Sweet Power Inc.
|Primary Industry:||Health & Medical Devices|
|Executive Summary:||The next generation delivery of healthcare will depend extensively on implantable medical devices. These devices may be sensors such as for measuring blood glucose or neuro-stimulators for relief of symptoms of Parkinson\'s disease, and treatment of obesity, bladder incontinence, epilepsy, and depression.
The primary limitation faced by the implantable medical devices is the power supply. Currently used power sources such as micro-batteries are bulky, have limited life (typically 5 years), and contain harmful materials. Costly surgeries are required to replace such batteries at the end of their useful life. An external, bulky electromagnetic source is currently used to power some implantable devices but frequent recharges are required.
Sweet Power has developed a revolutionary technology to power implantable medical devices. The technology is a fuel cell that uses glucose in human blood to generate power. By implanting a robust power supply that has a potentially infinite life and that uses harmless materials, the medical devices can be made cost-effective. The device size can be reduced considerably by incorporating Sweet Power’s glucose fuel cell with the medical device instead of the bulky batteries. Moreover, costly surgeries to replace the batteries are avoided by using the fuel cell.