Archive for January, 2013

EC Awards €2 Billion to Research Initiatives on Graphene and the Human Brain

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The European Commission has announced the winners of FET (Future and Emerging Technologies), a multi-billion research competition. Graphene, a project that will investigate the properties of the material, and the Human Brain Project, said to be the world's largest brain research programme, won the awards.

Dump Scrutiny Procedure, Ratchet Up Oversight of Notified Bodies in Medical Device Regulations, Says Eucomed

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

As promised by MedTech Europe CEO Serge Bernasconi in his baptismal blog post earlier this week, Eucomed has published its formal response to the new EU medical device regulations that are before the European Parliament. While Eucomed and industry favour many of the proposed measures, the scrutiny procedure has been a significant ...

CDU/CSU and FDP in Favour of Stricter Medical Devices Regulations

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

In its current newsletter, the German Medical Technology Association BVMed reports that the German political parties CDU/CSU and FDP are in favour of stricter medical devices regulations. The parliamentary groups of the CDU/CSU and FDP are urgently calling for stricter European regulations for medical devices. In a parliamentary motion the ...

MedTech Europe CEO Joins Blogosphere

Monday, January 28th, 2013

"It's time you started blogging, too." Serge Bernasconi, CEO of MedTech Europe, EDMA and Eucomed, heard those words for the first time a few days ago, and, lo and behold, his first blog post is now up. It's chatty and informal, as it should be, but also offers some perspectives ...

Exoskeleton Created with 3-D Printer Nominated for Design of the Year Award

Friday, January 25th, 2013

An exoskeleton that helped a two-year-old girl use her arms for the first time has been nominated for the Design of the Year awards, a contest organised by London's Design Museum. The custom-made exoskeleton was manufactured by researchers at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, with the help ...

Graphene in the Spotlight

Friday, January 25th, 2013

They should have called it graphenepalooza. The current MRS Bulletin from the Materials Research Society is entirely devoted to graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged as a honeycomb-shaped lattice that has unique strength, conductivity and other properties. Several technical articles cover every aspect of the material, including its ...

Salon Asks, Can We Design a Better Patient?

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Our friends at Smart Design are hosting a Smart Salon on 29 January 2013 with an intriguing theme: Can we design a better patient? Noting that the first six months following diagnosis of a chronic condition is a critically important time to help patients retake control of their lives, salon ...

Antimicrobial Hydrogel Destroys Superbugs

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and IBM Research unveiled the first-ever antimicrobial hydrogel that can break apart biofilms and destroy multidrug-resistant superbugs upon contact. According to a press release issued by the institute, tests have demonstrated the effectiveness of this novel synthetic material in eliminating various ...

Study Demonstrates Reliability of Textile Electrodes

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Textile electronics built into clothes are as reliable as traditional electrodes when it comes to measuring vital signs, research at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden demonstrates. The study by researcher Juan Carlos Márquez found that measurements from textile electrodes can be used to accurately measure heart functions, ...

Clariant Spotlights New Additives for Medical Device Applications at Pharmapack Europe

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The medical masterbatches business unit of chemicals company Clariant will introduce additives designed to address customer demand for cost efficiency and product differentiation at Pharmapack Europe in Paris next month. The ISO/USP pretested MEVOPUR additives enhance processability and functionality, according to the company, and include next-generation clarifiers, nucleants and process aids, ...

Iwis Introduces Anti-Backbend Chains for Medical Applications

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30018" align="alignleft" width="280"] Anti-backbend chain from iwis for medical applications.[/caption] Flexible in only one direction, anti-backbend chains are used for pushing loads and can bridge larger gaps without guidance system. The iwis Group has now introduced such anti-backbend chains for medical applications. Developed to customer specifications, the chains are used in a ...

To Build a Better Pump, First Develop a Better Filter

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

If you’re sourcing a filter, KNF Flodos (Sursee, Switzerland), a maker of pumps used in medical and other applications, probably would not be on your short list of suppliers. You might want to rethink that, says Jean Delteil, Marketing Manager. In December 2012, the company introduced a pair of filters ...