Archive for the ‘Medtech World News: Update from Japan’ Category

PM Abe Pins Japan’s Economic Recovery on Medical Industry; MEDTEC Japan Validates Strategy

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The timing could not have been better for MEDTEC Japan 2013. Just one month before the show, which was held on 24 and 25 April 2013, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed that he would aggressively promote the medical device industry, which he characterised as one of the few sectors ...

Mizuho Ikakogyo Takes Top Prize at MEDTEC Japan Innovation Awards

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30869" align="alignleft" width="250"] Mizuho Ikakogyo's HyperEye Medical System.[/caption] Tokyo-based maker of surgical tables Mizuho Ikakogyo received top honours at the MEDTEC Japan Innovation Awards for its HyperEye Medical System, a visualisation device for surgeons. The achievements of Yamashina Seiki, Rohm and Zeon Medical were also recognised by the programme, now ...

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 ...

Japan’s Regulatory System to Undergo Needed Overhaul . . . in Time

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Japanese government will consider revising the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL) and treat medical devices separately, according to a new national strategy drawn up earlier this month by the government council. The move is strongly welcomed by industry, which has long cast the PAL as an obstacle to the development of ...

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 ...

Bionic Auditory Membrane Achieves Natural Battery-Free Hearing

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Researchers at Kyoto and Osaka universities have co-developed an artificial cochlea that operates without an external power supply. The team led by Kyoto University’s Takayuki Nakagawa and Osaka University’s Satoyuki Kawano created the MEMS-based, piezoelectric acoustic sensor, or Bionic Auditory Membrane (BAM). The device generates electrical potentials in response to ...

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 ...