New and hot sensor technology will be all the buzz at BIOMEDevice San Jose this year. Spend a few minutes at this event and anyone will quickly realize how fast the MedTech industry is moving. Many of the world’s finest engineers and designers in medical technology can be found, but this year one of the topics of discussion brings together three experts on what’s hot in sensor technologies for medical devices. One individual worth noting is Jacques Ginestet.
An Interview with Jacques Ginestet.
Jacques Ginestet currently leads the development of Wearable Sensors at Proteus Digital Health, considered by many to be a pioneer in the field of Digital Medicines. Prior to joining Proteus, Ginestet was the VP of Product Realization at Sense4Baby, a startup developing a wearable digital health product for fetal and maternal health. He is among the panelists of a center stage presentation titled “Hot Sensor Technologies for Medical Devices” and we wanted to get an idea of what participants are in for.
What new areas in sensor technology you’re excited about?
Working for Proteus, I am of course very excited by our own ingestible sensor, paired with our wearable sensor patch. These are unique, breakthrough technologies, with tremendous potential to support patient treatment and physician decision making. More broadly, I am also interested in sensors embedded in garments. This is a very new area, which offers a seamless integration into patients’ daily lives, significantly reduces the barriers to adoption, and therefore has very exciting possibilities.
Will these technologies lead to cascading breakthroughs in other applications or markets?
For now, Proteus will remain focused on the development of our sensors for medication, a field we call Digital Medicines. On the other hand, sensors seamlessly integrated into garments can have a wide range of applications, from health and wellness to consumer electronics (e.g. the Jacquard joint project between Google and Levi’s), fashion, entertainment, etc.
What factors will complicate the evolution of these technologies or push them forward?
Digital Medicines will need to penetrate the healthcare ecosystem. This is a conservative, regulated, and complex (particularly on the payer side) environment. Thus, change is to be expected to be slow, requiring a lot of evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness and will be a long and arduous process. For smart textiles, because it is in its infancy, it will move very fast, but will be shotgun-like: a lot of fits and starts, some very creative, some less, most not destined for commercial success, but with some significant breakthroughs. Think the late nineties, when everything (and anything), was a “dot com”, but that period still gave us Amazon and a few other extremely successful ventures.
Attend The Panel On Sensor Technology
Jacques Ginestet has over 30 years of experience in medical device development and manufacturing, but he’s not alone on the panel. He will be joining Dr. Dave Albert, Founder & CMO of Alivecor and Jim McDonnell, CEO at Kenzen. They will be presenting on new sensor technologies that can lead to MedTech breakthroughs, and which ones are worth watching.
The panel discussion is happening at 3 pm at BIOMEDevice San Jose Center Stage and more details can be found here.
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