Archive for February, 2012

Medtech Week Recap: European Commission and Industry Exchange Views on Revision of MDD

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Last week, the European Commission held a Medical Devices Expert Group (MDEG) meeting on the upcoming revision of the Medical Devices Directives, according to Eucomed. Another meeting was held on 6 February. At the meetings, Eucomed voiced its position on the draft revision. BD Diagnostics announced the acquisition of Kiestra ...

Mobile Health Market Forecast to Reach US$23 Billion by 2017

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Mobile technology is destined to play a significant role in the global healthcare market, and GSMA, a body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has the numbers to back up that claim. Revenue in the mHealth space could reach the tidy little sum of US$23 billion by ...

Biosensor Technology Detects Presence of Viruses

Friday, February 17th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26985" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A technique developed at University of Leeds can detect the presence of Adenovirus."][/caption] A biosensor technology developed by researchers at the University of Leeds can lead to a noninvasive diagnostic for Adenovirus, a virus that causes many illnesses, from the common cold to gastroenteritis. The technology can ...

Leukocare to Receive Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Biotechnology Investment Opportunity Award

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The provider of stabilising technologies for proteins and vaccines Leukocare based in Munich, Germany, has been awarded 2011’s “Biotechnology Investment Opportunity Award”, by the independent research consultancy Frost & Sullivan. In the citation for the 2011 European Biotechnology Industry Early Stage Investment Opportunity Award, Frost & Sullivan focuses on the innovative ...

Lubrizol TPU Technology Eliminates Need for Plasticisers

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Lubrizol introduced a new soft hydrophobic TPU technology at MD&M West Lubrizol introduced a soft hydrophobic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology for medical applications at the trade show MD&M West this week. The technology, part of the Tecothane product line, eliminates the need for plasticisers. The material can be extruded or injection ...

Uson Introduces Ultraversatile Leak and Flow Tester and Accomplished New President at MD&M West

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Uson was showing off a couple of things at its stand at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA, USA, this week: a new leak and flow tester that seemingly does everything but wash the dishes—and you might even be able to configure it to do that—and a new president, Dave Foran. First, ...

Colder Products Launches SnapQuik Connectors

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26954" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Colder SnapQuick connectors"][/caption] Colder Products introduced a new connector product line designed to prevent medical tubing misconnections at the MD&M West trade show, taking place in Anaheim 13-16 February. The small-bore connector SnapQuick is an alternative to luer fittings and does not mate with these fittings. Suitable applications ...

Medical Device Manufacturers Must Engage with Start-Ups

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Guest blog from Paul Wilkins, Senior Consultant, Sagentia (Cambridge, UK) Bringing a radical technology to market is very difficult but the rewards—to inventors and the industry as a whole—can be phenomenal. Many large companies have put significant or risky R&D programmes on hold until economic conditions improve, and so start-ups are ...

Rise in Peripheral Vascular Disease Will Spur Growth in Drug-Eluting Balloon Market

Monday, February 13th, 2012

From the wire: Increased levels of obesity and diabetes have caused a sharp rise in the prevalence of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) in recent years and will contribute to the expansion of the drug-eluting balloon (DEB) market, according to a report from GlobalData.

Medtech Week Recap: Former Eucomed Chief Executive Joins MHRA

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Last week, MHRA announced that Eucomed's former Chief Executive has joined the agency as Director of Medical Devices. European Health Commissioner John Dalli said he is very concerned about the impact the faulty silicone breast implants by Poly Implant Prothese will have on the health of women and announced that ...

French Law Radically Reshapes Public Health Landscape, Say Industry Observers

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A French law enacted on 29 December 2011 that impacts the healthcare industry "foreshadows a revolution in behaviour, attitudes and the overall public health landscape," write consultants Anne Catherine Maillois-Perroy and Yves Th Tillet in an article published in Regulatory Focus (access is restricted to members of regulatory association RAPS. And as ...

Health Hack Day Aims to Connect Talented Developers with Investors

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26882" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Health Hack Day will take place on 18-20 May. "][/caption] Psykologifabriken and Hoa's Tool Shop, two Swedish companies, will hold what they say is the world's first Health Hack Day in May in Stockholm. The event aims to make developers aware of the many opportunities in creating apps ...