Andre Sharon

Professor, Director, Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation

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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Professor Sharon believes that although biotechnology is an area with rapid scientific advancements, it is also an area in which the necessary engineering and manufacturing technologies have not kept pace with the science. This has created a bottleneck that must be addressed rigorously and aggressively to facilitate continued rapid advancement of the field. Towards that… Read more

Professor Sharon believes that although biotechnology is an area with rapid scientific advancements, it is also an area in which the necessary engineering and manufacturing technologies have not kept pace with the science. This has created a bottleneck that must be addressed rigorously and aggressively to facilitate continued rapid advancement of the field. Towards that end, he has created the Boston University – Fraunhofer Alliance for Medical Devices, Instrumentation, and Diagnostics. The goal of the Alliance is to accelerate the process of taking medical innovations from the Laboratory to the Patient-Point-of-Care, by bringing together engineering faculty, physicians and full time engineers to physically realize the concept in a rapid and cost-effective manner.

In the area of rapid diagnostics, Prof. Sharon’s group focuses on the integration of microfluidic methodologies, high precision micromachining manufacturing techniques and nanotechnology to address unmet needs in sample preparation, cell and tissue culture, and clinical diagnostics. In conjunction with Professors Alexis Sauer-Budge and Catherine Klapperich, his group has developed a flexible Lab-on-a-Chip platform and associated instrumentation and demonstrated complete, end-to-end DNA-based diagnostics on a chip. This includes lysing of the cells, DNA extraction, PCR, detection, and all the necessary processing steps. Additionally, the Group is conducting research leading to novel methods for rapid antibiotic susceptibility detection within minutes, and development of rapid nucleic acid isolation for high throughput applications

In the area of flexible automation, Prof. Sharon is developing novel manufacturing systems for a variety of applications, ranging from sub-micron alignment for the manufacture of fiber-optic components, to large-scale automated production of plant-based vaccines, to high-speed assembly of consumer products.

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  • Apple to “Repatriate” Some Production back to U.S. from China

    December 10, 2012

    International Business Times Andre Sharon, College of Engineering Tech giant Apple Inc will invest nearly $100 million next year in order to shift a small proportion of its production capabilities back from China to the United States, announced its chief executive Tim Cook on Thursday, in a move widely seen as a high-profile test of […]

  • In Shift of Jobs, Apple Will Make Some Macs in U.S.

    December 7, 2012

    New York Times Andre Sharon, College of Engineering Apple plans to join a small but growing number of companies that are bringing some manufacturing jobs back to the United States, drawn by the growing economic and political advantages of producing in their home market… View article

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