SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics Europe 2019


Holger Becker's Biography

Holger Becker,Chief Scientific Officer,Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH

Dr. Holger Becker is co-founder and CSO of microfluidic ChipShop GmbH. He obtained physics degrees from the University of Western Australia/Perth and the University of Heidelberg. He started to work on miniaturized systems for chemical analysis during his PhD-thesis at Heidelberg university, where he obtained his PhD in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he was a Research Associate at Imperial College with Prof. Andreas Manz. In 1998 he joined Jenoptik Mikrotechnik GmbH. Since then, he founded and led several companies in the field of microsystem technologies in medicine and the life sciences. He lead the Industry Group of the German Physical Society between 2004 and 2009 and is Conference Chair for the SPIE "Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems" conference as well as acting as regular reviewer of project proposals on national and EU level and for several journals devoted to microsystem technologies.

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Thomas Brandstetter's Biography

Thomas Brandstetter,Group Leader,Freiburg University

Thomas Brandstetter studied Biology at the University of Freiburg. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 working with Prof. Dr. Wagner at the Institute for Biology II and Prof. Dr. Wieland at the University hospital, Department for Clinical chemistry [oncology]. Subsequently, he moved on to a position as a postdoctoral associate working out microarray applications for clinical and diagnostic purposes in cooperation with the company "Genescan Europe AG", a biochip company. After becoming a safety officer for medical devices he joined the group of Prof. Dr. Ruhe at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), at the University of Freiburg in 2005, and is now leading the Biochip Group there.

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Stefano Cerbelli's Biography

Stefano Cerbelli,Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica,Sapienza Universita di Roma

Associate Professor, PhD - Research areas: transport of diluted suspensions in laminar flows with an application to microfluidic devices - mixing and mass transport in laminar chaotic flows.

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Sebastien Clerc's Biography

Sebastien Clerc,Technology & Market Analyst, Microfluidics & Medical Technologies,Yole Developpement

Sebastien Clerc works as a Technologies & Market Analyst, Microfluidics & Medical Technologies, within the Life Sciences & Healthcare division at Yole Developpement (Yole). Sebastien authored a collection of market and technology reports covering the following topics: microfluidics, point-of-care, MEMS for healthcare applications and connected medical devices. In parallel, he is daily involved in custom projects such as strategic marketing, technology scouting and technology evaluation to help academic and industrial players in their innovation processes. Sebastien Clerc graduated from Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP - Grenoble, France) with a Master degree in Biomedical Technologies. Then he completed his cursus with a Master degree in Innovation and Technology Management in the same institute.

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Dermot Diamond's Biography

Dermot Diamond,Professor, National Centre for Sensor Research,Dublin City University

Dermot Diamond received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Queen's University Belfast (Chemical Sensors, 1987, Internet Scale Sensing, 2002), and was Vice-President for Research at Dublin City University (2002-2004). He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, is a named inventor in 13 patents, and is co-author and editor of four books. He is director and founding member of the National Centre for Sensor Research ( at Dublin City University, and is currently a Principle Investigator in CLARITY (, a major SFI funded CSET focused on wireless sensor networks. In 2002, he was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, and in 2006 he received the DCU President's Award for research excellence. His research is focused on the fundamental science of stimuli responsive polymers, the development of futuristic autonomous chemical sensing platforms, and the use of analytical devices and sensors as information providers for wireless networked systems i.e. building a continuum between the digital and molecular worlds.

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Jens Ducree's Biography

Jens Ducree,Professor of Microsystems,Dublin City University

Dr. Jens Ducree is a principal investigator for Microfluidic Platforms at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) and Associate Professor for Microsystems in the School of Physical Sciences at the Dublin City University (DCU). The main part of his research is directed towards novel microfluidic platforms and associated actuation, detection, fabrication and instrumentation technologies for application in the life sciences. Dr. Ducree is also academic member of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the Joint Institute of Global Health (JIGH). Dr. Jens Ducree has a master's and PhD in Physics. Before joining DCU in 2008, Dr. Ducree founded and led the groups "Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies" and the "Lab-on-a-Chip Foundry Service" at the HSG-IMIT in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Since 2005 he was also a member of faculty at the world renowned Institute for Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Ducree has published numerous papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, presented about at all major international conferences in the field of microsystems and microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies, and authored several books and book chapters, among them the best-selling market study "FlowMap - Microfluidics Roadmap for the Life Sciences". He serves on various committees and received a number of awards for his academic research as well as its commercialization.

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Gokhan Ergin's Biography

Gokhan Ergin,Product Manager, CTA & Microfluidics,Dantec Dynamics A/S

Dr. Gokhan Ergin holds a BS degree (2000) from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and MS/PhD degrees (2003/2005) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has worked for Dantec Dynamics headquarters in Copenhagen for 13+ years and currently works as Microfluidics product manager. He is also the head of the Dantec Microfluidics laboratory. He designs and develops optical measurement systems (such as µPIV) and maintains several research collaborations with universities and research institutes. His research collaborations are focused on two-phase flow microfluidics; micromixers, droplet based microfluidics, micro-drop irrigators, mobility of microorganisms, flow around marine animals and microrobots.

