Archive for May, 2011

QNX Software Systems to Host Seminar on Regulatory Compliance

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

QNX Software Systems, in partnership with MPC Data and ARM, will be hosting a one-day seminar titled "Medical Devices & Technology: Design for Regulatory Compliance." The seminar will be held on 21 June (Munich, Germany) and 23 June (Cambridge, UK).

Consumers Are Willing to Pay a Premium for User-Friendly Drug-Delivery Devices, Survey Shows

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

A survey on how a drug delivery device's usability affects patient compliance shows that users are willing to pay a slight premium for a more user-friendly device and that they are taking a more active role in choosing a drug delivery device when more than one option is available. Healthcare ...

MIT Collaborates With Analog Devices and GE Global Research to Develop Next-Generation Medical Electronic Systems

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced the creation of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC), in collaboration with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and GE Global Research. According to a press release issued by the MIT, the new center will aim to create revolutionary improvements in multiple areas ...

NanoKTN Leads UK Nanomedicine Mission to Switzerland

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) in partnership with the HealthTech and Medicines KTN, FCO Science & Innovation Network and the Swiss Embassy London, is inviting UK companies and academics involved in the application of nanotechnology to healthcare to visit Swiss centres of research excellence in Geneva/Lausanne, Basel and Zürich. ...

Medical Technology Named Key Sector at Laser World of Photonics 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The world's largest trade fair devoted to laser and photonics technology ended on Thursday, 26 May, in Munich, Germany, hitting an all-time high. Attendance for Laser World of Photonics 2011 grew 8% over last year, with show organisers announcing 27,500 visitors and more than 1100 exhibitors, also a record. Medical ...

Bern Researchers Develop Turbines Designed to Use Hydraulic Power of the Heart to Run Medical Devices

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Bern and the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland have developed small turbines that can fit into arteries, writes Lucas Laursen in an article for the IEEE Spectrum website. The turbines are designed to power medical devices such as pacemakers by utilising the hydraulic power ...

Germany Claims Pole Position in Driving Medtech Innovation

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Germany has become a global driver of medical technology innovation, according to experts attending a conference organised by German medtech association BVMed earlier this month. To the question posed by the conference title—Will Germany Take Over the Dynamics of Global Medical Technology?—attendees responded with a resounding, Ja!, according to a ...

OrthoTec Europe Returns to Switzerland

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

After last year's success, trade show organiser and publishing company UBM Canon will be holding the OrthoTec Europe exhibition and conference again this year. The event for design and manufacturing professionals in orthopaedic devices takes place 28 and 29 September at the Mövenpick Hotel in Zürich-Regensdorf, Switzerland. Tailored to meet the needs ...

Osseointegration Pioneer Per-Ingvar Brånemark Receives Lifetime Achievement European Inventor Award

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The winners of the 2011 European Inventor Award were honored last week in a ceremony at the Academy of Sciences in Budapest. One recipient was Per-Ingvar Brånemark, who won the Lifetime Achievement award for his work in osseointegration, an implant technique based on titanium.

Two Out of Three US Medtech Manufacturers Prefer Europe

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Two-thirds of small medical device and diagnostic companies are obtaining clearance for new products in Europe first, according to a comprehensive industrywide survey about US FDA's 510(k) product review process by researchers at Northwestern University. According to the poll, which surveyed more than 350 professionals engaged in medical device development ...

Yale Researchers May Have Discovered the Future of Personalised Medicine

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Sequencing DNA base pairs is key for medical researchers working towards personalised medicine. Being able to isolate, study and sequence these DNA molecules would allow scientists to tailor diagnostic testing, therapies and treatments based on each patient's individual genetic makeup. Scientists have spent the past decade struggling to isolate and ...

Granta Design Launches New Bone Database for Orthopaedic Device Manufacturers

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

From the wire: Granta Design has announced a new online information resource covering the properties of human bone - part of an expanded materials information solution for orthopaedic device manufacturers. Granta's tools, demonstrated at this week's OrthoTec 2011 Conference in Warsaw, Indiana, United States, are intended to make it easier ...