SynCardia Co-Founder, Dr. Marvin Slepian, Helps Develop Biodegradable Electronics that Vanish Inside the Body

Findings on “Transient Electronics” Reported in Sept. 28 Cover Story of the Journal Science


Marvin J. Slepian, MD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona, Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of the Science Advisory Board for SynCardia Systems, Inc

SynCardia Systems, Inc.,   manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe)   approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that Marvin J. Slepian, MD,   the company’s co-founder, chief scientific officer and chairman of its Science   Advisory Board, has helped develop a new class of small, high-performance   electronics that are biodegradable and capable of dissolving completely in   water or bodily fluids. The applications which appear most promising for this   transient technology are medical implants, consumer electronics and   environmental monitors.

“Concerning the medical   application, many of the devices we implant into patients are only needed   temporarily. Once the medical need for them has passed, biodegradable devices   would disappear, without the permanent burden for the body,” said Dr.   Slepian, Director of Interventional Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at   the University of Arizona (UA) Sarver Heart Center with a joint appointment   in the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering.

“We are thinking about marrying this technology with   existing devices, for example the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.   Ideally, we’d like to be able to implant transient sensors along with the   device – for example, pressure sensors that keep track of the blood pressure   in the pulmonary artery or the aorta – for the first two weeks after surgery.   This would help immensely with the management of such patients,” he said… read more

Watch video of electronics dissolving in water
Read the abstract published in Science
View the news release from The University of Arizona

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