In 2006, I had a small part in the first generation design of a successful scientific instrument for a globally recognized life sciences company. In 2011, with colleagues, I had the opportunity to help redesign it from the ground up.
While the first generation delivered on its promise of reducing wait time to process experiments from hours to minutes, its custom disposables were expensive, and were constantly being reused, leading to inaccurate output.
The new design featured a new system to enable use of a more streamlined disposable, within a reposable, washable frame. Design and prototyping of this frame system to prove out secure hold, flat and stretched sample area, and fully sealed housing was the focus of our early effort. `