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Daniel Irimia's Biography

Daniel Irimia,Associate Professor, Surgery Department,Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Shriners Burns Hospital, and Harvard Medical School

Daniel Irimia is a bioengineer, a medical doctor by training, and a researcher in the areas of microfluidics, inflammation, and sepsis. He is an Associate Professor in the Surgery Department at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Shriners Burns Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is a leader in the design of novel tools for measuring human neutrophil activities in health and disease. He was recently awarded the "Pioneers of Miniaturization" prize from the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society for his work on microfluidic tools for analyzing neutrophils and other leukocytes.

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Klaus Kadel's Biography

Klaus Kadel,Business Development,Little Things Factory GmbH

Dr. Klaus Kadel received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in the field of LIGA-Technique from the University of Karlsruhe 1993, today KIT, and his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from University of Karlsruhe 1987, respectively. He has more than 25 years of experience in microsystem technology with more than 10 years of experience in the production of lab-on-chip systems made of silicon, glass and polymers. He holds different patents in the field of micro nozzles and molding with different patents pending. His research interests are developing new microfluidic devices out of glass, silicon and quartz for production and medical application.

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Govind V Kaigala's Biography

Govind V Kaigala, Research Staff Member, IBM Research Laboratory-Zurich

Dr. Govind Kaigala is a Research Staff Member at the Laboratory of IBM in Zurich. He is currently leading activities on liquid-based non-contact scanning probe technologies - microfluidic probe - and is championing concepts on "open space" microfluidics and "tissue microprocessing". These research activities are driven by specific needs in the fields of pathology and personalized medicine. He is passionate about translational clinical/medical research and strives to bring in quantitation in biology by leveraging micro- and nanosystems assays for microchip-based chemical and biomolecular analysis.

Previously, he was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the microfluidics laboratory in Mechanical Engineering and Urology at Stanford University, USA. Dr. Kaigala received his Ph.D (Electrical Engineering and Oncology) and M.Eng from the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Kaigala has authored and co-authored 44 scientific publications, 70 conference papers, 1 book, and 30 patent families. In addition to IBM and other industrial entities, his work is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union and Swiss National Science Foundation. He is the recipient of several IBM awards, including Research Division Accomplishment Award in 2014 & 2017, the Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and he is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Noah Malmstadt's Biography

Noah Malmstadt, Associate Professor, Mork Family Dept. of Chem. Eng. & Mat. Sci., University of Southern California

Noah Malmstadt is an associate professor at the University of Southern California. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. Following postdoctoral work at UCLA, he joined the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC in 2007. Malmstadt is the recipient of a 2012 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award. His research focuses on microfluidic strategies to facilitate material fabrication and biophysical analysis. He has pioneered the integration of ionic liquids as solvents in droplet microreactors and the application of microfluidic systems to synthesizing biomimetic cell membranes. Microfluidic analytical techniques he has developed include methods for measuring the permeability of cell membranes to druglike molecules and techniques for measuring ionic currents through membrane proteins.

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Timothy Noel's Biography

Timothy Noel, Associate Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology

Timothy Noel received in 2004 his MSc degree (Industrial Chemical Engineering) from the KaHo Sint-Lieven in Ghent. He then moved to Ghent University to obtain a PhD at the Laboratory for Organic and Bioorganic Synthesis (2005-2009). Next, he moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. At MIT, he worked at the MIT-Novartis Center for Continuous Manufacturing. He currently holds a position as an associate professor and chairs the Micro Flow Chemistry & Synthetic Methodology group at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests are flow chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis.

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Aleksandr Ovsianikov's Biography

Aleksandr Ovsianikov,Associate Professor, Head of Research Group 3D Printing and Biofabrication,Technische Universitat Wien (TU Wien)

Dr. Ovsianikov is currently an Associate Professor and a head of the group "3D Printing and Biofabrication" at the TU Wien (Vienna, Austria). His research is dealing with the use of additive manufacturing technologies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Dr. Ovsianikov has background in laser physics and material processing with femtosecond lasers. A particular focus his current research is establishing multiphoton lithography in the domain of biofabrication for engineering of biomimetic 3D cell culture matrices and realization of novel tissue engineering scaffolds. Dr. Ovsianikov was awarded a prestigious Starting Grant in 2012 and a Consolidator Grant in 2017 from the European Research Council (ERC) for projects aimed at these topics. His research interests include high-resolution 3D printing, laser-induced photo-chemistry, development of biomaterials for additive manufacturing and bioprinting.

