Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Raisin System
In the 9/26 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, we learn of a company called Proteous Biomedical which is developing ingestible chips that can be embedded in pills, turning them into networked, digital drugs. The one-millimeter-square chip is activated by a patient's stomach fluids and sends a signal to a bandaid sized computer worn on the body. The computer uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with the patient's mobile phone, which alerts patients or their caregivers when they forget their medicine. The system has been tested in trials for drugs that treat heart failure, hypertension, and TB. Raisin-enabled drugs may hit the market as early as 2012. Additional information about Proteous Biomedical may be found at their website.