Archive for September, 2012

Medtech Week Recap: Industry Scrutinises Proposed Scrutiny Procedure

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Topping the news this week is the European Commission’s proposal for medical device legislation. Eucomed by and large welcomed the measures with one huge caveat regarding the scrutiny procedure (Article 44). The association notes that the procedure “will fundamentally change the current [regulatory] system and will not lead to the ...

EC’s Proposed Scrutiny Procedure Will Not Improve Patient Safety but Could Harm Industry, Says Eucomed Chief Executive

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s been a long time coming. The first public consultation on the proposal for a European regulation on medical devices dates back to May 2008. After endless back-and-forth, abundant speculation on what the document might contain and the proverbial bump in the road that was the Pip breast implant scandal, ...

Proposed Medical Device Regulation’s Scrutiny Procedure Onerous for Medtech Industry, Says Vollebregt

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Now that the European Commission has published the Medical Devices Directive proposal, I thought I would check in with guru Erik Vollebregt to get his off-the-cuff thoughts. He sees several potential pain points for the device industry but the most onerous, in his opinion, is the so-called scrutiny procedure. ...

Toyobo Develops Tubes to Regenerate Damaged Nerves

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Toyobo Co., a maker of synthetic fibres headquartered in Osaka, Japan, has developed resorbable conduits that can help regenerate damaged nerves. The short sections of tubing are made from bioresorbable materials, such as polyglycolic acid, and use NMP Collagen PS, developed by Nippon Meat Packers Inc., to promote tissue growth. ...

Is Swiss Medical Technology an Endangered Ecosystem?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The worldwide escalating cost pressure, pricing and competition, growing regulatory requirements, scarce expert capacities and the strong Swiss franc leave the Swiss medical technology sector faced with enormous challenges. Valuable parts of the supply chain threaten to migrate out of Switzerland. The latest Swiss Medical Technology Industry 2012 report reveals where ...

Medtech Week Recap: Researchers Develop Nanoparticles for Drug-Delivery to the Brain

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The brain is a difficult organ to treat with drugs. Doses need to be high enough to penetrate the tissue, but low enough to be safe. Bioengineers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have developed nanoparticles that can infiltrate the brain safely.

Imec Researchers Demonstrate Electronics that Flex and Stretch Like Skin

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Imec has integrated an ultra-thin, flexible chip with bendable and stretchable interconnects into a package that adapts dynamically to curving and bending surfaces. The resulting circuitry can be embedded in medical and lifestyle applications where user comfort and unobtrusiveness is key, such as wearable health monitors or smart clothing. At ...

Ferromatik Milacron and Offenburg University of Applied Sciences Collaborate on Research

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Offenburg University of Applied Sciences recently spent two days at injection moulding machine builder Ferromatik Milacron in Malterdingen, Germany, performing machine acceptance tests. The Elektra 50 all-electric injection moulding machine from Ferromatik Milacron will be used at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences next semester in the new "Mechanical Engineering/Materials Engineering" ...

Glove Transforms Sign Language into Speech

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

A team of Ukranian students has developed a glove that can transform sign language into verbal communication. The device could help people with hearing and speech impairment to communicate. The team won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 and has launched a website detailing the project, which they call "Enable Talk", ...

Advanced In Vivo Imaging Technology One Step Closer to Clinical Use

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28975" align="alignleft" width="132" caption="Image courtesy A. Tapfer/TUM"][/caption] Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) continue to make progress in developing a technology to improve contrast in CT scans. Led by TUM scientists, the German, Swedish, and Belgian team’s goal of producing medical images with enhanced soft tissue visibility—grating-based x-ray phase ...

China Plans Vast Medical Infrastructure in New City of Tongzhou

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Following the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced plans to build a modernised city in the Tongzhou District in the southeast part of the capital. Construction is well underway on what has been called the new magnetic pole of Beijing. The establishment of an international medical centre ...

Medtech Week Recap: Inerventions Wins Medtech Investment Day Award

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Inerventions, a company that developed a body suit that can help increase mobility for patients with neurological disorders, won the Medtech Investment Day Award. The Medtech Investment Day Nordic event took place last week in Stockholm. 25 emerging medtech companies competed for the award of SEK 25 000.