Archive for November, 2011

Webcast Explores IP Protection Issues for Device Manufacturers in China

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

China passed its first patent law way back in . . . 1984! Clearly, protection of intellectual property does not have a long tradition in China, but like so many things in this amazing land, IP policy has evolved in dramatic fashion over a very short period of time. A ...

New Antithrombogenic Coating Combats Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Researchers at Toyobo Co. (Osaka, Japan) have developed an antithrombogenic coating that could suppress systemic inflammatory response (SIR) syndrome. By using biologically active agents instead of heparin, the scientists were able to dramatically improve the materials’ inhibition of SIR.

Free Regulatory Tool Available for Qmed Users

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A new regulatory tool for medical device companies, the e-Zassi software, is now live on the Qmed website. Qmed, a UBM Canon site, is a qualified medical device supplier directory, search engine and industry resource. E-Zassi is an Innovation Management software platform for the medical device industry. Part of the tool, ...

Medtech Week Recap: US Venture Capitalists Encourage Launching in Europe First

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Last week, UBM Canon Director of Content Richard Nass blogged about his conversation with eZassi CEO Peter von Dyck. The conversation focused on how US venture capitalists are increasingly endorsing launching medtech products in Europe before launching in the United States. The reason is that European companies usually require less ...

Free Report on European Nanotechnology Landscape Available

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Bax & Willems, a specialised consultancy firm, has just release a free-to-download European Nanotechnology Landscape Report that provides an overview of the nanotechnology landscape in Europe targeted at policy makers on all levels (local, regional, national and European). It also examines how nanotechnology developments, and the solutions they enable, can help ...

Russia Seeks Parity with Leading Medtech Economies by 2020

Monday, November 28th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_25940" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Sergey Tsyb, head of Department of Chemical Industries and Bioengineering Technologies within Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade."][/caption] Sergey Tsyb was running late. The head of the Department of Chemical Industries and Bioengineering Technologies within Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade had agreed to meet with me ...

Eucomed Outlines Steps for Smart and Efficient EU Medical Device Legislation

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Eucomed, the European medical technology industry, has published a position paper with proposals for shaping a renewed legislative framework for medical devices in Europe. According to a press release issued by Eucomed today, the industry recognises the need to modernise and strengthen the current medical devices legislation in Europe and ...

Webinar to Focus on How to Protect Devices and Increase their Reliability with Parylene Coatings

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

As medical devices and components become smaller and more complex, they present unique challenges for many conformal coatings. Poly(para-xylylene), better known as Parylene, is an ultrathin, inert, transparent coating that meets these challenges by providing dielectric and barrier properties, extreme chemical inertness and freedom from ...

Enhanced Atomic Force Microscope Enables Observation of Cells’ Mechanical Properties in Real Time

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_25885" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="This rendering shows the use of an atomic force microscope to study the mechanical properties of cells. Photo courtesy Purdue University/Alexander Cartagena."][/caption] What is essentially a souped-up atomic force microscope allows researchers from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN, USA) and the University of Oxford (Oxford, UK) to ...

EMDT’s Conference on Regulatory Change Coming Up Next Week

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

EMDT's conference Managing Regulatory Change for Medical Devices will take place next week, 30 November-1 December at the Westin Grand in Berlin. The conference will offer practical solutions for how to identify, navigate and implement regulatory requirements.

Imec Demonstrates Low Power ECG Patch at Compamed

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

At Compamed in Düsseldorf last week, imec presented its new technology for wireless ECG monitoring. I spoke to Julien Penders, Program Manager at imec/ Holst Centre about imec's new ECG System-on-Chip (SoC) for ECG monitoring with high processing power at very low energy consumption. "The SoC uses a blootooth low energy ...

Public Service Events to Hold Conference in London on Collaboration in Medical Science

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Public Service Events, a producer of conferences focusing on issues facing the public sector, will hold the conference "Advances in Medical Science: Collaboration for Growth" on 29 February 2012. The conference will be held at Central Hall Westminster in London. The conference is designed to offer an opportunity for the science ...