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SCIEX-Sponsored Award Recognizes Achievements in Digital Microfluidics

March 5, 2019 GMT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 5, 2019--SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies, has announced that the MSB Strategic Planning Committee selected Dr. Aaron R. Wheeler, Ph.D. as the recipient of the 2019 SCIEX Microscale Separations, Innovations Medal and Award, for pioneering research in the technology of microfluidics. The Medal Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 27 as part of a Special Award Plenary Session at the 35 th International Symposium on Microscale Bioseparations (MSB 2019), an international event that brings together thought-leaders from both academic and industrial communities across the growing field of high-performance separation techniques.


Details about the symposium:

  • Date - March 25-28, 2019
  • Location - Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA
  • Webpage -

The SCIEX Microscale Separations, Innovations Medal and Award (previously the Arnold O’ Beckman Award) recognizes an individual for remarkable career achievements, with particular consideration for the development of new methods, techniques and high-impact applications in the field of electro-driven separations.

“This award demonstrates how SCIEX celebrates the spirit of scientific innovation that is critical to advancement,” says Mani Krishnan, VP CE & BioPharma, SCIEX. “We are proud to highlight Dr. Wheeler’s creative and enthusiastic approach to the use of microfluidics to solve problems in chemistry, biology, and medicine. The combination of highly advanced science and generous sharing of ‘open source’ instrumentation is inspiring across disciplines.”

Dr. Wheeler’s laboratory at the University of Toronto has been internationally recognized for its digital microfluidics projects. These have the capacity to transfer a wide range of established chemical and biochemical procedures to a nanoliter droplet format with the potential for high throughput analysis. A recent example of the impact of this work was the implementation of a compact and portable digital microfluidics system in a Kenyan refugee camp, to analyze blood for disease-specific antibodies. The work is summarized in this 5 minute video -


“The conference has a long history and I am thrilled and very grateful to receive this award. It has gone to exceptional recipients in the past and to think that I could join that group is flattering,” says Dr. Wheeler. “Further, this award represents the power of teamwork and I am sharing this award with my team who helped make this happen.”

Participants are invited to register for MSB 2019 online via:


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