Media Advisory - Leading Researchers and Companies Showcase Canada's R&D Capabilities in MEMS and Microfluidics

    Learn How Canada is Positioning to Exploit the Global Market
    Opportunities in Microsystems at the 2007 Workshop on MEMS and

    MONTREAL, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The global market for MEMS Systems is
forecast to reach a staggering US$95 billion in sales by 2010(1), representing
a significant opportunity for Canadian researchers, developers and companies.
Learn about how Canada is positioning to exploit these global market
opportunities at the 5th Canadian Workshop on MEMS and Microfluidics, on
August 13, 2007 in Montréal, Québec.
    Organized by CMC Microsystems, the workshop brings together top
university scientists and industry leaders from across Canada and the United
States to share their latest scientific research developments and applications
in MEMS, microfluidics, photonics and other microsystems technologies. They
will also describe how the combination of these small yet powerful
technologies provide the basis for many new and innovative opportunities in
life sciences, the environment, information and communications technologies
and aerospace.
    Microsystems technologies are already helping to realize greater
efficiencies in health care-from the improved detection and diagnosis of
disease to the introduction of new tools to study stem cells, the development
of better prosthetics and the 'smart' administration of drugs. For example,
biochips, labs-on-a-chip and biosensors are helping to enable improved
imaging, sampling and analysis techniques for non-invasive and cost-effective
point-of-care diagnostics.
    There are growing opportunities for Canadian companies to tap into the
global market for microsystems for application in life sciences. For example,
the international market for microfluidics technologies is forecast to
generate US$6.2 billion by 2011(2). That's a 14% increase over 2006. In the
emerging market of lab-on-chip microfluidics, annual global sales are expected
to reach US$1.5 billion by 2012(3).
    Dr. Jed Harrison, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry,
University of Alberta will present his latest work in Microfluidic Systems and
Their Role in Biochemical Analysis.
    Tony Stajcer, Vice President of R&D, COM DEV International will examine
Canada's opportunities and challenges in RF MEMS for applications in
aerospace. Based in Cambridge, Ontario, COM DEV is the largest Canadian-based
designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems.
    Stéphane Martel, DALSA Semiconductor will showcase a microfluidics system
process for the production of biosensors. Based in Bromont, Quebec, DALSA is a
world leader in digital imaging components and specialized semiconductor
    Other speakers and topics include:

    - Dr. Joel Volman, NBX Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of
      Technology: Microtechnological Approaches for Studying Stem Cell
    - Dr. Khalil Najafi, Professor, Solid State Electronics Lab, University
      of Michigan: Wireless Integrated Microsystems for Environmental
      Monitoring and Implantable Prosthesis
    - Dr. Mary Anne Maher, CEO, SoftMEMS: System-Level Design Tools - A New
      Kind of CAD for MEMS

    Date: Monday, August 13, 2007
    Location: Holiday Inn Midtown, 420 Sherbrooke W., Montréal, Québec
    Phone: 1.514.842.6111
    Time: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
        - Opening remarks: 8:30AM
        - Technical program: 8:40AM - 3:30PM
        - Poster presentations by Canadian students and researchers: 9:40AM -
          11AM; and 1:30PM - 3PM
        - Reception and awards ceremony: 4PM - 5:30PM

    About CMC Microsystems

    CMC Microsystems builds partnerships among government, industry and
universities to enable and accelerate Canada's global competitiveness in
microsystems. As Canada's leader in the provision of national infrastructure
for microsystems research and technology development in universities, CMC
provides leading-edge tools and technologies for world-class research leading
to innovation and the commercialization of microsystems. CMC's membership
includes 42 universities, one college, and 27 industrial organizations. More
information is available at

    (1) Yole Développement
    (2) BCC Research
    (3) Business Insights Ltd.

For further information:

For further information: Sonya Shorey, Director of Marketing and
Communications, CMC Microsystems, (613) 851-9416,;

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