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  • Smart Contact Lenses for Cancer Diagnostics and Screening



    August 11, 2022

    (LOS ANGELES)
    – Scientists from the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) have developed a contact lens that can capture and detect exosomes, nanometer-sized vesicles found in bodily secretions which have the potential for being diagnostic cancer biomarkers. TThe lens was designed to have microchambers with antibodies that can capture exosomes found in tears. This antibody- conjugated signaling microchamber contact lens (ABSM-CL) can be stained for detection with nanoparticle-tagged specific antibodies for selective visualization. This offers a potential platform for cancer pre-screening and a supportive diagnostic tool that is easy, rapid, sensitive, cost-effective, and non-invasive.

  • Self-plugging Microneedles Offer Potential to Improve Delivery of Drugs into the Eyeball

    Published research on new eye treatment delivery shows improvement over hypodermic needles



    June 17, 2022

    (LOS ANGELES)
    – A collaborative team, including scientists from the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI), has developed a novel, self-plugging microneedle for injecting therapeutics into the eyes, potentially solving one of the major challenges of treating eye diseases – accurate delivery of therapeutic drugs to the retina, while guarding against possible complications at the injection site.

  • Antiviral Materials Inspired by Rose Thorns

    Fibrous material may be used as antiviral agent in garments, face coverings and bandages


    December 16, 2021


    (LOS ANGELES) – Billions of people around the world suffer from herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections; the severity of these infections range from no symptoms at all to fatal complications. There are two types of herpes viruses: HSV-1, which infects the eyes and oral cavity, and HSV-2, which infects the genitalia.

    Current treatments include antiviral drugs which are either injected or applied topically as ointments; these drugs interfere with virus replication to keep their population in check. Other treatments are available such as vaccines, which stimulate antiviral immune responses, or immune response-modifying drugs.

  • Skin Sensing Made Easier: Improved Methods Facilitate Monitoring of Body Movement and Health

    Scientists simplify fabrication methods and model human skin structure in designing wearable sensors


    December 15, 2021

    (LOS ANGELES) – From wide-ranging body movements as minute as a pulse to the various movements of joints, muscles and limbs, wearable pressure sensors placed directly on the skin may be used in myriad ways to monitor health. Other types of skin sensors can monitor health indicators through measurement of sweat and temperature on the skin’s surface.

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