UW Bioengineering Researcher Paul Yager developing paper-based lab-on-a-chip
“Imagine what could happen if you knew what kind of virus you had,” said Yager. “You would know whether you needed to go to the hospital or just go to bed.”
Yager said the code name for the technology that he and his colleagues (including research assistant professors Barry Lutz and Elain Fu, biochemistry professor David Baker, Seattle Children’s, PATH, Epoch Biosciences and General Electric Global Research) are developing is the “two-dimensional paper network or 2DPN.” It’s the next evolution of Yager’s “lab on a chip” technology developed with a $15m grant from the Gates Foundation.
The Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency first award to Yager’s team is for $4 million for 18 months. If the agency feels the team is on the right track, it will give them another $16 million. The National Institutes of Health also awarded Yager and his partners $5.7M to explore paper-based diagnostics for a more effective test of influenza. Yager said existing influenza tests aren’t sensitive enough.