple industry sectors, microfluidics is
an important capability that has yet to be exploited.
A*STAR aims to exploit opportunities in the microfluidics space through
harnessing our strengths in multi-disciplinary research across the
biomedical, physical and engineering sciences. One of the unique and
significant value propositions of A*STAR is the spectrum of capabilities
that we have and our ability to organise the relevant parts in a
synergistic way both within and beyond A*STAR to develop meaningful
The microfluidic industry, with its diverse applications spanning from
point-of-care, clinical diagnostics, energy, water quality monitoring
and chemical processing, is an ideal avenue for diversification and
growth for the Singapore precision engineering and electronics
Although microfluidic devices offer rapid analysis and diagnostic
functions, the current high manufacturing cost, lack of design and
manufacturing standards for large volume manufacturing of microfluidic
devices inhibits its widespread commercial adoption. Furthermore,
microfluidics with its diverse applications and the distinct
requirements for each application make it difficult to standardise for
mass production. Currently, many biochips are fabricated using silicon
wafers or glass slides. The special processes required during the
manufacturing of these silicon-based biochips prove to be expensive for
disposable applications. Polymer materials, on the other hand, are
better suited for fluidic sample analyses and fabrication can be
achieved in bulk at a fraction of the cost for disposable applications.
Through its competencies and capabilities to address these challenges,
SMF can help nurture and grow the microfluidic industry in Singapore.
SMF provides the emerging microfluidic industry an integrated spectrum
of competencies from design, simulation, prototyping to scalable
technology development for mass production of polymer-based microfluidic
devices. Companies can leverage on the integrated suite of services
provided by SMF to reduce cost and improve efficiency as well as
translate their laboratory concepts or prototypes to market in the
shortest time cost-effectively by accessing the existing competencies
and capabilities of microfluidic research in Singapore and Switzerland.
Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director of SIMTech said, "The SIMTech
Microfluidics Foundry provides a low-risk environment for companies to
place their capital-intensive investments for testing and implementing
microfluidic technology solutions. It also offers a strong base for
precision engineering and electronics companies to expand and pursue
growth in other industries, assisting in the development of microfluidic
products for biomedical, pharmaceutical and chemical companies and help
start-ups to accelerate its commercialisation process by providing
robust manufacturing capabilities and innovative microfluidic
Today, SIMTech signed three research agreements with Rhodia Asia
Pacific, CAMTech Management and Molbot to develop high-throughput
microfluidic tools for applications and product development in
pharmaceuticals; for water quality monitoring and for gene cloning
respectively. SIMTech also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
CAMTech Innovations (UK) and Clearbridge Biomedics to jointly develop
design and manufacturing technologies of microfluidic devices for life
science companies as well as intends to collaborate on development of
manufacturing technologies and solutions for microfluidic devices for
potential commercial use respectively. These microfluidic R&D
commitments reflect the confidence of industry in SMF’s competencies and
capabilities, seeding a growing microfluidic industry in Singapore.
Dr Mario El-Khoury, CSEM Chief Executive Officer, said: "The SIMTech
Microfluidics Foundry is a successful outcome of the research
collaboration between CSEM and SIMTech. Today, SMF is a milestone for
Singapore to grow the microfluidic industry. We look forward to
furthering our collaboration with SMF to advance the microfluidic
technology and its applications that impact the quality of life, such as
healthcare, biomedical and life science research."
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21st Sept 2011
Microfluidics is an emerging technology which leverages on the
miniaturisation of fluid handling system to enable precise control and
manipulation of small fluid volumes for various applications, such as
point-of-care and clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical and life science
research, analytical and monitoring devices, and drug delivery.
The SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry (SMF) is established by the
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research
institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR),
to advance the microfluidic technology as well as nurture and grow
microfluidics industry in Singapore by providing the infrastructure
support and manufacturing solutions to the academic and industrial
The theme of the workshop is Microfluidics: From Laboratories To
Market. Speakers from Singapore and Switzerland including Dr Mario
El-Khoury, CEO of CSEM, and other prominent industry leaders will
provide critical technological insights, the latest update on the global
microfluidics industry and the current development in microfluidic
applications. Dr Frédéric Breussin, Project Manager of Yole
Développement, France, the leading marketing and technology consultancy
company in microfluidics, will also present a keynote speech on the
Markets and Technology Trends for Microfluidic Applications.
There will also be product and research showcase to demonstrate SIMTech
capabilities and technologies for the microfluidics industry, including
microfluidic devices and systems developed for various applications.
Microfluidics is a new industry platform for the Singapore precision
engineering and electronics companies to diversify into the medical and
medtech industries. Learn about this new opportunity for growth for your
For a copy of the programme, please
Admission to this event is complimentary. Pre-registration is required
and on a first-come, first served basis.
Telephone: +65 6793 8383
5th - 7th Jan 2011
The second conference on Advances in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics,
and Asian-Pacific International Symposium on Lab on Chip (AMN-APLOC),
jointly organised by SIMTech and Nanyang Technological University (NTU),
at Biopolis Singapore is happening on 5th - 7th January 2011. It is a joint
conference on Advances in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics and
Asian-Pacific International Symposium on Lab on Chip.
AMN - APLOC 2011 attendees are from diverse fields in engineering,
physics, chemistry, biology, life science as well as microtechnology and
biotechnology. AMN - APLOC 2011 will provide a highly interactive forum
to bring together researchers of different disciplines, from academia &
research institutions, industry and public organisations with the aim of
acquiring, exchanging and promoting the knowledge and new advances on
microfluidics & nanofluidics and Lab-on Chip sciences, technologies and
The invited speakers are leading microfluidics & nanofluidics and
Lab-on-Chip world-known researchers in Physics, Chemistry and the
various engineering disciplines.
Click here for the conference website.
26th Aug 2009
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a
research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research
(A*STAR), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with
the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM),
Switzerland, to carry out joint research projects and facilitate the
exchange of research and scientific staff members to advance the
development of microfluidics technology.
Microfluidics technology has been adopted for increasingly diverse use
in ink-jet printing, lab-on-a-chip, biomedical research and diagnostics,
chemical processing, water monitoring and the harnessing of alternative
energy. According to Yole Development (EMMA2007), the potential market
size of microfluidics technology in life science alone will be about
US$2 billion in 2012. Advances in microfluidics technology are well
aligned with Singapore’s long-term R&D thrusts to grow the strategic
clean energy, water, environment and biomedical industries.
The three-year collaboration between the institutes of the two countries
will build upon the collective and complementary research capabilities
in microfluidics technology and microsystem technology of SIMTech and
CSEM, respectively. The proposed research collaboration areas will cover
microsystem technology, environmental monitoring, microfluidics and
“The multi-disciplinary joint collaboration drawing on the strengths of
both institutes will accelerate the advancement of microfluidics
technology. The accelerated development will enable the clean energy,
environment, water and biomedical industries to leverage on the outcomes
and achievements for a clear competitive advantage. More importantly,
the joint multi-disciplinary microfluidics development offers the
industry microfluidics solutions in an integrated platform“ commented Dr
Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, SIMTech.
“SIMTech and CSEM have already worked together for a long time, and it
is a great pleasure for us to intensify this collaboration in a field of
high strategic value and high commercial interest, especially for all
issues concerning microsystems technologies. CSEM and SIMTech together
will be able to push the boundaries of the technology in this area, ”
said Prof Thomas Hinderling, CEO, CSEM.