Archive for December, 2010

Cranfield University Hosts Short Course on US Regulation of Medical Technology

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A short course scheduled for 22-24 February 2011 at the Cranfield University will describe the US regulatory procedures as applied to medical technology and compare these to EU systems so that delegates are capable of advising on entering the US medical technology market. Named "US Regulation of Medical Technology," the ...

What Indiana’s Medtech Manufacturers Could Learn from Their German Counterparts

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Formerly with Roche Diagnostics and now the head of a consultancy in Indianapolis, IN, USA, catering to life science companies, Bruce Frank was recently interviewed by the Indianapolis Business Journal. His consulting work often brings him to Germany, and the conversation turned to the impressive manufacturing base that Germany has ...

Piezos Enable Faster Solution Switching

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Piezos are suitable for fast switching, as they offer electromagnetic quietness, good repeatability, high reliability and fast speeds. However, fast acceleration can mean recoil forces excite vibration in the pipette and both piezo and stepper actuators have suffered from these in the past, causing unwanted, repetitive solution switching for many milliseconds. Engineers ...

Fifth International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The Fifth International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT) will take place 27 to 30 March, 2011 in Montreux, Switzerland. ISMICT 2011 will bring together top international clinicians, engineers and researchers providing networking opportunities. Companies, universities, research groups and healthcare institutions will present their latest research results, products and ideas in ...

European Commission and United States Agree to Jointly Promote e-Health

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The pond, not to mention the e-health digital divide, may have just gotten a little smaller. Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have signed a Memorandum of Understanding involving the interoperability of electronic health records and the promotion of ...

Conference: Material and Surface Technology for Implants

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The Medical Cluster and the RMS Foundation are jointly organising the third edition of the "Meet the Expert" event on Material and Surface Technology for Implants taking place 11 to 12 April, 2011 at the Casino Kursaal Interlaken in Switzerland. Offering a platform for discussion and knowledge transfer in the ...

New Alogorithm Accelerates Medical Imaging–Based Diagnostics

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

An algorithm for processing three-dimensional images used in many types of medical diagnosis is available for licensing. The technology developed by researchers at the University of Florida in the United States to estimate the volume of tumours, organs and similar objects imaged by 3-D scans reportedly reduces the ...

Global Medical Device Packaging and Labelling Compliance Conference to Be Held in Munich

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

In a landscape of evolving regulatory requirements, developing compliant medical devices packaging and labelling can be a daunting task. Complicating matters is the introduction of unique device identification (UDI) by US FDA, which has added a layer of complexity to medical device labelling. To help with this issue, the Global ...

Rexam Refines Drug-Delivery Pump Technology with a Little Help from EU Friends

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

L'union fait la force, as the saying goes, and Rexam's Advancia pump project proves, once again, that there is plenty of life left in the old adage. Engineers from Rexam's Le Tréport campus teamed up with colleagues at the company's Healthcare Technology Center in La Verpillière to optimise pump technology ...

Medtech World News: Update from Japan

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Our far-flung editors have their fingers on the pulse of the global medtech industry. Yvonne Klöpping (Frankfurt), Miki Anzai (Tokyo) and Helen Zhang (Beijing) come across an abundance of interesting information, much of which is published, but not always in English. They will be sharing that information on a regular ...

Multi-Purpose Robot Features Finger-Tip Sensitivity

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_20412" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The robot is roughly the same size as a human being. Source: pi4_robotics GmbH"][/caption] Developed by the EU-funded PISA research project, the pi4-workerbot features two arms, three cameras, finger-tip sensitivity and is capable of producing various facial expressions. Comparable in size to a human, the robot is ...

“Magnetic Sponge” Could Be a New Form of Cell and Drug Delivery

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Engineers at Duke and Harvard universities have developed a "magnetic sponge" that after implantation into a patient can "squeeze" out drugs, cells, or other agents when passed over by a magnet. The researchers demonstrate that the new material, which is called a macroporous ferrogel, can be compressed as much as ...