By applying new tools and harnessing technologies from the physical sciences and engineering, Draper is creating novel solutions to today's critical issues in healthcare. Draper’s analytical expertise can be used for sensor systems and clinical decision support. Our expertise in MEMS, microfluidics, and electronics miniaturization is enabling solutions for smart medical devices and organ-assist devices.
Microfluidics and Cellular Systems Draper's ability to build complex, 3D microfluidic structures has enabled us to create a microenvironment similar to what cells experience in the body — leading to the creation of human mimetic models to predict drug toxicity and assist in drug discovery.
We are building on this capability to create acellular and cellularized structures that can replace or assist vital organs such as the kidney or the lung. Our engineers are addressing technical issues related to these systems, including reducing the need for anticlotting agents, improving vascular access, and scaling the fluidic device to clinically relevant flow levels. These advances will enable us to create wearable, portable, organ-assist devices.
Smart Medical DevicesDraper's expertise in sensors, electronics miniaturization, algorithms and signal processing, and decision support can significantly improve the design and development of miniature smart medical devices. We are exploring the use of miniature low-power systems technology to improve the functionality of current medical devices by dramatically increasing information processing capacity while simultaneously reducing volume and power consumption.
Sensors Systems Draper brings its strong skills in sensors, instrumentation, and data analysis to address unmet needs in both clinical diagnostics and treatment and chemical/biological threat detection. We are developing solutions for applications ranging from infectious disease, cancer, and retinal injury, to mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Clinical Decision SupportBy leveraging our expertise in data mining, data fusion, feature extraction, and human systems collaborations, we are helping clinicians make sense of the massive amounts of clinical data available so they can act upon it confidently to improve clinical outcomes.