Publication Date: 2017-Mar-16
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a description of the BioGen implantable power source. The novel approach is to three-dimensionally print a muscle scaffold with some of the patient's stem cells embedded in the scaffold. The muscle then grows in the scaffold and is stimulated by some small electronics to move.
Disclosed is a description of the BioGen implantable power source. The novel approach is to three-dimensionally print a muscle scaffold with some of the patient’s stem cells embedded in the scaffold. The muscle then grows in the scaffold and is stimulated by some small electronics to move.
All implants need electrical power. This is currently supplied by an external inductive coil that resides outside the body. Some implants have a battery that requires charging via an inductive coil.
The current state of implants requires external power sources which are obtrusive, visible, and require attention from the user. The future of implantable devices might include artificial vision, devices to stimulate the brain to counter Parkinson's disease, chronic pain management, mobility assistance, enhanced abilities, or functions to provide connectivity and communication to the outside world.
When implants become more prominent, it is unlikely that designs will use inductive coils to provide power. A method is needed to make the implant invisible and self- sustaining. Having multiple implants that require multiple inductive coils is an undesirable situation.
Current art exists for printing scaffolds around cells as well as three-dimensional (3D) printing of muscle and creating scaffolds into which tissue can grow. Additional art addresses coupling existing muscles to piezoelectric devices to generate power for implants.
No known research focuses on growing muscle coupled to a generator for powering implants.
The novel contribution is a BioGen implantable power source. The BioGen comprises an artificially grown heart muscle using the patient’s native tissue coupled to a simple mechanical electrical generator. The muscle is stimulated by small electronics so that it moves and generates electrical power to charge an internal battery from which implan...