Archive for April, 2011

UBM Canon and MDEA Announce Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, April 29th, 2011

UBM Canon’s Medical Design Excellence Awards has announced Alfred E. Mann, Chairman and CEO of MannKind Corp., as the winner of the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honours an individual whose contributions during a long career have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business and cultural advancements in medical ...

McGill University Students Develop Video Game Glove for Stroke Patients

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Students at McGill University of Montreal, Canada, have developed a biomedical sensor glove for stroke patients, according to an article in the Engineer. The glove is designed to help stroke patients recover hand motion by playing video games. It was created in response to a design request from the startup ...

Carbohydrate Adhesion Imparts New Functions to Implantable Stainless Steel

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

A new chemical bonding process can add new functions to stainless steel and make it a more useful material for implanted biomedical devices. Developed by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Alberta and Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology, this new process was developed to address some of the problems ...

Lens-Free Microscope Displays High-Resolution 3-D Images on a Chip

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute have created a lens-free microscope that displays high-resolution 3-D tomographic images on a chip. Optical microscopes have tended to grow larger and more complex as they have been modified to display ever-smaller objects with better resolution. The new system fits in the palm of a ...

Diagnostic Test May Signal Early-Stage Bone Loss and Prevent Implant Failure

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

A new test shows promise for detecting the early stages of a major cause of failure in joint replacement implants, so that patients can be treated and perhaps avoid additional surgery. Almost 10% of the more than 1.5 million total joint replacement operations performed worldwide each year fail and require ...

Fiber-Laser System Optimises Industrial Micro-Material Processing

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_22582" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Microscopic image of a workpiece made of V70 hard metal that can be used as a stamp."][/caption] Together with six industrial partners, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed a picosecond laser system based on fiber lasers. This system has achieved excellent micro-machining results for brass ...

Clariant Closes Süd-Chemie Acquisition

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced that it has completed the purchase of 96,15% of the shares in Süd-Chemie. Süd-Chemie is a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Munich, Germany. Clariant will make a public offer to acquire the outstanding shares from Süd-Chemie minority shareholders. The overall transaction value amounts to ...

New Infrared Thermometer Has Double Laser Sighting

Monday, April 25th, 2011

A new infrared thermometer with a high precision resolution is available from Optris GmbH. The Optris CSlaser LT is used for the measurement of small temperature differences, starting from 0.025K. CSlaser LT has a double laser sighting. Two emitters follow the infrared optical path to mark the accurate size and ...

Medical Device Sterilisation: The X Factor

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_22532" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click to enlarge: The layout of a typical X-ray pallet processing facility shows how different products with varying sterilisation requirements can be combined during the same irradiation cycle."][/caption] Although X-ray sterilisation has been used in medical device applications for approximately 15 years, uptake of the technology has ...

NICE Publishes New Guidelines for the MTEP Process and Methods

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom has released guides to the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) process and methods. The MTEP selects and evaluates new medical technologies and aims to speed up the process of introducing their use in hospitals. The programme launched ...

Fukushima Medtech Industry Fears Loss of Sales in Overseas Markets

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

As Japan has elevated the crisis rating of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant to 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, putting it on a par with Chernobyl, farmers and fishermen have seen their markets evaporate. And they are not alone. Manufacturers in the region also fear ...

Artemis Software Can Detect Signs of Infections in Babies

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The approach that enabled IBM's supercomputer Watson to defeat Jeopardy stars has been used to create Artemis, a software to monitor babies in the intensive care unit. Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology developed the software, which is currently being tested at the Hospital for Sick Children ...