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: 

  • implantable bioelectronic stimulators and sensors for monitoring and modulating human physiology
  • wearable sensors for monitoring health vitals
  • micro devices and injection systems for therapeutic delivery 
  • anti-bacterial and anti-coagulating coatings for implantable devices
  • biohybrid devices for replacing organ function

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