Dr. Pramod Bonde, Surgical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support, is engaged in cutting-edge research in developing innovative ways to transfer energy wirelessly to mechanical circulatory support devices used in the treatment of end-stage heart-failure. This “Free-D” technology uses electromagnetic fields to locally transmit energy to a receiver antenna implanted in patients along with the artificial heart pump, akin to Wi-Fi technology used today. This exciting concept would eliminate the drive-line cord that protrudes from the patients’ body, reducing the risk of device-related infections and providing patients with much more mobility to engage in daily activities, including exercise. Featured in the mainstream media, including The Economist, and scientific literature, this ground-breaking new technology is drawing interest from medicine and industry alike.
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