#FreeTheScience for better medical detection and treatment
As the sciences behind sensors and batteries, electrochemistry and solid state science enable many critical medical devices. Scientists in our fields are saving millions of lives around the world through innovations.
Approximately 422 million people around the world have diabetes. Thanks to electrochemists like Adam Heller—who developed the FreeStyle and FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system—they can test their blood sugar painlessly and continuously. More recently, other electrochemists created minimally invasive devices that can both monitor blood glucose and automatically administer treatment when needed.
Each year, over 14 million people will find out they have cancer, and 8.2 million will die from the disease. Early detection and treatment can help cancer patients become cancer survivors. That’s where solid state scientists like Fan Ren come in. His non-invasive sensors can detect breast cancer using a small saliva sample and wirelessly transmit the test results to the lab from anywhere, including a patient’s home. The device can be adjusted to identify other types of cancer as well.
Implantable cardiac defibrillators(ICDs) deliver life-saving shocks to a patient's heart when it goes haywire. The original devices only lasted about a year. Now, they can last up to five years thanks to electrochemist Esther Takeuchi, who developed the longer lasting batteries that power ICDs and keep millions of hearts beating.