Since 2004 Dr. Ovsianikov has contributed to around 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters and co-edited two books:

"Multiphoton Lithography: Techniques, Materials, and Applications" J. Stampfl, R. Liska, A. Ovsianikov (Eds.) John Wiley & Sons (2016), [ISBN: 978-3-527-33717-0]

"3D Printing and Biofabrication" A. Ovsianikov, J. Yoo, V. Mironov (Eds.) Springer International Publishing in association with TERMIS (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society), [ISBN 978-3-319-45444-3]

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Beate Poulson's Biography

Beate Poulson,Sales Manager,microdrop Technologies GmbH

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Mario Saupe's Biography

Mario Saupe,Researcher,Institut fur Bioprozess- und Analysenmesstechnik e.V. Heiligenstadt

2013 Bachelor of engineering in medical techniques EAH Jena, Thuringia, Germany 2016 Master of Science in biotechnology, Technical University Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany 2018 Start of promotion at iba e.V. Heiligenstadt as an extern Student at Technical University Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany

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Andreas Schafert's Biography

Andreas Schafert,Director Business Development Medical Devices,Wilhelm Weber GmbH

Andreas Schafert joined the Wilhelm Weber GmbH in Esslingen in 2018. He holds a Diploma in Applied Physics of TU Munich as well as a MBA of College des Ingenieurs in Paris. Earlier steps in his professional career were at USHIO Group, GE Healthcare and EVONIK Industries. As Director Business Development Medical Devices he is in charge for innovative solutions and applications in the field of injection molding in the medical sector, publishing also about recent technology developments.

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Richard Spero's Biography

Richard Spero, CEO, Redbud Labs

Richard Spero is co-founder and CEO of Redbud Labs, where he leads both commercial activities and the company's systems engineering team. He is a co-inventor of Redbud Posts, a MEMS chip covered with biomimetic cilia. Redbud Posts enable novel methods for fluid processing at the microscale, including pumping, mixing, cell sorting, and analyte isolation. This technology is used by point-of-care diagnostic device developers to improve assay speed, reliability, and performance. Prior to founding Redbud Labs, Dr. Spero earned his PhD in Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied blood clot rheology and developed novel systems for magnetic manipulation and time-dependent high content screening.

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Alexios Tzannis's Biography

Alexios Tzannis,Business Development Manager Life Sciences,IMT Microtechnologies

Dr. Alexios Paul Tzannis has been working for IMT for 12 years and is responsible for developing the Life Science and Diagnostics activities of IMT AG. He studied Electrical Engineer M.Sc. at the technical University of Denmark (DTU) in the field of technical Holography. He received his Ph.D. at the ETH Zurich for his work at Paul Scherrer Institute in the field of resonant holographic Interferometry. Dr. Alexios Paul Tzannis has founded, hands-on experience in Micro- and Nanotechnology, MEMS, Optics and Optoelectronics, Spectroscopy, and Microfluidics.

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Charalampos Tzivelekis's Biography

Charalampos Tzivelekis,Researcher,Newcastle University

Babis Tzivelekis is a researcher in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University (UK). He is researching the rapid manufacturing of microfluidic devices and instrumentation for DNA diagnosis with innovative, low-cost stereolithography 3D printing and high-precision machining techniques. During his PhD he has worked extensively on the design, manufacture, characterisation and optimisation of polymer lab-on-chip platforms to process DNA based assays for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). His research is co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and QuantuMDx, Ltd.

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Christophe Vedrine's Biography

Christophe Vedrine,Head of biological microsystems and advanced optics engineering unit,Bioaster

Christophe Vedrine is currently head of the biological microsystems and advanced optics engineering unit at BIOASTER (a Technology Research Institute dedicated to collaborative research and public-private partnerships in Infectious Disease and Microbiology). He develops new technologies in the field of micro-fluidics (droplet based and continuous flow microfluidics) and advanced optics (Raman spectroscopy and holographic microscopy). From 2008 to 2014, he was project leader at Bio-Rad. He was responsible for the development of new multiplex serological diagnostic kits in virology. Luminex assays and micro-array assays were developed to propose to diagnostic laboratories new multiplex kits on an automated platform for simultaneous serological screening of HIV, Hepatitis B and C infections. In 2004, he joined CNAM analytical chemistry team as associate professor. He developed new bio-analytical methods and technologies: Whole cell, DNA and label-free biosensors. He set up and managed several academic and industrial collaborations.

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Bart Westendorp's Biography

Bart Westendorp, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University The Netherlands

Bart Westendorp is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. His primary research interest is to understand how decision-making is done in cells during normal cell division, cell stress, development, and cancer. He combines live cell imaging techniques with (single cell) transcriptomics to address this topic. Within the Department of Pathobiology he has focused on the functions and regulation of the E2F transcription factor family. This family of proteins acts in the center of the gene regulation machinery that controls cell division and tissue development. In 2015, Bart Westendorp has established the Single Cell Analysis Center, a research facility within Utrecht University for the genomic and transcriptomic analysis of single cells.

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