Archive for December, 2011

Discovery Could Extend Lifetime of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

A study by researchers from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, United States), Rush University Medical Center, (Chicago, Illinois, United States) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) found that a layer of graphitic carbon forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The discovery could eventually improve the performance of these types of implants, since ...

Why You Should Share Your Rolodex

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Guest blogger Dave Selin, European Sales Manager, writes: Process engineers who are most successful in keeping test-intensive manufacturing costs to a minimum often seem to be the same ones who learned that early childhood lesson about sharing and playing nicely with their mates.

Japan’s Toppan Printing to Begin Commercial Production of Autoclavable RFID Tags

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Toppan Printing Co. will start mass production of its new radio frequency identification (RFID) tag housings for medical devices in the spring of 2012. Japan’s second-largest printing company, Toppan developed in August three versions of the reusable RFID tag for medical applications such as forceps, disposable gauze, operating room gowns, ...

Cranfield University to Offer Course on Clinical Trial Process

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

An upcoming short course offered at Cranfield University (Bedford, UK) is designed to explain the clinical trial process to regulatory affairs professionals. The course, Clinical Evaluation of Medical Technology, will take place from 13–15 March 2012. The focus of the course is clinical trials in relation to product development and ...

Twelve Predictions for Medical Electronics in 2012

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_26293" align="alignright" width="82" caption="Simon Harris, Senior VP, InMedica"][/caption] Amid the flurry of year-end lists and predictions that have landed in my inbox in the past few days, 12 Predictions for 2012 in the Medical Electronics Industry from market research firm InMedica caught my eye. It's a mixed bag—what isn't these ...

Online Database Catalogues More than 18,000 Chemical Compounds, Calculates Properties

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

From the wire: A new online toolkit developed at MIT and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory allows researchers to find materials with specific properties by exploring an ever-growing database of more than 18,000 chemical compounds. The site’s tools can quickly predict how two compounds will react with one another, what that ...

Future Looks Bright for the Irish Medtech Industry, Report Finds

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Irish medtech companies are positive about the future and expect investments, turnover and employee numbers to grow in 2012, according to a report released by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation. The "Irish business beyond the recession" report includes analysis of the Irish business climate as well as the outlook ...

German Mould Maker for Medical Products Recognised for Excellence in Production

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

When you are sourcing a supplier, chances are that you take into consideration such factors as the company's ability to satisfy customer requests, achieve agreed-upon product requirements and meet deadlines. You will probably gauge how efficiently it runs its plant. You might even look at employee retention rates and its ...

UK Company’s Optical Sensor May Make Current Blood Pressure Technology Obsolete

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Anyone who has ever had their blood pressure taken by a medical practitioner can attest to the fact that the technology (and, to be fair, the incompetence of some humans who use it) is far from perfect. The most common method of blood pressure measurement dates back to the 19th ...

Medtech Week Recap: Experts Make Predictions for the 2012 Medtech Year

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Last week, medtech media looked back at the year that passed and offered predictions for the upcoming year. MD+DI asked several medtech experts for their opinions on what to look forward to and watch out for in 2012 and an article on MPMN offered a recap of the biggest medtech ...

Norwegian Researchers Develop New Method of Analysing Electrical Activity in the Brain

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) have published a study on a new method for analysing electrical activity in the brain. The study was published in the journal Neuron. The method may result in new developments in interpreting EEG measurement and diagnosing and treating brain illnesses, according ...

Cook Medical Wins Irish Medtech Company of the Year Award

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Limerick-based Cook Medical won the Irish Medical Technology Company of the Year 2011 award last week at the Irish Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards. The award took place at the Limerick's Strand Hotel and is hosted annually by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the Irish Medical Devices Association. According to ...