Archive for December, 2009

US Medical Device Studies Lack Scientific Rigour, According to Researchers

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

From the Wire: Cardiac pacemakers, stents and other medical devices implanted each year in hundreds of thousands of patients in the United States often are approved by government regulators based on insufficient scientific review, say researchers from the University of California at San Francisco. The US FDA often approves medical ...

Prent Opens New Facilities in Denmark and China

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Custom thermoformer Prent Corp. has announced that it has opened two new facilities: one in Holbaek near Copenhagen and the other Shanghai. The company supplies custom packaging to the medical device, electronics and consumer industries. After months of construction, the company's Danish thermoforming facility is slated to open January 4, ...

Implantable Device Uses Pacemaker Technology to Treat Hearing Loss

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

From the Wire: The Esteem hearing aid, an implantable system based on pacemaker technology, recently has received approval from a panel of ear, nose and throat specialists advising the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device, which will carry a price tag of around US$30,000, is implanted in users in ...

Sensor Can Detect Single Nanoparticle

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

[caption id="attachment_11145" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The high-Q microresonators could be mass produced by the hundreds of thousands on silicon wafers. Each torus is 20 to 30 micrometers across. In this image, two particles (bright spots) have landed on the closest microresonator and are acting as scattering centers that disturb the light ...

DNA Nanostructures Could Enable Creation of Responsive Nanomachines

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

From the Wire: Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have found a new way to use a synthetic form of DNA to control the assembly of nanoparticles — this time resulting in switchable, three-dimensional and small-cluster structures that might be useful, for example, as biosensors, in ...

Admedes Schuessler: California, Here We Come

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Admedes Schuessler (Pforzheim, Germany) has announced plans to open a facility in Livermore, CA, USA. The new plant is the first major investment by a business of its kind in this city located near San Francisco. Because biotech companies tend to cluster, the hope is that others will follow.

Ceram and Morgan Technical Ceramics Form Alliance

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Materials research company Ceram has entered into a Technology Partnership alliance with Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC).

Bioactive Glass Nanofibres Produced

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

[caption id="attachment_11132" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The nanofibers (and micro) of glass fiber laser produced are used for bone tissue regeneration. Image courtesy of Quintero et al."][/caption] From the Wire: A team of researchers from the University of Vigo, Rutgers University and Imperial College London, has developed "laser spinning", a novel method ...

Avery Dennison Provides Desk Reference to Converters and Medical Device Manufacturers

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

A global supplier of pressure-sensitive adhesives and tapes to the medical, industrial and consumer markets, Avery Dennison Specialty Tape Division has distilled its expertise in a desk reference for medical tape selection. The catalogue provides detailed descriptions, application data and actual product samples. It allows users to see, touch and ...

Go for More in 2010

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The wind-down has begun, the winter break is almost here. We have a change of routine, some time to take stock and to recharge our energies for the coming year. Personal evaluations may take our thoughts to personal fitness as well as to work related goals. Staff at Barnsley Primary ...

Biodesign Innovation Process Revealed

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

A biodesign innovation process developed by a team of faculty and staff at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, USA) in collaboration with hundreds of representatives from the medtech sector is meticulously described in the book Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies. The concept is designed to help medical technology ...

Nanodumbbell-Based Imaging Technique Could Improve Disease Diagnosis

Friday, December 18th, 2009

A DNA-based assembly technique can precisely engineer gap distances in nanoparticle dumbbells to optimise the sensing capability of DNA and RNA molecules using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Potential pplications of the research include nano-optical sensors, in vitro diagnostic devices and medical imaging. “This could lead to a highly sensitive—ideally ...