Researchers from the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Singapore, Yale University, and Columbia University, led by Columbia’s Biomedical Engineering Professor Sam Sia, have developed a manufacturing method for a three-dimensional (3D), biocompatible, wirelessly controlled, microscale machine for implant in the body.
The devices are pliable, three-dimensional, and maintain moving parts.
The study, published January 4, 2017 in Science Robotics, utilized hydrogels to develop a technology platform referred to by the scientists as implantable microelectromechanical systems (iMEMS).
The researchers suggest a wide-range of positive applications for the medical device, including stints, rotors, pumps, and a controlled and targeted delivery system for medications.
However, it’s the scientists’ view of the future which is most awe-inspiring: the researchers describe a platform in which “hydrogel-based micromachines and soft robots” can interact with “living systems.”
For Further Reading:
Implantable Microbots: Innovative Manufacturing Platform Makes Intricate Biocompatible Micromachines, Columbia University in the City of New York, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. http://engineering.columbia.edu/news/sam-sia-implantable-micrororobots?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=social_media_clips
Full Text: Additive manufacturing of hydrogel-based materials for next-generation implantable medical devices, Sau Yin Chin, Yukkee Cheung Poh, Anne-Céline Kohler, Jocelyn T. Compton, Lauren L. Hsu, Kathryn M. Lau, Sohyun Kim, Benjamin W. Lee, Francis Y. Lee, Samuel K. Sia-Science 2017 – http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/2/2/eaah6451.full