Archive for December, 2012

Medtech Resolutions for 2013: Open Innovation, Harmonisation and Enlightenment (Literally)

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

As we bid adieu to 2012, we asked some of our friends and colleagues what, if any, new year's resolutions they would like to make for themselves or on behalf of the medtech industry. Here is a sampling of what we received. We also invite you to add your thoughts ...

Medtech Year in Review: Implant Scandals, New EU Device Regulations and US Device Tax Uproar

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Irish Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards, which were held in Galway, Ireland, on 13 December 2012, provided an object lesson on everything that is right with the medtech industry. Performing well in an otherwise dodgy economy, with exports up year on year, Ireland's medtech sector celebrated its achievements at ...

Instron Introduces Polyurethane Cover to Protect Testing Systems from Liquid

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Instron, a provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, has introduced BioCoat: a polyurethane protective cover designed for Instron Series 5940 single column testing systems. Applications performed on the systems include mechanical low-force in-vitro testing of biomaterials and components as well as materials for ...

Irish Medtech Awards Celebrate a Winning Industry

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Ireland's medical technology industry gave itself a well-deserved pat on the back in Galway on 13 December 2012. And, man, there were a lot of backs to pat! Approximately 350 people donned their finest tuxedos and fanciest evening gowns to celebrate the winners of the Irish Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards in ...

Medtech Week Recap: European Parliament Approves Unitary Patent Package

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The European Parliament approved a unitary patent package that could cut costs of an EU patent by up to 80%, according to a press release on the Parliament's website.

Lake Region Medical Caps Banner Year with Top Prize at 2012 Irish Medical Technology Awards

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_29800" align="alignleft" width="300"] Joseph Fleischhacker, CEO, and John Harris, Vice President of Operations, Lake Region Medical, accept the Medical Technology Company of the Year award from Sharon Higgins, Director, IMDA, and Barry O'Leary, CEO, IDA.[/caption] Competition was stiff in the Medical Technology Company of the Year category at the 2012 ...

Medtech Regulatory Update: Top Regulations and Standards to Prepare for in 2013

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

As 2013 approaches, why not plan to make some New Year's resolutions for your business, like a commitment to kick of 2013 by preparing for new medtech regulations and standards? The regulations and standards landscape in Europe for medical device manufacturers will change dramatically in the next few years. This ...

Microfabrication Company Primoceler Unveils Laser-Based Glass Welding Machine

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Primoceler Inc., a Finnish microfabrication company specialising in glass welding and laser scribing, has announced its development of a new laser-based welding machine for microelectromechanical systems. Primoceler’s new machine produces an extremely small heat-affected zone during the hermetic sealing of sensitive components, improving manufacturing processes and expanding the potential for ...

Pharmapack 2013: Teamtechnik to Show Cam-Controlled System Platform for the Assembly of Medical and Pharmaceutical Products

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The teamtechnik Group will be exhibiting its RTS XXS cam-controlled system platform at Pharmapack Europe, taking place 13 to 14 February 2013 at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. The system assembles in a half-second cycle, is 98% available and requires just 1.4 sqm of space in the production ...

Haptic Hand Can Help Doctors Study Arthritis

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_29756" align="alignright" width="250"] Haptic hand developed by researchers at Tyndall National Institute, Cork[/caption] A sensorised glove developed by researchers at Tyndall National Institute in Cork could have various applications in healthcare, reports Silicon Republic. The device, called the "haptic hand", collects information on the user's hand movements and can help ...

iPhone App Tracks Cases of Infectious Diseases

Monday, December 10th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_29746" align="alignright" width="300"] the ClickClinica iPhone app[/caption] A free iPhone app developed by scientists at University of Liverpool can help health authorities track cases of major infectious diseases, such as meningitis, according to a press release from the university. It can also help doctors comply with requirements to notify authorities ...

Medtech Week Recap: Research Demonstrates how Copper Can Prevent Horizontal Transmission of Genes

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Research from University of Southampton has demonstrated that copper can prevent horizontal transmission of genes (HGT), which contributes to antibiotic-resistant infections. Previous studies have focused on experiments in vivo, but this research is different because it focuses on how pathogens persist in the environment, and especially on touch surfaces.