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Proteus Biomedical’s ingestible and implantable technologies are the foundation for the development of the company’s intelligent medical products.
The company’s ingestible technology makes intelligent pharmaceuticals possible: microchip-enabled medications that provide patients with valuable information to customize their therapy. The company’s implantable ChipSkin™ technology adds intelligence to any implanted medical device: tiny active electronics that expand the performance of devices that use electrical energy to deliver therapy inside the body.
Proteus ingestible event markers (IEMs) are tiny, digestible sensors made from food ingredients, which are activated by stomach fluids after swallowing. Once activated, the IEM sends an ultra low-power, private, digital signal through the body to a microelectronic receiver that is either a small bandage style skin patch or a tiny device insert under the skin. The receiver date- and time-stamps, decodes, and records information such as the type of drug, the dose, and the place of manufacture, as well as measures and reports physiologic measures such as heart rate, activity, and respiratory rate.
The IEM is manufactured on silicon wafers, and is extremely economical to produce, costing a few cents per sensor in large quantities.
The IEM is the cornerstone of the company’s Raisin™ System, which is currently in clinical development. The Raisin™ System measures the body’s response to medications and is intended to improve the management of chronic diseases like heart failure, infectious disease and psychiatric disorders.
One of the significant challenges preventing widespread use of implanted medical device therapies is the disintegration of active electronics upon exposure to body fluids. Proteus’ ChipSkin™ technology eliminates this issue by providing an extremely thin and durable protective layer that ensures long-term survival and performance of micro-scale implanted devices. ChipSkin enables any implanted medical device to contain active electronics and dramatically expands the capability of existing implanted devices that utilize electrical energy to stimulate, pace or regulate body function. For example, providing 32 locations to pace the left side of the heart instead of only two or four, improving the clinical efficacy of cardiac resynchronization therapy.
ChipSkin technology is the cornerstone of the company’s therapeutic device products, which are currently in clinical development. These intelligent implanted devices offer the potential to transform therapy for patients with heart failure, chronic pain, and other disorders.
Did you ever stop to think how silly and also how dangerous it is to live our lives with absolutely no monitoring of our body’s medical status? Years from now people will look back and find it unbelievable that heart attacks, strokes, hormone imbalances, sugar levels, and hundreds of other bodily vital signs and malfunctions were not being continuously anticipated and monitored by medical implants. We can call this concept body 2.0, or the networked body, and we need it now!
A moral panic can be defined as "the intensity of feeling expressed by a large number of people about a specific group of people who appear to threaten the social order at a given time."
Moral panics are by-products of controversies that produce arguments and social tension, or aren't easily discussed as some of these moral panics are taboo to many people. The media have long operated as agents of moral indignation, even if they are not self-consciously engaged in crusading or muckraking. Simply reporting the facts can be enough to generate concern, anxiety or panic.
Moral Panics have several distinct features. The process by which these are created is best explained with Cohen's Deviancy Amplification Spiral:
Concern - There must be awareness that the behaviour of the group or category in question is likely to have a negative impact on society.
Hostility - Hostility towards the group in question increases, and they become "folk devils". A clear division forms between "them" and "us".
Consensus - Though concern does not have to be nationwide, there must be widespread acceptance that the group in question poses a very real threat to society. It is important at this stage that the "moral entrepreneurs" are vocal and the "folk devils" appear weak and disorganised.
Disproportionality - The action taken is disproportionate to the actual threat posed by the accused group.
Volatility - Moral panics are highly volatile and tend to disappear as quickly as they appeared due to a wane in public interest or news reports changing to another topic. *
Until now, technologies like GPS have mainly been used to help people figure out where they are and what is nearby. As networked devices like the iPhone become more popular, new applications let people track their children or friends, and could give companies and governments access to their location. *
Originally posted by opal13
That is scary, however, I can see both sides of the debate on this one. If you have a family history of something that can be forseen and prevented, or if a life can be saved, ok, but on the other hand, this in the wrong hands would be wrong. Very wrong. And the most likely scenario is this technology is being develped for the wrong reasons and has a very good sales rep pushing the product and neglecting to mention them.
New nanotechnology consumer products are coming on the market at the rate of 3-4 per week, a finding based on the latest update to the nanotechnology consumer product inventory maintained by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
The number of consumer products using nanotechnology has grown from 212 to 609 since PEN launched the world’s first online inventory of manufacturer-identified nanotech goods in March 2006. Health and fitness items, which includes cosmetics and sunscreens, represent 60 percent of inventory products. The colorful and searchable list of nanotechnology merchandise—containing everything from nanotech diamonds and cooking oil, to golf clubs and iPhones
Applications of nanotechnology in medicine currently being developed involve employing nano-particles to deliver drugs, heat, light or other substances to specific cells in the human body. Engineering particles to be used in this way allows detection and/or treatment of diseases or injuries within the targeted cells, thereby minimizing the damage to healthy cells in the body.
Nanotechnology is poised to change all that. A few nanotech-enabled medical products and pharmaceuticals are either on the market or in the pipeline, and right behind them is a vast new research and development infrastructure being funded generously and built quickly. Today, nanotechnology brings us closer to fulfillment of the Salk promise, cures for mankind's deadliest diseases. But before that could happen, science needed to go smaller – smaller than the murderous viruses, small enough to attack tumors and destroy them from within. Smaller because, in the words of buckyball co-discoverer and nobel laureate Richard Smalley, "that's really where the action is."
wow...could be the mark of the beast.
Originally posted by StopComplaining
Proteus is one of the sons of the sea God posiden.
It also means proto type creature, or Creature in the state of Change. No doubt this particular Company has no respect for human DNA and has transhumanist and posthumanist ambitions.
Thanks for bring this to attention.
Revelation 13:1 and he stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy