Researchers at Bionaut Labs, California are preparing to run human clinical trials utilising ‘tiny injectable robots’ to hopefully treat various diseases in the brain. The researchers estimate that these clinical trials will be available in two years. As curious as it sounds, injectable robots could treat brain diseases. Read on to find out more about the technology involved and it’s implications for brain tumour treatment.
What is the research?
Bionaut Labs have developed small bullet shaped devices that are guided into the patients head. These devices use magnetic coils to guide the trajectory, allowing it to then pierce and destroy unwanted tissue. The devices involved (coils, computers etc.) are also light-weight compared to most technologies used in brain treatment.
The advantage of this technology is that it can navigate hard to reach regions of the brain safely. By contrast, we’ve previously been limited to administering surgery in a just a straight line.
So far, the team have run simulations by guiding the few millimetre long metal cylinder through gel-filled containers which have similar structure and density to the human brain.
The FDA has approved the research, allowing for treatment and clinical trials. This means that treatment of Dandy-Walker syndrome and malignant gliomas, which are usually considered inoperable, can now be trialled.
To read more about Bionaut Labs, click here.
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