Archive for April, 2009

Scientists Moving Closer To Developing “Artificial Noses”

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_6234" align="alignright" width="325" caption="A nano string could be a molecule sensor as part of a molecular detection system or "artificial nose." Image courtesy of LMU Munich"][/caption] From the Wire: These days, chemical analysts are expected to track down even single molecules. To do this highly sensitive detective work, nano researchers ...

£7.9 Million Investment in R&D Programme to Aid Chronic Wound Care

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

ITI Techmedia, a developer of market-driven intellectual property, is to invest £7.9m in a three and a half year research and development (R&D) programme to create an automated platform for chronic wound diagnosis. The programme will demonstrate how the technology will be applied to diabetes-related chronic wounds, but the technology ...

Researchers Report Advances in Lab-on-a-Chip Technology

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_6213" align="alignright" width="350" caption="Purdue researchers have designed and built a prototype lab on a chip capable of being programmed to perform a variety of jobs, a step toward more widespread use of the miniature analytical tools. Image courtesy of Purdue News Service / Andrew Hancock"][/caption] From the Wire: Researchers have ...

More Evidence of the Strength of the German Market

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The world market for medical technologies is approximately 220 billion euro. Germany is the third largest market, valued at 22 billion euro, after the United States (90 billion euro) and Japan (25 billion euro), states the just published 2008/09 annual report from BVMed, the German industry trade association. Healthcare spending in ...

Maker of MIS Devices Transluminal Debuts at MEDTEC France

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Minimally invasive devices are developed, designed and manufactured by a company that had its coming out party at MEDTEC France, which was held in Besançon on 22 and 23 April. Transluminal (Pompey, France) has close ties to medical-grade tubing supplier MS Techniques, also based in Pompey. It was founded, in ...

LASER World of PHOTONICS to Focus on Biophotonics

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The relatively young, interdisciplinary subject of biophotonics will be a major focal topic at LASER 2009 World of PHOTONICS that will be taking place June 15-18 in Munich, Germany. Biophotonics combines different disciplines such as chemistry, biology and medicine, and is said to be one of the technologies with the most promising ...

Should You Switch to Hot-Runner Technology? Mold-Masters’ Online Tool Will Help You Decide

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

If you deal in high-volume moulding, the use of hot runner technology is generally recommended. But what if you are dealing in smaller quantities? The high cost of plastics, energy and manpower is making hot runners a sensible choice even when small volumes of moulded parts are involved, according to ...

Commercialisation Opportunity: Device for Managing Osteoporosis

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The invention by the Chinese University of Hong Kong is a new method for ameliorating the onset of osteoporosis and other conditions involving loss of musculoskeletal integrity and function. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 worldwide have osteoporosis. It ...

Researchers Fuse Spider Silk with Metal

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Scientists have taken spider silk, which is already tougher than steel, and made it even stronger by infusing it with  small amounts of metal. Potential applications of the new material include medical textiles and artificial bones and tendons. "It could make very strong thread for surgical operations," researcher Seung-Mo Lee ...

Pfeiffer Invests in New Logistics and Technology Centres

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Manufacturer of pharmaceutical pumps Pfeiffer is investing EUR 12 million in a new building project at its main manufacturing plant in Eigeltingen, Germany. The logistics centre and  new technical centre will cover a combined floor area of over 6500 m². In use since January 2009, the logistics centre incorporates high bay ...

Free Webinar Assesses the Best Med-Tech Opportunities in 2009

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Looking for opportunities for growth amid the recession or seeking expert analysis on the product sectors that may shrink and those that may exceed expectations in these recessionary times? The free webinar Med-Tech Opportunities in 2009 will assess where the most promising opportunities lie in 2009 and beyond. An expert line-up ...

Phthalates: The Next Plastics Health Scare?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The next health scare involving plastics likely will be over the use of phthalates, according to a recent article on ZDNet. The plasticisers are used in medical tubing, dialysis bags, clothing and building materials. While BPA is made by condensing phenol and acetone in the presence of an acid, phthalates ...