Archive for March, 2012

Legal Specialist Erik Vollebregt to Explain Regulatory Issues for Standalone Medical Software in Upcoming Webcast

Friday, March 30th, 2012

European Medical Device Technology and medtechinsider have announced a webcast on the recently published MEDDEV 2.1/6 document addressing when software is regulated under the MDD or IVD directive. The webcast, "Stand-Alone Medical Software: Understanding Compliance," will take place on 24 April at 14:00 London/15:00 Paris and will feature speaker Erik ...

Organic Thin-Film Transistors Developed in Japan May Benefit Electronic Medical Implantables

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Because of their mechanical flexibility, organic transistors have tremendous potential to improve the functionality of pacemakers, hearing aids and related medical devices, but the sensitivity to heat and the power requirements of conventional transistors pose an obstacle. Japanese researchers say they have found a work-around.

Crest Solutions Invests in Belgian Inline Inspection Firm

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Irish machine vision firm Crest Solutions has announced an investment in a similar firm in Belgium. Based in Mechelen, VistaLink is the largest vision integration company in the Benelux. The investment is meant to create opportunities for growth and scale, merging the expertise and resources of both companies. A growing team ...

Healthcare in Europe Conference Stresses Need for Focus on Patient-Self Management and Preventive Care

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

During the Healthcare in Europe conference, which took place in Geneva last week, participants discussed how a focus on personalised medicine, behavioural science and preventive measures must play a larger role in healthcare policies. The conference was organised by Economist Conferences, an arm of the Economist. Participants included representatives from ...

Soft Robots Bend, Stretch and Crawl under Barriers

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Research in robotics tend to focus on making robots as similar to humans as possible. Robots are even supposed to communicate like humans (a recent study looked at how robots can learn to sound more like us). Some researchers are taking a step back and looking for inspiration in animals. ...

Arburg Highlights Medical Moulding at MEDTEC Europe and Its Own Technology Days Event

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Here’s a fun fact: one in 10 moulding machines sold by Arburg goes into the medical device manufacturing market. Surprised? I know I was. But it helps to explain why Arburg chose to exhibit at MEDTEC Europe 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany, the same week that it held its annual Technology ...

EU-Funded Research Project Focuses on Enhancing Arterial Regeneration

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The European Union has awarded a Framework Programme 7 grant of €5.3 million to a research program on novel therapeutics for patients suffering from heart disease. The program will focus on using biotechnology such as biodegradable polymers and alloys, as well as new methods, to enhance arterial regeneration. The project ...

Medtech Industry Helps Fukushima Prefecture Heal from 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

A little more than a year has passed since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the north-eastern coast of Japan. Damage was so immense in Fukushima Prefecture, one of the three worst hit prefectures and home to crippled nuclear power plants, that full reconstruction is still years away. Against all odds, ...

BVMed Publishes Annual Report: Coordinating Medtech Progress Together Instead of Blocking it

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The German Medical Technology Association BVMed has published its Annual Report 20011/12, pointing out that the medtech industry has increasingly been in the focus of politics, which provides opportunities for closing knowledge gaps and communicating the special characteristics of the industry more successfully. "The comprehensive and coordinated cooperation of governmental ...

Medtech Week Recap: Brazil Introduces Stricter Breast Implant Regulations

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Brazil's health regulator Anvisa has introduced stricter regulations for breast implant sales that will require implants to be certified to meet certain criteria. The announcement comes after the Pip implant scandal, where it was revealed the now-defunct company Poly Implant Prothese (Pip) sold implants made with industrial silicone in Brazil ...

Equipment Validation Is an Opportunity, Not Just a Burden

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Guest blogger Dave Selin, European Sales Manager, Uson, writes: Perhaps how someone feels about the rigors of equipment validation processes depends upon where he or she sits, and when. A quality engineer at a cardiac catheter manufacturing plant exporting to the United States may curse the onerous IQ (installation qualification), PQ (performance ...

Training Device Triples Correct Use of Asthma Inhalers by Focusing on Patient Experience

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27403" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="T-Haler, a training device for users of asthma inhalers"][/caption] Asthma inhalers prevent and treat asthma attacks and can reduce emergency visits—but their impact is limited by incorrect usage. Studies show that most users don't use the devices correctly. A training device called T-Haler developed by Cambridge Consultants ...