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FPC@DCU

Mission

The FPC@DCU is a one-stop shop for rapid and cost-efficient development of high technology-readiness level microfluidic platforms for decentralised bioanalytical testing.

In the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded BioAnalytical Systems (FPC@DCU), Dublin City University (DCU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) partner to provide time- and cost-efficient development of microfluidic platforms for bioanalytical testing.  FPC@DCU is able to rapidly advance systems to high technology readiness levels (TRLs), thereby substantially de-risking the product development process for commercial customers. Combined with the seamless capability of scale-up from prototyping to production, FPC@DCU develops “fit-for-industry” solutions addressing a broad range of market opportunities.

FPC@DCU will focus on supporting commercially-relevant research and development through strategic research programmes, generation of intellectual property, and close-to-market process and product development. To tackle the highly multidisciplinary challenges, FPC@DCU will very actively seek collaboration with partners from industry, research institutes, academia and end-user networks.

The FPC@DCU will leverage the internationally-recognised and highly complementary expertise of the partners in Dublin and Aachen to design, develop and manufacture novel integrated microfluidic devices for automated  biosample analysis. In a project-focussed organisation, FPC@DCU provides industry partners, both Irish and international, with time- and cost-efficient applications development. Benefitting from its platform-based approach, the FPC@DCU will be able to take inputs from basic research and rapidly develop them to elevated technology readiness levels (TRLs). Combined with the capability of scale-up from prototyping to production, the FPC@DCU will constitutes a key resource for industrial users who need technologies for decentralised bioanalytical testing, enabling them to address  their product development needs across a range of markets.

The FPC@DCU  is also in a position to leverage its access to the significant research network of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and DCU to provide companies with additional research and development expertise as required, supporting the process and product innovation,  that underpins clients’ economic success.