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Product Design and Development of Medical Diagnostics Device* (42 HOURS)

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

In an increasingly technologically complex world, product developers are expected to be masters of creativity, communication and collaboration. They must understand the processes of innovation, problem-solving and strategic decision making. Through this course, participants will learn how to develop new and innovative technology products for the global marketplace, work with cutting-edge design and making technologies including 3D digital design and 3D printing, gain skills and knowledge in design, making, creativity, innovation, technical analysis, and quality management system.

Today’s molecular diagnostics (MDx) is a game-changer for clinical laboratories, offering powerful tools for earlier and higher accurate detection of diseases. On the other hand, microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) technologies offer significant advantages to molecular diagnostics: high speed, low cost, system integration and automation. In a LOC MDx device, various diagnostic steps can be seamlessly integrated into a single microchip. As a result, diagnostic procedures can be dramatically simplified and accelerated. Participants will get the opportunity during this course to practise their product innovation skills in the development of LOC MDx products under the close mentorship of an experienced product designer through group projects. Besides acquiring laboratory skills to operate MDx products, and training to build up a quality management system for medical products, participants will also gain knowledge about MDx fundamentals and applications and the microfluidics components design and fabrication through a combination of lectures and case studies.

Through our innovative Learn-Practise-Implement™ (LPI™) pedagogy plus mentorship training module, participants earn the confidence in new product development, especially for medical products such as molecular diagnostic device.

about the programme

The course integrates the training of important disciplines through 2 key stages:

  • Product Design: Ranging from idea generation, concept formulation and prototyping, to quality management, with the implementing of the skills
  • Skills Development: Participants practise skills in the development journey of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) based molecular diagnostics (MDx) products.

Participants will learn about fundamental design principles as well as engineering concepts that are applied to the actual design processes. They are taught on how to use computer-aided design software and prototyping tools, before progressing to medical diagnostics product innovation and development projects under the guidance of industry experts in this field.

Microfluidics Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) is an emerging technology which enables the miniaturization of medical diagnostic instrument and devices. It needs specific knowledge and skills regarding the microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip fundamentals, immune-sensing and optical detection, nuclei acid and cell analysis, and body blood treatment. This course trains participants to bridge these gaps. Participants learn the latest knowledge on how to transfer a laboratory protocol of body fluid analysis into a miniaturized MDx instrument and cartridge-based on microfluidics Lab-on-a-Chip strategy.

Participants will understand the concepts and applications of MDx technology. With the guidance of their experienced mentors, participants are given hands-on practical experience to practise nuclei acid testing, and experience the New Product Development (NPD) process of medical diagnostic instrument including the establishment of quality management system for medical devices.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for and targeted at engineers or PMETs who have a degree or background knowledge of mechanical and/or product design and interested in gaining knowledge and skills on new product development. It is also recommended for participants seeking skills improvement and knowledge enhancement in medical product development, especially on molecular diagnostics and microfluidic Lab-on-Chip.

Course Outline

Course Outline

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical sessions to better equip participants with knowledge and skills to the product design and innovation, implementing them in a case about miniaturized molecular diagnostic device. Case studies and project work form an integral element of the course structure in training the participants to make informed decisions and implement real-life processing solutions.


  • Product Design Process
  • Lab-on-a-Chip Basics
  • Molecular Diagnostics Basics
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 13485


  • Idea Generation Tools
  • Modeling and Sketching
  • Prototyping
  • 3D Printing
  • Foam Board Cutting
  • Arduino Programming
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Lab Training


  • Miniaturized Molecular Diagnostics Product

download brochure OR register of interest for course

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Please register your interest for this course under 1. Modular Programmes > 2. Microfluidics Technology in the online form.

Note: SIMTech will contact you once registration for the next run of the course you are interested in opens.

Upon Completion of This Course


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

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

Pre-Requisites, Full and Nett Course Fees


  • 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

Singapore Citizens
(39 yrs old or younger), SPRs or LTVP+ Holders
Singapore Citizens
(40 yrs or older)²
Enhanced Training Support
for SMEs¹
$4,320 $1,296 $496
All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST.

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.

  • 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.ssg.gov.sg

    How course fees are calculated

    Full Course Fee

    International ParticipantsSingapore Citizens (39 yrs old or younger), SPRs or LTVP+ Holders Singapore Citizens Only
    (40 years old and above) ²
    $4,000  $4,000 SME Sponsored ¹
     $4,000  $4,000
    SkillsFuture Funding Not Applicable  ($2,800)  ($3,600)  ($3,600)
    Total Gross Fee  $4,000 $1,200  $400  $400
    8% GST
     $320 $96*  $96*  $96*
    Total Course Fee Payable to SIMTech $4,320$1,296  $496  $496
    * Based on 30% of Full Course Fee

    Contact Us

    download brochure OR register of interest for course

    Product Design and Innovation_A4

    Please register your interest for this course under 1. Modular Programmes > 2. Microfluidics Technology in the online form.

    Note: SIMTech will contact you once registration for the next run of the course you are interested in opens.


    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 EVE 16 Feb 2023 - 4 Apr 2023
    (In-person; SIMTech@FP2)
    Register interest to Course
    Product Design and Development of Medical Diagnostics Device (42 hours) TGS-2022011706
    EVE 6 Jun 2023 - 25 Jul 2023
    Register interest to Course
    Understand the Microfluidics Manufacturing Processes (45 hours) TGS-2018502746 EVE7 Feb 2023 - 23 Mar 2023
    Register interest to Course
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