Archive for May, 2010

Medisize Expands Tool-Making Capabilities

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Medisize Corp. has expanded tool-making capacity at its production plant in Kontiolahti, Finland. Customers will benefit from a number of improvements, notes the company, not the least of which is faster turnaround times. Medisize manufactures medical and diagnostic devices and related products on a contract basis. Its core products include ...

Electrospinning Alternative Offers Controlled Fabrication of Nanofibres

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Dissatisfied with the high-voltage electrical fields and low production rate associated with electrospinning processes, researchers at Harvard University have developed a low-voltage rotary jet-spinning technology that allows for the high-output fabrication of tiny, aligned, 3D nanofibres. Using a drum and a nozzle, the technique enables the production of biocompatible nanotextiles for a ...

Optical Legos: Building Nanoshell Structures

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14838" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Heptamers containing seven nanoshells have unique optical properties. Image courtesy of Rice University."][/caption] Scientists from four universities in the United States have created a way to use light-activated nanoshells as building blocks for 2D and 3D structures. The structures could be used in chemical sensors, nanolasers and light-absorbing ...

Breaking News: Qmed Daily Europe Coming Soon

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Starting 15 July, Qmed, a prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs, will launch a daily e-newsletter in association with European Medical Device Technology magazine. The daily will report on developments in the global medical technology industry and its associated suppliers as well as highlight articles from the ...

Telehealth Will Transform Healthcare . . . Eventually

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I know, you've heard it before, but this time they really mean it! I'm not talking about plugging the oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico—at the time of writing it's too soon to know if operation "top kill" worked. This is about how telehealth will change the healthcare system ...

A Journey into Yourself

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14802" align="alignleft" width="320" caption="Magnetically Guided Capsule Endoscope - Capsule Movement in Stomach. During the examination, the patient's stomach will be filled with water to provide a field of vision for the capsule endoscope and enable navigation. (Photo: Siemens)"][/caption] Stomach examinations are uncomfortable. No doubt. But this could soon be a thing ...

Survey: Micro- and Nanotechnology Atlas of Germany

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

According to a recent survey conducted by IVAM Research, micro and nano products are still reaching double-digit growth rates, in spite of the economic crisis. The study, called the “Micro/Nano Atlas of Germany”, provides a complete and unique overview over the micro- and nanotechnology industry in Germany, including research activities and priorities ...

Hydrophobic Material Enables Development of Artificial Cornea

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14746" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Joachim Storsberg from the Fraunhofer Institute developed a synthetic cornea implant."][/caption] Approximately 40,000 people in Europe each year are waiting for a cornea transplant, without which they will never see again. Help for at least some of them may be in sight thanks to the development of ...

Japanese Medtech Association Launches Think Tank, Cautions Against Burdensome Regulations

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Japan's first think tank focused on the medical device industry has been established. The Medical Device Strategy Institute (MDSI) will initiate research and generate dialogue on policy issues of interest. Among its projects is a paper on market trends spanning a quarter century. It is a noteworthy development because Japan’s ...

This Year’s Model in Assembly Systems

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Greater flexibility and new nest sizes are among the attributes of the new Jetwing 2010 assembly system from sortimat Technology GmbH and Co. The company will introduce the enhanced features at next month's Automatica exhibition in Munich, Germany. The 50 x 100 and 400 x 100 mm nest sizes extend the ...

New 3D Modelling Technology for Hearing-Aids Offers High Accuracy

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14719" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="This 3D scan of the ear canal, taken with new imaging technology developed at MIT, could be used to manufacture better fitting hearing aids. Image courtesy of Federico Frigerio."][/caption] Researchers at MIT are working to improve the fit of hearing aids through the development of new 3D ...

Molecular Robots on the Rise

Monday, May 24th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14728" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="As the robot walks on the substrate, it changes each piece by cleaving off a part. Image courtesy of Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation"][/caption] From the Wire: Researchers from Columbia University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have ...