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Michael J. Cima

room 76-653
phone (617) 253-6877

Cima Lab


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Barbara Layne
phone (617) 253-2185

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Michael J. Cima

David H. Koch Professor of Engineering

Ph.D. 1986, University of California, Berkeley


KI Research Areas of Focus:
Nano-based Drugs, Detection + Monitoring,
Personalized Medicine

"We develop materials and engineered systems aimed at improving human health. Specifically, we are focused on diagnostics and treatments for cancer, metabolic diseases, trauma, and urological disorders. Our laboratory has expertise in advanced forming technologies for complex macro and micro devices, such as colloid science, MEMS and other micro components, as well as high-throughput development methods for formulations of materials and pharmaceutical formulations.  We are currently developing implantable MEMS devices for unprecedented control in the delivery of pharmaceuticals and implantable diagnostic systems."

Learn more about the Cima lab's work to create tiny nanosensors that are chemically sensitive to different molecules—and how they hope these sensors can be used to help determine proper dosage for chemotherapy—by watching the video: "Inside the Lab: Michael J. Cima, Ph.D.".

The Cima lab's work is profiled as part of the current interactive exhibits in the Koch Institute Public Galleries.  Watch a web version of the story here.

Dr. Michael J. Cima is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an appointment at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.  He earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1982 (phi beta kappa) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1986, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Cima joined the MIT faculty in 1986 as an Assistant Professor.  He was promoted to full Professor in 1995.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society in 1997.  Prof. Cima was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.  He now holds the David H. Koch Chair of Engineering at MIT.  He was appointed faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2009 which is a program to inspire youth to be inventive and has a nationwide reach. 

Prof. Cima is author or co-author of over two hundred peer reviewed scientific publications, thirty seven US patents, and is a recognized expert in the field of materials processing.  Prof. Cima is actively involved in materials and engineered systems for improvement in human health such as treatments for cancer, metabolic diseases, trauma, and urological disorders.  Prof. Cima's research concerns advanced forming technology such as for complex macro and micro devices, colloid science, MEMS and other micro components for medical devices that are used for drug delivery and diagnostics, high-throughput development methods for formulations of materials and pharmaceutical formulations.  He is a coinventor of MIT’s three dimensional printing process.  His research has led to the development of chemically derived epitaxial oxide films for HTSC coated conductors.  He and collaborators are developing implantable MEMS devices for unprecedented control in the delivery of pharmaceuticals and implantable diagnostic systems.  Finally, through his consulting work he has been a major contributor to the development of high throughput systems for discovery of novel crystal forms and formulations of pharmaceuticals. 

Prof. Cima also has extensive entrepreneurial experience.  He is co-founder of MicroChips Inc., a developer of microelectronic based drug delivery and diagnostic systems.  Prof. Cima took two sabbaticals to act as senior consultant and management team member at Transform Pharmaceuticals Inc. a company that he helped start and that was ultimately acquired by Johnson and Johnson Corporation.  He is a co-founder and director at T2 Biosystems a medical diagnostics company.  Most recently, Prof. Cima co-founded SpringLeaf Therapeutics a specialty pharmaceutical company and Taris Biomedical a urology products company.

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Selected Publications

Masi, BC; Tyler, BM; Bow, H; Wicks, RT; Xue, Y; Brem, H; Langer, R; Cima, MJ; Intracranial MEMS based temozolomide delivery in a 9L rat gliosarcoma model, Biomaterials Volume: 33 Issue: 23 Pages: 5768-5775 (2012)

Nickel, JC; Jain, P; Shore, N; Anderson, J; Giesing, D; Lee, HJ; Kim, G; Daniel, K ; White, S; Larrivee-Elkins, C; Lekstrom-Himes, J; Cima, M; Continuous Intravesical Lidocaine Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome: Safety and Efficacy of a New Drug Delivery Device, Science Translational Medicine Volume: 4 Issue: 143 (2012)

Farra, R; Sheppard, NF; McCabe, L; Neer, RM; Anderson, JM; Santini, JT; Cima, MJ; Langer, R; First-in-Human Testing of a Wirelessly Controlled Drug, Science Translational Medicine Volume: 4 Issue: 122 (2012)

Ling, YB; Pong, T; Vassiliou, CC; Huang, PL; Cima, MJ; Implantable magnetic relaxation sensors measure cumulative exposure to cardiac biomarkers, Nature Biotechnology Volume: 29 Issue: 3 Pages: 273-U137 (2011)

Lee, H; Cima, MJ; An intravesical device for the sustained delivery of lidocaine to the bladder, Journal of Controlled Release  Volume: 149 Issue: 2 Pages: 133-139 (2011)

Cima MJ; Microsystem Technologies for Medical Applications, Book Editor: Prausnitz, JM, Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vol 2 Book Series: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Volume: 2 Pages: 355-378 (2011)

Scott, AW; Tyler, BM; Masi, BC; Upadhyay, UM; Patta, YR; Grossman, R; Basaldella, L; Langer, RS; Brem, H; Cima, MJ; Intracranial microcapsule drug delivery device for the treatment of an experimental gliosarcoma model, Biomaterials Volume: 32 Issue: 10 Pages: 2532-2539 (2010)

Ling, Y., Vassiliou, C. C. & Cima, M. J., Magnetic relaxation-based platform for multiplexed assays. Analyst 135, 2360-2364 (2010).

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Articles and Media

Prof. Cima's work in researching implantable drug-delivery devices has been reported in the October 2002 and the June 2003 Technology Insider and the February 23, 2004 Boston Globe. As reported in Technology Insider, he presented this work at the New Materials track of the MIT Research and Development conference in November 2005.

His work on using nanoparticles in earlier detection of cancer was reported in the Oct. 31, 2005 Boston Globe. In Dec. 2006, the MIT News Office released a story on Prof. Cima's work in developing an implant that may assist doctors in measuring growth of tumors and progress of chemotherapy in cancer patients.