Archive for the ‘medtechinsider’ Category

Operating Room User Interface Wins Design Award

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Given the necessary security and regulatory restrictions, you wouldn’t expect the medical technology industry to be a hotbed of creativity and design. Nonetheless, medical device manufacturers took home some prizes at this year's Red Dot Design Awards. After a device used to simulate the blood-clotting process struck gold for product design, ...

MEDTEC Ireland Panellist Encourages Startups to Take Risks

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

“Small companies take risks to save time and money, while large companies take time and spend money to reduce risks. I know which route I prefer,” enthuses Peter Crosby, a panellist on MEDTEC Ireland’s Inventor, Entrepreneur & Start-up Forum.

How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionising Medical Technology Today

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Yes, you can, indeed, print a working gun, as young American Cody Wilson demonstrated earlier this year, garnering headlines in the process. You can also use 3-D printing technology to make things that will improve the human condition, and many in the medical device space are doing just that. Printing body ...

International Packaging Symbols: Lost in Translation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

A study on how nurses use medical packaging and a smart phone that becomes a medical device are the most discussed recent topics on the Medical Packaging Innovation site.

Emerging Markets Will Drive Growth in Medical Packaging Industry

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The world market for medical packaging is projected to grow steadily at an average rate of 5.9% annually until 2017, or from US$19.3 billion to US$25.7 billion, a recent study from the Freedonia Group projects. The United States will remain the largest market, and together with Europe and Japan, these ...

Insect-Inspired Eyes Could Benefit Robotic and Ambient Assisted Living Applications

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Often sitting at the bottom of the food chain, insects need to survive in a hostile environment, always watching out for predators. Their compound eyes are a useful tool. Consisting of thousands of smaller eyes (ommatidia), each pointing in a slightly different direction, compound eyes provide a large viewing angle ...

MEDTEC Ireland and Italy Events to Highlight Local Medtech Markets and Startups

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Regional trade shows complement larger international events by offering a local perspective and language. In September, two of UBM Canon’s regional shows return to Europe: MEDTEC Ireland, which will take place in Galway on 9–10 October 2013; and MEDTEC Italy, which returns to Modena on 2–3 October.

German-Designed Device for Russian Manufacturer Wins Red Dot Award

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

A device that performs real-time imaging of fibrin clot formation and spatial thrombin distribution in a growing clot has received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. VelixX GmbH (Mannheim, Germany) and its design partner WildDesign GmbH & Co. KG (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) were recognised for outstanding instrument design of the Thrombodynamics Analyser T2, developed ...

Technology Strategy Board Invests over £90 Million in Healthcare Projects

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The UK Technology Strategy Board has announced a multi-million dollar investment in healthcare projects. The funding includes £25.9 million from the latest round of the Biomedical Catalyst, £38 million for a National Biologics Industry Innovation Centre in Darlington and £29.3 million investment through three competitions for healthcare innovation funding.

Liquid Metal Could Be Big Leap Forward for 3-D Printing

Monday, August 12th, 2013

As reported in the technology blog of the New York Times Bits, scientists at North Carolina State University have engineered an alloy that remains in a liquid state in ambient temperatures. Consisting of gallium and indium, the alloy can be used in a 3-D printer. “It’s difficult to create structures ...

Where in the World Are Companies Investing in Academic Research? Asia/Pacific, of Course

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A scorecard published today by Times Higher Education ranks countries based on the amount of research money that universities attract from the business world. The Republic of Korea tops the list, with global companies investing the equivalent of almost US$100,000 in each Korean scholar conducting research on their behalf, according ...

First Robot Approved as Medical Device to Start Clinical Trials in Germany

Friday, August 9th, 2013

A wearable robot developed by Tokyo-based Cyberdyne Inc. has been approved by certification body TUV Rhineland as a medical device, clearing the way for clinical trials to begin in Europe. The medical device—yes, we can call it that now—can help people with leg impairments to get up and walk. Cyberdyne ...