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Biodegradable Brain Sensors Developed, Tested

Tiny brain sensor later absorbed into the body. (Courtesy: John Rogers, University of Illinois)

19 January 2016. Engineers and medical researchers developed tiny, implanted sensors measuring brain functions in lab animals that dissolve and leave the body in a few weeks. The team from University of Illinois in Urbana and Washington University in St. . . . → Read More: Biodegradable Brain Sensors Developed, Tested

Faster Process Devised for Skin-Patch Sensors

Flexible sensors fabricated on silicone wafer (Univ. of California, San Diego)

29 October 2015. Engineers at University of California in San Diego developed a process that simplifies production of flexible electronic sensors worn on the skin for medical diagnostics. The team from the lab of bioengineering professor Todd Coleman published its findings in a . . . → Read More: Faster Process Devised for Skin-Patch Sensors

Manufacturing Process Devised for Skin-Patch Electronics

Epidermal electronic patch (University of Texas at Austin School of Engineering)

30 September 2015. Engineers and materials scientists designed a manufacturing process for electronic health monitors worn like tattoos that cut their production time to about 20 minutes. The team led by engineering professor Nanshu Lu at University of Texas in Austin reported its . . . → Read More: Manufacturing Process Devised for Skin-Patch Electronics

Patent Awarded for Fractal Connections in Implants

Richard Taylor (University of Oregon)

28 July 2015. Electronic microcircuits designed to resemble fractals in nature used in implanted medical devices received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Patent number 9,079,017 was awarded on 14 July 2015 to physicist and materials scientist Richard Taylor at University of Oregon and Simon Brown . . . → Read More: Patent Awarded for Fractal Connections in Implants

Intel Begins $125M Diversity Investment Fund

Mark One team (MyVessyl.com)

10 June 2015. The venture capital division of semiconductor manufacturer Intel unveiled a fund to invest in technology start-ups founded by women and under-represented minorities. Intel Capital announced as well the first four investments from its Capital Diversity Fund, which expects to distribute some $125 million over the next 5 . . . → Read More: Intel Begins $125M Diversity Investment Fund

Patent Awarded for Neurostimulation Electronics

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (A. Kotok)

17 February 2015. A U.S. patent on electronic components for switching and pulse generation in neurostimulation devices was awarded earlier this month. The Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent number 8,948,880 on 3 February to Barry Yomtov, founder and chief technologist of AdvaStim Inc. in Beverly, Massachusetts, . . . → Read More: Patent Awarded for Neurostimulation Electronics

Spin-Off Building Simplifed Signal Processing Connections

Peter Kinget (Columbia University)

16 December 2014. An engineering lab at Columbia University in New York is spinning off a new company aiming to design simpler connections between analog and digital signals as systems get smaller and performance becomes more demanding. Seamless Devices Inc., founded by electrical engineering professor Peter Kinget and former graduate . . . → Read More: Spin-Off Building Simplifed Signal Processing Connections

Flexible Pulse Oximeter Designed for Wearable Devices

Ana Arias (Univ of California, Berkeley)

11 December 2014. Engineers at University of California in Berkeley developed techniques for building inexpensive sensors to measure pulse rate and blood oxygen levels into flexible materials suitable for wearable monitors or fitness devices. The team led by UC-Berkeley electrical engineering professor Ana Arias published its results online . . . → Read More: Flexible Pulse Oximeter Designed for Wearable Devices

Biochemical Signaling Chip Design Techniques Devised

William Bentley (University of Maryland)

30 July 2014. Engineers at University of Maryland in College Park developed techniques for designing a chip device that controls biological functions of cells with electronic and biochemical signals. The team led by bioengineering professor William Bentley published its findings earlier this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology (paid . . . → Read More: Biochemical Signaling Chip Design Techniques Devised

Novartis Licensing Smart Lens Technology from Google

Smart lens (Google)

15 July 2014. The Alcon division of pharmaceutical company Novartis is licensing the rights to Google’s so-called smart lens technology for medical applications involving the eyes. Financial terms of the licensing agreement between Alcon that develops vision care products for Novartis and Google[x], part of the company’s research labs, were not . . . → Read More: Novartis Licensing Smart Lens Technology from Google