We outline the concept of an open technology platform that builds upon a publicly
accessible library of fluidic designs, manufacturing processes, and experimental
characterization, as well as virtualization by a “digital twin” based on modeling,
simulation, and cloud computing. Backed by the rapidly emerging Web3 technology
“Blockchain,” we significantly extend traditional approaches to effectively incentivize
broader participation by an interdisciplinary “value network” of diverse players. Ranging
from skilled individuals (the “citizen scientist” and the “garage entrepreneur”) and more
established research institutions to companies with their infrastructures, equipment,
and services, the novel platform approach enables all stakeholders to jointly contribute
to value creation along more decentralized supply chain designs including research
and technology development (RTD).

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