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Bio Medical

BioMedical device manufacturing demands equipment that can transition from R&D to production as sales on new devices ramp up. Flexibility and customization is one of the hallmarks of MicroTech Systems – we are always willing to design wet process / manufacturing equipment that meets application-specific requirements. Our vast semiconductor expertise helps us develop cleaning systems for the biomedical market.

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Biochips

Biochip technology combines computer science, electronics and biology. Biochips are miniaturized laboratories that can perform a wide range of simultaneous biochemical reactions. They enable researchers to quickly screen large numbers of biological components for a variety of purposes, from disease diagnosis to detection of agents in the bloodstream.

The rapid technological advances of the biochemistry and semiconductor fields in the 1980s led to the large-scale development of biochips in the 1990s.

Transduction must be done to translate the actual sensing event (DNA binding, for example) into a format understandable by a computer (voltage, light intensity, mass, etc.), which then enables additional analysis and processing to produce a final output that is readable by a human being.

Today, a large variety of biochip technologies are either in development or being commercialized. Numerous advancements continue to be made in sensing research that enable new platforms to be developed for new applications. Cancer diagnosis through DNA typing is just one market opportunity. A variety of industries currently desire the ability to simultaneously screen for a wide range of chemical and biological agents, with purposes ranging from testing public water systems for disease agents to screening airline cargo for explosives.

The microarray — the dense, two-dimensional grid of biosensors — is the critical component of a biochip platform. Typically, the sensors are deposited on a flat substrate, which may either be passive (e.g. silicon or glass) or active, the latter consisting of integrated electronics or micromechanical devices that perform or assist signal transduction. Surface chemistry is used to bind the sensor molecules to the substrate. The fabrication of microarrays is important and is a major economic and technological hurdle that may ultimately decide the success of future biochip platforms.

Unique Wet Processing Stations
Biochip processing typically entails the following unique equipment requirements:
  • Custom tank sizes to fit unique device sizes
  • Unique chemistries for cleaning processes
  • Overhead, linear or rotational robotics
  • Smaller footprint wet process systems

MicroTech has developed a product line, the Intelligent Process Station (IPS), to address unique wet processing requirements, like those in the Biochip marketplace. The IPS provides distinctive processing capabilities for optimum process monitoring and control, for example:

  • Concentration monitoring
  • Turbidity control
  • Film thickness monitoring

Please contact us for special details of MicroTech’s wet processing stations (wet bench) designed for biochip fabrication.

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