471641 Pocket Centrifuges: Building a 20-Cent Centrifuge for Global Health Applications
Friday, November 18, 2016: 8:30 AM
Continental 8 (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
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Centrifugation is critical to most diagnostic assays, but the infrastructure requirements (cost, electricity) of centrifugation present a significant barrier to low-cost, point-of-care diagnostics. I will describe the design and implementation of an ultra-fast centrifuge that is low-cost (20-cents), light-weight, and operates on human-power, to deliver up to 30,000xg.
The instrument can be easily disposed (use-and-throw centrifugation) and can be carried to remote locations in the field (fits in a pocket).
Using centrifugal microfluidics, we are able to isolate plasma from whole blood in less than 2 mins. I will also highlight easy-incorporation of quantitative buffy coat (QBC) technique for Malaria diagnostics.