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Adhesives Research to Present Hydrophilic Adhesive Technologies

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 03 Aug 2016
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Image: Hydrophilic technologies for microfluidic devices (Photo courtesy of Adhesives Research).
Image: Hydrophilic technologies for microfluidic devices (Photo courtesy of Adhesives Research).
Adhesives Research (AR; Glen Rock, PA, USA), a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance pressure-sensitive adhesives, tapes, specialty coatings, films, and laminates, will hold a presentation at AACC 2016 on the range of opportunities for hydrophilic adhesive technologies, which are expanding as demand for microfluidic biological tests increases. They will also be presenting a range of custom tailored products, from devices that detect infectious diseases to test kits that monitor diabetes and blood coagulation.

Hydrophilic adhesive technologies reduce the surface tension of fluids, such as water, urine, or blood to allow for rapid flow from the inlet area to a remote reagent site within in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and microfluidic devices. Available as pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), heat-seals, and coatings, the technology is compatible with sensitive chemistries, demonstrates strong bonding to low-surface energy plastics, provides tailorable hydrophilic properties to regulate capillary fill time, and can be customized by modifying thickness, choice of substrate, and release liner.

“Hydrophilic technology continues to be used in a variety of medical devices, including blood glucose and blood coagulation point-of-care, in-house, and environmental test kits,” said Herb Hand, a senior scientist with over 24 years pioneering research on hydrophilic adhesives and coatings at AR, who will lead the discussion. “The future of hydrophilic tapes includes components in molecular diagnostic devices and devices for the discovery of infectious diseases.”

AR leverages core competencies in chemical synthesis formulation and coating technologies to provide a gamut of custom tailored products for diverse applications around the world in the construction, industrial, electronics, automotive, medical, and pharmaceutical industries. AR also operates manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Colombia; has sales and marketing offices in Great Britain, Singapore and China; and sales representation in Japan and Taiwan.

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC; Washington, DC, USA) is an international scientific/medical society of over 8,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and more. The AACC annual meeting, which will be held from July 31st to August 4th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia (USA), features five days of educational sessions on scientific, clinical, technical and management challenges facing laboratory professionals, as well as the world’s largest Clinical Lab Expo.

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