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ALine and Fralock form Strategic Alliance

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Fralock (Division of Lockwood Industries, Inc.) and ALine, Inc. have entered into a strategic alliance to address all phases of microfluidic consumable development.  Clients in the Diagnostic and Life Science markets will benefit from access to ALine’s engineering and rapid prototyping capabilities, while having access to Fralock’s manufacturing process engineering expertise, and supply chain management. Offering the two company’s complimentary skills and manufacturing resources enables a wider variety of tools and processes to be considered early in product development, lowering risk at scale-up, while operating in an FDA registered and ISO13485 environment. Both Fralock, and ALine are based in southern…

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Valves in Microfluidic Cartridges

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In a single-use cartridge for the point of care, why use pneumatic control of on-board diaphragm valves in the cartridge when a linear actuator against a flexible layer works just as well? This question was recently posed by a client as they consider their development path from proof of concept. They envision a couple of different product use environments, one involving a benchtop instrument, and another a portable handheld using battery power. In some cases, the answer might just boil down to personal preference. But from a development perspective,  pneumatically controlled on-board valves offer more flexibility in design of the cartridge….

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New Board of Directors

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I am very pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to the Board of Directors: Rob Randelman, Bruce Sargeant, Steve Schaefers, and Joe Stetter. Each person brings a valuable perspective to the board including FDA design control expertise, supply chain management, international business development, and world class scientific expertise in electrochemistry. Each member is distinguished in their respective careers and well regarded within the business communities they serve. Each has been involved in the growth of high tech businesses. Their combined expertise brings a unique strength to the board, and I feel very fortunate to have their support. Their breadth of…

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