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Implantable microfluidic system regulates internal ocular pressure

(Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Until now, there has been no effective long-term treatment. In response, Fraunhofer researchers are developing an implantable microfluid system that can efficiently and durably stabilize intraocular pressure.


Smart insulin patch could replace injections for diabetes

Painful insulin injections could become a thing of the past for the millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes, thanks to a new invention from researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who have created the first “smart insulin patch” that can detect increases in blood sugar levels and secrete doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever needed.


University spinout signs deal to commercialize microchips that release therapeutics inside the body

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly controlled, implantable, microchip-based devices that store and release drugs inside the body over many years.


Fluidigm revolutionizes In vitro modeling for stem cell researchers and cell biologists

Fluidigm Corporation today announced its CallistoTM system, a fully automated and programmable microfluidic cell culture system that integrates multifactorial dosing in 32 individual chambers for simultaneous cell culture.


DARPA grants Wyss Institute researchers up to $4.7M for gut microbiome research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a grant for up to $4.7 million and two-and-a-half years to researchers at the Wyss Institute to develop genetically engineered probiotics that can sense, report on, and fight harmful microbes in the gut.


Northeastern professor receives $1.4 million NIH grant to design microfluidic devices for vaccine development

Northeastern professor of chemical engineering Shashi Murthy has received a four-year, $1.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health to develop a novel instrument that would automate an important process used in creating effective vaccines.



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