With implantable devices growing in terms of application
areas where they are used, we brought the discussion to
the Roundtable for a closer look.
By Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief
There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space.
Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the
hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there are other drivers that may not be as universal, but are still making
an impact, such as ensuring patient compliance and the convergence of capabilities. One device sector where all of these intersect is in the development of
Some devices are being made to the size where they can be implanted into
the body. And looking ahead, more and more applications will find solutions
in implantable devices, such as patient monitoring technologies, diagnostics,
drug delivery, and more.
As such, this month’s roundtable focused on implantables, as well as the
Getting Inside: Implantables and
Technologies that Deliver Them
devices used to deliver them into the body.
The potential for implantable devices is very exciting. In fact, some truly
disruptive technologies could emerge in the not too distant future that significantly impact the areas of diagnostics, patient monitoring, drug delivery, and
other device sectors.
“Much of the focus of implants to date has been in vascular and circula-
tory. I think more time will start to be placed in the other systems – neural,
musculature, and lymphatic,” predicts Kate Pereira, senior project manager at
Ximedica. “It all comes back to the driver of making the patient feel as ‘nor-
mal’ as possible. So looking at wearable treatments (feeding tubes, prosthetics,
etc.) that have external and internal portions and figuring out if there are ways
to bring that entirely internal to the patient to help their quality of life.”
Mark Russell, senior global market manager of medical electronics at Bal
Seal Engineering, concurs, “Implantable developments are being seen across
the medical device industry that will change the future of healthcare and the
treatment of certain diseases and conditions. For example, improved efficacy
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