Micro-fabricated devices are finding their way to the frontend of medical equipment, where they are the interface between body and machine. These MEMS devices enable better and cheaper diagnostic equipment, they:
- Add ‘eyes and ears’ to minimally invasive instruments such as catheters
- Allow for un-obtrusive monitoring of body functions
- Add functionality to implants
- Enable the development of better and personalized medicines
Much more than standard CMOS or MEMS devices, these medical MEMS devices rely on the processing of novel materials, especially polymers, in combination with advanced molding, micro-fluidics and assembly technologies. A key technology for these devices is our wafer-based flex-to-rigid platform; integrating rigid silicon components and flexible polyimide interconnect.
At the same time MEMS devices have to be fabricated under strict quality control conditions in a certified production environment and according to the ISO13485 standard. In the recently granted InForMed project a supply chain for the fabrication of these medical devices is organized. InForMed will bring together key European technology partners in an integrated infrastructure linking research to pilot and high volume production.
The expertise and process capabilities described above are available for custom-specific projects.
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MEMS applications are many. Organ-on-a-chip for example, where a human organ is reproduced in its most elementary form: microelectromechanical systems device. Several applications stand out, because of their promise and our capabilities.
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