Archive for July, 2009

Towards Faster Adoption of Innovative Devices

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the UK Department of Health to coordinate the evaluation of innovative medical devices and diagnostics used in the National Health Service (NHS). The new work programme follows recognition of the need to improve the process of identifying, ...

New Imaging Technique Combines MRI and Medical Linear Accelerator Systems

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

From the wire: Canadian scientists at the University of Alberta's Cross Cancer Institute are developing a new technology that integrates medical linear accelerator (linac) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The proposed hybrid Linac-MR system promises to help doctors treat certain types of cancer by allowing them to accurately monitor ...

Carlyle Group Acquires 80% of Marle

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group has announced that it has acquired 80% of Groupe Marle alongside the Marle family and management team. Based in Nogent, France, Marle is the largest independent medical forging company in Europe, and second largest worldwide. The purchase price was not disclosed. Specialises in ...

When in Search of Engineered Abrasive Products …

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

3M’s new look website <www.3m.co.uk/abrasives> offers advice on grinding, cleaning, deburring and finishing processes and an interactive product selector that allows visitors to quickly identify the right abrasives product for their applications. The products are suitable for use with advanced materials and designed to make it easier to obtain the ...

A Swiss Army Knife for Nanomedicine

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8174" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A quantum dot (red) encapsulated in a gold shell, combines two useful nanoparticles in one package. Image courtesy University of Washington"][/caption] Nanoparticles are being developed to perform an array of medical uses -- imaging tumors, carrying drugs, delivering pulses of heat. Rather than settling for just one ...

Revise Your Labelling Now: Phthalate Symbol Recommendation

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The new labelling requirement for medical devices that contain phthalates such as DEHP, a commonly used plasticiser in PVC, comes into force on 21 March 2010. The requirement affects manufacturers of particular fluid administration, transport and storage type devices, who use phthalates such as DEHP, in their devices. The European ...

Medical Device Sector May Be Tapped for US Health Savings

Monday, July 27th, 2009

From the wire: The medical device industry, may be called on to contribute to the US government's health reform efforts by making financial sacrifices, according to CNN. An agreement between the US government and device industry, which includes heavyweights such as Medtronic Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, was considered questionable because ...

Piezoelectric Materials: Energy Source for Medical Implants?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

A team of University of Houston (UH) scientists has set out to make piezoelectric materials suitable for powering electronic devices such as cell phones, MP3 players and biomedical implants. Though piezoelectrics, which produce electricity under stress, have long been used in commercial applications ranging from cigarette lighters to actuators, the ...

Seaweed Gel Wins $282 Million Investment

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The BL-1040 compound developed by Israeli company BioLineRx to repair damaged heart muscles after cardiac arrest has been licensed by the New Jersey-based company Ikaria Holdings in a $282.5 million deal, reports ISRAEL21c. Ikaria now owns the worldwide exclusive licence to what could be a potential breakthrough treatment for preventing repeat ...

Silicon with Afterburners: Research Could Lead to More-Powerful Electronics

Friday, July 24th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8114" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Attaching molecules to semiconducting silicon affects the threshold voltage, or gate voltage, required to create a conductive path between the source and drain electrodes (blue) and turn the device on. Image courtesy Rice University."][/caption] Scientists at Rice University and North Carolina State University have found a method ...

Nanoparticles Illuminated with Laser Light Can Be Used to Detect and Treat Cancer

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8062" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The interaction between light and gold nanostructures could be used to treat and diagnose cancer. Image courtesy ICFO, Luis Montesdeoca"][/caption] From the wire: New research into the detection and treatment of cancer has emerged that uses gold nanoparticles illuminated with laser light. The idea is to introduce ...

Minimally Invasive Robots Target Tumours

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The Israeli Institute of Technology has developed a robot that can crawl through human veins to perform precise medical procedures. The ViRob could potentially diagnose and treat artery blockage and cancer, reports E-Health Europe. Researchers at the Technicon Institute have produced a basic prototype of the 1-x-12-mm device. Possible applications include ...