Archive for November, 2009

UK Study Shows Relatively Modest Increase in Healthcare Costs over 10 Years

Monday, November 30th, 2009

A new study published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) Centre for the Measurement of Government Activity shows total healthcare expenditure is not the main driver of public sector cost in the United Kingdom. The 10-year study referenced in a press release issued by Eucomed looks at data ...

IBM Sets Its Sights on Microfluidics

Monday, November 30th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_10579" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="The sample collector section of a new microfluidic lab on a chip consists of a network of microscopic channels. Capillary action causes serum from a drop of blood to be drawn into the diagnostic device. Image courtesy of IBM Zürich Research Laboratory"][/caption] From the Wire: Researchers at ...

Medical Imaging via Mobile Phone

Monday, November 30th, 2009

From the wire: Number ten in Israel's top ten must-have gadgets compiled by ISRAEL21c is medical imaging via cell phone. As it explains, in the Western world, we take for granted high-tech tools for doctors and hospitals such as the handheld ultrasound wand that displays the heartbeat of a foetus ...

Steripack Introduces Robust, Breathable PE Bags with Tyvek Ports

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Steripack has introduced the SteriPatch line of polyethylene bags with Tyvek ports. The 350 x 600 mm bags typically have 4 x 60 mm vents, but the dimensions and number can vary depending on the application. The Tyvek ports are oriented to allow gas to vent into the extremities of the ...

EuroNanoMed Launches Eight Transnational Research Projects

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

From the wire: The EU ERA-NET initiative EuroNanoMed will support eight transnational research projects with €17 million based on the result of its first call for proposals, reports the Cordis website. Launched in May 2009, the call sought proposals that promoted collaborative and interdisciplinary research into nanomedicine. EuroNanoMed's first call for ...

German Medtech Sector Bucks the Trend

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Medical technology trade association, BVMed questioned its members in October 2009 about the current status of the German medtech sector. One hundred and ten of BVMed’s 226 member companies participated in the autumn survey. The findings show that medtech companies in Germany are defying the economic and financial crisis. They ...

Repairing the Heart with Human Skin Cells

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Israeli scientists have discovered a way to create beating heart cells using human skin cells reprogrammed to become stem cells, reports ISRAEL21c. These finding could be used in the future to repair damaged or diseased tissues. Published in the latest issue of Circulation, the findings by Professor Lior Gepstein of ...

Sterigenics Increases Its EtO Capacity

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Contract sterilisation service provider, Sterigenics International is expanding its facility at Petit Rechain, Belgium. The decision comes in response to increased customer demand in the past 18 months, says the company, and is a next step in its long term strategy to create a network of equivalent sterilisers. It will ...

Med-Tech Industry Expects Strong Growth in 2010, Says Survey

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The medical device and diagnostics industry is bursting with optimism as it heads into a new decade, according to a survey of industry professionals. Seven out of 10 respondents anticipate increased sales for their company in 2010 compared with 2009. “Companies are . . . bullish,” note the authors of ...

KNF and Sanofi Aventis Collaborate on Diaphragm Dosing Pump

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Operational simplicity and deep functionality are the two key characteristics of a diaphragm dosing pump developed by KNF Flodos with input from the Frankfurt, Germany, office of Sanofi Aventis. The pump played a starring role at the KNF stand at last week’s Compamed trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. "Our focus in developing the ...

Funding on Offer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has launched a new competition for funding titled Fighting Infection through Detection. The competition opens on 18 January 2010 and £11 million is available. The competition will focus on the development of high quality point of care devices and rapid tests in mobile units, ...

The Sign of Safety and Trust

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Connector company, ODU, a manufacturer of system solutions (connector plus cable plus assembly) has announced that it has fulfilled the demanding requirements for UL-qualified manufacturing (Wiring harnesses, UL File ZPFW2/ZPFW8.E333666). From connectors with standard cables and simple assembly through to complex cable harnesses, the company is able to manufacture in accordance ...