Implantable biosensors and their contribution to the future of precision medicine

M. Gray*, James Meehan, C. Ward, Simon P. Langdon, Ian H. Kunkler, A. Murray, D. Argyle

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Precision medicine can be defined as the prevention, investigation and treatment of diseases taking individual variability into account. There are multiple ways in which the field of precision medicine may be advanced; however, recent innovations in the fields of electronics and microfabrication techniques have led to an increased interest in the use of implantable biosensors in precision medicine. Implantable biosensors are an important class of biosensors because of their ability to provide continuous data on the levels of a target analyte; this enables trends and changes in analyte levels over time to be monitored without any need for intervention from either the patient or clinician. As such, implantable biosensors have great potential in the diagnosis, monitoring, management and treatment of a variety of disease conditions. In this review, we describe precision medicine and the role implantable biosensors may have in this field, along with challenges in their clinical implementation due to the host immune responses they elicit within the body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Journal
Early online date29 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


  • Cancer
  • Foreign body response
  • Implantable biosensors
  • Precision medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary


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