The goal of Medtech Programme is to collaborate closely with clinicians, cross-disciplinary research institutes and medical industry partners to address and develop technical solution for unmet clinical needs. IME Medtech Programme design, fabricate, bio-package and characterize highly sensitive Micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensors that can measure various physiological parameters in the human body. Such sensors when combined with Application-Specific-Integrated-Circuits (ASIC) and wireless interface circuits result in highly integrated devices for the medical / healthcare industries.

Smart Catheter and Flexible Electronics Packaging Platforms

Smart Catheter    IME has developed various types of minimally invasive medical devices packaged via flexible electronics for cardiology and neurology applications. Cardiology applications include vascular graft sensor for early prosthetic graft failure detection, sensor-enhanced guidewire for endovascular procedures, and renal denervation guidewire to address resistant hypertension and other abnormally highly activated sympathetic diseases. Neurology applications include high density 3D neural probe array microsystem for deep brain neural recording/ stimulation application, wireless intracranial pressure (ICP) microsystem for multimodality (temperature, oxygen and pressure) neuromonitoring of severe head injury patients, and neuro-stimulation devices for peripheral nerve disease. Other applications include ultrasound for imaging and therapy.  These medical devices are realized using Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS)-based sensors and Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) integration via Chip-on-Flex (CoF) packaging techniques. 

Wearable Electronics Device Platform

medtech wearable    IME has developed various types of wearable devices for healthcare monitoring purposes, such as smart sensor patch for early detection of extravasation injury during intravenous (IV) infusion, dry electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode cap for long-term epilepsy monitoring, and pressure sensing patch for pressure ulcer prevention. These technologies can monitor a patient’s vital signs or symptoms and provide quantitative feedback, transmit data wirelessly to health providers on abnormal patterns in patient’s condition, allowing for early medical intervention, prevent adverse events and better patient care.

Cheng Ming-Yuan

HOD • MedTech (MT)