Dr. Atif Shazid, University of Birmingham; Professor William Wijns, University of Galway; Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, president of University of Galway; and Dr. SandraGanly, senior research fellow at University of Galway. (Credit: University of Galway)

SMARTSHAPE consortium, led from University of Galway, will develop an implantable medical device for continuous blood pressure monitoring. The consortium has developed an IP-protected technologically disruptive sensor for continuous pressure measurement. They plan to address challenges related to biocompatibility, longevity, and delivery to the target tissue. These need to be overcome to deliver the sensor to the market.

This project will address these challenges by formulating an innovative biomaterial: a novel temperature-dependent shape memory polymer (SMP). SMPs will enable the development of a microsensor that can be curled up, introduced into the body through a minimally invasive procedure, and opened up when placed at body temperature to take a predefined shape.

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