A virus particle has typically a size of several tens of nanometer, while normal human cells are several micrometers in dimension. If you want to investigate the presence of these in a particular fluid or want to reveal certain (individual) characteristics, systems with dimensions comparable to these sizes can be of use. Additional advantages of these biomedical microdevices are for instance the use of low sample volumes and the possibility to integrate multiple functionalities on one platform.
The focus of the SRO “biomedical microdevices” is on the development of microfluidic systems for biomedical applications. With these systems we want to increase the knowledge of biological systems and improve the diagnostics and treatments of diseases.