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Dr. Greg Auner

Paul Strauss Endowed Chair, Professor, Department of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. Director of the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) ProgramWayne State University, School of Medicine

United States

Recent advances in wearable biomonitoring and bioimplant devices


Physiological readiness and human performance monitoring is being revolutionized by recent technology and manufacturing advances in flexible electronics and biotechnology. These advances enable the development of low-cost, wearable systems that provide real-time monitoring of human functions and environmental conditions. Further, these technologies provide practitioners of aerospace medicine, human performance assessment and sports medicine the ability to evaluate real time data for immediate situational alerts and long term cumulative event care. By example, the development of an ultra-thin, flexible electronics based, low cost, stretchable sensor system for precision measurement of levels of human hydration and motion will be presented. In contrast, implantable devices have very different requirements. This contrast is described by the development of a central nervous system implant for vision.


Dr. Gregory W. Auner is a Paul Strauss Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He is also the Director of Research for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. He is the founder and director of the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) program at WSU which encompasses 8 centrally located laboratories. He has over 40 patents (issued and pending) and more than 250 peer reviewed publications. He has received several awards including the Crain’s 2018 Healthcare hero (research), Strauss Endowed Chair, Induction to the 2007-2008 Class of Leaders & Innovators, WSU Alumni Faculty Service Award, RARE Foundation’s Everyday Hero Award, an award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Knowledge and appointed to the National Academies Board on Manufacturing Design and Engineering in 2004. He has translated technology to 4 startup companies and is the founder and Chief Science and Technology Officer Visca, LLC, Medical Engineering Partners LLC, Seraph Biosciences Inc., and Venica Fluid Sciences located in Detroit and Troy Michigan.