This patent describes methods for passively regulating flow in microfluidic systems. The techniques are particularly well suited for simple and portable analytical systems — such as those used in point-of-care diagnostics. Actions such as stopping and re-starting flow and controlled reaction and incubation times which would normally require complex instrumentation can be pre-programmed in the design of each microfluidic system. This enables the performance of relatively complex assays with minimal equipment. Bio-analytical procedures such as thermo-cycling for PCR, enzymatic amplification of signals in solution, and timed incubation and mixing can now be implemented in robust, easy-to-use, and cost-effective systems.
"Although this patent was intended to apply to a specific set of assays
currently under development at OPKO, we view this as a particularly
important enabling technology for adapting almost any laboratory test
onto our platform," said
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