samedan logo
 
 
 
spacer
home > ebr > autumn 2018 > theory to game changer
PUBLICATIONS
European Biopharmaceutical Review

Theory to Game Changer

Over the past decade, technology has transformed the world. From smartphones and shopping on-demand to selfdriving electric cars, technological advances have altered the way people manage their lives. Such breakthroughs often happened through convergence and gave rise to a new therapeutic class in healthcare known as bioelectronic medicine. The vision of bioelectronic medicine is to use electronic devices to detect and initiate biological changes. Bioelectronics has the potential to significantly impact a person’s wellbeing by giving doctors and patients better alternatives and going beyond the mediation of symptoms. Over the past years, this field has attracted investments from companies as GSK, General Electric, Google Life Sciences, and others. Pioneers are therefore convinced that electronic devices could one day result in a novel class of medicines.

When Electronics Meets Biology

Bioelectronics is an emerging field where technology and science converge. It is a new approach to treat and diagnose various diseases and injuries by using electronic devices harnessing the electrical language of the body. By using electrical pulses generated and delivered by external or implanted devices, hormone, and enzyme activity, aberrant or diseased processes can either be altered or corrected. One aspect of bioelectronics is the detection and characterisation of the electrical properties of biological matter. Another aspect is to interfere and treat diseases on the cellular and subcellular level by stimulating the body’s natural mechanisms. In general, the basic concept of bioelectronic medicine is relatively easy: electric currents create disease-fighting effects and trick the human body into healing.

The Evolution of Bioelectronic Medicine

Implanting or externally stimulating specific body parts with electronic devices that read and/or modulate electric signals often sounds like science fiction. Despite its futuristic connotation, the idea of using electrical stimulation to treat medical conditions is not new. Ancient Egyptians were already intrigued by electricity and used electric fish to control pain. On the other hand, electric rays, a group of fish that produce electrical discharge, were also used by the ancient Greeks. Here, electric shocks were used to numb the pain of childbirth and surgery and treat patients suffering from gout.

Read full article from PDF >>

Rate this article You must be a member of the site to make a vote.  
Average rating:
0
     

There are no comments in regards to this article.

spacer
Pascaline Vancraeyenest is Clinical Project Manager with Healtech, Magna Cum Laude graduate, and thesis prize winner of Biomedical Science at the KU Leuven in 2013. She obtained her experience by working as a doctoral fellow at the laboratory of neuro- and psychophysiology of the KU Leuven, where she collaborated with several worldleading institutions and universities. As the daughter of one of the pioneers in bioelectronic medicine and founders of Healtech, it allowed Pascaline to obtain a unique perspective on the impact of electronic devices in healthcare.
spacer
Pascaline Vancraeyenest
spacer
spacer
Print this page
Send to a friend
Privacy statement
News and Press Releases

New laboratory and regulatory services for biotech customers

USA/Germany, September 21, 2020. Gerresheimer adds essential laboratory and regulatory services to its broad portfolio of products, solutions and services for biotech companies. Specialized laboratory technicians and an experienced team of further specialists offer these services in the two innovation and technology centers in Bünde (Germany) and Vineland (New Jersey/USA). Gx Biological Solutions offers full service for biotech companies regarding product development of primary packaging and drug delivery solutions, material and functional testing as well as comprehensive regulatory support. The partnership with Gerresheimer shortens the time to market for pharmaceutical companies, minimizes risks and saves resources.
More info >>

White Papers

Why You Should Be Using Ultrasonic Cleaning

Natoli Engineering Company, Inc.

Clean punches and dies are essential to maintaining the integrity and efficiency of your tooling investment, as well as the quality of your product. Ultrasonic cleaning has long been considered the most effective, nondestructive way to clean tools – from medical instruments to tablet tooling. The Tableting Specification Manual (TSM) states, “An ultrasonic bath is ideal for cleaning tooling.” This high-tech cleaning process also saves time, reduces cost and is better for the environment.
More info >>

 
Industry Events

World Vaccine Congress Europe

18-21 October 2020, Barcelona, Spain

The World Vaccine Congress is an award-winning series of conferences and exhibitions that have grown to become the largest and most established vaccine meeting of its kind across the globe. Our credibility is show through the prestigious scientific advisory board that spend months of hard work creating a new and topical agenda, year on year.
More info >>

 

 

©2000-2011 Samedan Ltd.
Add to favourites

Print this page

Send to a friend
Privacy statement