Very Smart Microrobots

Tiny, Elastic Microrobots to Deliver Targeted Drug Therapies

Source:  EPFL

Breakthrough Robotic Innovation from Switzerland
Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich have developed very smart, highly flexible microrobots.  They can change shape depending on their surroundings
For Targeted Drug Therapy Delivery
The tiny robots are modeled on microorganisms like bacteria that change shape as their surrounding conditions change.  They are fully biocompatible.  The bots optimize their movements in order to get to hard to reach places in the human body.  They're thought to have the potential to revolutionize targeted drug delivery.

Nanocomposites and Nanoparticles
The bots are made of hydrogel nanocomposites.  They contain magnetic nanoparticles allowing them to be controlled by an electromagnetic field.  They are so tiny and flexible they're able to swim through narrow blood vessels, arrive at the target and deliver drug therapies.  This is revolutionary robotics that could revolutionize medicine.  Their research was just reported in the journal Science Advances.  For more news stories on innovation, go to


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