The National Institutes of Health has launched a program to explore the role of genomics in common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and autism. This program has gained a commitment for $313 million in NIH funding from various agencies over the next four years.
Researchers hope to be in proof-of-concept clinical trials within the next 5 years on brain implants that will create an artificial pathway between the brain and paralyzed limbs. The expectation is that this kind of technology is expected to offer a means to circumvent paralysis that is due to damage to the nervous system that cuts off signals from the brain.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have published an animal proof-of-concept study of their ingestible vital sign monitor that tracks heart and respiratory rates in real time.
Large molecule biologics aren't easy, convenient or painless for patients to administer since typically they require injections. Portal Instruments hopes to provide an alternative for patients, particularly those with chronic diseases who consistently require these injections. It's developing a computerized, needle-free drug delivery system for injectable biologics.
A group of bioengineers have developed a noninvasive, portable device that resembles a finger-worn, pulse oximeter to count white blood cells. They have three workable prototypes that are being tested with chemotherapy patients to track their immune system in real-time. The researchers aim to have an initial beta product that it can support via crowdfunding in 2017, with a product on the market potentially in 2019.
Royal Philips and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have teamed up to develop a noninvasive means of measuring intracranial pressure to detect brain injuries. It's expected to incorporate Philips' ultrasound technology and MIT's physiological modeling.
Hedge fund managers are so flush that now they're giving money away. A pair of prominent fund heads have led a collection of wealthy individuals to back a project at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard researching the bacteria behind tuberculosis with $20 million. The goal is to better understand the bacteria itself, as well as how drug resistance forms in it and to develop a rapid diagnostic test for drug-resistant TB.
MIT's Hacking Medicine program, which studies digital health and medicine, is set to become a nonprofit institute devoted to empirically evaluating the real-world effectiveness of the latest medical gadgets, gizmos, smartphone apps and the like.
Researchers from MIT demonstrated that a 3-mm-long microdevice holding up to 16 different drugs and drug combinations can release those drugs when implanted directly in a tumor to then determine the tumor's sensitivity to those therapies.
Royal Philips and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have partnered in a 5-year research alliance with a $25 million budget to develop novel product solutions in healthcare and lighting.