Speaking at the MEMS Executive Congress (Nov. 4-6, 2009, Sonoma, Calif.), Mauro Ferrari described silicon as the miracle medical material that he predicts will eventually cure cancer. Look for Ferrari's new company to start delivering MEMS medical implants within five years. R.C.J.
Widely considered the father of bioMEMS, Professor Mauro Ferrari has founded a company to commercialize MEMS-based medical solutions and possible space applications. NanoMedical Systems Inc. (Austin, Texas), will target medical applications that have fallen short using conventional technologies. Ferrari will run the company with former Sematech director Randy Goodall. Based on the budding field of microfluidics, whereby tiny channels and reservoirs dispense drugs as well as test biological samples using small amounts of reagents, Ferrari's use of silicon bioMEMS also could someday enable manned flights to Mars and cure cancer.