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Biomedical Breakthrough:Electronics Devices Dissolves in the Body

Scientists have created ultra-thin electronic devices that can “melt away” in the body once their job is done.

A new study, published in the journal Science, details how scientists have created a tiny, fully functional electronic device capable of vanishing within their environment, like in the body or in water, once they are no longer needed or useful. There are already implants that dispense drugs or provide electrical stimulation but they do not dissolve.

The latest creation is an early step in a technology that may benefit not only medicine, like enabling the development of medical implants that don’t need to be surgically removed or the risk of long-term side effects, but also electronic waste disposal.

Microneedle Technology Promises Pain-free Insulin Injections

Researchers at ASTI Corp., a Japanese manufacturer of automotive electronics, and Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (HUSM) have co-developed a prototype microneedle system that could provide diabetics with pain-free insulin injections. It can also be used to administer vaccines.

Made of a durable and biodegradable polyglycolic acid resin, the device prototype called Medical Microneedle System can be produced in high volumes thanks to the combination of ASTI and HUSM’s microfabrication and injection moulding technologies.

The points of the microneedles measure less than 10 µm, and the needles penetrate no more than 1 mm of skin, making it possible to administer painless shots, according to the company.


Leuven International Doctoral School Biomedical Sciences offers up to 16 fully-funded PhD positions. Applications are invited from enthusiastic (under)graduates in any relevant biomedical area with an excellent study track record.

logo_leuvenInformation on the projects and the application procedure is available on our website: http://gbiomed.kuleuven.be/phd – International Call.

Deadline for application is January 31, 2011.

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