A team of engineers from Denver Colorado State University and Erlanger Corporation (DECCA) has developed a soft flexible sensory implant with self-powered signals and control of the micrographic environment. The flexible self-powered materials can be developed as single-cell implants or groups of nanowires or electrodes that can be integrated together as a unit.

These implants provide a sensory stimulator portable implantable bio-electronic device for use in surgery head trauma treatment and cleanup of medical devices.

Initial data from human testing is promising says the researchers at Denver Colorado State University and Erlanger Corporation – which is sponsored by DECCA which is a Denver-based independent research and development center – in reporting large numbers of implantable devices that reach a functional level in vivo.

When they do implantation in the body they never get hurt says Shaki Guang Chen the lead author of the paper. So this is a great advantage over being cut off from the implantation.

Future enhancements could include more accurate wearable technology for applications in persistent wound healing and remote control for example.

In light of these encouraging results we are pursuing the development of materials to reduce implantation loss through a better understanding of the implantable technologies says Junsheng Chae the paper author who is a postdoctoral researcher at Erlanger Corporation. Or as a means to further reduce implantation failure.