Archive for June, 2009

Stanford Researchers Build Comprehensive Device Development Model

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Researchers at Stanford University have published the first comprehensive model representing the medical device development process. Developed to help companies execute the bench-to-bedside process of product development more effectively, the model is published with the article "Stage Gate Process for the Development of Medical Devices" in the June 2009 issue ...

Thin-Walled Urethane Tubing Is Just What Surgeon Ordered

Monday, June 29th, 2009

New techniques in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) are placing ever-greater demands on extruders of medical tubing. Fewer but larger patient access points are challenging design engineers to produce devices with a maximum amount of inner working space. Easy unfettered articulation of the device inside the body is also on the ...

Researchers Use Artificial Cells to Make Nanoparticles

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Rexam Pharma Earns ISO 15378 Certification

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Rexam Pharma has announced that its facilities in Neuenburg, Germany, and La Verpillière, France, have been certified to ISO 15378:2006. The norm, which was published in August 2006, is a complete quality system that combines ISO 9001 and GMP requirements for pharmaceutical primary packaging manufacturers. Rexam Pharma specialises in rigid plastic ...

Implant Coatings to Be Commercialised Next Year

Monday, June 29th, 2009

From the wire: Toronto-based Interface Biologics develops implant coatings designed to prevent blood clots, inhibit infection and deliver drugs. To solve these problems, the company is formulating biomaterials to perform specific tasks in the body, reports Omar El Akkad in the Globe and Mail daily newspaper. Some of its technologies can ...

Advanced Machining Know-How for Free

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Makino, a provider of advanced machining technology, broadcast its 100th webinar on 4 June 2009. The company’s free online library of webinars broadcast over the past three years covers a wide variety of machining solutions, including production machining, micromachining, EDM, die mould and automation. "It's really exciting to have shared so ...

Innovative Medical Devices and Nanotechnology

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

The Innovative Medical Devices and Nanotechnology workshop is being held on 8 July 2009 at the Kroto Institute, University of Sheffield, UK. The meeting is intended to provide an insight into modern trends in medical device development and will be of interest to researchers, clinicians, developers and others interested in ...

New IVD Manufacturing Facility in Wales

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pencoed, Wales, UK. The new 110,000-square-foot facility will help stimulate the local economy by employing approximately 350 people in manufacturing operations, quality, product technical support, human resources, finance and information technology. The plant will manufacture immunodiagnostic tests that indicate ...

Pulse Oximetry Prices Under Pressure

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The pulse oximetry market may be the med-tech industry's canary in the coal mine. It is poised to be one of the first medical product sectors to experience accelerated price erosion under the influence of low-cost foreign medical devices sold in the retail market, notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research ...

Polymer Wire Brushes Could Power Implantable Electronics

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have succeeded in growing molecular wire brushes that conduct electrical charges. The breakthrough could lead to the development of enzymatic fuel cells that power devices such as implantable devices, biochemical sensors and prosthetic limbs. The brushes are made up of chains of thiophene ...

Robots Driven By Maxon Motor’s Technology

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The Museum of Design Zurich, Switzerland, is mounting an exhibition titled "Robots – From Motion to Emotion?" from 24 June to 4 October 2009. Visitors can expect to see numerous exhibits, ranging from historical automata to modern robots and future designs. There is also a side exhibition focusing on the ...

Large Scale French Funding for Artificial Heart Programme

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

CARMAT SAS, a start-up developing a total artificial heart for use in late-stage heart failure has announced that the European Commission has authorised Oséo (the French state innovation agency) to award €33 million in funding to its research and development programme. The company, together with four industrial partners, is developing ...