Archive for January, 2011

Medtech World News: Of Fruit Pies and Biofunctionalised Coatings

Monday, January 31st, 2011

When Julian Hergenröther of Leukocare (Martinsried, Germany) and I met years ago working student jobs before joining the real world, neither of us knew that we would bump into each other again several years later. But there he is—a biotechnical engineer writing an article about the latest technologies ...

Pharmapack 2011: When Is a Straw a Drug-Delivery System?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

When it comes to getting young children to take their medicine, the time-honoured spoonful of sugar still works. An innovative new product inspired by the humble drinking straw, however, may be as successful without bribing the sweet tooth. The dose-dripping syringe developed by drug maker Sandoz and Raumedic, a supplier of ...

It’s Unanimous: EU Regulatory System Is Simply the Best

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

This should put a spring in your step as you begin the work week: the United States and Europe report roughly the same number of severe medical device recalls, yet the approval process in Europe is significantly faster. A report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) posted on the Eucomed ...

Pharmapack 2011: BASF Presents New Medical-Grade Engineering Plastics

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Just in time for this year's Pharmapack trade show in Paris, BASF is adding three new products from two classes of material to its medical plastics portfolio. In the POM product line (POM: polyoxymethylene; polyacetal), the ...

Researchers Create Lab-on-Chip Using Low-Cost Paper Strips

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Researchers have invented a technique that uses inexpensive paper to make "microfluidic" devices for rapid medical diagnostics and chemical analysis. The innovation represents a way to enhance commercially available diagnostic devices that use paper-strip assays like those that test for diabetes and pregnancy.

BVMed’s Medtech Outlook for 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

After redesigning and safeguarding the financial aspects of the healthcare system, the German government can focus on bringing changes to structural processes in 2011, declares German medtech association BVMed in its monthly e-newsletter. And there is a measure of confidence that the government will do the right thing as it ...

BIOMEDevice Europe: Manudo Medical Showcases Flexible and Rigid Packaging

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Manudo Medical has announced that it will showcase its high-frequency welding and thermoforming capabilities for the fabrication of medical device and pharmaceutical packaging at BIOMEDevice Europe, which comes to the Grande halle de la Villette in Paris on 23 and 24 February. The company designs and manufactures flexible and rigid containers and ...

German Researchers Develop Super-Strong Robotic Hand

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

German researchers have built an anthropomorphic robotic hand that can endure collisions with hard objects. The robotic hand can even endure strikes from a hammer without breaking. The robotic hand, developed by researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), may be the toughest ...

Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition Heads to London for 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The annual Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference (PDM11) has moved from its traditional base in Telford to the ExCel Centre in London for 18-19 May 2011. The move is designed to attract new exhibitors and visitors. Visitors can now register online for free entry to the event at ...

Software Brings Machine Learning to Microscopy

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The sight of a researcher sitting at a microscope for hours, painstakingly searching for the right cells, may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to new software developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Published in the science journal Nature Methods ("Micropilot: ...

Smartphone Apps for Chronically Ill

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_20940" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Click to enlarge."][/caption] Most healthcare apps for smartphones tend to fall into the general health and fitness tracking categories. The chronically ill have not been on the radar of apps developers, but that is about to change, according to Berlin-based market research company research2guidance. Traditional healthcare industry ...

Making Light Work

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Japanese researchers have developed a new form of self-assembling polymer film that bends and stretches when hit by light. This flexing film is the first material to have been made by coaxing complex molecules to form large-scale, highly ordered three-dimensional arrays—a discovery that could change the way that many active material ...