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Nanomaterials in Medical Devices: A Snapshot of Markets, Technologies, and Companies
Volume 4, Issue 4

Drew L. Harris, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, & Moody
Mark J. Graffagnini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Nanomaterials are being investigated for use in new medical devices such as diagnostics and implantable devices such as stents and catheters. New nanotech-enabled medical devices aim to provide convenient real-time diagnosis of disease that can be done at a clinic rather than at a laboratory, as well as implantable devices that cause less irritation and have improved functionality. In this article, authors Drew L. Harris and Mark J. Graffagnini provide a snapshot of the market for “point of care” diagnostics and medical implants. They also profile some of the products and companies incorporating nanomaterials in such devices, including Nanosphere’s gold nanoparticle diagnostic systems, Nanomix’s asthma sensor, Nanotech Catheter Solutions use of carbon nanotubes in catheters and stents, and AcryMed’s SilvaGard technology.

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