Archive for October, 2011

Researchers Develop New Technology to Improve Neural Implants

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance neurons' activity may help restore function to people with nerve damage. A new technology developed at MIT and Harvard Medical School may overcome the primary drawback to ...

Boston Scientific, Pinky and the Brain and Leatherface Walk into a Bar . . .

Monday, October 31st, 2011

How ingrained is medical technology in the popular culture of Galway, Ireland? Well, I was at the Spanish Arch bar Sunday night, which was holding a costume contest for the Halloween holiday weekend, and third prize went to a group that had christened itself Boston Scientific. Think lab coats, bow ...

Medtech Week Recap: Scientists Debate the Ethics of Blogging about Research

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Should scientists avoid blogging about their research before it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal? Brian Cox, a physicist at Manchester University, made that suggestion in a Q&A with the Guardian earlier this month. Cox said it was "unfair" and that results are sometimes leaked. Colleague Jeff Forshaw, also ...

Medinireland Makes Its Mark

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“I can remember coming here and counting noses,” Richard Satava, MD, told medinireland 2011 attendees. “Now, this is progress,” he added, scanning a crowd of several hundred people. Organised every other year by Enterprise Ireland, medinireland brings together medtech stakeholders from around the world with Ireland-based companies in a spirit of ...

Schwarzer Precision Awarded Prestigious German Economy Award

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The development and production of miniature pumps for high-end applications in medical, environmental and analysis technology has made Schwarzer Precision a market leader in the industry. On 24 September 2011 the German company ...

Eucomed to Launch Independent Conference Pre-Vetting System

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Eucomed will launch a conference pre-vetting system for third-party educational conferences and congresses in 2012, according to a Eucomed press release. The system falls under the responsibility of the independent Eucomed Compliance Panel and will be mandatory for Eucomed members.

UBM Organises Co-Located Pharma Events in Frankfurt This Week

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Visitors to this week's co-located events for the pharmaceutical industry taking place 25 to 27 October at Messe Frankfurt in Germany, can find out all about the latest developments and innovations in the pharmaceutical market. ICSE/BioPh and InnoPack 2011 will be held alongside CPhI Worldwide for pharmaceutical ingredients and P-MEC ...

Researchers Develop New Technique to Visualise Live Cancerous Cells

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new technique to visualise live cancerous cells using luminescent metal-based nanotechnology, according to a university press release. The research is a collaboration between the School of Chemistry and the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and was recently published in the Journal of ...

UBM Canon’s 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards Calls for Entries

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) program is accepting entries for its 2012 competition from companies and individuals worldwide involved in the design, engineering, manufacture or distribution of finished medical devices or medical packaging products. The MDEA is presented by UBM Canon and sponsored by MD+DI (Medical Device and Diagnostic ...

Ruland Introduces Miniature Couplings for Medical Applications

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_25370" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Precision-honed two-piece rigid coupling from Ruland with Nypatch-treated hardware."][/caption] Ruland Manufacturing offers miniature rigid couplings for a wide variety of medical devices. Common applications include test and measurement systems, imaging, patient positioning and liquid handling such as chromatography. Rigid couplings are zero-backlash, torsionally stiff and have high torque ...

Glass Stamp Technology May Slash Cost of Manufacturing Lab-on-Chip Sensors

Monday, October 24th, 2011

From the wire: Advances in microchip technology someday may enable clinicians to perform tests for hundreds of diseases—sifting out specific molecules, such as early stage cancer cells—from just one drop of blood. But fabricating such “lab-on-chip” designs—tiny, integrated diagonistic sensor arrays on surfaces as small as a square centimeter—is a ...

Smart Petri Dish Could Lead to New Types of Diagnostic Tools

Monday, October 24th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_25411" align="alignleft" width="178" caption="ePetri dish, a "smart" petri dish developed by Caltech researchers. Credit: Guoan Zheng/Caltech"][/caption] A “smart” petri dish developed by engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California, USA) incorporates a lens-free microscopy imaging platform that enables the continuous imaging of cell cultures without removing them ...