Developing a fully integrated consumable cartridge for an automated diagnostic platform is a significant challenge. More challenging still is developing such a cartridge in response to a deadly global virus pandemic amid market uncertainty and extraordinary time constraints.
TearLab® Corporation, together with SCHOTT MINIFAB are celebrating an important milestone with the delivery of the 20 millionth microfluidic eye test card from the production line in Melbourne, Australia. The milestone comes as a result of a 13-year contract manufacturing partnership between the two companies, beginning in 2007 with an ambitious microfluidic product development program.
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Market leader in microfluidic device manufacture has re-branded from MINIFAB to SCHOTT MINIFAB. The change of name and visual re-brand comes after SCHOTT AG acquired the company in July 2019 and forms one part of an ongoing integration process.
Taking a long-term view at the outset of the cartridge development program is critical for reducing the cost of goods (COGS) when the time inevitably comes to ramp up manufacturing volume.
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Edward Wilkinson, Vice President of SCHOTT MINIFAB USA and Head of Strategy, explains why a fully integrated bioscience and engineering approach is the key to risk mitigation.
We are pleased to inform you, our valued customer, that Minifab is very well advanced in its plans to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minifab is built on a culture of innovation. Overcoming the world's most challenging problems is second nature to us.
Our number one priority is always to the health and safety of our workforce. In this unique environment protecting our workforce also protects you - our customer.
The TearLab success story began in 2007 when SCHOTT MINIFAB was approached to help turn the early stage eye health concept into a commercial product.
The relationship between TearLab and SCHOTT MINIFAB came at a pivotal moment. Prior to this partnership TearLab had invested considerable time and money with another developer / manufacturer only to be told that the concept was unworkable. Many other microfluidics experts had also voiced the opinion that the product was a technical impossibility.