Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol. 65, Issue 3, March 2006: Product News
(ISSN 1726- 5479)
ISSYS Inc. Awarded a Patent for Wireless, Batteryless, Implantable Sensors
YPSILANTI, MI - 03/09/2006 - Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS) announced that the U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent entitled "Implantable Sensing Device for Physiologic Parameter Measurement" (US Patent No. 6,968,743), which covers the design, fabrication and manufacturing of miniature, wireless, batteryless, implantable sensors.
This awarded patent is the first out of ten pending patents by ISSYS for its MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology for safe, chronic, fast, detailed, real-time, continuous, bio-pressure measurements. This technology supports the trend towards home health monitoring and has the potential to revolutionize the way many diseases are treated. The particular targets of ISSYS products are cardiovascular disease, especially congestive heart failure, and hydrocephalus (high brain pressure) disease.
The bio-pressure monitoring system consists of two major parts: an implantable, batteryless, telemetric sensor and a companion hand-held reader. The miniature implantable micro-device, suitable for implantation directly (via a custom catheter for minimally invasive, outpatient procedure), contains a MEMS pressure sensor along with custom electronics and a telemetry antenna. Using magnetic telemetry, the reader transmits power to the sensor and the sensed pressure is in turn transmitted back to the reader. Data collected by the sensor will be used by physicians to tailor treatments. Such data collection can be performed at the doctor's office, or at home by the patient and submitted over the telephone or net.
ISSYS is a leader in advanced micromachining technologies for medical devices, microfluidic and scientific analytical sensing applications used in the development of drug infusion pumps and wireless, implantable sensing systems. Founded in 1995 by world-renowned leaders in MEMS technology, ISSYS is one of the oldest independent MEMS companies in the United States. An ISO 9001:2000 certified organization, ISSYS operates an "everything under one roof" multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art Bio-MEMS fabrication facility located near Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more company, product and service information, please visit http://www.mems-issys.com
Dr. Cathy Morgan
Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS)
391 Airport Industrial Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Tel: (734) 547-9896 Ext. 118
Fax: (734) 547-9964
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