Advanced Engineered Drug Delivery & Diagnostics Systems (Bio-nanorobotics)
Re-engineering living material and biological circuits to create programmable bio-vehicles or bio-engineered nano–robotics devices to carry out specific tasks in the body for therapeutics delivery and diagnostics. This field is based on capabilities in engineering of biological systems, nanorobotics, molecular machines, biosensors genetic engineering, synthetic biology, computational biology, and nanotechnology.
Advanced therapeutics discovery systems
Highly scalable biological model platforms to facilitate drug screening. One example in this area is the Organ-on-a-Chip platform, microfluidic cell culture devices that recreate the tissue-tissue interfaces, physical microenvironment, and vascular perfusion of living human organs. This field includes capabilities in MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems), engineering, robotics, nanotechnology, advanced microfluidics and 3D Bio-printing, artificial intelligence, Big-Data mining and high throughput screening.
Tissue Engineering – 3D bio-printing & Cyborg tissues
This field is focused on engineering functional, multiscale, vascularized 3D tissues composed of living human cells that can be seamlessly integrated into the human body for regenerative medicine. Advanced tissue engineering can be combined with cyborg tissues, part-living and the other part-electronic devices, which can monitor, regulate, stimulate and respond to various micro-environmental changes and signals in the body. This field is based on combined capabilities in synthetic biology and genetic engineering, advanced biomaterials, nano-electronics, biochips, engineered processes and printing technologies.
Synthetic Biology & Engineered Living Materials
Synthetic biology is considered as a vertical infrastructure field for re-designing natural biological systems and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems for fundamental research, manufacturing and drug design and development. This field includes engineered biological systems developed for the production of engineered living materials, which are programmed advanced materials that can possess the autonomous, adaptive, sensing, self‐healing and self-regeneration characteristics of living organisms that are environmentally friendly This field is based on cross disciplinary expertise in physics, engineering, nanotechnology and genetics.
Bio-electronics & electroceuticals
This field is based on miniaturized implantable devices to deliver electrical stimulation to specific nerves in order to control wide range of physiological functions.
Bio Sensors & hybrid devices
Development of integrated biological component systems (receptor/organ/DNA/etc.) with electronic interface enables low priced, miniature devices for enhanced performance of continuous monitoring and diagnostics than currently existed in chemical/optical technologies sensing.
Genetic modifications and light stimuli to precisely manipulate cells’ behavior by turning activity of certain genes in specific cells