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Microfluidics consists of components such as valves, pumps and mixers for manipulating and transporting the fluid at micrometer to nanometer scale. This interdisciplinary field has a wide range of application areas including environmental sensing, medical diagnostics, drug discovery, drug delivery, microscale chemical production, combinatorial synthesis and assays, artificial organs, and micropropulsion, microscale energy systems. The global microfluidics market is projected to reach USD 58.8 billion by 2026 from USD 20.7 billion in 2021, growing at a CAGR of 23.2%. Rise in demand for Point-of-Care (POC) devices is expected to significantly drive the market. Microfluidics-based devices need a fraction of the sample for data interpretation. The application of microfluidics has enabled conventional laboratory procedures to be shifted to Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC). The market is also driven by demand for high-throughput screening methodologies, low-volume sample analysis, demand for in Vitro Diagnostics (IVD), and development of advanced lab-on-a-chip technologies. Microfluidics offers high return on investment and helps in cost control by minimizing errors.

SIMTech’s Microfluidics and LOC MasterClass aims at providing participants from industry, government laboratories, and academia, with state-of-the-art overview and analysis of current and emerging microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip technologies. The MasterClass is conducted by international leaders in microfluidics research, innovation and commercialization.

No prior microfluidics knowledge is required.

The MasterClass will discuss the fundamentals of microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip technology, including the fluid mechanics theory, microfabrication for microfluidics, characterization techniques, and the micro flow control. The course also highlights on the applications of microfluidics and LOC, introduce the microfluidic components for life sciences, chemistry, point-of-care diagnostics, Organ on a Chip, etc. Examples of emerging commercial microfluidic products (diagnostics cartridge, wearable systems, DNA amplification platforms) will be analysed during the sessions. Detailed case studies about microfluidic new product development will be given on the applications for disease diagnosis, prognosis and precision therapy, as well as the soft microfluidic wearable sensors for healthcare.

Why This Masterclass

  • Learn about the fundamentals of microfluidic and LOC technologies and its application on various areas
  • Understand the role of microfluidics and LOC technologies in new product development
  • Case studies of successful microfluidic and LOC product introductions
  • Understand the current state of the markets and obstacles in the commercialization process
  • Get an overview on current trends in microfluidics and LOC research and development



I attended the Microfluidics Masterclass organised by SIMTech in 2020 during the Covid period. The course is well organised with detailed and simple walk-through on Microfluidics with world-class experts, providing great knowledge and insight to Microfluidics. I strongly recommend this Masterclass for those who wishes to have understanding on the know-how on Microfluidics and their application.

Dr Poh Tuang Yeow,
Research Scientist, Denka Singapore

Trainers' Profile

Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen

Nam-Trung Nguyen

Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen is the Director of Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre at the Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and leads his own research group of over 20 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Prof Nguyen’s research focuses on microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro/nanomachining technologies, micro/nanoscale science, and instrumentation for biomedical applications. He has over 400 publications with an average citation rate of 21 citations per article. Prof Nguyen is a world leader in his field and is regularly invited to present his research at international conferences. He has earned over $24M in competitive funding and has registered 8 patents (3 of them were granted). Research themes of his group include micro- and nanofluidics; micro- and nanofabrication; as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Prof Nguyen received his Dip-Ing, Dr Ing and Dr Ing Habil degrees from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, in 1993, 1997 and 2004, respectively. The habilitation degree (Dr Ing Habil) is the respected qualification for a full professorship in Germany. During his stay in Germany, he also worked for Robert Bosch GmbH, the industry leader in micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) for automotive applications. He contributed to the development of the MEMS-based fuel injection systems as well as sensing systems for pressure and mass flow rate. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral research engineer in the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (University of California at Berkeley, USA). From 1999 to 2012 he was an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prof Nguyen is the First Runner Up of Inaugural ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in Sustainable Development in 2009 and the Runner Up of ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2008. He is a Fellow of ASME and a Senior Member of IEEE. In 2012 he was a SMART Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He is also an Elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Professor Chwee Teck Lim

Chwee Teck Lim

Professor Chwee Teck Lim is the NUS Society Chair Professor, Founding PI of Mechanobiology Institute and Director of the Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech) at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Director of the Singapore Health Technologies Consortium. His interests are in the mechanobiology of human diseases and collective cell migration. He has co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed journal publications including In Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, PNAS, Chemical Reviews, etc and has also given close to 400 plenary/keynote/invited lectures. He is an elected Fellow of both the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and the International Academy for Medical & Biological Engineering as well as an elected member of the World Council of Biomechanics. He currently sits on the editorial boards or as associate editor of more than 20 international journals. Prof Lim has co-founded six spin-offs to commercialize technologies developed in his lab. He and his team have garnered over 100 research awards including Highly Cited Researcher in 2019, International Precision Medicine Center Conference Prize in 2017, ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award and Asian Scientists 100 in 2016, Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award and Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) in 2012 and President’s Technology Award in 2011.

Upon Completion of This MasterClass

Upon Completion

Participants will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance (COA) by SIMTech if they achieve at least 75% course attendance.

Full and Nett Course Fees

Full Course Fee

The full course fee for this masterclass is $2,800 before funding and prevailing GST.

Nett Course Fee

International Participants Singapore Citizens, SPRs or LTVP+ Holders
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.

How course fees are calculated

 International Participants Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders
Not applicable for SkillsFuture Funding SkillsFuture Funding (Baseline)
 Full Course Fee $2,800   $2,800
SkillsFuture Funding Not Applicable   ($1,960)
Nett Course Fee  $2,800  $840
8% GST
$224 $67.20*
Total Nett Course Fee Payable to Training Provider $3,024 $907.20
* Based on 30% of Full Course Fee

Contact Us



  • Please register for this course through our Course Registration Form.
  • For the first question, please select Qn1: MasterClasses
  • 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.


Note: The MasterClasses are FULL DAY programmes unless stated otherwise.
MasterClass Title
Training Period Registration Status
  • Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) for Product Development: Technologies, Markets and Applications

    (MasterClass in Emerging Manufacturing Technologies)
AM 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 February 2023

The Feb 2023 intake is cancelled.