Background to why the PolyNano summer school is needed
In biotechnology research, the current trend goes toward using miniaturized and automated tools for screening (drug/environmental/food) and diagnostics, which calls for lab-on-chip solutions. However, the lack of lab-on-chip production standards gives rise to long development times and high cost for lab-on-chip devices, holding back the spreading of lab-on-chip systems. On the one hand biotechnology research lacks the supply of reproducible biochips required to harvest the potential of lab-on-chip technology, and on the other hand industry lacks a well-defined roadmap for commercial exploitation of lab-on-chip devices. This calls for further development of polymer mass fabrication techniques that enable patterning of polymer components on the micro- and nano-scale at low-cost and high-volumes.
Moreover, the World is rapidly changing with a need to rethink and adapt to these changes, whether it is to a more sustainable environment or to survive in a more competitive environment, emphasizing that the two are not mutually exclusive.
The PolyNano summer school is to our knowledge the first of its kind that address these issue.
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