GI Device Development in a Few Movements

Date: May 7, 2020, 4:00–5:00 PM (Social to follow)
Location: Annenberg 105
Speaker: Giovanni Traverso, Gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

As noted by, Dr. C. Everett Koop the former US Surgeon General, “Drugs don’t work if people don’t take them.” Here we explore a series of novel technologies with the potential to enhance medication adherence ensuring patients do take their medication. Specifically, we will review the development of novel technologies enabling the ultralong delivery of drugs on the order of weeks to months following a single oral administration event, as well as technologies enabling the delivery of macromolecules via the gastrointestinal tract.



Giovanni Traverso

Gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Giovanni Traverso 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 developing novel ingestible electronic devices for sensing a broad array of physiologic and pathophysiologic parameters.

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