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A Closed Loop Implantable Artificial Pancreas Using Thin Film Nitinol MEMS Pumps

L. McD. Schetky, Memry Corporation; Peter Jardine, Shape Change Technologies LLC; Francis Moussy, University of South Florida. Published in Proceedings, SMST-2003, Pacific Grove, California, p.555 (2003).

To prevent the onset of serious pathologies diabetics must maintain extremely close control over their glucose levels which requires as many as eight blood samplings a day, an onerous task. A long sought solution is to have glucose monitored by an implantable sensor which is coupled to an implanted insulin pump which would deliver insulin in response to the monitor signal. The paper describes the elements of such a closed loop system…. Download the entire paper.