Archive for January, 2010

Spectar Copolyester Sheet Available in Orthopaedic Product Sizes

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Spartech Corp., a supplier of engineered thermoplastic sheet materials and related products, has announced that it is now producing Spectar copolyester from Eastman Chemical Co. in 3/8- and 1/2-inch thick sheets for use in orthopaedic products.

Organic Transistor Paves Way for Novel Neuro-Inspired Computers

Friday, January 29th, 2010

From the Wire: Researchers from CNRS and CEA have developed a transistor that can mimic the main functionalities of a synapse. This organic transistor, based on pentacene(4) and gold nanoparticles and known as a NOMFET (an acronym for "Nanoparticle Organic Memory Field-Effect Transistor"), has opened the way to new generations ...

Biopolymer Database 2.0 Published

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The second generation of the Biopolymer Database is now available on the Internet. Managed by Fachhochschule Hannover and M-Base, the directory features newly generated data that allows direct comparison of material grades across all suppliers.

Engineered Metamaterials Enable Development of Tiny Antennas

Friday, January 29th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11985" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="This Z antenna tested at the NIST is smaller than a standard antenna with comparable properties. Its high efficiency is derived from the “Z element” inside the square that acts as a metamaterial, greatly boosting the signal sent over the air. The square is 30 millimeters ...

Energy-Harvesting Rubber Films Could Power Pacemakers and Other Devices

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11959" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Yi Qi, a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, holds a piece of silicone rubber imprinted with super-thin material that generates electricity when flexed. The technology could provide a source of power for mobile and medical devices. Image courtesy of Frank Wojciechowski."][/caption] Engineers from Princeton University have developed ...

Terahertz Radiation Detector Could Open Up New Medical Imaging Possibilities

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

From the Wire: Terahertz radiation (THz) has unique characteristics with the potential to provide the basis of new imaging techniques for detecting and diagnosing cancer and other medical conditions. Moreover, because the energy of the photons that carry THz radiation is approximately 100,000 times less than that of X-rays, it ...

Med-Tech Slips as Target Market for German Micro and Nanotechnology Companies

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The automotive industry squeaked past the medical technology sector as the primary target market for German micro and nanotechnology companies in 2009, according to a report published today by the IVAM Microtechnology Network. Slightly more than half of the German companies surveyed by IVAM supplied the automobile industry, compared with ...

Surgery More Effective than Drugs in Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

When medication is not effective in treating atrial fibrillation—and that is often the case—catheter ablation should be performed, according to a report published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a head-to-head comparison of the two forms of treatment, catheter ablation was so superior in resolving the ...

The Dentist’s Drill to Disappear

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

On the wire: Plasma jets could one day be used to clean out bacteria from tooth cavities according to researchers from Saarland University in Homburg, Germany, reports BBC News. Tests reported in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that, the properties of the plasma are harmful to bacteria, without affecting the ...

DSA Inks Multiyear Contract with Nitinol Specialist

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

David Schnur Associates (DSA), which provides outsourced sales engineering services to the medical device industry, has signed a multiple year agreement with Nitinol Devices and Components (NDC) – a supplier of nitinol shape memory and superelastic materials. DSA will work with NDC’s technical sales organisation to expand their customer ...

Ultrasonic Technology Offers Improved Device Coating Functionality

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Sono-Tek Corp. has expanded its ultrasonic technology to include systems for the application of ultra-thin film functional coatings onto various medical devices such as catheters, balloons, orthopaedic implants, endoscopic instruments, pacemakers, heart valves and related products. As functional coating formulations improve and devices get smaller, demand has surged for equipment ...

BIOMEDevice: Enabling Technologies for Manufacturing Combination Products

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11873" align="alignleft" width="70" caption="Marc Klinkhamer"][/caption] At the two-day BIOMEDevice conference taking place in Paris next week, industry professionals from the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries have the opportunity to learn more about new enabling technologies, solutions and regulatory frameworks. The first day of the conference provides general information about combination ...