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Biomedical Materials & Devices


Research in the biomedical and life sciences is a robust part of the intellectual activity at IEN. Nanoscale approaches to the development of new biocompatible materials and medical devices play a vital role in technical advancement and innovation for applications as diverse as diagnostics, imaging, biosensors, drug delivery and therapeutics, and biomaterials and surface modification for implantable devices.

Nanotechnology offers a means toward miniaturization of existing devices, synthesis of novel materials, development of new manufacturing routes, and fundamental insights into the understanding of materials and their interaction with living systems.

Examples of research effort underway at GT-IEN in the Biomedical Materials & Devices include:

  • Microfluidics
  • Biomaterial fabrication and characterization
    • Micro patterned Substrates
    • Surface modification
  • Biosensors
    • Cancer Detecting Quantum Dots
    • Biosensor technologies and their integration with signal processing circuitry
  • Nanoparticles for drug delivery
  • Diagnostics and theranostics
    • Micro-needles:
      • Design, manufacturing, and a human clinical trial of microneedle patches for self-administered influenza vaccinations,
      • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug delivery targeted within the eye using microneedles
      • Delivery of proteins and DNA into cells for gene-based therapies

Biomedical research at the IEN is abetted by a number of co-localized entities within Georgia Tech and the Atlanta area. These include:

  • Georgia Tech/Emory School of Biomedical Engineering (Ranked #2 Nationally)
  • Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB)
  • New Engineered Biosystems Building
  • Local Biomedical Research Facilities
    • Emory Medical School
    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute
  • Southeast US Medical Device Industry
    • Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI)
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