Microfluidics: Systems Integration

Bay Area Microfluidics Network hosted an event on December 1st, 6:00 – 9:00 pm PST at IndieBio in San Francisco that included a buffet dinner, exciting talks, and networking.

This event was generously sponsored by:


Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm PDT

Location: IndieBio, 479 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Transportation: CalTrain and BART stations are nearby. We encourage attendees to take BART to Powell Station, which is two blocks from the venue. If driving, there is a paid parking lot across the street from IndieBio.


6:00 pm:

  • Buffet dinner from La Mediteranee

6:40 pm:

  • Introduction from the BAM team
  • Message from Redbud Labs

7:00 pm:

  • Keynote speaker 1: Ricky Spero, CEO, Redbud Labs
  • Keynote speaker 2: Ming Tan, Founder and CEO, Wainamics
  • Discussion with speakers: Yolanda Fintschenko, Executive Director, i-GATE Innovation Hub


  • Job board (if you would like to post jobs, please contact us)


  • Networking and drinks


Dr. Ricky Spero

Richard Spero is co-founder and CEO of Redbud Labs, where he leads both commercial activities and the company’s systems engineering team. He is a co-inventor of Redbud Posts, a MEMS chip covered with biomimetic cilia. Redbud Posts enable novel methods for fluid processing at the microscale, including pumping, mixing, cell sorting, and analyte isolation. This technology is used by point-of-care diagnostic device developers to improve assay speed, reliability, and performance. Prior to founding Redbud Labs, Dr. Spero earned his PhD in Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied blood clot rheology and developed novel systems for magnetic manipulation and time-dependent high content screening.

Dr. Ming Tan

Dr. Ming Tan is the founder of Wainamics, a research and development company specializing in POC and life science microfluidic system development. Dr. Tan received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology. She has over 30 years of experience developing diagnostic devices and life science tools for many startups and government labs. Her expertise is in combining chemistry, materials, and microfluidics engineering to develop products for POC testing and Life Science research. Wainamics has developed multiple products from Fortune 500 companies, NASA, as well as small start-ups, and academic spin offs.

Dr. Yolanda Fintschenko

Dr. Fintschenko is Executive Director at the i-GATE Innovation Hub.