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Implantable Sensors for Early Disease Detection

We are addressing the problem of the early detection of cancer and other diseases by developing implantable nanosensors. These sensors allow the non-invasive detection of disease biomarkers via optical detection through living tissues.

The sensors could enable early detection of cancer in people at high risk for the disease, or in successfully treated patients who have a high risk of recurrence. In people who are undergoing treatment, the sensors could signal immediately whether a biomarker is going up or down and — when needed — alert a doctor to switch to a different course of therapy.


Detective Work: How Implantable Nanosensors Could Monitor Cancer Activity


JD Harvey, PV Jena, HA Baker, GH Zerze, RM Williams, TV Galassi, D Roxbury, J Mittal, DA Heller: “A Carbon Nanotube Reporter of miRNA Hybridization Events In Vivo.” Nature Biomedical Engineering 1 (2017) 0041