Custom substrate plate for testing novel materials
The recently-introduced custom substrate plates feature the ability to add any material to the bottom of microfluidic flow chambers, and enable a full range of experimental protocols utilizing custom substrates. These plates allow users to control physiological parameters and observe bacterial attachment and biofilm growth over a variety of substrates.
The formation of bacterial biofilms on various surfaces is an active area of research, due to the high importance of biofilm control in a number of settings. Newly-enabled research includes medical device infections, in particular infections of dental implants, orthopedic implants and in-dwelling device surfaces and environmental biofilms in industrial settings.