Last week some of us had the pleasure of visiting Boston for the 2012 Workshop on Capillary-based Microfluidics for Bioanalysis, hosted by Dr. Cathie Klapperich’s group at Boston University. As those of you who were there or watched the live stream  know, there was an incredible line-up of some of the best ideas that paper microfluidics has to offer. This community is using these paper technologies to address a huge range of problems, from identification of counterfeit drugs  to inexpensive solar power . Inexpensive and easy-to-use devices are improving our ability to detect antibiotic resistance  and monitor water quality , while on-paper electrochemical detection  and nucleic acid amplification  increase the sensitivity achievable in these paperfluidic devices. We heard about the challenges and successes involved when testing new devices in the field  and got to experience do-it-yourself fabrication of little devices  and tests for TB drug adherence .
I didn’t get to see most of the demos on Day 2, because I was busy with the demos from our lab. I heard from other participants that the hand-on experiences were fantastic, and I know that we all had a great time sharing our lab’s work with the group. One our demos demonstrated a method for visualizing flow through paper networks of arbitrary geometry , and the other featured some of my thesis work rehydrating dry reagents from storage depots patterned on assay membranes .
Thank you Cathie for carrying on the torch… and we’re hoping one of you MF2.0 fans out there will continue the tradition!
 Videos of the talks are still available on the Klapperich lab website
 Dr. Marya Lieberman
 Dr. Karen Gleason
 Dr. Ratmir Derda
 Dr. John Brennan
 Dr. Richard Crooks
 Our own Dr. Barry Lutz!
 Dr. Bernhard Weigl and Diagnostics for all
 Jose Gomez-Marquez
 Adher.io TB with Dr. Jackie Linnes
 Visualizing flow in paper networks and Kauffman, P.; Fu, E.; Lutz, B.; Yager, P., Visualization and measurement of flow in two-dimensional paper networks. Lab on a Chip 2010, 10 (19), 2614-2617.
 Fridley, G.; Le, H.; Fu, E.; Yager, P., Controlled release of dry reagents in porous media for tunable temporal and spatial distribution upon rehydration. Lab on a Chip 2012, 12(21),4321-4327.