Startup Advanced Liquid Logic Receives Frost & Sullivan's Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

Advanced Liquid Logic, which is developing miniscule fluidic technology that can turn silicon chips into labs, is consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s choice for its 2007 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award.

The rising startup company, founded by former Duke engineering graduate students Michael Pollack and Vamsee Pamula, is a spin-out from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. The microfluidic technology originated in the laboratoy of the Pratt School's Richard Fair, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Advanced Liquid Logic is focused on microfluidics technology through which miniscule drops can be moved under direct software control to perform liquid-based testing. The tests can be performed on small devices.

The firm sees applications for the technology in chemical assays, immunoassays, DNA sequencing and other applications. It hopes to launch its first commercial product later this year.

“We know – and our academic and commercial collaborators know – that digital microfluidics has the power to change the way testing is performed in healthcare, research, and industrial applications,” said Richard West, chief executive officer of Advanced Liquid Logic. “To be recognized by Frost & Sullivan is an important validation of the major potential of digital microfluidics technology as well as Advanced Liquid Logic’s leadership position.

Frost & Sullivan analysts praised the RTP-based firm for the “implications” of its technology on medical diagnostics.

Advanced Liquid Logic is in talks with “several major diagnostics companies,” the company said in a statement.