Archive for October, 2009

New Nanotech Technique Paves Way for Hypersensitive Sensors

Friday, October 30th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9887" align="alignleft" width="386" caption="Plasmon resonance in a gold nanoparticle is the result of the excitation of  plasmons by light. If there is a change in the molecules adsorbed onto the catalyst nanoparticles, this will be sensed by the gold nanoparticles, inducing a change in their colour. Image courtesy of ...

European PErsonalised MEdicine Diagnostics Association Takes Another Step

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The European PErsonalised MEdicine Diagnostics Association (EPEMED), formed in August 2009, believes it is now time for European players in the field of personalised medicine and high value diagnostics to join forces to shape the environment and accelerate access to their innovations. Personalised medicine, defined as the use of a person’s ...

Synthetic Cells Deliver Battery Power

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9928" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Two artificial cells can act as a tiny battery. Image courtesy of NIST."][/caption] From the Wire: Trying to understand the complex workings of a biological cell by teasing out the function of every molecule within it is a daunting task. But by making synthetic cells that include ...

Flextronics Expands Medical Disposables Capabilities

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Flextronics announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to acquire Slomedical through a share purchase agreement. Slomedical is a leading European manufacturer of disposable medical devices ranging from tubing sets to complex devices for minimally invasive surgery. The deal is expected to close before the end of the ...

Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The 9th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering (CMBBE) will be held in Valencia, Spain on 24–27 February 2010. The themes and topics of the symposium reflect the latest developments in computer methods in biomechanics, biomedical technology and modelling of biological structures. The programme will provide ...

Researchers Work to Boost MRI Sensitivity Dramatically

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9857" align="alignleft" width="236" caption="From left to right, Alex Pines, Xin Zhou and Dominic Graziani have created a new technique that boosts the signal strength of MRI and NMR spectroscopy up to 10,000 times. Image courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab Public Affairs."][/caption] A couple of days ago on medtechinsider, we ...

Med-in-Ireland Expects to Generate €35 Million in Export Business

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Given that more than €35 million worth of sales were generated at Med-in-Ireland in 2007, organizer Enterprise Ireland (EI) expects a similar outcome from this year’s event. More than 580 individual meetings were scheduled between 50 Ireland-based exhibitors and some 200 potential buyers from international life sciences companies at the ...

Ernst & Young Takes Pulse of Med-Tech Industry

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Reflecting a tone of “cautious optimism,” Pulse of the Industry: Medical Technology Report 2009 published by Ernst & Young this month notes that the global med-tech industry has weathered the “great recession” fairly well. Moreover, its fundamental drivers for long-term growth remain strong, notes the report. That is not to ...

User-Centric Focus Delivers Successful Redesign

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

PDD’s commission for Unomedical, a ConvaTec company, was to research and develop the successor to its UnoMeter Safeti urine monitoring device for hourly diuresis management. The project demonstrated PDD’s ethos of combining consumer insight specialists with designers and engineers throughout the design process. The result for Unomedical is a product ...

The World of Medical Devices Just Keeps Growing

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The virtual museum of medical devices <www.medtechmuseum.eu> created by Eucomed, the European medical technology association, explains the use of medical devices and promotes their value through a wealth of facts on applications, economic contribution and future healthcare. The site, divided into three “floors” similar to a museum building, provides basic ...

Hyperlens Research Holds Promise for Ultrasound Technology

Monday, October 26th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9782" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="A brass acoustic hyperlens (pictured) could provide the basis for substantially improved ultrasound resolution."][/caption] US scientists report the development of an acoustic lens that could lead to an eightfold improvement in the resolution of medical ultrasound scanners. The product of researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence ...

Nanomedicine: Visions of the Future

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The Institute of Nanotechnology in partnership with NanoNed, the Dutch national nanotechnology network, is holding a two-day conference on 24 and 25 February 2010 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Four sessions will address the areas of - Nanoscale Drug Delivery/Drug Design - Disease Imaging and Treatment - Nanotechnology in Diagnostics and Monitoring - Regenerative Medicine. Speakers ...