Powering Medical Devices With A Human Heartbeat?!
Medical Sales Jobs November 12, 2019
According to a research team from Dartmouth College the possibility of this, is proving out to be true. The team of engineers from the Thayer School of Engineering were able to construct a dime-sized invention to prove that the kinetic energy of the heart can be converted into electricity to power a large variety of implantable medical devices.
On an additional note, the same modules could potentially be used as sensors to enable data collection for real-time monitoring of patients, which only further increases the benefits for this medical device.
According to Dartmouth engineering professor John X.J. Zhang, “We’re trying to solve the ultimate problem for any implantable biomedical device.” and that, “The two remaining years of NIH funding plus time to finish the pre-clinical process and obtain regulatory approval puts a self-charging pacemaker approximately five years out from commercialization.”
“We’ve completed the first round of animal studies with great results which will be published soon,” said Zhang. “There is already a lot of expressed interest from the major medical technology companies, and Andrew Closson, one of the study’s authors working with Lin Dong and an engineering PhD Innovation Program student at Dartmouth, is learning the business and technology transfer skills to be a cohort in moving forward with the entrepreneurial phase of this effort.”
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