Engineer Tried to Save His Sister and Invented a Breakthrough Medical Device

Posted on September 9, 2009  Comments (4)

Here is another remarkable example of the great benefit engineers provide society.

How a software engineer tried to save his sister and invented a breakthrough medical device

I wanted to help my sister as much as I could. I went to Medline, where there are hundreds of thousands of documents describing clinical studies, to see what I could find.

There are billions of dollars spent every year on clinical studies. I was surprised to discover that there were sometimes clinical studies of treatments for which there were no clinical applications. The trials would show successful results but no clinical applications.

I found a 1987 Italian funded set of clinical studies that showed successful treatment of tumors by the application of chemotherapy directly into the tumors. But I could find nothing since then.

It took us two years to do the engineering. And it has taken the FDA seven years and two months to approve the product for sale. We were able to shorten the FDA process a little by saying that it was similar to other devices that had already been approved.

Great stuff.

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4 Responses to “Engineer Tried to Save His Sister and Invented a Breakthrough Medical Device”

  1. Anonymous
    September 11th, 2009 @ 3:07 am

    This useful videos for handling tumor… so many people get sick like that every man or woman… This videos open my mind that any much way to handle tumor.. Thanks…

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