Healthcare Product Innovation through Lab-on-a-Chip and Advanced Testing Technologies* (42 HOURS)

Product Design and Development
*This is a non-WSQ module.

introduction

Lab-on-Chip technology, commonly known as LoC, is a cutting-edge approach that miniaturizes laboratory functions onto a single microchip. This compact platform integrates multiple functions such as sample preparation, analysis, and detection onto a chip-sized device, enabling rapid and efficient biomedical testing. Throughout this course, we will explore the fundamentals of Lab-on-Chip technology, its applications in healthcare, and the development process of healthcare products using this innovative approach. Lab-on-a-Chip technologies offer three main advantages to healthcare products: smaller sample volumes, lower test costs, and faster turn-around times. These advantages are increasingly being leveraged to develop innovative healthcare testing devices to detect and diagnose various conditions, spanning from infectious diseases to cancer.

This course module is designed for engineers and PMETs interested in the knowledge and skills involved in product development using Lab-on-Chip and advanced testing technologies. The course will cover the knowledge and skills needed for immune-sensing and optical detection, molecular diagnostics, and cellular analysis in the application of miniaturized medical diagnostics. It will also cover practical methods for developing new healthcare testing products, such as medical instruments, cartridges, or cassettes. Additionally, the course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to build a quality management system product development.

about the programme

The development of miniature healthcare products such as medical diagnostic instruments and devices requires specialized knowledge and skills related to microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip technologies, immune-sensing and optical detection, as well as nucleic acid and cell analysis. This course aims to bridge these knowledge gaps.

During this course, participants will gain an understanding of the concepts and applications of Lab-on-a-Chip technologies, as well as learn the methods and processes involved in New Product Development (NDP) for medical diagnostic instruments and devices. With the guidance of healthcare product development experts, participants will have opportunities for hands-on experience in designing and prototyping biosensors, conducting experiments on molecular diagnosis and cellular analysis, and practicing the product development process of medical diagnostic instruments.

The participants will acquire the latest knowledge on how to transform a laboratory protocol for body fluid analysis into a miniaturized smart instrument and cartridge, using the microfluidics Lab-on-a-Chip approach.

Through this training course, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding and mastery of the skills needed for miniaturized medical diagnostic instrument and device in a holistic/integrated manner.

Who Should Attend

The programme is relevant for PMETs, senior managers, and professionals who are in the areas of medical product development, especially with medical diagnostics, health screening product and related business.


What our trainees say

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This course provides a lot of real industry case studies which make it easier to understand. I really like the group discussions which was fun!

Mrs Zhu Yan,
Participant from Apr 2024 intake

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A well-prepared course, giving a great overview of LOC & POCT products & the methodology used.

Mr Ng Chee Sheng,
Participant from Apr 2024 intake

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Great course. The instructors were patient and explained concepts clearly. Just the course I signed up for. Highly recommended.

Dr Lim Zi Xiang,
Participant from Apr 2024 intake


Course Outline

Course outline

The programme employs the Learn-Practise-Implement™ (LPI™) pedagogy, where fundamental knowledge and principles taught will be reinforced with hands-on practices.

Key focus areas or applications:

  • Lab-on-a-chip and microfluidics
  • Point-of-care Test (POCT) diagnosis
  • Immunoassay and biosensing
  • Molecular diagnosis: automated nuclei acid test
  • Optical imaging and spectroscopy in POCT
  • Tissue culture and organ-on-a-chip
  • Fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Turn laboratory protocol into miniaturized POCT product

Upon Completion of This Course

UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE

Participants will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance (COA) by SIMTech and/or ARTC if they meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve at least 75% course attendance;
  • Take all assessments; and
  • Pass the course.

Note: Trainees will have to bear the full courses fee upon failure to meet either one of the criteria.

Pre-Requisites, Full and Nett Course Fees

Pre-Requisites

  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Applicants who do not have the required academic qualifications are still welcome to apply, but shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview for special approval.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Full Course Fee

The full course fee for this course is $4,000 before funding and prevailing GST.

Nett Course Fee

International
Participants
Singapore Citizens aged 39 years and below, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders
Employer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above
(MCES) ²
SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders) (ETSS) ¹
$4,360$1,308$508
$508
All fees are inclusive of GST 9%.
Please note that fees and funding amount are subject to change.

LONG TERM VISIT PASS PLUS (LTVP+) HOLDERS

  • The LTVP+ scheme applies to lawful foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens with (i) at least one Singapore Citizen child or are expecting one from the marriage, or at least three years of marriage, and (ii) where the Singapore Citizen sponsor is able to support the family.
  •  All LTVP+ holders can be identified with their green visit pass cards, with the word ‘PLUS’ printed on the back of the card.

ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISE (SMEs) SCHEME (ETSS)

SMEs that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million

SME-sponsored Trainees:

  • Must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • Courses have to be fully paid for by the employer.
  • Trainee is not a full-time national serviceman. 

Further Info: This scheme is intended for all organisations, including non-business entities not registered with ACRA e.g. VWOs, societies, etc. Only ministries, statutory boards, and other government agencies are NOT eligible under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs Scheme. Sole proprietorships which meet all of the above criteria are also eligible.

SKILLSFUTURE MID-CAREER ENHANCED SUBSIDY (MCES)

SkillsFuture Credit

For more information on the SkillsFuture funding schemes you are eligible for, please visit www.skillsfuture.gov.sg

How course fees are calculated

TYPECATEGORY OF INDIVIDUALS
International Participants Singapore Citizens aged 39 years and below, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ HoldersEmployer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders)
FUNDING SOURCE
Not applicable for SkillsFuture Funding SkillsFuture Funding (Baseline)  SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) ²SkillsFuture Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) ¹
Full Course Fee $4,000$4,000$4,000 $4,000 
SkillsFuture FundingNot Applicable  ($2,800)($3,600)($3,600)
Nett Course Fee$4,000$1,200$400$400
GST 9%
$360$108*$108*$108*
Total Nett Course Fee Payable to Training Provider$4,360$1,308$508$508
* Based on 30% of Full Course Fee

Contact Us

  • For technical enquiries, please contact:

Dr WANG Zhenfeng,
Email: zfwang@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

  • For general enquiries, please contact:

Ms SEE Hai Yun, 
Email: see_hai_yun@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg


Registration

  • Please register for this course through our Course Registration Form for Public Classes.
  • For the first question, please select "Modular Programmes".
  • Applicants will be placed on our waiting list if the course does not have an upcoming scheduled intake.
  • Once the next intake is confirmed to commence, SIMTech will contact the applicants to share the class information.

Schedule

Module
Skills Course Reference Number Next Intake(s)'s Training Period
(Click on the dates to view its schedules)
Registration Status
  • Healthcare Product Innovation through Lab-on-a-Chip and Advanced Testing Technologies (42 hours)
TGS-2021009130 EVE7 Jan 2025 - 6 Mar 2025

Note: SIMTech and ARTC reserve the right to change the class/schedule/course fee or any details about the course without prior notice to the participants.

Announcement:

  • From 1 Oct 2023, attendance-taking for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)'s funded courses must be done digitally via the Singpass App. More information may be viewed here.
Sessions
FD: Full day
AM: Morning
PM: Afternoon
EVE: Evening