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The future of medicine is inextricably linked with broad-ranging technological innovations. From biological materials to medical devices to new approaches in regenerative medicine, we are developing cutting-edge technologies to redefine healthcare by tackling urgent in-hospital, at-home, and point-of-care needs.

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PhonoGraft: 3D Printed Tympanic Membrane Graft
PhonoGraft: 3D Printed Tympanic Membrane Graft

PhonoGraft is an easy-to-use, biomimetic device that stimulates a patient's eardrum to heal itself after perforation. This regenerative medicine approach can enable better and longer-lasting eardrum reconstruction, reducing the need for invasive surgeries and minimizing the risk of long-term hearing loss.

Microrobotic Laser-Steering Medical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Microrobotic Laser-Steering Medical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Endoscopy has proven extremely useful in many areas of medicine because it can be carried out with relatively few risks in a short time, and be used to diagnose and treat numerous diseases. In gastroenterology, endoscopies of the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, first part of the small intestine; upper GI endoscopies) and lower gastrointestinal...

Low-Cost Tactile Displays for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Low-Cost Tactile Displays for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Age-related medical conditions are responsible for most cases of blindness and visual impairment worldwide. In 2015, there were an estimated 36 million blind people in the world, with an additional 217 million suffering from moderate to severe vision impairment. Over 80% of the visually impaired were older than 50, and this percentage is expected to...

EverActive: Strength Tracking Sensor for Sustainable Personalized Training
EverActive: Strength Tracking Sensor for Sustainable Personalized Training

Exercise is key to good health, where aerobic and strength training are the two essential types. Industry has developed a number of aids and appliances ranging from sports watches to large stationary equipment to help track aerobic activities. Meanwhile, people still have to record manually their strength workouts and only few can do it, as...

Smart Tools: RFID Tracking for Surgical Instruments
Smart Tools: RFID Tracking for Surgical Instruments

Surgeons can use up to 250 different tools during a surgical procedure to perform tasks like cutting, grasping, cauterizing, suturing, suctioning, and reducing bleeding. Each tool must be manually counted by hospital staff both before and after surgery to ensure that none of them have gone missing, which is a tedious and time-consuming process. This...

FOAMs: Soft Robotic Artificial Muscles
FOAMs: Soft Robotic Artificial Muscles

Soft robots, similar to living organisms, are made from compliant materials that allow them great flexibility and adaptability for tasks at the human-robot interface and elsewhere. To enable soft robotic missions in different industrial, exploratory, and medical settings, engineers are trying to equip them with artificial muscles that could enable them to move smoothly, efficiently...

Liquid-Infused Tympanostomy Tubes
Liquid-Infused Tympanostomy Tubes

Acute middle ear infections affect more than 700 million people each year, with children often experiencing the most recurrent and severe symptoms due to their underdeveloped physiology. By the age of three, 25-40 % of children have had at least three episodes of acute middle ear infection, which is commonly accompanied by excess fluids accumulating...

Flexible Force Sensors for Microrobotics
Flexible Force Sensors for Microrobotics

As robots have gotten smaller, softer, and more maneuverable, they’ve opened up myriad possibilities for interacting with objects on a tiny scale, including on and in the human body. However, human hands still have a major advantage over robots: the ability to feel. Researchers at the Wyss Institute are using the Pop-Up MEMS manufacturing technique...

Flexible Robots for Endoscopic Procedures
Flexible Robots for Endoscopic Procedures

Endoscopes are a standard device in gastrointestinal medicine, used by surgeons to noninvasively see and take biopsies from tissues along the entire digestive tract. However, endoscopes themselves amount to hollow tubes with a camera and light attached, through which different instruments are threaded to the procedure site, and are rigid and not very maneuverable. Two...

Soft Robotic Shoulder Support for Stroke Rehabilitation
Soft Robotic Shoulder Support for Stroke Rehabilitation

The majority of stroke survivors have difficulty using their affected arm in everyday life. Commercial rehabilitation robots exist, but most are expensive, rigid, non-portable exoskeletons that can only be used in clinical rehabilitation settings. Portable devices could considerably increase the frequency and amount of robotic therapy, maximizing the recovery possible for patients with arm impairments....

Tough Gel Adhesives for Wound Healing
Tough Gel Adhesives for Wound Healing

A Band-Aid® adhesive bandage is an effective treatment for stopping external bleeding from skin wounds, but an equally viable option for internal bleeding does not yet exist. Surgical glues are often used inside the body instead of traditional wound closure techniques like stitches, staples, and clips because they reduce the patient’s time in the hospital...

JetValve for Heart Regeneration
JetValve for Heart Regeneration

The human heart beats approximately 35 million times every year, pumping blood into the circulation via four different heart valves. In more than four million people each year, heart valves fail for different reasons, including birth defects, age-related deteriorations and infections. At present, clinicians use either artificial prostheses or fixed animal and cadaver-sourced tissue to...

Project Abbie
Project Abbie

Over 15 million Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction triggered by exposure to certain foods, materials, medications, and insect bites. Every three minutes, a food reaction sends someone to the emergency room. In most individuals, anaphylactic shock can be prevented by administering the counteracting drug epinephrine, as soon as an attack...

Microfluidic Hemostasis Monitor
Microfluidic Hemostasis Monitor

The body’s ability to stop bleeding, also known as hemostasis, is critical for survival. For patients with blood clotting disorders, medical conditions requiring the use of anticoagulation or antiplatelet drugs, or who require treatment with extracorporeal devices that circulate their blood outside of the body, it is essential that care providers can rapidly monitor their...

Pop-Up MEMS: Origami-Inspired Micromanufacturing
Pop-Up MEMS: Origami-Inspired Micromanufacturing

Recent decades have seen rapid development in the manufacture of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) at the micrometer scale, mostly based on silicon wafer processing techniques, with characteristic length scales of millimeters to nanometers. However, standard MEMS techniques are often inappropriate for producing machines with complex 3D topologies and varied constituent materials at the mesoscale, at sizes...

4D Printing of Shapeshifting Devices
4D Printing of Shapeshifting Devices

Organisms, such as flowers and plants, have tissue compositions and microstructures creating dynamic morphologies that can shapeshift in response to changes in their environments. Researchers at the Wyss Institute have mimicked a variety of such dynamic shape changes like those performed by tendrils, leaves, and flowers in response to changes in humidity or temperature with...

Soft Robotic Glove for Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
Soft Robotic Glove for Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

The majority of people with neurological conditions, such as stroke and spinal cord injury, experience loss of motor function in one or both hands, which can greatly reduce quality of life. Tasks often taken for granted become frustrating or nearly impossible due to tight spastic muscles, reduced grasping strength, and general lack of coordination in...

Flexi-Mitts: Neuromoter and Cognitive Ability Tracker
Flexi-Mitts: Neuromoter and Cognitive Ability Tracker

Advances in medical care have improved the survival of very low birth weight premature infants but at the same time have also led to an increased number of surviving infants with reduced cerebral growth and long-term neurodevelopmental motor, cognitive, and social morbidities. These complications are met by a lack of early assessment tools for diagnosing...

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