There are many crossover applications in science. An instance that is dramatically making headlines is the developing relationship between material engineering and biomedical research. At the middle of this intersection is a highly researched product called “The Miracle Material.” Known by its modest name, Graphene, it is a single layer of carbon arranged with double electron bonds to create a honeycomb style pattern that is only 1 atom in thickness. This nanotechnology is set to create vast changes across all industries; from electronics, automotive, and energy to our very own well-being.

Here are 3 examples of how this fascinating material is currently in R&D to change the way we view healthcare:



Researchers have recently developed a way to control the porous quality of graphene by being able to manipulate the size of the tiny holes on its surface. The MIT researchers who developed this technique feel that it has widespread potential toward a more rapid and cost effective desalinization filter system for our water supply.



By encapsulating liquid into two sheets of graphene, researchers have been able to use this “carbon sandwich” to bond and react to specific molecules, establishing an imaging technique that works at the molecular level. This technique creates a high resolution method of detecting diseases and infections much sooner than traditional methods.



Because of its highly conductive properties, graphene is being developed to be a key ingredient for some of the future’s top biometric products. Samsung recently announced a dramatic breakthrough that has high hopes of bringing down the production costs of the “Miracle Material” so that it can be used in everyday consumer products.

These are only a few of the real uses that are currently in research and development. Graphene’s unique properties make it conductive (1000x the density of electrical current vs. copper), 97.3% transparent, flexible (can flex 20% without damage), and is 200x stronger than structural steel, all while remaining incredibly thin and light. With the development of this material into modern day products, the engineering potential could be limitless.

To learn more about graphene, check out this video:

Posted By: Mike Martins

About the Author:

As Managing Director of Innovation and Insights for Syneos Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for building and scaling a global team of healthcare experts who together help life science leaders better understand the complex lives, influences and expectations of their customers. Specifically, they uncover actionable insights that fuel empathy and creativity; lead co-creation events that let marketers learn from peers, trends, and new possibilities; and help clients identify the most valuable and useful new customer experiences to create.

Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for nearly 20 years.She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to Syneos Health Communications, she held several leadership roles at our largest agency, GSW.  There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business.

Leigh has taken a special interest in complex healthcare products that can change lives in meaningful ways. She was recently a strategic lead on the 3rd largest launch in pharmaceutical history: Tecfidera. Before that she had keys roles with Eli Lilly Oncology, Abbott Nutrition, Amgen Cardiovascular, and Eli Lilly Diabetes.

A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across our global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. This year, she led over 250 experts to experts to focus on the most important changes in the commercial, consumer, marketing, digital and healthcare landscapes. (See reports at trends.health)

Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice and Top 10 Innovation Catalysts of 2017 by MM&M, Leigh also was recognized  as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.