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Three microfluidic test strips

The Science Behind the Strip

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  • Microfluidic devices, made of diagnostic strips or discs, transport, protect and detect important samples of blood or other fluids. They give patients and providers the information they need to diagnose and explore treatment. Perhaps most importantly, they enable people to put the power of health information in their own hands – quickly and at the point of care.


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Read our white papers on the science behind the strip.

  • Guidance for designing blood glucose test strips

    You design lifesaving devices, and you know that accuracy is critical when people are monitoring blood glucose levels. Each layer within a blood glucose test strip plays a crucial role.

    “Science Behind the Strip: An Engineer’s Guide to Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips for Accuracy” gives you guidance on the process, from choosing the right materials to avoiding malfunctions.

    Fill out the form below to access the paper now.

  • A Guide to Manufacturing Microfluidic Device Key Components (PDF, 521.66 KB)

    Manufacturing microfluidic devices requires sophisticated techniques. These sensitive strips or discs transport, protect and detect important samples of blood or other fluids that give patients and their caregivers the crucial information they need. Microfluidic devices are usually small and have intricate channels and circuits which require a lot of attention and care to assemble and manufacture.

    This paper will take you through tape components used in microfluidic device design. It will outline common, required steps to manufacture them.

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  • See how science impacts lives.

    Guillermo Urquia has diabetes and needs to monitor his blood sugar levels regularly. He simply pricks his finger, transfers the blood onto a test strip and receives an almost instant result. But how in the world do those tiny little test strips work? Read more in 3M Newsroom article Science Behind the Strip.


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