thinXXS Microtechnology AG

Number of employees: 43

thinXXS was founded in April 2001 as a spin-off of the renowned Institute of Microtechnology Mainz (IMM). Presently, the workforce counts some 40 with backgrounds ranging from chemistry and physics to material science and precision engineering. thinXXS is situated in Zweibrücken in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

thinXXS produces and develops microstructured components and systems in plastics. A special focus lies on microfluidic products, an area in which thinXXS sells standard or customised microfluidic products such as micro diaphragm pumps or so-called labs-on-chip. thinXXS expertise comprises the whole production chain, from engineering and mold and tool fabrication via micro molding to finishing and assembly. Development and production services are performed for customers widespread all over the world with focus on USA, Scandinavia and Germany.

thinXXS has experience with projects partly funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Investment and Economic Development Bank (ISB) owned by the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz. Within the project backed by ISB a micro diaphragm pump has been developed which is now one of thinXXS core products. The development of a polymer based microfluidic construction kit has been funded by the BMBF. Also, thinXXS is active in the “microBuilder” project which is funded by the European Union within the 6th framework program.

Jay Taylor received his B.A.Sc. in mechanical engineering with a specialization in fluid mechanics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He completed his M.A.Sc. at the University of Waterloo, where he helped establish the newly founded Microfluidics and Biochips Laboratory. The topic of his thesis was the design and evaluation of a cell-sorting device for lab-on-a-chip applications. After working as a research associate at the University of Waterloo, he joined thinXXS AG in 2007 as a R&D engineer. He brings to thinXXS a strong background in microfluidic chip design, fabrication techniques, and experimental validation.

Dr. Norbert Gottschlich received his B.S. and his Ph. D in process engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. His thesis focused on the chromatographic purification of biological macromolecules. From 1998 to 2000, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laser Spectroscopy and Microinstrumentation Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN, USA) developing microchip-based analytical tools. Between 2001 and 2007 he worked as a project manager at Greiner Bio-One GmbH in Germany. During this time he acquired considerable expertise in injection moulding and large scale production of plastic disposables. In 2007 he came to thinXXS AG where he is project manager in the field of polymer based microfluidic components.

Articles

Towards Lab-on-a-Chip Devices for Personalised Medication and Diagnostics, Medical Device Technology, 15, 10, December 2004

Mikropumpen fördern die Medizintechnik, inno, October 2004

Modulare Mikrofluidik: Der kürzere Weg zum integrierten System, GIT Labor-Fachzeitschrift, August 2004

Complex laboratory diagnostics can be incorporated on disposable ‘credit cards’, European Medical Scientist (Emed), 1, 1, March 2003

M. Niggemann, W. Ehrfeld, L. Weber, “Micromolding of fluidic devices for biochemical applications”
Proc. IMRET 3, 3rd International Conference on Microreaction Technology, Frankfurt, April 1999

Patents

Weber, Lutz “Flow cell consisting of layers and connection means.” Euro. Pat. Publ. (2006), EP1554065A1, 20060510.

Weber, Lutz; Neumeier, Michel “Micro-storage module, for discharge of a dosed quantity of fluid from a capsule into a micro-analysis system, comprises void containing liquid cell enclosed by cover and seal, and linked to analytical system.” Germany Pat. Publ. (2005), DE10336850A1, 20050310.

Ehrfeld, Wolfgang; Lehr, Heinz; Weber, Lutz “Magazine for microstructured moulded parts and method for the production thereof.” PCT Int. Appl. (2000), WO 2000076740A1, 20001221.

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