136 Ingestibles

Introduction: Can you imagine?

In 2017 the FDA approved the first ingestible pill that serves as a medical sensor and transmitter, telling your body to release medicine. The creation of indigestible devises promises to alleviate three significant problems: failing to take medicine property, diagnose correct dosages, and prevention of invasive, preventative procedures. Solving these three problems will save millions if not billions of dollars to individuals and organizations. In this episode we explore the thinking behind this innovation and the potential problems they may create.

Failing to adhere to medication complicates medical treatment costs $$$ and lives. 

Ingestible electronic devices are roughly the size of a medicine capsule, composed of biocompatible materials that make up a power supply, microprocessor, controller, sensors, etc., giving the device the ability to telecommunicate for use in the healthcare industry for disease diagnostics and monitoring.

Importantly, as they are noninvasive, this real-time healthcare technology can have far-reaching implications, well beyond what current sensors are capable of. The technology of ingestible sensors is the next step following wearable sensors. The ingestible sensor market size has been estimated at roughly $491 million in 2016, and this could increase at a compound annual growth rate of as much as 19% through 2024. It is a disruptive technology in the field of disease diagnostics, monitoring, and management. Hence, the field of “intelligent pills” is well worth exploring.


Better, faster, easier assessment of one’s health

Identify a number of ailments including intolerance to certain foods.

“Less invasive” or at least more pleasant procedures: Colonoscopies

Correct Dosages of medication

"This new information could help us better understand how debilitating diseases like colon cancer occur."

Colon cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. In the United States alone, roughly 140,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. Of that number, an average of 50,000 die from it yearly.

"Previously, we have had to rely on fecal samples or surgery to sample and analyze microbes in the gut," Kalantar-zadeh said.

16:00-24:00 Holy Crap Thinking:

  1. Think Smaller
  2. Think Inside
  3. Think Collaborative

24:00-30: Holy Crap Quote and Challenge

Holy Crap Quote:

 “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” - J.K. Rowling

Holy Crap Challenge:

Think Bigger: Explore the new technology 

Reach Higher: Ask how can you apply that new technology?

Do the Impossible: Notice how will this change someone’s world? The world?

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