The Prognosis for In Vitro Diagnostics

by Matt Hedlund / August 20, 2019

In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) is a category of medical tests and devices that process and analyze blood and tissue samples to provide information for screening, diagnosis, and monitoring of diseases or other conditions.  IVD tests are essential tools in everyday medical practice and emergency care that can help identify patients who are likely to benefit from specific treatments or therapies.  These technologies have seen significant innovation in recent years. They have been quickly moving out of the clinical laboratory and into point-of-care (POC) settings within the hospital, clinic, and home.

New technologies, along with a wide range of new tests and testing modalities, have fundamentally changed the way IVD devices look and operate.  Traditionally, IVD instruments were designed to automate clinical laboratory processes, including separating components in samples, loading and mixing reagents, incubating samples, and gathering photometric results.  Today, the use of microfluidics and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) has led to lab-on-chip (LOC) designs that are miniaturized and fully automated.

Smaller, Faster & Smarter

While there have always been consumable parts in the regular operation of IVD devices, the recent fundamental design changes in these instruments have led to the widespread use of disposable cartridges containing active chemistry, sensors, MEMS, and biological sample when administered.

As a result, there is now a need to manufacture these disposable LOC cartridges at high volumes, creating unique challenges for manufacturers.  High precision processes, high resolution and density designs, high volume production, temperature, humidity combined with ultraviolet light sensitivity, and unique serialization and traceability are just some of these challenges.

Automation is Key

Naturally, automating the manufacturing of these smart disposables is the logical choice; there is no way manual processes can meet production demands.  But not every design partner has automation design, process flow control, full unit traceability, microelectronics, cleanroom manufacturing, and medical device experience all under one roof. 

With a rich history of manufacturing complex medical devices and a dedicated automation team, Benchmark can ensure the fidelity of the most critical medical tests remains uncompromised. And as these LOC designs continue to advance, Benchmark’s in-house microelectronics capabilities will be ready with die-attach, wire bonding, laser welding, leak testing, and other packaging services.

Designs on the Future

Here at Benchmark, we’re redefining what’s possible, helping our customers develop new tests that can lead to early detection, diagnosis and provide targeted intervention.  IVD devices improve patient outcomes, save lives, and lower the costs related to healthcare expenditures and late-stage care. 

Contact us today to learn more about our work in the IVD market and how we are helping companies streamline production, reduce costs and meet the demand of the ever-growing healthcare industry.

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Matt Hedlund

Matt Hedlund is a Product Marketing Manager for Benchmark's Complex Industrial and Medical Technologies sectors. A Biomedical Engineer and Physiologist by training, Matt has industry experience spanning from product development to business development and marketing for both original OEM's and in EMS. Born and raised outside NYC, Matt now resides in Seattle, Washington where he enjoys gardening, kayaking, snowboarding, and hiking, all mostly in the rain.

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