Archive for March, 2011

EC-Funded Project To Develop Miniaturised RF Microsystems for Body Area Networks

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A European Commission—funded project, WiserBAN, is focused on developing miniature RF microsystems for wireless Body Area Networks (BAN). The project concerns the extreme miniaturisation and the reduction of power consumption of wearable and implantable BAN devices.

Transparency Directive’s Scope May Extend to Medical Devices

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The European Commission has announced a public consultation on the so-called “Transparency Directive” (89/105/EEC), which is designed to facilitate the free movement of medicines in the European Union. The directive has not been amended since it was adopted in 1989; it is unlikely that this tradition will be upheld. Of ...

New Microscope Has a 46-Inch Touch Screen Display

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A giant-sized multitouch microscope has been developed by Finnish researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Finland in collaboration with the Finland-based company MultiTouch. The innovation is based on two technologies: web-based virtual microscopy and a large touch screen display.

Japan Device Association to Lobby for Medtech-Specific Regulations

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

By essentially putting medical devices and drugs in the same regulatory bucket, Japan's current Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL) creates unnecessary restrictions and hinders the development of innovative medical technology, Kazuo Ogino, Chairman of the Japan Federation of Medical Device Associations (JFMDA) said at a press conference in Tokyo on 25 March. ...

Virtual Event Highlights Developments in Materials for Medical Applications

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

UBM Canon’s Medical Device Media Group has announced that EMDT, MD+DI and Qmed will host a combined virtual conference and tradeshow focusing on current and emerging innovations in materials for medical applications. The event will take place on 24 May 2011, from 11:00–19:00 (London time). Registration is free at the ...

Embedded Drugs Are Released by Inflation of Catheter Balloon

Monday, March 28th, 2011

It’s not our first time at MEDTEC Europe, says Lee Ayres, PhD, CEO of Encapson BV (Nijmegen, Netherlands), but this time we have data and something definitive to show attendees. That something is a triggering mechanism for the release of active compounds from the surface of a catheter balloon. Encapson has ...

Solvay Advanced Polymers Introduces New Polyetheretherketone Resin

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC has announced the commercial introduction of a new KetaSpire polyetheretherketone grade resin. The new KetaSpire KT-851 NT is a medium-viscosity resin designed for components such as thin-walled medical capillaries and tubes. According to Solvay, a distinguishing feature of this grade is the unprecedented level of cleanliness ...

New Imaging Technology Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis of Various Conditions

Friday, March 25th, 2011

A new imaging technology combines electro-magnetic and acoustic waves to create MRI-like images at a cost comparable to ultrasound. The research of the patented technology is led by University of Oxford Professor David Edwards.

MEDTEC Europe: Automation for the People

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Stuttgart Messe next to the airport is by no means as vast as the Hannover or Düsseldorf behemoths but, relatively speaking, it’s still a bit of a trek to Hall 8. That did not dissuade MEDTEC Europe attendees from flocking to the fairground’s outer limits, however. The reason? The ...

Fraunhofer Sees Future for Laser-Sintered Surgical Instruments

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

“In the recent past, there have been questions about the suitability of laser sintering for certain applications,” recognises Philipp Imgrund, PhD, Department Manager, Biomaterials Technology, Fraunhofer Institute IFAM. “Process repeatability and material selection were perceived as issues, for example. But now the technology is here, and it is ready,” Imgrund ...

Eucomed Survey Identifies Barriers for Small and Medium Enterprises

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A survey of medical technology industry associations conducted by Eucomed has identified several significant barriers that confront small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at the EU level. The barriers include inconsistent application of EU regulations, requirements that inhibit the commercialisation of new technologies, and limited access to R&D funding programmes and ...

Events: Taking Medical Sensing Technologies to Market

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A conference devoted to commercialising medical sensing technologies is scheduled for 11 May 2011 at the IET, Savoy Place, in London. This event builds upon a study that investigated the challenges and barriers to taking sensing technologies into medical applications. Presenters and exhibitors from across the medical sensing supply chain will ...