BiowareCFP: An Application-Agnostic Modular Reconfigurable Cyber-Fluidic Platform

Georgi Tanev, Winnie E. Svendsen, Jan Madsen*

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Abstract

Microfluidic biochips have been in the scientific spotlight for over two decades, and although technologically advanced, they still struggle to deliver on the promise for ubiquitous miniaturization and automation for the biomedical sector. One of the most significant challenges hindering the technology transfer is the lack of standardization and the resulting absence of a common infrastructure. Moreover, microfluidics is an interdisciplinary field, but research is often carried out in a cross-disciplinary manner, focused on technology and component level development rather than on a complete future-proof system. This paper aims to raise awareness and facilitate the next evolutionary step for microfluidic biochips: to establish a holistic application-agnostic common microfluidic architecture that allows for gracefully handling changing functional and operational requirements. Allowing a microfluidic biochip to become an integrated part of a highly reconfigurable cyber-fluidic system that adopts the programming and operation model of modern computing will bring unmatched degrees of programmability and design reusability into the microfluidics field. We propose a three-tier architecture consisting of fluidic, instrumentation, and virtual systems that allows separation of concerns and promotes modularity. We also present BiowareCFP as a platform-based implementation of the outlined concepts. The proposed cyber-fluidic architecture and the BiowareCFP facilitate the integration between the virtual and the fluidic domains and pave the way for seamless integration between the cyber-fluidic and biological systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number249
JournalMicromachines
Volume13
Issue number2
Number of pages18
ISSN2072-666X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Digital-microfluids
  • Cyber-fluidic systems
  • Application agnostic
  • Platform-based design

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