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European Commission Schedules High-Level Conference on Medical Devices

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

There will be much at stake this year for the medical technology community, including a revision of the IVD Directive and recast of the medical device directives, writes Amanda Maxwell at clinica.co.uk (subscription required). Because of this heightened activity, the European Commission has announced a High Level Conference on Medical ...

What Indiana’s Medtech Manufacturers Could Learn from Their German Counterparts

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Formerly with Roche Diagnostics and now the head of a consultancy in Indianapolis, IN, USA, catering to life science companies, Bruce Frank was recently interviewed by the Indianapolis Business Journal. His consulting work often brings him to Germany, and the conversation turned to the impressive manufacturing base that Germany has ...

Europe Gets Head-to-Toe Check Up in Health Report

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_20238" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Click to enlarge"][/caption] Health at a Glance: Europe is an impressive and handsomely assembled report that compiles healthcare-related statistics and analysis across the 27 European Union member states as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Jointly published by the European Commission (DG SANCO) and the ...

Freudenberg Manufactures World’s Smallest Seal

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Miniaturisation continues to be a driver in medical technology. And as devices get smaller, the parts that make up the devices—and that make them work—have to shrink accordingly. Enter Freudenberg engineers, who claim to have developed and produced the world's smallest elastomer sealing ring. The so-called Simmerring can seal shafts measuring ...

Why Some Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Ireland has had its fair share of depressing news lately, so it's refreshing to come across the IMDA Yearbook 2010, published by the Irish Medical Devices Association. Fittingly subtitled "It's about looking forward," the yearbook's overall uplifting tone is set by IMDA Director Sharon Higgins in the Foreword: "We have ...

Nanostart Takes Share in Singapore-Based Optical Engineering Company

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

German nanotechnology investment firm Nanostart AG is investing in Microlight Sensors Pte Ltd. Founded in 2006, the company develops, manufactures and sells optical systems, instruments and components for sensor technologies. Microlight Sensors' current products make it possible to capture extremely low-intensity light and radiation near the wavelength range of infrared ...

Polyamide Powders Introduced for Rapid Prototyping and SLS Manufacturing

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Materials supplier Rhodia Engineering Plastics has announced the launch of polyamide (PA) powders for rapid prototyping and small series manufacturing by selective laser sintering (SLS). This is the first time that PA 6 powders are offered for direct part fabrication by SLS. The range will be extended to include ...

Researchers Demonstrate Highly Unidirectional “Whispering Gallery” Microlasers

Monday, December 13th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_20073" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The new microlaser uses an elliptical resonator with a wavelength-sized notch on the boundary to create unidirectional rays. Courtesy of the laboratory of Federico Capasso, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences."][/caption] Using a century-old phenomenon discovered in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, applied scientists at Harvard University ...

Human++ Programme Announces Great Strides in Development of Lab-on-Chip Sensor Components

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Critical components of a biomedical lab-on-chip sensor that would enable rapid detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNA were presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, CA, USA, this week by Panasonic. The items included a miniaturised pump for on-chip pressure generation, a micropillar filter optimised for DNA ...

Biomaterials: Lasers Make the Cut

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_19942" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A fluorescence microscopy image of hepatocytes growing on a microstructured three-dimensional scaffold fabricated by two-photon laser scanning photolithography. Image source: Elsevier"][/caption] Andrew Wan, Jackie Y. Ying and co-workers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at A*STAR Research (Singapore) have developed a photolithography method that can be ...

Dow Corning and Scapa Join Forces to Develop Silicone-Based Adhesive Devices

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Dow Corning and Scapa Group have announced that they will work together to expand adhesive products for medical applications. The two companies will pool their knowledge of silicones and adhesives technology for the medical device market to provide turnkey solutions and accelerate the commercialisation of new adhesive products, according to ...

Flat, Flexible ICs Are Ready to Boldly Go Inside the Body

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Japanese researchers have developed thin, flat and flexible organic transistors and complementary integrated circuits (ICs). The thin polyimide sheet incorporating the ICs can be wrapped around a catheter, enabling measurement of physical or chemical properties inside the long, narrow tube. The research results will be published in the December issue ...