Archive for November, 2008

A Technology That Opens the Way to New POC Devices

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Philips Healthcare launched its new biosensor technology at Medica 2008. It is keen to hear from in vitro diagnostics companies that may be interested in utilising the technology in new generation point of care (POC) devices for critical care environments such as ambulances, hospital theatres and intensive care, and for ...

New Chip Enables Fast Blood Testing

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

A new chip developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) can measure the concentrations of dozens of proteins, including those that indicate the presence of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Using a pinprick’s worth of blood, the chip can perform the test in less than ...

Syringe Formed Solely From Light

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Researchers at the University of St Andrews, UK, have created a new technique that employs a method called photoporation. This innovation allows insoluble compounds such as genes and drugs to be injected into individual cells with the assistance of light. This will allow the detection of specific diseases and assist ...

Study Predicts Promising Future for Swiss Med-Tech Industry

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

According to a study recently published by the Swiss Medical Cluster, the medical technology industry in Switzerland is experiencing steady growth rates and will continue to do so in the years to come. This is in part thanks to high investments in research and development, the country's central location in Europe, its ...

Siemens Service Engineers Given Portable Electrical Safety Analysers

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Siemens Healthcare has equipped its UK team of mobile service engineers with 100 Rigel Medical 288 electrical safety analysers. These hand held devices will replace the larger testing units the engineers have been using, which are cumbersome and heavy to transport from site to site. The change will reduce the time ...

Sealed Air Introduces Materials Validated to ISO 11607

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Sealed Air has many facets, and I glimpsed some of them last week. On Tuesday, I attended the Packforum Open Doors event at the Sealed Air facility just outside of Paris. Equipped with an array of packaging systems, Packforum allows current and potential customers to evaluate and test various packaging ...

New Animation Brings Connectors to Life

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

A new animation sequence produced by Bal Seal Engineering Inc. made its debut on the big screen at the recent MD&M Minneapolis. The sequence, running just under two minutes in length, was developed by Bal Seal to demonstrate the performance of its Bal Conn connectors. An integral part of the ...

China-Based Contract Moulder Showcases Expertise at Medica

Monday, November 24th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2296" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Moulded EMI shielding for a medical device application was among the products highlighted at the China Array stand at Medica last week."][/caption] Don’t be misled by the name: there’s far more to China Array LLC than a cheap outsourcing opportunity. Headquartered in Pittsfield, MA, USA, the company ...

Surgical Laser Targets Cells Individually

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Surgical lasers are often imprecise and can vaporize healthy tissue, making them unsuitable for delicate tasks such as brain surgery. Adela Ben-Yakar, an assistant professor at the University of Texas with a background in rocket science, decided to address this problem by developing a femtoscond laser so precise that it ...

Anti-Counterfeiting Products Win Awards

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Embedding holographic images during the injection moulding process and holographic microparticles that carry covert data and a registered secure batch number demonstrate some of the technical excellence achieved in 2008 year by the hologram industry. The International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA) Excellence in Holography Awards were presented at the annual holography ...

Researchers Develop Artificial Kidney with Diamond-Based Filtration System

Friday, November 21st, 2008

A patent has been filed for an implantable artificial kidney that uses a diamond-based filtration system. Developed by William Fissell at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and colleagues at the University of Michigan, the filter reportedly can avoid problems typically associated with kidney dialysis. Unlike conventional dialysis filters, the artificial kidney ...

Kontron Unveils Panel PC with SVGA Touch Display

Friday, November 21st, 2008

[caption id="attachment_2212" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Kontron recently introduced the MediClient Panel PC for bedside computing"][/caption] Kontron has introduced a compact 10.4-in. SVGA panel PC for medical device applications. The MediClient 104 fanless system offers a durable, lightweight plastic housing with IP65 protection. Despite its compact size, the MediClient 104 offers a comprehensive ...