Nano@Tech Fall 2023 Series | Tissue Interfacing Robotic Therapeutics for Treating Diabetes and Cancer
Featuring Alex Abramson, assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech
Abstract: Wearable and ingestible medical devices hold profound implications in medicine, supporting a new generation of personalized and automated therapies with higher patient compliance and faster diagnostic feedback. In this talk, we will explore a series of technologies that physically interact with targeted tissues through programmable geometric and material transformations to enable previously unachievable therapeutic and sensing capabilities. Specifically, we will review the development of novel technologies enabling the oral delivery of macromolecule drugs such as insulin, as well as technologies enabling the rapid assessment of cancer therapeutics through real-time tumor progression monitoring.
Bio: Alex Abramson is an assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from MIT and completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University. Abramson’s lab designs wearable, ingestible, and implantable technologies that hold profound implications in treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart failure. These biomedical devices have been featured in news outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, and Wired. Abramson has received several recognitions for scientific innovation, including being named a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Science List and the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 List. Abramson is passionate about translating scientific endeavors from bench to bedside. Large pharmaceutical companies have exclusively licensed a portfolio of his patents to bring into clinical trials, and Abramson serves as a scientific advisor overseeing their commercialization. In addition to his scientific endeavors, Abramson plays an active role in his community by leading Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts at his university and volunteering as a STEM tutor to local students.