Made-in-NUS biochip in fight against cancer

27 June 2017 | Research

Prof Lim Chwee Teck from the Dept of Biomedical Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering and a team of NUS scientists developed a system which can be used to separate and remove cancer cells from blood. The biochip uses microfluidics, a technology that can manipulate and control fluids in incredibly small amounts. By separating and counting cancer cells in blood, doctors can conduct liquid biopsies to diagnose several types of cancers or monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatment. NUS also helped fund a start-up to market the system which is now being used mostly in research or trials.