Archive for February, 2012

Technology Could Improve Drug Delivery with Microcapsules

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Research at Cambridge University could lead to improvements in the manufacturing of microcapsules for drug delivery, according to an article from the Engineer. The researchers created microcapsules that are more susceptible to stimuli, and as a result, they had more control over the release of the drugs. With conventional methods, ...

Certain Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Need to Be Monitored for Life, MHRA Says

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

New advice from MHRA and a BBC Newsnight/British Medical Journal investigation are causing more concern about the risk of metal-on-metal hip implants. Several major recalls of these types of implants have demonstrated the risk of metal debris that can cause complications such as inflammation. Now MHRA has issued guidance to ...

LDRA Presents Comprehensive Certification Services at Embedded World 2012

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

At Embedded World that opened its doors today in Nürnberg, Germany LDRA is demonstrating its certification services for safety-critical products. The developer of software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security- and business-critical markets has just recently created LDRA Certification Services (LCS), a division devoted to ...

EMDT Introduces MEDTEC Connection Site

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

EMDT has launched the MEDTEC Connection site, which will be the official preview of all UBM Canon MEDTEC events, starting with MEDTEC Europe. MEDTEC Europe will take place on 13-15 March 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. Visit the site for the latest show and conference news, product previews, exhibitor profiles, videos ...

Sensor Monitors Patient Recovery In Vivo

Monday, February 27th, 2012

An implantable sensor that provides surgeons with detailed, real-time information from a surgery site could lead to more accurate assessments of a patient’s recovery. Developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by Faculty Researcher Eric Ledet, the sensor is attached to commonly used orthopaedic musculoskeletal implants such as rods, plates or prostheses. Scalable, ...

Medtech Week Recap: Researchers Develop Wireless, Self-Propelled Implant

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Last week, Medtech Pulse reported on a miniature medical implant powered by electromagnetic radio waves. The implant was developed by Stanford University researchers and can be used for drug-delivery and other applications. An article on MED discussed how healthcare is changing as patients are becoming more informed and have access ...

Sandvik Medical Solutions Acquired by Orchid Orthopedic Solutions

Friday, February 24th, 2012

From the wire: Sandvik (Sandviken, Sweden) has reached an agreement with Orchid Orthopedic Solutions (Holt, MI, USA) to divest Sandvik Medical Solutions, a unit within the Sandvik Venture business area with contract manufacturing of medical implants and instruments for orthopaedic and dental applications. "The divestment of Sandvik Medical Solutions is ...

BASF Launches White Biotechnology Research Lab in the US

Friday, February 24th, 2012

German chemical giant BASF has opened a white biotechnology and microbiology research center in Tarrytown, NY, USA. In the laboratory, biologists and biotechnologists want to develop more efficient biotechnological production processes and – together with material researchers – develop new antimicrobial products for medical technology, hygiene and healthcare. “The investment demonstrates ...

Speaker Line-up for MEDTEC Europe Conference Includes Abbott, Baxter, B.Braun, Covidien, J&J and Teleflex

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

In less than three weeks time over 200 senior medical device professionals from Europe and overseas will be gathering at Messe Stuttgart for the MEDTEC Europe Conference 2012. A speaker line-up including Abbott Vascular, Baxter Healthcare, B.Braun, Covidien, Johnson & Johnson and Teleflex will be on hand offering their expertise. ...

Researchers Develop Technique that Could Make fMRI More Useful in Medical Diagnosis

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27025" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="An fMRI technique developed at Oxford University provides more detailed information than current methods."][/caption] Oxford University researchers introduced a new approach to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in the March issue of the journal NeuroImage. The approach could make fMRI more useful in clinical settings. fMRI captures ...

Phillips-Medisize Sees Opportunities in Czech Republic

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Touting a “Europe-to-Europe” manufacturing strategy, Phillips-Medisize Corp. has announced that it plans to move some medical device assembly operations from Mexico to its facility in the Czech Republic. The company views Eastern Europe, along with China, as growth markets. Matt Jennings, President and CEO of Phillips-Medisize since April 2011, addressed ...

Bayer MaterialScience Presents Antimicrobial Plastics for Medical Device Applications

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Bayer MaterialScience presented its range of antimicrobial plastic grades for medical applications last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA. Healthcare-associated infections are a rising problem in the United States, and hospitals welcome innovative technology that can help to keep infections at bay. With three antimicrobial polycarbonate grades and one ...