University of Luxembourg


Posted by Lidia from University of LuxembourgResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Luxembourg

Summary of the technology

HAPPY is a microfluidic chip for high throughput drug screening in the area of longevity. Unlike all other methods, it is self-sufficient and does not require specialized equipment apart from the chip itself. It reduces manual workload by more than 92 %, and thus, enables pharmaceutical companies and drug developers to screen large collections of compounds for their lifespan extending properties. In addition, it enables the use of the lifespan properties of industrial production strains as optimization parameters.

University of Luxembourg

Description of the technology


Faster and reliable solution compared to existing RLS determination solutions. Single-use HAPPY-chip allows to perform high numbers of experiments in parallel and does not require expensive additional equipment or further microfluidic expertise. Thus, HAPPY chips can be used in every yeast lab in the world. The technique allows designing of stand-alone centrifugal devices, which could be operated by using commercial bench centrifuges.


The technique allows designing of stand-alone centrifugal devices, which could be operated by using commercial bench centrifuges and it’s applicable in the high-throughput screening of the lifespan extending properties of drugs (e.g. drug repurposing) and natural products (e.g. cosmetic supplements) but also for the optimization of industrial productions strains, as the productivity of a yeast cell depends on its aging properties.

Intellectual property status

Granted Patent

Patent number: PCT/EP2019/072988: Microfluidic systems for yeast aging analysis Priority date: 28-Aug-2018

Technology Owner

University of Luxembourg

Research & Technology Organization

Related keywords

  • Electronics, IT and Telecomms
  • Electronics, Microelectronics
  • Micro and Nanotechnology related to Electronics and Microelectronics
  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • microfluidic
  • chips

About University of Luxembourg

Research & Technology Organization from Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg, founded in 2003, is a European research university with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It is a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, close to European institutions, innovative companies and the financial place.

With nearly 6,200 students and about 1,700 employees from all over the globe, the University offers a unique mix of international excellence and national relevance, delivering knowledge for society and businesses. The University has three faculties and three interdisciplinary centers:

• The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC)
• The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF)
• The Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE)
• The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)
• The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)
• Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

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