MicroCHIPS – 1st successful human trial!
A friend who keeps up on the latest scientific developments (he retired from IT to a beach in Malaysia – the choices we make in life…) just sent me a link to successful human trials of a wirelessly controlled microchip, implanted in the body, that delivers drugs more precisely than injections. Move over, Fantastic Voyage! (Note that the human trials took place in Denmark – move over, FDA.)
This was still a prototype last year, and now – ‘These programmable chips could dramatically change treatment not only for osteoporosis, but also for many other diseases…that require frequent or daily injections…” says Robert Farra, president and chief operating officer at MicroCHIPS and lead author of the paper.
“Compliance is very important in a lot of drug regimens, and it can be very difficult to get patients to accept a drug regimen where they have to give themselves injections,” says Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering at MIT. “This avoids the compliance issue completely, and points to a future where you have fully automated drug regimens.”
You thinking what I’m thinking?
I don’t think we have insulin concentrated enough yet to fit into a 1mm microchip, but if someone developed concentrated, stable glucagon, my wish would be to have a wirelessly controlled chip of the stuff synched up with our Dex and lovingly injected into our son, so I’d know that day or night, GI bug or other wackiness, his blood sugar could be instantly brought back up to safe levels. Insulin is grand – it’s the stuff that keeps him ticking like the little Energizer bunny he is – but I’m tired of driving Luke without a real emergency brake.
Go, MicroCHIPS, go! I can wait till 2014 for you to file for regulatory approval. Really. And if you get CE approval first, well – I’ve always wanted our family to live overseas at some point.