Medical Devices

This program supports the development and demonstration of broadly applicable biomedical devices to enable new paradigms of human health.


The emphasis is on the development of medical device hardware, software, and models to improve patient health. 

NIBIB interests include but are not limited to: 

  • microneedle devices and microfluidic pumps for therapeutic delivery
  • wearable electronics for monitoring health vitals
  • anti-bacterial and anti-coagulating coatings for implantable devices

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