Archive for February, 2013

Sensor Could Lead to Wireless Brain-Computer Interface for Paralysed Patients

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Researchers at Brown University have reported the next advance in brain-computer interfaces, an implantable and rechargeable wireless sensor. The sensor could one day help people with severe paralysis control devices with their thoughts.

Medtech Stakeholders at ENVI Meeting Back New Device Regulation, with Some Reservations

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Yes, Europe's regulatory system for medical devices is in need of an overhaul to improve patient safety and maintain timely access to innovative medical technology. No, the scrutiny procedure is not the best way to achieve that goal. That was—almost—the consensus at a meeting organised by the European Parliament’s Environment, ...

Antimicrobial Technology Debuts at MEDTEC Europe

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Longevity and a contact-kill mechanism set apart an antimicrobial coating developed by BioInteractions Ltd from the panoply of technologies designed to prevent bacterial infection. The company based in Reading, UK, is touting its material and associated services at MEDTEC Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, for the first time this week.

Europe’s Medtech Market Not Dead Yet

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30341" align="alignleft" width="400"] Click to enlarge[/caption] It's an illustration of the rapid pace at which the world moves these days that a forecast of the growth rate of western Europe's medical technology market drafted in May 2012 will have to be revised . . . downward, as it happens. Speaking to a ...

Russia Makes Medtech Power Play

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

If Russia is not currently on your radar as a medtech market, it will be soon. That was the message delivered by Alexandra Tretiakova, Executive Director of Russia's International Medical Device Manufacturers Association, at the Breakfast Briefing hosted by European Medical Device Technology at MEDTEC Europe on 27 February. Currently ...

Valtronic and Debiotech Announce Partnership on the JewelPUMP for Diabetic Patients

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Debiotech SA and Valtronic announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership agreement regarding the manufacturing of the electronic controller unit for Debiotech's novel insulin "JewelPUMPTM". Representing the most advanced use of microfluidic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology in diabetes treatment, the watertight pump can be mounted on a disposable ...

Stem Cells Cultured on Biomedical Plastic Could Lead to New Therapies for Bone Repair

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Researchers at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, have developed a new method to generate bone cells. The researchers cultured human embryonic stem cells on the surface of plastic materials, which included polycarbonate plastic, a method cheaper and easier than traditional ways of culturing embryonic ...

Device Regulation’s Implant Card Measure Will Contribute to Patient Confusion, Not Safety

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Much ink has been spilled over the scrutiny procedure in the proposed medical device regulation, but relatively little has been said about article 16, which would require an "implant card" to be distributed with each implantable device and provided to the patient who has been implanted with the device. Rolande Hall, ...

SMP Introduces Low-Noise, Energy-Efficient Chokes for MRI Scanners

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

SMP Sintermetalle Prometheus (SMP) has developed chokes for use in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). These inductive components are exceptionally quiet in operation as well as being low-loss and energy-efficient. This has been achieved with magnetostriction-free materials that have been developed specially for use in medical equipment. SMP develops and manufactures inductive ...

ENVI Committee Hosts Public Hearing on Proposed Medical Device Regulation

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

What are you doing on 26 February? If you have an interest in the proposed medical device regulation and how it will affect patient safety and time to market, then you should make plans to be in Brussels. The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee has ...

Medical Materials: Colder Expands FitQuik Product Line

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Colder Products Company, provider of quick disconnect couplings and fittings for plastic tubing, announces the addition of PVDF to the available medical material options throughout its FitQuik Connectors product line. This material addition creates more than 100 new FitQuik Connectors alongside the existing nylon, polypropylene and polycarbonate materials and configurations ...

From Call of Duty to Surgical Simulators

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30240" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jeffrey Berkley, PhD, CEO of Mimic Technologies.[/caption] You can learn a thing or two from videogames. Just ask Jeffrey Berkley, PhD, CEO, Chairman and founder of Mimic Technologies Inc. (Seattle, WA, USA). Developer of simulation software for the da Vinci surgical robot, Mimic has just released MSim 2.0 ...