Archive for November, 2012

Modern Static Analysis Drives Progress and Safety in Medical Software

Friday, November 30th, 2012

More than half of existing medical devices depend on software in one form or another, either as an embedded system in the finished device or during its manufacture, according to development testing company Coverity (Camberley, UK). While software drives advances in medical technology, it also creates risk, especially as it ...

Objet Showcases Latest 3-D Printing Innovations at EuroMold 2012

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The 19th EuroMold, international trade show for mould making and tooling, application development and design, opened its doors on Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany. At EuroMold, 3-D printing specialist for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing Objet Ltd., presents its latest technology developments. New to EuroMold and the focus on the Objet ...

Debate on NHS Digital First Initiative Demonstrates Telemedicine’s Hidden Hurdle

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Telemedicine can reduce inconvenient doctor appointments and be especially helpful for patients in remote areas, but the field is not advancing nearly as quickly as it could. Challenges in reimbursement, regulation, law and privacy are some factors slowing the growth. Moreover, many patients remain sceptical. The recent debate on the UK ...

Rhenovia Pharma Files Patents for Electronic Drug-Delivery Patch

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

From the wire: Rhenovia Pharma (Mulhouse, France) has filed two patent applications for RHEpatch, its electronic transdermal patch for people suffering from chronic diseases. Originally designed to deliver drugs to patients suffering from diseases of the nervous system, the RHEpatch has potential to impact the entire health sector, according to the ...

Spider Silk Gets Its Groove on

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_29613" align="alignleft" width="347"] The molecular structure of artificially produced spider silk with strong, well-linked fibres. Image courtesy Markus Buehler/MIT.[/caption] Music may well soothe the savage beast and increase the IQs of young listeners, but can it accelerate the design of biosynthetic materials? A team of researchers seeking to produce a ...

Pan-European Patent Proposal Could Be Approved Next Month

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

After over 30 years of attempts, the European Union is close to reaching a compromise on a pan-European patent. Well, sort of. The current unified patent proposal covers 25 of 27 member states, since Spain and Italy are not participating. The working group of the Council of the European Union agreed ...

MediWales Hosts UK HealthTech Conference

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Before you shut down for the holidays, you might want to spend a day in Cardiff, Wales, UK, and hobnob with some industry heavyweights at the UK HealthTech conference hosted by MediWales. Speakers include Professor Sir Chris Evans, OBE, a biotech entrepreneur who has created dozens of successful science companies in ...

Taking the Measure of Metria’s Sensor Technology Platform

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

As we reported earlier this month on medtechinsider, Avery Dennison Medical Solutions unveiled a new name and branding—Vancive Medical Technologies—at Medica in Düsseldorf, Germany. The reason for the change, explained Colleen Ward, Vice President, Global Marketing, is to better reflect the diversity of technology and products that the company now offers. ...

Medtech Week Recap: Tonio Borg Is Appointed EU Health Commissioner; Reaches out to Critics

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The European Parliament grilled Tonio Borg for several hours last week before he was approved as the new European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner. In an interview with Malta Today, Borg reached out to the MEPs who voted against him and said he wants to meet and work together.

Hybrid Printer Creates Implantable Cartilage

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The printing of three-dimensional tissue has taken a major step forward with the creation of a novel hybrid printer that simplifies the process of creating implantable cartilage. The printer has been presented 22 November, in IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing's journal Biofabrication ("Hybrid printing of mechanically and biologically improved constructs ...

Qualcomm Life Execs Reflect on EU and US Healthcare Systems

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Qualcomm Life (San Diego, USA) recently launched 2net in Europe, a CE-certified platform to support medical device connectivity and data management. In a recent interview, we asked Rick Valencia, founder and general manager of Qualcomm Life and Anthony Shimkin, the company's senior director of marketing to compare the dynamics of ...

Medica/Compamed: Purchasing Power Increasingly Centralised

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Purchasing power in the medical industry is increasingly centralised and top decision makers from the commercial division gain in importance. This is the conclusion of the final Medica and Compamed report published by Messe Düsseldorf. The world’s largest medical trade show Medica and the parallel-running trade fair for upstream suppliers ...