Archive for July, 2010

Pantec Biosolutions Receives Honourable Mention in Red Dot Awards

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Pantec Biosolutions AG, a privately owned company that develops transdermal drug-delivery technologies has announced that its first manufactured product, P.L.E.A.S.E. Professional received an "honourable mention" at the red dot award: product design 2010. The red dot awards for product design recognise outstanding international product design in a variety of industry sectors ...

New Resorbable Compound Facilitates Bone Regeneration

Friday, July 30th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16332" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Beatriz Olalde, researcher at the Health Unit of Tecnalia, is working on the creation of a novel resorbable compound."][/caption] The current tendency in bone tissue engineering is developing materials that temporarily substitute for the bone while inducing its regeneration in such a way that this, temporary material, disappears ...

Low-Insertion-Force Connectors Feature Staggered Dual-Contact Arrangement

Friday, July 30th, 2010

AVX GmbH, a manufacturer of passive components and interconnect products, has developed a range of 0.5-mm-pitch low insertion-force FFC/FPC connectors for price-sensitive applications. The Series 6284 connectors feature a staggered dual contact arrangement that results in a low insertion force and facilitates positioning and insertion of the FFC/FPC cable. “The simplicity ...

New Quarters for Quintiles

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Quintiles is relocating its European headquarters to within 30 minutes of Heathrow Airport at Green Park, Reading, UK, the company announced in a press release. Bringing together employees from each of its four business pillars—clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions—in a state-of-the-art facility, the move supports Quintiles’ integrated service offering. The five-storey, ...

How Green Is Your Cleanroom?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

They may be called cleanrooms, but they sure can leave a dirty carbon footprint. Dycem, a maker of high-performance contamination control zones for medtech manufacturing and other critical applications, says it is doing something about that. Dycem has pledged to reduce energy usage and shrink its carbon footprint whilst eliminating waste. ...

Scientists Mimic Spider Silk Using Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Researchers have long envied spiders' ability to manufacture light-weight silk that is as strong and tough as steel or Kevlar. Finer than human hair, five times stronger by weight than steel and three times tougher than the man-made fibre Kevlar, spider dragline silk is also biocompatible and thus suitable for a ...

More Natural Human-Machine Interface May Benefit Medical Rehabilitation Devices

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) is collaborating with a number of European partners in the development of ultra-low-power wireless body-area-network systems that will enhance human-machine interface (HMI) technology. Initial markets for the EC-funded Wear-a-BAN project include smart and interactive textiles and medical rehabilitation. Video gaming is also a target ...

UK Electronics Manufacturer and Design House Sets Up Medtech Division

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

UK electronic products manufacturer and design house Bytec has formed a subsidiary dedicated to medical equipment and services. Headquartered in Redhill, Surrey, Bytec Medical is developing a range of human-machine interface (HMI) products for the healthcare industry. "Our experience within Bytec Group means that we fully understand the demands of medical ...

UK Bets on Regenerative Medicine

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The government-backed Technology Strategy Board will invest more than £5 million to support research and development of new regenerative medicine products, tools and technologies in the United Kingdom. Sixteen research and development projects in the field of regenerative medicine therapeutics are to receive a total of £3.6 million of investment, while ...

Johns Hopkins Students Develop Technology to Help Prevent Premature Births

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16213" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="This computer graphic shows the cervical ring and sensors. In the actual prototype, the extended ring is about 50 mm diam."][/caption] Graduate students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA, have developed a sensor-based cervical ring that could pick up very early signs that a woman ...

DNA Translocation with Graphene Nanopores

Monday, July 26th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16206" align="alignleft" width="284" caption="Image courtesy of Robert Johnson"][/caption] From the Wire: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new, carbon-based nanoscale platform to electrically detect single DNA molecules. Using electric fields, the tiny DNA strands are pushed through nanoscale-sized, atomically thin pores on a graphene platform ...

Japanese-German Micro/Nano Forum to Be Held in Tokyo

Monday, July 26th, 2010

In co-operation with the German Asia-Pacific Business Association, IVAM Microtechnology Network has announced that the third Japanese-German Micro/Nano forum within the framework of the Exhibition Micro Machine/MEMS will be held in Tokyo on 29 July. Dedicated to field of micro- and nanotechnology, the exhibition will feature speakers such as professors Masayoshi Esashi of ...