Archive for August, 2010

New Pump Created for Microneedle Drug-Delivery Patch

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

[caption id="attachment_17323" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Babak Ziaie, a professor at Purdue University shows a new type of pump for drug-delivery patches that might use arrays of microneedles to deliver a wider range of medications than now possible with conventional patches. Image source: Mark Simons/Purdue University "][/caption] Researchers at Purdue University have developed ...

Clariant Introduces Medical-Grade Master Batches at ICSE

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Change may be good under some circumstances, but not when it involves the materials used for medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging. To support industry's demand for reliability and consistency, materials supplier Clariant has announced that it will unveil its new brand of master batches and compounds for pharmaceutical and medical ...

Polymer Paves the Way for Self-Healing Materials

Monday, August 30th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_17303" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="A ring-like polymer molecule was stretched by an ultrasonic process and then sprung back to be smaller than it was initially (right)."][/caption] A research team from Duke University and Stanford University has found a polymer molecule that's so springy it snaps back from stretching much smaller than it ...

Boston Scientific Applauds Sil-Pro’s Commitment to Quality

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Supplier of moulding services Sil-Pro has received the  CRM 2009 Rhythm Award from Boston Scientific for demonstrating "excellence relative to the exacting quality and continuous improvement expectations," according to a press release issued by the company. “We are extremely pleased and grateful for the effort Sil-Pro employees put forth,” says Brian ...

Modified Polymer Components Expansion More than Doubles its Capacity

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Modified Polymer Components Inc., a developer and manufacturer of custom plastic components for medical device OEMs, has announced the completion of its development and manufacturing facilities expansion from 23,000 to 49,600 square feet. The company, which is certified to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003, offers micromoulding and electrical assembly and tube bending with ...

BVMed Report Cites Good Job Prospects for German Medtech Industry, but Shortage of Qualified Staff

Monday, August 30th, 2010

According to a current survey by German Medical Technology Association BVMed, job vacancies in the medical industry can be found in 96% of the companies. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the companies to recruit adequately qualified staff, states the report. In the survey in which 94 BVMed member companies participated, ...

Carl Zeiss Introduces Interface for Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy

Friday, August 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_17254" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="Ultra-thin section of the brain of a zebra finch. Fluorescence labeled vesicle in a neuron, overlaid with scanning electron microscope image."][/caption] Carl Zeiss has introduced a hardware/software interface to connect light and scanning electron microscopes for correlative microscopy in the life sciences. The "Shuttle & Find" interface ...

Magnet Nanoparticles Guide Drugs to Targets in the Body

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed magnetic nanoparticles that can be directed to metallic implants such as coronary stents and artificial knee and hip joints. Using this strategy, drugs could be delivered to targeted areas in the body to dissolve blood clots in the arteries or reduce inflammation ...

AdvanSource Biomaterials Obtains US Patent for Antimicrobial Polyurethane Resins

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_17212" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A range of antimicrobial polyurethane resins developed by AdvanSource Biomaterials is effective against MRSA, pictured here in a scanning electron micrograph."][/caption] AdvanSource Biomaterials Corp., a developer of polymer technologies and materials for various medical device applications, has announced that it has received a “Notice of Allowance” from the ...

High Demand for Regulatory and Quality Personnel in Life Sciences

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

If a latter-day Benjamin Braddock were mapping a career in these economic end times, I would have three words for him: life science outsourcing. That is a conclusion I pull from the ZRG Global Life Science Hiring Index reporting on the second quarter in 2010. Regulatory, quality and clinical roles were the ...

Microneedles Could Aid Skin Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_17177" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Hollow microneedles open the door to new techniques for diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions, including skin cancer. Image source: Royal Society of Chemistry."][/caption] A couple of months ago, we covered a microneedle antimicrobial technology developed by researchers at North Carolina State University. Now, researchers ...

“Artificial Nose” Based on DNA Technology Detects Organic Vapours

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

A new approach to building an "artificial nose" – using fluorescent compounds and DNA – could accelerate the use of sniffing sensors into the realm of mass production and widespread use, say chemists at Stanford University. If their method lives up to its promise, it could one day have a ...