The Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) is a public-private consortium that facilitates productive, meaningful partnerships between universities and industry. Our mission is to develop microscale tools and technologies aimed at simpler, faster, and cheaper analytical solutions addressing human health, agriculture, and the environment. Join our National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) and realize key benefits regarding first access to cutting-edge lab-on-a-chip research, recruiting, and relationship building.

Save the date! Next CADMIM IAB meeting will be held September 4 – 5, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This short video, produced by UIDP and featuring CADMIM, presents an overview of the NSF IUCRC program and how these unique centers operate, contribute to the nation’s research infrastructure base, facilitate technology transfer, and enhance the intellectual capacity of the science and engineering workforce through the integration of research and education.


“Our CADMIM membership is pivotal in building a network with world leading experts in microfluidics. CADMIM enabled us to conduct research projects at the transition from basic research to industrial application expanding our capabilities far beyond internal expertise. Combined with the focus on manufacturability the center offers a unique set of expertise and opportunities.”
– Dr. Frank Narz, Director R&D Scientific Applications, QIAGEN GmbH

“CADMIM offers a unique blend of university research from leading researchers in the field supported by leading providers of microfluidic manufacture and development. For the industrial members of CADMIM, who are interested in new product opportunities, this means novel IP is quickly reduced to practice for real world applications.”
– Dr. Leanna Levine, Founder, President and CEO, ALine, Inc.

“With tight research budgets, CADMIM offers an opportunity to leverage industrial investments. We’ve been able to guide world-class research in microfluidics toward challenges in technology development that are barriers to transition. Working in partnership with other members of the industrial advisory board has also brought valuable insight to our programs.”
– Dr. Laura Rea, Program Manager, Soft Matter Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory


Successful Spring IAB Meeting and Phase 2 Kick-Off!
Many thanks to everyone who came to the February 27 – 28, 2019 Spring Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting and Phase 2 Kick-Off at UC Irvine. We were happy to have great weather, innovative research proposals, stimulating conversations, and new relationships forged! Looking forward to doing great things this year.  We are also pleased to announce our new CADMIM IAB leaders: Dr. Yue Yun (Corteva Agriscience, IAB Chair) and Dr. Sylvia Soehner (KWS SAAT SE, IAB Vice-Chair). See photos from the event here: http://www.inrf.uci.edu/cadmim/about-cadmim/photos/meeting-and-poster-session-photos-feb-2019/

2 New IAB Members: Genus PLC and Wainamics, Inc.
We are very pleased to announce that Genus PLC and Wainamics, Inc. have joined CADMIM as the newest members of the Industrial Advisory Board. We look forward to working with their delegates at upcoming CADMIM IAB meetings and telecons. Genus PLC is a world-leading animal genetics company, producing superior breeding livestock through genetic improvement. It is the only listed porcine and bovine genetics company globally and is headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. For more information: https://www.genusplc.com/
Wainamics specializes in microfluidics, materials, and assay integration. For more information: https://www.wainamics.com/

Third CADMIM Team Completes NSF I-Corps Program at UCI
Members of Dr. Elliot Hui’s group completed the UCI NSF Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Site program March 6, 2019. Team members include Dr. Elliot Hui (CADMIM faculty member), Erik Werner (PhD Candidate), and Hinesh Patel (PhD graduate student). The team, one of 10 teams in the Winter 2019 Cohort, conducted over 30 customer discovery interviews towards determining the best product/market fit for miniaturized automation for drug discovery. For more information about the UCI NSF I-Corps program, housed at UCI Applied Innovation: http://innovation.uci.edu/programs/i-corps/. The UCI I-Corps Site is part of the national NSF I-Corps National Innovation Network: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/

Jie Xu Named 2018 Researcher of the Year
The University of Illinois at Chicago Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Technology Management named Dr. Jie Xu, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and CADMIM faculty, the 2018 UIC Researcher and Scholar of the Year. He received the “Rising Star” award in the Natural Sciences and Engineering category.This award recognizes early career UIC researchers who have demonstrated outstanding promise to become future leaders in their field. Jie was officially recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 6, 2019. Congratulations! See here for more information: https://today.uic.edu/2018-researcher-of-the-year-jie-xu

Congratulations Recent PhD Graduates from UCI and UIC

Congratulations to Ning Ma, who just defended Feb. 26, 2019. The title of Dr. Ma’s dissertation is “Assessment of Embryo Health and Circulating Tumor Cells’ Metabolism Using the Phasor-FLIM.” Ning was a contributor to CADMIM project Y3-002: “Droplet-based Single Cell Assays – from Phenotype to Genotype.” Dr. Ma has accepted a position at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she will be post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Stefanie Jeffrey, MD.

Congratulations as well to Theodore Christoforidis in CADMIM faculty member Dr. David Eddington’s group who graduated with a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago at the end of October 2018. The title of his dissertation is “Microfluidic Devices for Control of Gaseous Environments.” Dr. Christoforidis is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota in the laboratory of Dr. Kate Adamala. Right photo shows Dr. Christoforidis (center) after a celebration lunch with colleagues from the Eddington lab. 

Dr. Abraham Lee Named Fellow of the NAI
Dr. Abe Lee, CADMIM Director, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). It’s the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in originating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have had a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Congratulations! Abe was inducted at the Space Center Houston April 11, 2019 at the 18th annual meeting of the academy. For more details: http://engineering.uci.edu/news/2018/12/lee-named-fellow-national-academy-inventors

Ian Papautsky Receives Funding for Cancer Studies
Ian Papautsky, CADMIM Co-Director, along with collaborator Dr. Alicia Hulbert, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois Cancer Center, are the recipients of a new grant entitled “Applied microfluidics for lung cancer liquid biopsy.” This award is provided by the Translational Oncology Program at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. This project will run January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. Total funds = $125,000 direct cost. Congratulations to the team! For a complete list of grantees:  https://cancer.uillinois.edu/ui-cancer-center-names-pilot-grant-award-winners/?mc_cid=e6dfea1fd9&mc_eid=0df42438eb.For more information about this program: https://cancer.uillinois.edu/research/research-programs/

UIC Student Interns at Beckman Coulter via NSF INTERN Program
Mr. Alireza Ahmadian-Yazdi, PhD candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago in the laboratory of Dr. Jie Xu, will intern at Beckman Coulter (CADMIM IAB member) at the head office in Brea, California. Starting January 2019 and continuing over the following 5 months, Ali will be assisting the Global Innovation Team in seeking out new applications, markets, and innovative technologies that will guide the company in the development of next generation solutions. Ali is funded through the NSF INTERN program, which provides funds for internships for graduate students to support career development and opportunities. Congratulations Ali! For more information about the NSF INTERN program: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17091/nsf17091.jsp
UIC Today article about Ali and this internship (posted March 8, 2019): https://today.uic.edu/engineering-doctoral-student-gains-industry-experience-through-nsf-program


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