You design lifesaving devices, and you know that accuracy is critical when people are monitoring blood glucose levels. Each layer within a blood glucose test strip plays a crucial role.“Science Behind the Strip: An Engineer’s Guide to Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips for Accuracy” gives you guidance on the process, from choosing the right materials to avoiding malfunctions.
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Skin is a window – it can indicate our overall health. And when it’s damaged, it can hurt both psychologically and physically.
The skin of a diabetic patient needs special attention. Diabetes can impact blood supply to the skin and lead to a variety of skin conditions. And diabetic patients have the added risk of complications from the use of devices that monitor blood glucose levels or deliver insulin.
When we design medical devices that attach to a patient’s skin, the choice of adhesive makes a big difference. Skin-friendly materials depend on what type of skin is involved and what the device needs to do.
When it comes to Medical Diagnostics—3M gets it. We are your trusted source for advanced technologies used in the design and manufacture of diagnostic devices. Whatever your need, whether it be a specific layer for a biosensor or an integrated consumable for a lab-on-a-chip application or a diabetes management product, we’ll translate that need into a solution.
What makes 3M so good at this? Our long-standing reputation for innovation, combined with the way we build quality into every product, makes us the partner of choice with device manufacturers worldwide. Add in a culture of creativity and curiosity, scientists and engineers who understand microfluidics as well as diabetes management products, and an environment based on health care device experience—you’ll see that 3M has the perfect mix of resources to support your design and regulatory challenges.
The bottom line? 3M has the expertise and knowledge base to develop a microfluidic solution to help keep you on the leading edge. We speak your language. We Speak Medical Diagnostics.
Hydrophilic films: Fluid transport films consist of specialty coatings and materials to enable efficient flow of fluids through capillary channels. 3M Surfactant-Free Hydrophilic Technology offers a chemically inert solution to minimize the potential for test inference and bias. 3M hydrophilic films offer excellent transparency with low auto-fluorescence designed for optical assay performance.
Substrates & Films: We use a variety of specialty materials and substrates for your microfluidic device solutions such as engineered membranes, polyester films, coatings, engineered fluids, and more.
Bioassay Compatible Materials: Adhesives formulated for most biological assays such as PCR, qPCR, and ELISA. Designed to minimize the potential for chemical and/or optical interference required by diagnostic devices.
Adhesives & Spacer Tapes: 3M pressure sensitive adhesive technologies engineered for low build-up of residue in high volume die cutting operations. Manufactured to tight thickness specifications and containing low levels of volatiles that facilitates compatibility with your chemistry. Stick-to-skin solutions for continuous monitoring or therapeutic delivery, and microfluidics with diabetes management products in mind.
Structured Materials: Precisely-shaped, micro-replicated three-dimensional surface structures are incorporated onto a continuous substrate enabling a new dimension of physical, chemical and optical properties at large manufacturing scale. Examples include channels for fluid transport or wicking, as well as high density microarrays and well structures for use in advanced fluid analysis and sequencing. Expand your design capabilities with microstructures to enable a cost-effective approach.
Design & Fabrication: Leverage 3M “know-how” in the design and manufacture of integrated consumables with your chemistries. We offer material expertise and multiple technology platforms alongside state-of-the-art molding, spotting and assembling capabilities in an ISO 13485 or 9001 compliant facility.
When you are designing a medical device that must attach to a patient’s skin, a lot depends on your choice of adhesive system. How long will the device remain on the patient? Does it need to be conformable? What skin types or conditions will be encountered? Will the adhesive be compatible with both your materials of construction and the patient? Should the adhesive be medical grade?
Your next generation device is ready for next steps. Our network of Preferred Converters includes a diverse group of medical device manufacturing experts to help you take the next step.