Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

Asahi Intecc to Launch Neurovascular Guidewires in the United States and Europe

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Asahi Intecc Co., Japan’s leading maker of PTCA (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty) guiding catheters, will start selling its neurovascular guidewires in the United States and Europe this month.

Japan Launches €515 Billion Initiative to Grow Medical Markets

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Japanese government announced a strategy on 31 July 2012 to support the creation of new medical-related markets by 2020 in such areas as innovative medical device development, medicine and healthcare. The initiative is designed to boost the value of life sciences to more than 50 trillion yen (€515 billion) ...

Gamma-Resistant FRAM RFID Chips Enable Cradle-to-Grave Tracking of Medical Devices

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Japan’s Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd has developed a radiation-resistant radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip with full traceability. When exposed even to small doses of gamma radiation, the memory of conventional RFID tags with E2PROM or Flash is completely erased or corrupted. By contrast, Fujitsu’s FerVID family of products with ferroelectric random access ...

Japanese Researchers Make Inroads in Development of Less-Invasive Brain-Machine Interface

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Researchers at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) in Japan have accurately reconstructed intracortical local field potentials (LFPs) by capturing electrocorticogram (ECoG) signals from the brain surface. The technique may lead to the development of a high-performance brain-machine interface that is less invasive than current methods.

Organic Thin-Film Transistors Developed in Japan May Benefit Electronic Medical Implantables

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Because of their mechanical flexibility, organic transistors have tremendous potential to improve the functionality of pacemakers, hearing aids and related medical devices, but the sensitivity to heat and the power requirements of conventional transistors pose an obstacle. Japanese researchers say they have found a work-around.

Medtech Industry Helps Fukushima Prefecture Heal from 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

A little more than a year has passed since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the north-eastern coast of Japan. Damage was so immense in Fukushima Prefecture, one of the three worst hit prefectures and home to crippled nuclear power plants, that full reconstruction is still years away. Against all odds, ...

Japan’s Regulatory Agency Goes Back to School

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has entered into a collaboration with Gifu University to promote education and research involving medical technology. Under the agreement, students at Gifu University’s United Graduate School of Drug Discovery and Medical Information Sciences can attend classes taught by PMDA staff and have an ...

Photo-Switchable Gels Could Improve Surgical Operations

Friday, January 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26366" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Gel assembly of the host gel (blue) with the guest gel (orange), and gel dissociation with irradiation with ultraviolet light. Click to enlarge."][/caption] Scientists at Osaka University in Japan have developed photo-regulated self-assembling macroscopic materials that preserve their adhesive properties in water. The research may inform the ...

Microneedle Technology Promises Pain-free Insulin Injections

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Researchers at ASTI Corp., a Japanese manufacturer of automotive electronics, and Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (HUSM) have co-developed a prototype microneedle system that could provide diabetics with pain-free insulin injections. It can also be used to administer vaccines. Made of a durable and biodegradable polyglycolic acid resin, the device prototype ...

Thermo-Electric Material May Power Battery-free Cardiac Pacemaker

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Japanese researchers have developed a material that can generate power after implantation by absorbing light from outside the body. The technology is being applied to the development of a battery-free cardiac pacemaker. Currently, the lithium-ion batteries that power pacemakers need to be replaced every five to 10 years, requiring users to ...

Japanese Professors Form Venture to Commercialise Ventricular Assist Device Technology

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) have established a joint venture, Medtec Heart Inc., to capitalise on their co-developed disposable ventricular assist device (VAD) with magnetic suspension.