Micralyne Receives Support for Polymer-based MEMS Initiative
July 22, 2003
Edmonton, Alberta, July 22, 2003 – Micralyne Inc. today announced it has been awarded a contribution from the National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), for development of polymeric BioMEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) components and products. This signifies the launch of a new strategic offering for Micralyne in the area of plastics and will complement its work in glass, silicon and ceramic-based devices.
The IRAP support over an 18-month period will allow Micralyne to conduct research, in cooperation with the NRC, to develop manufacturing methods so that polymer fabricated BioMEMS products can be offered to customers.
“For bioanalytical and microfluidic applications we have traditionally used glass as the substrate material”, commented Chris Lumb, President & CEO of Micralyne. “While glass is appropriate for multiple-use, high value added devices, it is expensive and the technology is maturing.”
“In general, the use of plastics can provide a lower cost solution for many MEMS applications in the bioanalysis field. It is particularly appropriate for the emerging need of consumable parts that can be used for a single analysis”, Lumb added. “We recognize that our customers want to lower their material costs and using polymers instead of glass can do just that.”
Micralyne’s polymer/plastics development program will focus on manufacturing methods using polymer-based substrates, which in turn will serve as the foundation of MEMS-based components. Micralyne is also negotiating with major bioanalysis tool companies to introduce the use of polymers in their product lines.
Micralyne develops and manufactures microfabricated and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems)-based products. Micralyne is one of the largest independent companies in the world that manufactures MEMS in high volumes. MEMS technology is built on the premise of making industrial components smaller, faster and less expensive and facilitates radical improvements in the miniaturization of electronic and mechanical devices. These types of devices are used in many industries including communications, automotive, aerospace, and life sciences. More specifically, Micralyne’s micron-scale solutions (i.e. 1000 microns = 1 millimetre) are found in automotive emission sensors, optical switching technology in telecommunication networks, lab-on-a-chip devices for drug discovery, and commercial press equipment for printing today’s most popular magazines. Micralyne is a profitable and growing company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
For further information contact:
Mr. Chris Lumb
President & CEO
1911 – 94 Street
Canada T6N 1E6