Archive for April, 2012

Graphene Nanosensor on Biomaterial Enables In Situ Monitoring of Bacteria

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Researchers from Tuft University and Princeton University have developed a technique that uses silk absorption to place a wireless graphene nanosensor onto biomaterials. The scientists used the technique to print a sensor onto the surface of a tooth in order to monitor bacteria in saliva. The technology is unique in ...

Compamed Spring Forum to Take Place in Stuttgart

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The 6th Compamed Spring Convention will take place in the south of Germany this year. On 3 May 2012, medical technology experts will get together in the Conference and Banquet Centre at the Stuttgart Airport. The established forum “high-tech trends in medical technology” this year will focus on “Intelligent MST-solutions ...

Antimicrobial Coating Developed by University of Manchester Researchers Could Reduce Need to Replace Catheters

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Manchester are developing a new antimicrobial coating for catheters, according to a Society for General Microbiology press release. The coating could potentially also be used for other medical implants, such as artificial heart valves and prosthetic devices. The team has investigated several positively charged compounds, ...

Angioplasty Technology Developed at University of Limerick Licensed to Clada Medical

Monday, April 16th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27608" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Clada Medical CEO Ray Blowick (left) and University of Limerick researcher Michael Walsh examine prototype angioplasty device."][/caption] A technology developed at Ireland’s University of Limerick (UL) that allows for continuous blood flow during angioplasty procedures has been licensed to Clada Medical. Based in Galway, Ireland’s medtech cluster, ...

Medtech Week Recap: TEDMED Conference Emphasises Thinking Outside the Box

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Last week, TEDMED 2012 took place in Washington DC. The four-day conference emphasised thinking outside the box, writes MD+DI Associate Editor Jamie Hartford in this article.

Wellcome Trust to Establish Open-Access Journal

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Wellcome Trust, one of the largest research charities in the world, has announced its plan to launch a free open-access academic journal. The organisation will also more strictly enforce its requirements that scientists it funds allow open access to the published study within six months after publication. The move is ...

Parent Company of Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Changes Hands

Friday, April 13th, 2012

From the wire: Oliver Products, the parent company of Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging and Oliver Packaging and Equipment, has been acquired by an affiliate of Berwind Corp.

Low Friction Coating Provides Lubrication and Corrosion Protection

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Materials researchers at INM – Leibniz-Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany, developed a low friction coating that provides lubrication properties similar to grease and oil as well as protection from corrosion. The new material is suitable for the coating of metals and metal alloys, such as steel, aluminium or magnesium. Cog wheels, ...

Software and Medical Devices? It’s Complicated

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

As more and more healthcare apps enter the marketplace, manufacturers increasingly will wrestle with complex regulatory issues that don't always have a clear path to compliance. For example, as functionality is added to software used in a healthcare setting, it can become a medical device in legal terms, writes ...

Finalists of the 2012 MDEA Awards Announced

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

MD+DI has announced the finalists of the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA). The awards ceremony, sponsored by MD+DI and organised by UBM Canon, recognises achievements of medical product manufacturers and the people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers and clinicians. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on ...

New Catheter Processing Technology Protects Coating Integrity

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

From the wire: Machine Solutions Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ, USA) has announced the introduction of integrated protective film technology for balloon pleating, folding/wrapping and fluting processes. The FFS975S Drug Eluting Balloon Catheter Pleating & Folding Equipment is specifically designed for processing DEB/DCB products. “The market leading FFS technology from Machine Solutions Inc. ...

Nanohealth Programme Links UK and Irish Academic Institutions with Companies

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

An EU-funded programme pools the resources of four Irish universities and Swansea University in the United Kingdom to help businesses explore opportunities in nanohealth. The Celtic Alliance for NanoHealth (CAN) combines the resources at University College Dublin’s Centre for BioNano Interactions, Trinity College Dublin’s Institute of Molecular Medicines and Centre ...