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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.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kelly #

    Simply Amazing! I am working on a post myself about some exciting diabetes research they are doing right here in OHIO!

    February 20, 2012
    • Cool – can’t wait to read about it!

      February 20, 2012
  2. Julia #

    Just think…. if glucagon could be dispensed in this manner, complications may be a thing of the past, because you could be very aggressive with highs and postprandials. Thanks for posting this.

    February 21, 2012
  3. katerina #

    What I am hoping for is an implanted CGM. I think glucagon would be tricky as they still haven’t found a way to be just a simple injection.

    February 23, 2012
    • True! Some researchers recently got one to last 3 months or so in pigs before tissue overgrew it – can’t remember specifics, but I agree – it would be fantastic.

      February 24, 2012
  4. holy crap, that is super MICRO! but yeah, how brilliant would it be?

    February 29, 2012

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