Archive for September, 2010

EU Is e-Health Champion

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The European Commission has published the preliminary findings of a study into national e-health strategies that concludes Europe is leading the rest of the world when it comes to e-health advances, reports ehealtheurope.net. The study, commissioned by the EC and carried out by Empirica, says virtually all EU member states have either started ...

Researchers Create Cilia-Like Material

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi have announced that they have developed the first artificial cilia, the tiny, hair-like strands through which organisms derive smell, vision, hearing and fluid flow. The material responds to thermal, chemical and electromagnetic stimulation, allowing researchers to control it and opening ...

Spin-Off Uses New Laser Process to Produce Sterile Nanoparticles

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Two scientists from German laser technology research centre Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) have started the spin-off Particular GmbH to produce highly sterile nanoparticles for the medtech industry using a new laser process. As there is high demand for nanoparticles for research purposes in medical technology, the company wants to ...

Topas Introduces COC Elastomer for Medical Applications

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Described as an industry first, a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) elastomer has been introduced by Topas Advanced Polymers. The developmental grades are targeted as a high-performance alternative to traditional flexible materials for medical and pharmaceutical packaging applications. They extend Topas’s technology platform beyond the current line of amorphous transparent grades, notes ...

Creating Standards: Risky Business?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

From the Wire: The setting of technology standards can be a complex issue when it comes to complying with antitrust laws because the process essentially brings together competitors to determine an industry’s future direction. However, effective standards are critical not only to industry and consumers but also to the advancement ...

Scientists Genetically Engineer Silkworms to Produce Artificial Spider Silk

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Spider silk seems to be a beloved topic for researchers. Every once in a while, a story emerges announcing some kind of breakthrough related to the material. Its potential to benefit various industries is frequently mentioned, as is its superior strength relative to steel. Unfortunately, the impact of spider silk has been ...

The Latest on Europe’s Biggest Medtech Market

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

MedInform has published a new issue of MedInsight Germany, a background report authored by German medtech experts Joachim M. Schmitt, Director General of the Berlin-based German Medical Technology Association, BVMed, and Manfred Beeres, Head of Communications of BVMed, together with Sarah Smiley from AdvaMed. MedInsight provides the latest news on Europe’s biggest medtech market ...

Tiny Generators Turn Waste Heat into Power

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A joint team of Ukrainian and US scientists have proposed a novel "pyroelectric" method to power tiny devices using waste heat. Using structures known as ferroelectric nanowires, they can rapidly generate an electrical current in response to any change in the ambient temperature, harvesting otherwise wasted energy from thermal fluctuations. Their ...

Healthcare Advances Will Have Greatest Technological Impact on People’s Lives, Says Survey

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_18032" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Which area of technological development do you think will have the most influence on your life in the next 50 years? Click to enlarge."][/caption] Is telemedicine finally reaching its tipping point? A comprehensive feature article in the August 2010 issue of Clinica (subscription required to access content) ...

Nanoneedle Delivers Quantum Dots to Cell Nucleus

Monday, September 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_18015" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="University of Illinois researchers developed a nanoneedle that releases quantum dots directly into the nucleus of a living cell when a small electrical charge is applied. The quantum dots are tracked to gain information about conditions inside the nucleus. Image courtesy Min-Feng Yu"][/caption] Getting an inside look ...

Nanopillar Arrays Pin Down Neurons

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Cell migration in a cultured neuronal network presents an obstacle to selectively measuring the activity of the same neuron over a long period of time. To overcome this problem, researchers from Stanford University used nanopillar arrays to pin down neurons to the underlying surface. They created ...

Medical Manufacturing Conference Focuses on Regulatory Issues

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The first international event for experts in the field of medical manufacturing organised by the Swiss Medical Cluster took place 14 to 15 September in Solothurn, Switzerland. "The canton of Solothurn with its long tradition of industry is the right location when precision and material know-how are in demand," ...