Archive for November, 2010

Maker of Elastomer Components Builds Technical Centre Near Paris

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

A manufacturer of elastomer components primarily for the pharmaceuticals industry has announced the establishment of a technical centre with a full pilot line that mimics the production process. Stelmi has built the centre at its head office near Roissy Charles de Gaulle International Airport in the Paris region in an ...

A “USB” for Medical Diagnosis?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_19685" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The clear block to the right is the Fit-to-Flow connector, with a microfluidic chip inserted. Channels take red and blue fluid through the connector to the chip. USB flash drive shown for scale. Credit: Tingrui Pan, UC Davis"][/caption] Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have developed a plug-in ...

Maxell Seiki’s Intelligent Microtube Employs Embedded RFID Technology

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Maxell Seiki recently launched the “Intelligent Microtube,” which is aimed at the medical device and drug-development markets. Designed with an embedded RFID chip, the microtubes are used to cryopreserve expensive cells, protein and DNA. Because the RFID chip is embedded into the bottom of the microtube, fatigue failure seldom occurs ...

Japanese Researchers Develop Rapid, Inexpensive Biosensing Protocol

Monday, November 29th, 2010

A biosensing protocol developed by Japanese researchers may offer a rapid, highly sensitive, inexpensive and homogeneous means for detecting biorecognition processes. The novel method could also eliminate the use of substrates or magnetic sensors in point-of-care medical diagnostics.

Zimmer France Develops Coating Process to Prevent Biocontamination of Implants

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Zimmer Manufacturing site in Etupes, France, is using an innovative surface treatment process for coating hip implants. The process involves applying layers of titanium and hydroxylapatite by means of a semi-automated plasma treatment system. The technique dramatically reduces the potential for biocontamination between the coating process and packaging of ...

Protomed and Machine Solutions Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Machine Solutions Inc. (MSI) and Protomed SA have signed a distribution agreement to expand Machine Solutions' validation test services offering in the United States. Under the agreement, Machine Solutions will work with Protomed to add hydrodynamic performance and interventional device testing to its portfolio and extend its test services offering ...

Rofin Supports Validation of Welding Processes for Approvals Conforming to Medical Device Standards

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Handheld lasers are much used in the production of medical devices because of their flexibility in use. The process validation as required by the FDA authorities makes specific demands to manual and semi-automated welding processes. This is why manufacturer of laser sources Rofin has integrated significant functions to support the process ...

Sensor Generates Electric Charge When Bent

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Tokyo-based Kuraray Co. has developed a film polymer sensor that generates an electric charge when it is bent. Because of its flexibility, light weight and portability, the sensor can be applied directly to the body or embedded in apparel to monitor respiratory and other physical functions. The degree of flexure of ...

IPDiA Whips Up Passive Integrated Circuits à la Mode de Caen

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Franck Murray has aggressive plans for his passive components, as I learned during a recent company visit. Co-founder and CEO of IPDiA, which occupies the former NXP semiconductor fab in Caen, France, Murray is focused on broadening the use of Passive Integration Connecting Substrate (PICS) technology in the medical device ...

UL Publishes IEC 60601 FAQs

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

If you've got questions about IEC 60601 3rd edition, then Underwriters Laboratories (UL) may have the answers. The global product safety testing and certification body has announced the publication of more than 70 FAQs related to the standard, which includes the latest revisions to the internationally harmonised safety standard for electromedical ...

Leukocare Signs Cooperation Agreement with Sterigenics

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Leukocare AG, a privately owned company developing innovative life science technologies, announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with Sterigenics, a global sterilisation services provider. As part of this cooperation, Leukocare plans to use their Stabilising and Protecting Solutions (SPS) technology together with Sterigenics’ irradiation expertise to establish new sterilisation ...

Medical Imaging Breakthrough Uses Light and Sound to See Microscopic Details

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

A breakthrough in imaging technology using a combination of light and sound will allow healthcare providers to see microscopic details inside the body. Access to this level of detail potentially eliminates the need for some invasive biopsies, but it also has the potential to help healthcare providers make diagnoses before ...