Archive for October, 2012

Kyoto Researchers Combine Carbon Nanotubes and NIR Technology to Kill Cancer Cells

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Kyoto University researchers have discovered that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) combined with a near-infrared (NIR) light irradiation technique generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and kill cancer cells. CNTs have unique properties that can be exploited for diagnostics, thermal ablation and drug delivery.

Heraeus Medical Components Opens R&D and Production Centre in Singapore

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Heraeus Medical Components has announced the opening of its Medical Materials Development and Production Center in Singapore to support expansion of its regional R&D activities and production of materials and components. The company is following its customers in the cardiac rhythm management space, many of whom are relocating production to Southeast Asia, ...

Analyst Predicts Flurry of Medtech M&A Activity in UK for Q1 2013

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Guest post from James Knott, Deal Executive, Catalyst Corporate Finance: The mid-noughties saw a string of UK-headquartered multinationals exit the country in search of more profit-friendly territories. This shift, which included a number of medical device companies, did not go unnoticed by the UK government, not least because large chunks of corporation ...

Medtech Week Recap: Investigation Highlights Shortcomings of EU Regulatory System for Medical Products

Monday, October 29th, 2012

An undercover investigation by the British Medical Journal and The Telegraph exposed loopholes in the regulatory system for medical devices. The investigation detailed how Notified Bodies were willing to offer provisional approval or licensing for a hip implant product modelled after a MoM device banned in United Kingdom.

Cooperation between Commerce and Science: LPKF, ITE and Hakko Train Rapid Prototyping Specialists

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Rapid prototyping is an essential component in the development and rollout of complex products. Therefore the Institute of Technical Education (ITE, Singapore), Hakko as a specialist for soldering technology and the Rapid PCB Prototyping division of LPKF Laser & Electronics signed an agreement to collaborate in training developers of printed ...

Nanomachine Assembly Mimics Muscle Movement

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Scientists at French research institute CNRS have assembled thousands of nano-scale machines that are capable of producing coordinated movement similar to human muscles. Led by Professor Nicolas Giuseppone of the University of Strasbourg, the research validates a biomimetic theory that has, until now, remained at the conceptual stage, according to ...

NANOMED2020 Aims to Bring More Nanomedicine Products to European Patients

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

German innovation and technology association VDI/VDE-IT recently announced a collaboration with key European nanomedicine playersfunded by the European Commission. The partnership aims at identifying key areas for nanomedicine research and at establishing novel concepts for translation of nanomedical innovations into clinical practice. The project called NANOMED2020 started on 1 September 2012 ...

Medtech Week Recap: Businessman in EU Fraud Case Asked for €60 Million Bribe, Swedish Match Says

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

EU's health commissioner John Dalli resigned last week as a result of a fraud report. A businessman used his connections to Dalli to try to bribe tobacco company Swedish Match. The businessman asked for €60 million in return for influence over EU's tobacco legislation, Swedish Match said on Friday. The ...

Fakuma: Treffert Demonstrates All Around Laser Marking

Friday, October 19th, 2012

At the international trade fair for plastics processing Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Treffert debuted a laser system with a freely programmable six-axis robot for plastic marking and welding applications. The materials supplier develops masterbatches compatible with the laser-based welding and marking process. The company will hold live demonstrations through tomorrow, showing ...

Details Emerge into Fraud Investigation Involving John Dalli

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The European Union has released new information into fraud allegations related to former European Health Commissioner John Dalli, who resigned this week after the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) completed an investigation into the case. Tobacco producer Swedish Match filed a complaint in May 2012, saying that a Maltese businessman tried ...

Medica Tech Forum: What Medtech Innovators Need to Know about Patents

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The current row over the single EU patent will further delay an idea whose time came several years ago. But you shouldn't let the stalemate in Brussels stop you from attending an English-language session on what medtech innovators need to know about patents at the Medica Tech Forum on November ...

DCA Design Receives Queen’s Award for International Trade

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_29199" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left to right: Rob Bassil, Martin Dunne, Robert Woolston and Nick Mival.[/caption] Product design bureau DCA Design International (Warwick, UK) has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its achievements in international trade. Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne, the official representative for the Queen ...