Research Consumables

Overview of Our Specialist Chemicals and Biochips

The successful use of picodroplet technology depends on specialist chemicals and biochips. Our world-leading expertise in this field has enabled us to create around 20 patented consumables available for use with microfluidic systems, with more products being developed.

We’ve designed our consumable products to be platform-agnostic, so they work effectively with a number of systems. However, for best results, we recommend combining them with our research instruments and industrial systems.

Many of our products are available to purchase online through our store.

Consumables for single cells

Specialist Chemicals

We currently offer the following chemical products to enable the more effective use of microfluidic devices for research applications.

  • Pico-Break™ is used to separate picodroplet emulsions into visible aqueous and oil layers for use in single cell and molecule recovery.
  • Pico-Glide™ is a coating agent designed to minimise non-specific binding interactions, improving picodroplet performance and stability and thus enhancing data accuracy.
  • Pico-Surf™ is a range of biocompatible surfactants that act to stabilise picodroplets and their cellular or molecular contents over a wide range of temperature and biological conditions, making the process more reliable.
  • Pico-Wave™ is a novel diluent used for picodroplet processing and studies.
Chemicals for single cell analysis


Our range of Pico-Gen™ biochips are designed to facilitate the production of reliable and consistent picodroplets, with volumes ranging from 0.4 picolitres to more than 1,000 picolitres. Made from soft polymer, our microfluidic biochips are compatible with a wide range of commercially available biochip connectors.

The biochips are suitable for a number of applications, including single cell or particle encapsulation, as well as the generation of picodroplets containing proteins, microcapsules, micro-gel beads and nano-composite beads.

Biochips for single cell analysis

Not sure which biochip is right for your application? Then refer to our flowchart below.

Biochips for range of applications