Study of a smart polymer medical device, product development obstacles and innovative solutions

Mark Banister, Ray Clark, Erich Coiner, Yordan Geronov, Mark McWilliams, Ralph Sias, Gary Walters, Dominic McGrath

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Abstract

The concept is simple, within the pump a pH responsive polymer actuator swells in volume under electrically controlled stimulus. As the actuator swells it presses against a drug reservoir, as the reservoir collapses the drug is metered out to the patient. From concept to finished product, engineering this smart system entailed integration across multiple fields of science and engineering. Materials science, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, molecular engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering all played a part in solutions to multiple technical hurdles. Some of these hurdles where overcome by tried and true materials and component engineering, others where resolved by some very creative out of the box thinking and tinkering. This paper, hopefully, will serve to encourage others to venture into unfamiliar territory as we did, in order to overcome technical obstacles and successfully develop a low cost smart medical device that can truly change a patient's life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIndustrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2012
EventIndustrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 13 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8343
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherIndustrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/12/123/13/12

Keywords

  • EAP pump
  • Polymer actuated drug deliver device
  • Polymer actuator
  • Smart polymer
  • Smart polymer actuator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Banister, M., Clark, R., Coiner, E., Geronov, Y., McWilliams, M., Sias, R., Walters, G., & McGrath, D. (2012). Study of a smart polymer medical device, product development obstacles and innovative solutions. In Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2012 [83430I] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8343). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.915529