Archive for August, 2009

UK Regenerative Medicine Sector Gets a Boost

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The £1.5 million collaborative research and development competition, Value Systems and Business Modelling, launched by the government backed Technology Strategy Board (TSB) offers UK regenerative medicine companies the opportunity to compete for an investment package to boost their productivity. It asks companies to explore where and how value is ...

Silk-Based Optical Waveguides Meet Biomedical Needs

Monday, August 31st, 2009

From the wire: There is a growing need for biocompatible photonic components for biomedical applications – from in vivo glucose monitoring to detecting harmful viruses or the telltale markers of Alzheimer's. Optical waveguides are of particular interest because of their ability to manipulate and transport light in a controlled manner ...

Researchers Sandwich Organic Molecules Between Silicon and Metal

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8691" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The flip-chip lamination method creates an ultra-smooth gold surface, which allows the organic molecules to form a thin yet even layer between the gold and silicon. Image courtesy of Coll Bau, NIST"] [/caption] From the wire: A NIST research team, which includes collaborators from the University ...

Max Planck Gesellschaft and PerkinElmer Scientists Form Partnership to Improve Medical Diagnostics

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8678" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Silicon photomultipliers could help to locate tumours in the body more accurately - without the disadvantages and side effects of other procedures. Image courtesy of MPI for Physics / Masahiro Teshima "][/caption] From the wire: In future, it will be possible to detect malignant tumours more rapidly ...

Bio-Enabled, Surface-Mediated Approach Produces Nanoparticle Composites

Monday, August 24th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8655" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Georgia Tech researcher Eugenia Kharlampieva studies the properties of composite materials containing silk and metallic nanoparticles. Image courtesy of Gary Meek, Georgia Tech"][/caption] From the wire: Using thin films of silk as templates, researchers at Georgia Tech have incorporated inorganic nanoparticles that join with the silk to ...

Antibiotic Nanomaterial for Commercialisation

Friday, August 21st, 2009

The accelerating rise in antibiotic resistance is driving demand for new and more effective therapies to treat and prevent the spread of bacterial disease. Despite efforts to screen for new antibiotics, microorganisms continue to develop resistance at an increasingly rapid rate to all the therapies available to date. Identification and ...

Researchers Develop Carbon Nanomaterials–Based Drug-Delivery Systems

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8549" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="The researchers use chemical vapour deposition (CVD) to synthesise carbon nanotubes. The above scanning electron microscopy image shows a carpet of carbon nanotubes that was collected from their lab's CVD reactor. Image courtesy of Star Research Group, University of Pittsburgh"][/caption] From the wire: Nanoscale devices ...

PEEK Polymer Expands Material Options for Orthopaedic Devices

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8639" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Manufactured from Invibio's Motis polymer, the MITCH PCR cup is a 3.5-mm thick acetabular component."][/caption] The design of arthroscopic devices and their performance capabilities have been limited by the strength and stiffness characteristics of the metals, ceramics and polymers traditionally used in their fabrication. Now, high-performance ...

AdvanSource Biomaterials Announces Multi-Year Development Agreement

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

AdvanSource Biomaterials Corp. (Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA) a developer of advanced polymer materials for a range of medical devices, today announced that it has entered into a multi-year development agreement with a leading international medical device company. The agreement calls for the development of a specialised solution-based polymer designed to meet the ...

Researcher Seeks to Eliminate Cardiac Devices’ Vulnerability to Hacker Attacks

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_8623" align="alignright" width="112" caption="Kevin Fu"][/caption] Kevin Fu, a software engineer and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, wants to ensure that malicious hackers don’t turn medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators into killing machines. Though Fu acknowledges that it might seem paranoid to protect against such an attack, ...

BVMed Presents 10 Point Plan for Advanced Medical Technology

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

BVMed wants its just published 10 point plan to be used as a basis for the health policy discussions that are to come in the next few months. The Bundestag election on 27 September 2009 will give increased impetus to a new government programme, says the German medical technology association. ...

Telemedicine Hosts Heart Surgery Master Class

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The clinical benefits of today's telemedicine systems were demonstrated during a live open heart surgery operation performed at the Imperial College Hospital in Hammersmith, UK. An entire heart valve repair procedure was captured and transmitted to a professional audience using a mobile telemedicine system from medical conferencing solutions provider MultiSense ...