Forward looking healthcare researchers, policymakers specialists, and the population at-large propose powerful yet inexpensive NanoMEMS technology solutions. More self-directed screening and early diagnosis, end of managed care, dramatic cost containment with unobtrusive, noninvasive complementary miniaturized devices, pervasive internet work addressing for real-time monitoring and telemedicine at the physiological and molecular levels of observation and therapy are potential applications of nanotechnology to support major societal issues.
For example: wearable microprocessors, wireless communications, diagnostic laboratories-on-a-chip, NanoMEMS systems for in-vivo sensors and devices for cancer detection and therapeutics, patch-sized transmitters, peel-n-stick omnipresent detectors, handheld battery-operated multifunctional environmental testers, human-ingestable clinical analyzers, implantable or wearable microscopic diagnostic hardware, are only a few applications in the human projects.
Develop Miniaturized Medical Screening, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices
Wearable (Stampsize) Stethoscopes
Restorative Hearing Aid Patch
Ingestible Colon-Cancer Screening Pill
Implantable Drug Delivery Systems
The market segments for commercial products realized from these projects fall into three primary categories: non-implantable diagnostic devices, wearable biomedical monitors and surgical implants. Projected gross sales value is in the $Billions. The total world market value for wearable stethoscopes is projected at $100Million annually. An ingestible colon cancer screening pill for colon cancer screening is conservatively projected at $1Billion annually (currently 2 million humans screened per year @ $500/screen).
These projects are best developed through partnerships and joint re-sourcing of bioengineers, product development labs, and patient clinical test sites in collaboration with medical research institutions and commercial NanoMEMS foundries.