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2021 NSF SBIR Phase 1 #2052113

Feasibility of Dynamic Configurable Liquid Molding

Hummingbird Nano awarded Competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Grant to Manufacture Three-Dimensional Nanoscale Microfluidic Systems

Hummingbird Nano, Inc. is pleased to announce the awarding of a $256,000 SBIR Phase I grant to explore three-dimensional nanoscale microfluidic system development. Led by Principal Investigator Dr. Eleanor Derbyshire the project will utilize Hummingbird Nano’s unique manufacturing approach, which is not confined to planar orientations, to create 500-750 nanometer three dimensional pathways for microfluidics, a manufacturing capability with features that cannot be easily achieved commercially by other manufacturing methods.

“We are looking forward to building these new methods and applications into our current microfluidics portfolio” Founder and CEO Dr. L. Scott Stephens said, “this is another exciting opportunity to leverage our patented manufacturing process to create nanoscale systems to expand innovation opportunities for our commercial partners in point of care diagnostics, drug delivery, and less expensive and faster drug discovery”

Hummingbird Nano, Inc. is redefining how microfluidics are manufactured and enabling new applications in life science, biochemical analysis and point of care diagnostics. As one of the few high precision microfluidic manufacturers located in the US. they create custom and standard microfluidic chips as well as offer prototyping services. Hummingbird Nano is currently seeking partners who can develop new applications using novel microfluidics manufacturing technology. For more information visit

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $2 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.5 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information, visit

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