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Title: The Future of BioMEMS
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Petersen, Kurt
Issue Date: 4-Nov-2011
Event Date: 4-Nov-2011
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.7
Notes: IAS Distinguished Lecture.
Co-sponsored by School of Engineering, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Integrated Micro Systems and Division of Biomedical Engineering.
Abstract: MEMS products have successfully made the complete transition into the consumer space. Today, literally billions of MEMS devices are manufactured every year for a wide variety of consumer applications including cell phones, games, video and still cameras, remote controls, and lap-top computers. These products include microphones, accelerometers, gyroscopes, FBAR filters, and oscillators. Such huge quantities demand that large foundries and fabs are involved in manufacturing these ubiquitous components. Also, the next generations of these devices, targeting, for example, inertial grade 10 axis navigation systems to supplement GPS, are in the works and will be in very common use 5 years from today. So, with this outstanding success story under their belt, MEMS developers have begun to turn their attention more and more to BioMEMS. Today, there are precious few successful BioMEMS devices on the market. In the area of implantable devices, CardioMEMS has an implantable pressure sensor for monitoring aneurysms. Cochlear implants are routine, allowing deaf people to hear. In the area of microfluidics, companies such as Caliper and Cepheid manufacture chips and plastic fluidic components for biochemical analysis and diagnostics. However, there are many much more important and much more impactful devices on the horizon, such as retinal implants, health monitoring systems, protein detection arrays, and continuous, implantable chemical sensing. Over the next 10 years, this next generation of BioMEMS innovations will transform medicine as we currently practice it and understand it.
Dr Kurt Petersen discusses these and other important new developments in the BioMEMS arena. He also discusses how the recent huge changes in the VC industry are dramatically affecting the funding, the progress, and the implementation of these new developments.
Dr Petersen established a micromachining research group at IBM from 1975 to 1982, during which he wrote the review paper “Silicon as a Mechanical Material,” published in the IEEE Proceedings (May 1982). This paper is still the most frequently referenced work in the field of micromachining and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). He has published over 100 papers, and has been granted over 35 patents in the field of MEMS. In 2001 he was awarded the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for his contributions to MEMS. Dr Petersen is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to “the commercialization of MEMS technology”.
Duration: 86 min.
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