Archive for the ‘Orthopaedics’ Category

Lifespan of Hip Implants Can Be Extended with New Computational Modelling Technology

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Hip implant surgery is filled with uncertainties. Doctors performing the surgery don't know if the implant will fail, and if so, when a revision surgery will be necessary, and they rely on their own experience to determine how to position the implant. Researchers at University of Southampton have developed a ...

Irish Engineering Student Helps Zimmer Reduce Production Bottlenecks

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_31439" align="alignleft" width="210"] Student Patrick Byrnes takes first prize in Irish engineering awards programme.[/caption] Zimmer Orthopaedics is eliminating production bottlenecks at its facility in Shannon, Ireland, and it has an engineering student to thank. Patrick Byrnes, who is enrolled at Cork Institute of Technology, analysed where bottlenecks occurred in Zimmer's ...

Ceraver Hip Replacement Scandal Rocks France

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Medical device manufacturer Ceraver has sold artificial hip replacements that had not been properly certified, French newspaper Le Parisien reported yesterday. The noncertified hips were sold to about 60 hospitals in France, and over 1000 artificial hips have been confiscated, according to the Telegraph. The scandal unraveled after a tip ...

Medtech M&A Destined to Rise in China

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

In June 2012, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told an investor's conference that part of his mission was to "expand access and enhance value in China." We did not have to wait long for Ishrak to execute on this mission statement. In August 2012, Medtronic inaugurated the Shanghai Innovation Center, its ...

Medtech Week Recap: MEPs Criticise Malta’s Nomination for EU Health Commissioner

Monday, November 12th, 2012

New details are emerging in the scandal surrounding former EU health commissioner John Dalli and the nomination for his successor, Tonio Borg. Liberal members of the European Parliament have expressed strong criticism over Borg's conservative social views, with Swedish MEP Cecilia Wikstrom leading the outcry by calling Borg "a dinosaur." Meanwhile, ...

Wireless Gait Analysis Systems from Xsens Find Industry Acceptance

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Netherlands-based 3-D motion tracking company that gave the potty-mouthed teddy bear its moves in the movie Ted has announced the introduction of demonstrators for gait and shoulder analysis. The products developed by Xsens (Enschede) combine its wireless motion tracker development kit with scientifically validated ISEO and Outwalk protocols. Published ...

Conference Addresses Additive Manufacturing of Metal Implants

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The use of additive manufacturing for the fabrication of metal-based implants will be among the featured topics at this year’s International Wohlers Conference. The 14th annual conference, which is entirely devoted to the production of high-value metal parts using the additive process, is scheduled for November 29 at EuroMold 2012 ...

Medtech Week Recap: Researchers Develop Nanoparticles for Drug-Delivery to the Brain

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The brain is a difficult organ to treat with drugs. Doses need to be high enough to penetrate the tissue, but low enough to be safe. Bioengineers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have developed nanoparticles that can infiltrate the brain safely.

Composite Nanofibre Technology Advances Bioengineering of Orthopaedic Materials

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Goldlilocks principle—not too large, not too small, just right—has shown up in the most unlikely places including, now, nanofibre-based scaffolding. Researchers in the United States have developed a technique for creating scaffolds from nano-sized fibres that are dense enough to guide tissue to grow in an organised way but ...

Purac Acquires “Game-Changing” FiberLive Technology from Vivoxid

Monday, August 6th, 2012

From the wire: Purac Biomaterials, which develops, manufactures and markets resorbable polymers and monomers for medical applications, has acquired Finland-based Vivoxid. The acquisition includes intellectual property for the company's FiberLive technology and its key personnel. Purac, which is headquartered in Gorincham, Netherlands, made the announcement on 3 August. A composite consisting ...

Clemson Researchers Develop Knee Simulator to Identify Ways to Improve UKA Implant Design

Monday, July 30th, 2012

A PhD-bound bioengineering student researcher at Clemson University (Clemson, SC, USA) and his team have constructed a knee simulator designed to capture the key motion characteristics of a normal knee with artificial bones and implant. The goal of the project is to determine the effects of alignment and ligament configurations ...

Medtech Week Recap: Prosthetic Legs Take Centre Stage in 2012 Summer Olympics Debate

Monday, July 30th, 2012

In 2007, a German report led to the International Association of Athletics Federations banning the runner Oscar Pistorius from participating in the Olympics. The report found that his two prosthetic legs gave him an advantage because they absorb levels of stress that his ...