GI device development in a few movements

Giovanni Traverso
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

2020 SENSE.nano Symposium
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Session 3: Body systems
2:00PM – 2:15PM EST

Medication non-adherence (non-compliance) represents a major barrier to effective clinical care. In developed nations, only 50% of patients take their medications as prescribed, manifesting in more than $100 billion in avoidable hospitalizations every year in the United States alone, and the numbers are far worse in the developing world. In his talk, Dr. Traverso will present a series of novel technologies being developed with the goal to enhance and facilitate medication administration. Specifically, Dr. Traverso will discuss the development of new technologies for the delivery of macromolecules through the oral route.

Dr. Traverso, a gastroenterologist and biomedical engineer, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His current research program is focused on developing the next generation of drug delivery systems to enable safe and efficient delivery of therapeutics through the gastrointestinal tract, as well as developing novel ingestible electronic devices for sensing a broad array of physiologic and pathophysiologic parameters.