Archive for June, 2012

OrthoTec Europe 2012 Launches Investment Hub

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

In the competitive landscape of the orthopaedic industry, securing funding for a new idea, concept or technology can be difficult. During the OrthoTec Europe trade show, which takes place 12–13 September in Zürich, Switzerland, a new platform will be launched to help inventors connect with potential investors and industrial partners. The ...

Self-Cleaning Antimicrobial Coating Developed

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28249" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click to enlarge."][/caption] French company Ionitec, a subsidiary of Surfaces Synergie (Maîche, France), has developed an antimicrobial and self-cleaning titanium dioxide (TiO2) coating. The functional properties of the coating are triggered by exposure to a UV light source resulting in photocatalysis. The material and process have been ...

Xbox Kinect Helps Patients Recover from Stroke

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The Xbox Kinect, a motion sensor that allows users to play the XBox game console without a remote, has inspired people around the world to create Kinect hacks, enabling the use of the technology for various purposes. Many of these hacks have been health-related, for example, people have used Kinect ...

Medilink Event Offers SMEs Opportunity to Provide Input on NHS Procurement

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Last month, the UK Department of Health (DH) issued a call for evidence to gather feedback on how to transform procurement in the National Health Service (NHS). The action is part of an effort to enable the NHS to "adopt existing innovations and stimulate new innovations" by harnessing relationships with ...

DSM Strengthens Biomedical Business with Kensey Nash Acquisition

Monday, June 25th, 2012

From the wire: Royal DSM, the global life sciences and materials sciences company, has successfully completed the acquisition of Kensey Nash, through the merger of its subsidiary Biomedical Acquisition Corp. with and into Kensey Nash. As a result of the merger, Kensey Nash is now an indirect wholly owned subsidiary ...

Medtech Week Recap: Hand-Held Imaging System Produces 3-D Colour Images

Monday, June 25th, 2012

A new imaging system developed by Eykona Technologies, a medical imaging spin-out from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, produces 3-D colour images. A video on DeviceTalk describes the development of the system.

Japan’s Regulatory System to Undergo Needed Overhaul . . . in Time

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Japanese government will consider revising the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL) and treat medical devices separately, according to a new national strategy drawn up earlier this month by the government council. The move is strongly welcomed by industry, which has long cast the PAL as an obstacle to the development of ...

Integra LifeSciences Announces Contract with aap Implantate AG

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Integra LifeSciences has announced a contract with aap Implantable AG. Integra LifeSciences will distribute a private label version of the aap Implante AG stainless headed compression screw system. The system will be sold by Integra's Extremity Reconstruction sales organisation.

Straight Talk about Open-Source Medical Software

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Medtech legal specialist and blogger Erik Vollebregt has a bone to pick with the Economist. On his medicaldeviceslegal blog, Vollebregt takes issue with an article on the use of open source software in medical devices that was published in the Economist Technology Quarterly (Q2, 2012). The article initially summarises the benefits ...

Ceram Publishes White Paper on Use of Substituted HA in Bone Repair

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Materials technology company Ceram has announced the publication of a white paper on hydroxyapatite with tailored bioactivity for bone replacement and drug delivery applications. "Multi-Substituted Hydroxyapatites and the Role They Can Play in Enhanced Bone Replacement Solutions" includes an overview of synthetic HA (and associated structures) for bone replacement and an in-depth ...

Plastic Catheter Marker Bands Reduce Production Costs, Improve Adhesion

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Putnam Plastics Corp. has developed a line of polymer marker bands for fluoroscopic illumination of catheter tips used in minimally invasive medical procedures. The plastic bands eliminate the need for traditional gold or platinum marker bands, thus reducing material costs, and adhere more easily to catheter shaft tips. Essentially short, thin-wall ...

UK NHS Publishes Pip Implant Final Report

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The UK National Health Service has published a final report on the Poly Implant Prothèse (Pip) breast implants. The report was conducted by the NHS Medical Director Bruce Keogh's expert group. It looked at the rupture rates and health effects of the Pip implants. The Pip implant scandal broke when ...