Lab-on-a-Chip and Point-of-Care Testing: Product Design and Development* (42 HOURS)

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

introduction

Miniaturizing medical diagnostic instrument and devices into Point-of-Care (POC) products needs specific knowledge and skills regarding the microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip, immune-sensing and optical detection, nuclei acid and cell analysis, and organ-on-chip testing. This course is designed to bridge the gaps.

Point of Care (POC) testing is defined as medical diagnostic testing at or near the patient. Now, rapid testing has increasingly become part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip technologies offer three main advantages to POCT diagnostics: smaller sample volumes, lower test costs, and faster turn-around times. These advantages are increasingly being leveraged to develop POCT devices to detect and diagnose a host of conditions, spanning from infectious diseases to cancer.

This course module is designed for and targeted at engineers or PMETs who are interested in the knowledge and skills of product development of Point-of-Care Testing (POCT). Covering the knowledge and skills for immune-sensing and optical detection, molecular diagnostics and cellular analysis in the application of miniaturized medical diagnostics, as well as the practical methods about developing new POCT products, which are mostly medical instrument and cartridges or cassettes. Knowledge and skills about building up the quality management system in medical product development will be covered as well.

about the programme

Participants will understand the concepts and applications of POCT technology, learn the method and process of New Product Development (NDP) for medical diagnostics instrument and devices. With the guidance of the experts in POCT product development, participants will get hands-on experience in design and prototyping of biosensors, practicing the experiments on molecular diagnosis and cellular analysis, and practice the product development process of medical diagnostic instrument.

Participants will also gain the up-to-date knowledge about how to turn a laboratory protocol of body fluid analysis into a miniaturized POCT instrument and cartridge based on microfluidics Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) strategy.

Through this training course, the participant will gain and master the knowledge and skills of the 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.


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 module 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.

    • ¹ Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme (ETSS), subject to eligibility criteria shown below.

      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.

    Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset course fees (for self-sponsored registrations only).

    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 Joyce LING, 
    Email: linglp@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 Qn1: 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 Training Period
    (Click on dates to view schedules)
    Registration Status
    • Lab-on-a-Chip and Point-of-Care Testing: Product Design and Development (42 hours)
    TGS-2021009130 EVE11 Apr 2024 - 4 Jun 2024

    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