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28. – 30. Juni, 2021 (Conference)
Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2021, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
15. – 17. Juli, 2021 (Conference)
SDDS – International Symposium of Drug delivery systems in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
At the moment we are all confronted with a new and completely unexpected situation. The corona pandemic with the new virus COVID-19 is turning our lives upside down.
I am saddened that people are losing their lives here. I am also sad about what this means for the economy and what restrictions we have now. Because our freedom and the chance to go wherever we want is important. The crisis depends heavily on how we manage now.
I don’t think we can eradicate this virus completely. That’s why I’m against this complete lockdown.
The crisis will go through the world and the infection will eventually arrive in Africa and South America and return here. We have to realize quickly that we cannot shut down the economy during this time and that we have to get out of this lock-down. Ultimately, the economy will support the entire health care system – which will enable us to carry out all treatments properly.
There are opportunities – especially for us.
In recent years, science and research have developed a lot of technology that can now pave the way to the solution. I am very happy about that. So I hope that we will find antibodies or vaccines as soon as possible.
We are active in the field of microtechnology and especially in microfluidics.
One of our observations is that many companies that are active in diagnostics are trying to develop medications and are now increasingly active. For this, if you want to use modern biotechnology, you need microstructures. All of a sudden we see that we are now receiving inquiries from all over the world that we have never seen before.
Especially the development of mobile rapid tests is currently being tried by many companies – also with the help of our microcomponents. A notable example is GENSPEED from BIOTECH. Also in the field of drug delivery of vaccines or other drugs many companies trust in our micropumps. We have received further inquiries for dispensers of disinfectants. I find this exciting and I am also a little proud of the fact that we can make a small contribution to getting the situation back on track.
I believe that our micropump plays a role with our customers who are buying right now.
I hope that there will be a device that can be found on the table of every doctor and that can be used for quick diagnostics. It would of course be excellent if one of our components was included. If not, the main thing is that there are such devices. I personally think it would be great.
During this time a question often arises: What is important?
It is very bad when people in hospitals or nursing homes are not allowed to be visited. Suddenly the potential for human suffering increases when old or sick people have to die alone. I wish that people do not create a psychological distance, that people are together again with their hearts and as soon as they can be together physically, that they do so again.
Economically it is bad, if one is forbidden to carry out certain activities.
Here I feel sorry for the airline industry. I feel sorry for the restaurants. Right now shops / companies are affected which have not created such large reserves. Even the big chains get into trouble. Unfortunately already existences are destroyed. For this reason I am also worried that the Corona crisis could increase the number of mental illness.
So: Let’s take care of ourselves and our country. One of the most important tools to improve the situation is better diagnostics.
In this sense, we are proud of the contribution microtechnology and especially microfluidics has made to improving diagnostics.
Our micropumps, microvalves and fluidic microchannels are of course not the whole diagnostic system. But they are offered to companies that develop and produce important components for their work in this field.
We have been gaining experience in this field for more than 20 years, which is a small part of our impressive expertise in biotechnological and diagnostic matters.
I am sure that we will emerge from this crisis together and stronger.
Dr. Frank Bartels, CEO Bartels Mikrotechnik