Archive for the ‘Diagnostics’ Category

UK Company’s Optical Sensor May Make Current Blood Pressure Technology Obsolete

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Anyone who has ever had their blood pressure taken by a medical practitioner can attest to the fact that the technology (and, to be fair, the incompetence of some humans who use it) is far from perfect. The most common method of blood pressure measurement dates back to the 19th ...

Biochip Detects Blood Poisoning within 20 Minutes

Monday, December 5th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_26036" align="alignleft" width="192" caption="Biochip for the detection of sepsis, developed by Fraunhofer researchers."][/caption] Devices that speed up the process of medical diagnostics can dramatically increase patients' chances of survival. Recently, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in Freiburg, Germany, developed a biochip that detects blood poisoning ...

Slack Growth for Europe’s IVD Industry

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Despite an uptick in cardiology and diabetes testing and double-digit gains in management of hospital-acquired infections, Europe's IVD industry registered only 2% overall revenue growth in 2010, down from 3% the previous year, reports the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA). Short-sighted government attempts to balance budgets by limiting reimbursement of ...

Webcast to Focus on the Regulation of Companion Diagnostics

Friday, November 4th, 2011

This summer, US FDA released its draft guidance document regarding companion diagnostics. In an effort to provide further clarity on this, the IVD Technology editors will hold a special webcast on the regulation of companion diagnostics next week. The featured speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Mansfield, PhD, the Director of ...

Glass Stamp Technology May Slash Cost of Manufacturing Lab-on-Chip Sensors

Monday, October 24th, 2011

From the wire: Advances in microchip technology someday may enable clinicians to perform tests for hundreds of diseases—sifting out specific molecules, such as early stage cancer cells—from just one drop of blood. But fabricating such “lab-on-chip” designs—tiny, integrated diagonistic sensor arrays on surfaces as small as a square centimeter—is a ...

Smart Petri Dish Could Lead to New Types of Diagnostic Tools

Monday, October 24th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_25411" align="alignleft" width="178" caption="ePetri dish, a "smart" petri dish developed by Caltech researchers. Credit: Guoan Zheng/Caltech"][/caption] A “smart” petri dish developed by engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA) incorporates a lens-free microscopy imaging platform that enables the continuous imaging of cell cultures without removing them ...

Medtech Week Recap: The Year in IVDs

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

IVD Technology Editor-in-Chief Richard Park authored a comprehensive overview of the IVD industry, in which he concludes that the IVD market is resilient and will not be stalled by difficult economic conditions. "IVD manufacturers continue to develop and release faster, more accurate and more-effective diagnostic devices," he writes. ...

Diagnostica Europe 2012: the Trade Show for the IVD and Life Sciences Research Market

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Diagnostica Europe 2012, a unique exhibition designed exclusively for the clinical diagnostics and life science research industries, will debut in March at Messe Stuttgart. The exhibition is organised by UBM Canon and will run from 13th to 15th March 2012. Concurrent with Diagnostica Europe will be the MEDTEC Europe 2012 ...

New Technology for Lab-on-Chip Applications Could Benefit Medical Diagnostics

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A newly developed technology that uses a laser and electric fields to manipulate fluids and tiny particles has a range of potential applications, including medical diagnostics. The technology could produce innovative sensors and analytical devices for lab-on-chip applications, or miniature instruments that perform measurements normally requiring ...

Carclo Licenses Assay Technology to Customers in POC Diagnostics Market

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Carclo plc announced today that it has formed a new company to license its enabling technology to customers in the point-of-care (POC) diagnostics arena. Carclo Diagnostic Solutions Ltd has developed a proof-of-concept, disposable electronic testing platform that takes a sample of body fluid and provides a permanent digital output of ...

New Device Can Detect Single Cancer Cells in Blood Samples

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_22254" align="alignleft" width="157" caption="Image: Brian Wardle"][/caption] Engineers at Harvard Medical School and MIT have created a new microfluidic device that can detect single cancer cells and viruses in a blood sample. It is about the size of a dime and is made of carbon nanotubes with attached antibodies. Cells touch ...

Virtual Diagnostics? There’s an App for That, Too

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Just days after the debut of the iPad 2, the intriguingly named Room4 announced that its multiplatform virtual slide application was demonstrated on the upgraded tablet. The demo happened during a lecture at a CATAI/UNESCO meeting regarding the use of iPhone and 4G mobile phones in telemedicine. The application ...