Archive for April, 2012

Medtech Week Recap: New Material Found by MIT Researchers Could Have Applications in Electronic Devices

Monday, April 30th, 2012

A new material developed by MIT researchers shares many of graphene's unusual characteristics, and in other cases compliments it, according to an MIT press release.

Industry Gives EU’s “Pip Resolution” Lukewarm Welcome

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Pip resolution, drafted by the Environment and Public Health (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament and unanimously passed on 25 April, is a mixed bag, according to Eucomed. The pan-European association applauds many of the measures, including greater oversight of Notified Bodies, more robust vigilance reporting, the introduction of unannounced ...

How the Use of Storytelling in Medical Device Design Can Enrich the Patient Experience

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The focus on patient experience is increasingly impacting medical device design. Human factors engineering and devices that look more like consumer products are becoming more common themes, as a recent article in EMDT demonstrates. But device makers could centre design around the user even more by incorporating storytelling into the ...

Germany Remains International Innovation Leader

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Germany continues to hold the number one spot as an international innovation leader in important key and cross-sectional technologies, according to a new trend report published by German industry association Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE). And this includes medical device technology. The current VDE trend report Electro- and Information Technology 2012 ...

Atom-Based Magnetic Sensor Measures Human Brain Activity

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27708" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Atom-based magnetic sensor developed at US NIST"][/caption] A miniature atom-based magnetic sensor developed at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been used to measure human brain activity. The scientists used the sensor to measure alpha waves in the brain. The measurements were compared with ...

IPDiA, CEA-Leti Achieve New Capacitance Milestone

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

French research and technology organisation CEA-Leti and Caen-based company IPDiA have announced the successful development of a new process based on the deposition of atomic medium-K dielectric layers within the aggressive architecture of IPDiA’s 3-D metal-insulator-metal capacitors. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a key process technology that enables conformal coating ...

Digital Reconstruction of Tissue Enables 3-D Virtual Microscopy

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27685" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A virtual microscopy method developed at University of Leeds allows for the 3-D viewing of tissue samples."][/caption] Researchers at University of Leeds have created a digital scanning system of tissue samples that allows for 3-D reconstruction of tissue. Conventional microscopy does not allow for true 3-D analysis, ...

Hydroxyapatite-Based Coating Could Prevent Premature Implant Failure

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27670" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Hydroxyapatite nanoparticles are incorporated into multilayer coatings to promote bone tissue growth. Photo courtesy Hammond Lab."][/caption] A new implant coating developed by MIT chemical engineers promotes bone growth and creates a stronger seal between the device and the patient's bone than bone cement, thus preventing premature implant ...

Free Webcast Explores Innovations in Conformal Coating Technologies for Medtech Applications

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

In the free webcast Innovative Conformal Coating Technologies for Advanced Medical Devices on 3 May 2012, participants will learn how parylene has solved device performance and material challenges. Coatings have been used in the medical device industry for more than 30 years to modify electrical and friction properties, enhance chemical ...

Medtech Week Recap: How Artificial Intelligence Could Advance Healthcare

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Technology is rapidly advancing and soon many developments pictured in science fiction movies may become reality. The Star Trek Tricorder and robotic avatars are only two inventions that soon could be part of our everyday lives. Last week, several articles looked at the future of medical technology.

Objet Provides 3-D Printing Insights at Materialise World Conference in Belgium

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

3-D printing specialist for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, Objet Ltd (Rehovot, Israel) is presenting two sessions to provide a better understanding of the advantages of 3-D printing at the Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium, this week. In a presentation titled ‘Insiders Vision’ as a part of the Additive Manufacturing ...

Nichiyu Giken: Can You Say Diverse?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

While in Japan recently, I made a stop at Nichiyu Giken. Talk about a diverse company. Their slogan is “from the ocean to outer space,” and they mean it. My purpose in visiting with them was to discuss their medical indicator strips, but hearing about the company background really opened ...