Archive for June, 2010

Tampoprint Claims Catheter Printing Breakthrough

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Customers from the medtech and pharmaceutical sectors are famously demanding, notes Tampoprint AG, a maker of fully automated pad printing systems for those and other industries. High expectations can drive companies to innovate, which is how Tampoprint came to develop a 12-colour system for printing along the circumference of catheters. Tampoprint ...

Researchers Report Advance in Rapid Diagnostic Blood Testing

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15565" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Each molecule passing through the nanopore can be identified by monitoring the change it causes in an ionic current flowing across the membrane. When different molecules (purple and green objects) enter the pore (green shown in inset), each reduces the current by a certain amount and ...

Platform Technology Enables Visualisation of Medical Devices in MRI

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

MaRVis Technologies GmbH (Aachen, Germany) has achieved proof-of-concept for its novel platform technology for the use of medical devices such as guidewires and catheters in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)–guided treatments. This new technology has been designed for applications in radiology, neuroradiology, cardiology and interventional tumour therapy. ...

Beam Profile Reflectometry Device Targets Medtech Applications

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Designed to measure the thickness and properties of thin film coatings on orthopaedic products, stents and related devices, the n-Gauge metrology instrument puts beam profile reflectometry technology within reach of a range of sectors for the first time, according to UK-based Nightingale-EOS Ltd. "Previously available only to high-volume semiconductor ...

Qmed Offers Free White Papers (and a Chance to Win an iPod)

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Canon Communications has joined forces with IBM to provide complimentary white papers in topics such as change management, quality management, engineering and product development. To access one of the white papers, click on a link listed below, register some basic information and you’ll get access to the suite of articles ...

Asia Pacific Poised to Become World’s Largest Market for Ultrasound Systems

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

While the market for ultrasound imaging equipment in Western Europe and the United States has been battered by the Great Recession and lingering economic uncertainty, China's market is a picture of health. The Chinese market for ultrasound imaging equipment will exceed US$1 billion by 2014, achieving annual growth of 9.3%, ...

EU Researchers Develop Nanowires for Electronics and Optoelectronics Applications

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15439" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Under the transmission electron microscope, several cobalt phthalocyanine nanowires grow out of an iron phthalocyanine nanowire that is decorated with silver particles. Image courtesy of Empa."][/caption] From the Wire: Organic semiconductors are promising candidates as starting materials for the manufacture of cheap, large area and flexible electronic ...

Kyoto Opens Office to Promote Medical Device Industry

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

With the hope of making the city a hub for medical device research and development, the municipal government of Kyoto has opened an office in the centre of Kyoto to attract manufacturers, researchers and engineers. From 2006 to 2011, the city has committed to support researchers from local companies and in the ...

French Medtech Industry Study Shows Marked Decline in Growth Since 2007

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The medical technology sector in France registered virtually no growth in 2009, a new low for an industry that has seen its growth rate plummet from 5.43% in the period between 2006 and 2007 to 1.41% between 2007 and 2008. The statistics were announced this week in a press release ...

Professor Gets Primer on Medical Device Regulation from BVMed

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

"Medical devices are not subject to any regulatory approval; [manufacturers] don't have to prove their effectiveness nor their safety." Would you believe that's what Professor Juergen Windeler, future head of the Institute for Quality and Economic Efficiency in Healthcare (IQWiG), claimed in an article published on 10 June in the German ...

Carbon Nanotubes Enhance Battery Power

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15386" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="The pores between the nanotubes shown in this image can store lithium ions in a high-power battery. Image courtesy of Nature Nanotechnology."][/caption] Batteries might gain a boost in power capacity as a result of recent research at MIT. Scientists at the university  found that using carbon nanotubes ...

New Biomaterial Promises Total Bone Reconstruction

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15375" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="A new kind of degradable implant can stimulate the body to regenerate itself. Source: Fraunhofer"][/caption] The body can heal minor bone injuries itself - but with major injuries, it needs help. That‘s when implants frequently come into use. In contrast to long-term implants based on titanium, degradable ...