Researchers Create Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Brain

CiIcg6AVAAAqZ0wImagine brain implants that completely dissolve and fade away after a period of time.

That’s just what a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed. They’ve created sensors, made of layers of molybdenum and silicon, that can monitor brain signals (and even deliver signals), and then melt away without a trace.

The research was published online in the journal Nature Materials, and represents a great forward leap in biosensing technology. According to lead researcher Brian Litt, MD, it bypasses “the risks, cost, and discomfort associated with surgery to extract current devices used for post-operative monitoring.”

The devices will be especially useful for mapping the neurophysiology and neural patterns of certain mental and neurological disorders—for instance, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and epilepsy. Further useful applications will include post-operative monitoring, and the placement of devices involved in heart and brain surgery.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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