Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Microfluidic Assembly Blocks

Technology #4148

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Mark A. Burns
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Jeremy Nelson
Senior Licensing Specialist, Physical Sciences & Engineering 734-936-2095
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Microfluidics has garnered much attention due to its potential applicaiton in biological and pharmaceutical fields. The adoption of microfluidics in life sciences has howevered been llimited due to the fabrication techniques and capabilities needed for manufacturing.


This technology relates to the fabrication of a microfluidic device based on individual assembly blocks. These assembly blocks are akin to lego blocks and enable easy, fast and reliable construction of microfluidic devices. Series of assembly blocks have been developed that serve specific function within the device, e.g., y-channel, t-channel, inlet/outlet. This system will facilitate the application and use of microfluidics in life sciences in research settings as well as in commercial systems. This technology was named by The Scientist magazine as one of its Top 10 innovation of 2008.

Applications and Advantages


  • Assays
  • Cell culture and other reactions


  • Cheap, simple to use and fast
  • Re-usable
  • Does not require high level fabrication capabilities