The Lab-on-a-Chip technology was developed in an international effort spanning many years. In 2000, the Lab-on-a-chip Group at Twente University and the MESA+ Institute for nanotechnology started a collaborative study into new methods to measure lithium levels in blood samples. The study was successful and showed that levels of other charged particles, such as calcium and magnesium, can be measured as well.
The study won various official accolades, amongst others the Kolthoff Prize for best dissertation and the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Awards for Technology Transfer, awarded for scientific research for the benefit of practical application.
More research is required to prepare the Lab-on-Chip technology for production aimed at other applications. Blue4Green therefore engages in intensive research efforts with scientific partners around the globe.