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Implantable Insulin Pump Now Possible With MEMs Technology

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MEMs Technology

Would you use an implantable insulin Pump? Debiotech is a medical device company, based in Switzerland. The development of innovative medical tech is their main business and, since its inception, the company designed many award winning products.
The company brought to market electronic infusion systems, drug delivery devices, microsystems, imaging devices and nano pumps. But, what makes Debiotech unique is the vast experience they have in micromechanics, nanotech, microelectromechanical systems (MEMs) and implantables.
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Together with the French/Italian manufacturer STMicroelectronics, Debiotech created a miniaturized insulin a pump that will change the lives of diabetics around the world.
Implantable insulin pump with MEMs technology

“The Nanopump”

“The Nanopump” as they call it, is based on MEMs (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) technology. If you are new to MEM’s, this is a tech that lets you reduce the size of components inside of a device.
I’d say that it allows you to “miniaturise” devices. If you are interested in MEMs, you can read more about it here.




Debiotech’s MEMS insulin pump is about one quarter the size of the existing insulin pumps already on the market at the moment. The new pump is tiny, like an invisible patch on your skin.
But, what Debiotech “has in mind” for their diabetic patients is a game changer. If you have not already guess from the title, let me tell you now. It is an implantable insulin pump.

The Implantable Insulin Pump

There is an article published by Mr. de’ Medici on WT VOX, back in January 2013. It is called, “Top 10 implantables soon to be in your body.” I want you to read it. The article caused quite a lot of stir online; we even had BBC asking for an interview.
the first ever implantable insulin pump
At that time, after reading the I said to myself, “I never had a tattoo in my life, let alone an implanted chip.” No way, this is not going to happen. Especially after seeing what BBC’s Chief technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones had to go through.

But now, knowing the hassle my mother – she’s a diabetic – is going through every day, I’d be the first to insist on her having an implant. Just like de’ Medici said:

“…it will start with medical implants, followed by body replacement parts.”

Suddenly “implantables” make so much more sense. Back to my original question. Would you use an implantable insulin pump? Let me know in the comments below and why.