URMC: Patents: Rochester a leader in implant technology

Written by SEAN LAHMAN

University of Rochester Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Spencer Rosero, who is developing a live cell biosensor, at the cardiology department of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. on Thursday November 17 2011. The biosensor has been patented by Physiologic Communications, LLC., a URMC spinoff.

If you’re like me, you love your smartphone. You like the sense of always being connected, and you feel a little uneasy when you’re apart from it.
But would you like to have your phone implanted in your body?
Me neither.
Nokia, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer, seems to think there are people ready to take that step.
They filed a patent application last week which represents a step in that direction. The inventors describe a “functional tattoo” that would implant magnetic ink under the skin. That ink would respond to signals from your phone, vibrating to signal that you’ve received a text message, for example.
With this tattoo, you’d never miss a call because you didn’t hear your phone ring or feel it vibrate.
Admittedly, the concept has a number of drawbacks. What happens if it malfunctions, for example? Picture a never-ending vibration in your arm while you’re waiting for a customer service representative to trouble shoot the problem from a call center.

Another URMC researcher, Dr. Spencer Rosero, recently received Patent No. 8,024,020 for an implantable chip that can monitor physiological and chemical changes in real time.
For example, the chip could be used to detect changes in blood protein levels in a patient with heart failure. This could alert a physician to alter the patient’s medications and correct the problem. Currently, there would be no reason to suspect a problem until the patient started having significant symptoms.
Rosero’s biochip is designed to send a wireless signal, which could be used to alert a physician or to interact with another device, such as an insulin pump or a pacemaker.
In his patent application, Rosero described the possibility of using the technology to treat patients with a variety of disorders, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and hypertension.
Rosero is working with Raland Therapeutics, a Fairport company, to conduct the testing necessary to get the device approved and available for widespread use.
Another URMC project allows implanted devices to be recharged through the skin. Dr. Coley Duncan invented a new way to transfer power to a ventricular assist device, avoiding the use of a port that could be a source of infection or repetitive surgeries to replace batteries.
read more: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120326/BUSINESS0110/303260013/Patents-implants

From a seperate article:

Increasingly, RFID implants are being injected into thousands of elderly Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease who are at risk of wandering off and getting lost. In addition, RFID chips are being implanted into many people who are chronically ill so that doctors can access their medical information quickly in an emergency.
And many companies are working hard to make it even easier to implant RFID chips into humans and animals.
In fact, one company called Somark has developed a stunning breakthrough in chipless RFID ink. Their “RFID tattoos” are applied using a geometric array of micro-needles and a reusable applicator.
Somark says that it is incredibly easy to apply one of these RFID tattoos. They say that it only takes about 5 to 10 seconds to tattoo an animal or a human. Once the tattoo has been applied, an RFID reader can read it from up to four feet away.
Frightening stuff.
But some say that there might be an even easier way than that to keep track of everybody in the future.
IBM is actually working on a “bar code reader” that can read your DNA. The following is from a Fox News article about this project….
Read More: http://crisisboom.com/2012/01/19/edible-microchips-biometrics/

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