Darren R. Link, PhD, of RainDance Technologies, Inc., will present “Biology in Pico-Liter Droplets”, a discussion of the commercialization of the use of picoliter droplets in microfluidic channels for applications in the life sciences, at the LabAutomation2009 conference on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, in Palm Springs, Calif.
“In typical applications, cells, nucleic acids, enzymes, or other reagents are encapsulated in aqueous phase droplets dispersed in a fluorinated carrier oil. These droplets range from sub-picoliter to tens of nanoliters in volume, and are manipulated on an individual basis to perform bioassays. Manipulations such as adding reagents or sorting droplets based on their optical properties are achieved solely through the application of external electric fields. Since electric fields can be turned on or off at very high speeds, sorting rates exceeding several thousand per second are readily achieved. We will introduce the techniques used to generate and manipulate droplets and show several of the biological applications that are enabled by this technology,” said Link.
Link is Co-Founder and Vice President, Research and Development, RainDance Technologies. He holds a BS degree in physics from Montana State University and a PhD in physics from the University of Colorado.
RainDance Technologies is a provider of innovative microdroplet-based solutions which enable and benefit biological applications utilized in human health and disease research.
Date: January 12, 2009
Source: RainDance Technologies
Filed Under: Drug Discovery