The technologies making up the medical device industry are evolving rapidly. The Senate just passed a group of bills in an effort to speed up medical device approvals by the FDA. With the suspension of the medical device tax, the industry is set for immediate expansion and growth in developing new devices, processes, and tools.
Opening up legislation to improve development and deployment of innovative ideas can lead to better healthcare and well-being. Futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil recently presented a talk on the future of healthcare at MD&W West in Anaheim, CA. He is the inventor of many advances such as optical character recognition and text-to-speech synthesis that enables a computer to read a book aloud, alongside the first charge-coupled device flatbed scanner. At age 14 he wrote a paper about his theory of the neocortex, a part of the brain that is involved in higher functions. His correspondence with MIT professor Marvin Minsky led to a mentorship and the study of computer science.
Kurzweil continues to write about technology and its impact on our future. He believes that the sequencing of the human genome has transitioned the practice of medicine into an information technology and it will follow a growth curve that is similar to other technology sectors. Genome information is leading to research into gene manipulation, turning them on and off, to influence biology and change how the body works.
Combining DNA and nanobots are the latest in cutting-edge mechanisms for curing diseases. Reminding us a little of sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage, nanobots are undergoing human tests to see if they can target cancer cells to deliver drugs directly. If this advancement is successful nanobots may be able to cure disease and keep the body in proper balance, reversing aging and give us longer lives.
Curing disease is the basis of all medicine and new efforts are being developed each day. The scientists, researchers, and futurists, like Kurzweil, will be bringing us original ideas and resolutions beyond anything we currently know or have in the field. Continue to follow our blog for recent developments in medical manufacturing. We will keep you up to date on the latest innovations and solutions impacting the industry today.