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Astellas joins US startup to create tiny diagnostic implants

Tie-up furthers Japanese drugmaker's foray into medical devices

TOKYO -- Japan's Astellas Pharma has partnered with an American startup to develop ultrasmall implantable devices that could be used to discover and treat conditions that are difficult to address with conventional pharmaceuticals.

The research will be based on the work of Iota Biosciences, which has created devices just a few millimeters long that can be implanted almost anywhere in the body, powered by ultrasound and free of bulky batteries.

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