Implantable and Wearable Sensors
With the adoption of cell-phones, wireless devices, and microelectronic technology by a significant percentage of humanity, there is a huge opportunity for associated biosensors to change the way that personal health is assessed and medical treatments are administered. Moreover, the need to reduce healthcare costs and to expand access to healthcare (especially in developing markets) creates a strong potential need for biosensors. For biosensors to be useful, they must be affordable, easy to use, reliable, and sufficiently accurate for their intended applications. While wearable activity trackers, blood glucose sensors, blood pressure cuffs, and pulse oximeters are visible examples of this technology, there are many other electrical, mechanical, and optical biosensors being developed in both industry and academia. One challenge for the adoption of biosensors is to optimize the materials used in their construction to minimize cost and maximize function. This track covers the application of metals, ceramics, polymers and multi-material composites in biosensors (non-invasive, minimally invasive, or implantable) to meet this challenge. Examples of the evaluation of material and sensor performance in bench, animal, and human experiments are also welcome.
Track Chair: Shawn C. Kelley, Medtronic PLC, USA