The global healthcare industry is witnessing a paradigm shift due to the demand for quick and accurate diagnostics as well as the ever-increasing requirements of speed and efficiency in biomedical research. Advances in semiconductor fabrication technology are enabling devices that are helping in the understanding, discovery and treatment of disease to make healthcare more affordable and efficient, both in and out of the clinic.
Biomedical devices are a class of miniaturized electronic devices that are assembled by integration of various components that present processing challenges. Oxford Instruments offer a wide range of fabrication solutions that include:
MEMS based etch and deposition processes for control of low volumes fluids.
Novel electronic and photonic structures for sensing and drug delivery.
Where MEMS are overwhelmingly manufactured in Si, BioMEMS also use polymers, glass and ceramics as the base material. Modification of surfaces for biomedical assays and biocompatibility has emerged as a complex science. They may be used in vivo or in vitro (either in or outside of a living body) they can be standalone devices but are usually integrated with other components to perform one or more functions, they have been referred to as “Lab on a chip”.