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6. A Concurrent Engineering Approach to Develop BioMEMS Employed in a Deep Brain Stimulator Integrated with a Drug Delivery System

A Concurrent Engineering Approach to Develop BioMEMS Employed in a Deep Brain Stimulator Integrated with a Drug Delivery System
Pages 57-68
Cutajar, A., Farrugia, P., Casha, O., and Vella, P.

Abstract:

This paper presents an Integrated Product Development (IPD) based model to specifically develop bio-medical micro-electro-mechanical-systems (BioMEMS). The concurrent engineering model is based on the IPD model phases, which are presented and formulated by the Integration DEFinition (IDEF) model- ling language. To evaluate the IPD model, a case study concerning the development of a BioMEMS device for a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system was investigated. By following the relevant mechanisms and controls in the model, a design concept of a wireless head-mounted DBS implant integrated with a drug delivery system (DDS) was conceived. The contribution of this paper is the IDEF model, which provides a road map to the product development team members in order to take a concurrent engineering approach to develop Bio-MEMS. The qualitative feedback received from the identified stakeholders, together with the quality of the case study employed, namely, an integrated DBS and DDS solution, indicate a degree of evidence that the model provides a sound basis in this direction.

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