Archive for January, 2012

DSM and EPflex to Collaborate on Medical Guidewires with DSM ComfortCoat Hydrophilic Coating

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

DSM Biomedical (Heerlen, Netherlands) and EPflex (Dettingen an der Erms, Germany) have announced that they will collaborate on a new set of guidewires with ComfortCoat hydrophilic coating, a proprietary DSM technology. EPflex, a manufacturer of metallic single use products for minimally invasive surgery, will manufacture the guidewires and DSM, a ...

How Social Media and Open Access Journals Are Changing Research

Monday, January 30th, 2012

An article on the New York Times website this month discussed a new generation of research websites, where scientists can collaborate and share their studies. The article compares "open science" with traditional peer-reviewed journals, quoting researchers that consider the traditional process to be expensive (for the readers), slow and elitist. ...

Medtech Week Recap: Barack Obama Details Plan to Bring Manufacturers Back to the United States

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Last week, US President Barack Obama presented a blueprint for reshoring—bringing manufacturing back to the United States—in his State of the Union Address. Obama proposed tax breaks and financial incentives for American companies that bring back jobs to the United States. It remains to be seen if these ideas get ...

Is CE Mark “Good Enough?” LinkedIn Members Weigh In

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Over the years, a growing number of medical device companies in the United States have decided to obtain the CE mark for new products before attempting to approve products through FDA. While FDA is not monolithic, many in the industry view the European system as generally more consistent, transparent, and ...

Why Is the United States Upset Over the Device Levy?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Nick Woods, Director of Hill Woods Medical Media Ltd, has written an editorial for MD+DI. In it, Woods explains that US manufacturers aren’t really arguing the right way to get the device tax repealed. “The only problem is, chaps, that the legislature is either not listening or it doesn’t believe you. ...

Medisiams and World Medtech Forum Lucerne Join Forces

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Medisiams, the supplier trade fair from West Switzerland, is going to be integrated into the World Medtech Forum Lucerne held from 25 to 27 September 2012 in Lucerne, Switzerland. This decision was made by the Medical Cluster, Medtech Switzerland, Siams SA and Messe Luzern AG to establish Switzerland as a vital hub for ...

Nano Tech Japan Highlights Life Science Applications

Friday, January 27th, 2012

After celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, nano tech 2012 - The 11th International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference will take place 15 to 17 February 2012 at the International Exhibition Center Tokyo Big Sight in Japan. After highlighting "green nanotechnologies" in previous years, life science applications of nanotechnology will be added as a ...

Russia to Release New Medical Device Regulations

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Russia is expected to release new medical device regulations within the next few weeks, writes Stewart Eisenhart, an editor covering regulatory affairs for Emergo Group, in a blog post on the Massdevice website. Eisenhart expects the regulations to be clearer and have more specific requirements than current regulations, for example ...

Nano Loudspeaker Could Improve MRI Technology

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

If a theory about detecting extremely faint electrical signals by means of a nanomechanical loudspeaker can be shown to work in experiments, it could result in much simpler MRI procedures, reports Nanowerk News. A team of physicists from the Joint Quantum Institute and Harvard University in the United States and the ...

Medilink Launches Medtech Funding Resource

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26656" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Tony Davis, Chair, Medilink UK"][/caption] UK medtech business support organisation Medilink has launched a funding and finance leads service for companies operating in the life sciences sector. The service provides subscribing companies with access to a regularly updated database compiling sources that are willing to fund innovation. "Many ...

MEDDEV Guidelines on Stand-Alone Medical Software Published

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The MEDDEV guidelines on stand-alone software have just been published, prompting the question: What does it all mean? We asked lawyer and blogger Erik Vollebregt. He had the answers (and a few more questions). Vollebregt is a partner at Amsterdam-based life sciences boutique law firm Axon Lawyers and maintains the medicaldeviceslegal blog. ...

UK Spin-Out Company Markets Biomedical Carbon with Unique Properties

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Mast Carbon, a manufacturer of synthetic carbon–based specialty materials based in Basingstoke, UK, has established a spin-out company to commercialise biomedical carbon in a joint venture with Second Mile. Named Acesco Health, the spin-out is developing a proprietary range of activated carbon bead products that combine the usual benefits of ...