Organic Thin-Film Transistors Developed in Japan May Benefit Electronic Medical Implantables

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Because of their mechanical flexibility, organic transistors have tremendous potential to improve the functionality of pacemakers, hearing aids and related medical devices, but the sensitivity to heat and the power requirements of conventional transistors pose an obstacle. Japanese researchers say they have found a work-around.

Japanese Doctors Flustered and Angry Following Olympus Scandal

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The stunning revelations of how Olympus Corp. managed to cover up huge investment losses for more than 20 years is making Japanese doctors anxious about whether the scandal will hurt the company’s mainstay gastro-intestinal endoscope business. “It’s nothing but a humiliation to all medical workers that Olympus took tens of billions ...

Thermo-Electric Material May Power Battery-free Cardiac Pacemaker

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Japanese researchers have developed a material that can generate power after implantation by absorbing light from outside the body. The technology is being applied to the development of a battery-free cardiac pacemaker. Currently, the lithium-ion batteries that power pacemakers need to be replaced every five to 10 years, requiring users to ...

Japanese Professors Form Venture to Commercialise Ventricular Assist Device Technology

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) have established a joint venture, Medtec Heart Inc., to capitalise on their co-developed disposable ventricular assist device (VAD) with magnetic suspension.

Demand for Energy-Efficient Medical Devices on the Rise in Japan

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Out of necessity, the people of Japan may be among the most energy conscious in the world: the devastating earthquake in March caused rolling blackouts, putting hospital patients and others, especially the elderly, at risk. The Medical Device Strategy Institute (MDSI), Japan’s premier think tank focused on the medical device industry, ...

JFMDA Chairman Urges Japanese Government to Prioritise Power and Fuel for Medtech Manufacturers

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Kazuo Ogino, chairman of the Japan Federation of Medical Device Associations, has asked the government to prioritise the allocation of power supplies to medical device factories that manufacture mechanical ventilators, oxygen devices, defibrillators and other products vital for human life. Rolling blackouts, which began on Monday, 14 March, in Japan’s nine ...

Japanese Device Companies Donate Money and Equipment

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Miki Anzai, Associate Editor of Japan Medical Design & Manufacturing Technology writes: The Olympus Group announced on Wednesday, 16 March, that it will donate 100 million yen (US$1.3 million) and nondestructive testing equipment and industrial videoscopes to assist victims. Kyoto-based Omron Healthcare Co. said it would donate 125,000 consumer-use thermometers, 40,000 thermometers ...

LPKF Expands in Japan and China

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG expects a growth for 2010 with turnover most likely up 56%. The success of the German-based laser specialist can be attributed to its booming export business. Dr. Ingo Bretthauer, LPKF Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors, just opened two new sales and service branches in Asia ...

Medtech World News: Pedantic Regulations Hinder Japanese Medtech Industry’s Ability to Compete

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Miki Anzai, Associate Editor of Japan Medical Design & Manufacturing Technology, recently interviewed Terumo Corp. General Manager Kunimasa Katayama. She filed this report about their conversation. Over the past 25 years, Japan’s medtech industry has more than doubled in size, to US$23.9 billion, but its imports have quintupled during the same ...

Medtech World News: Update from Japan

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Our far-flung editors have their fingers on the pulse of the global medtech industry. Yvonne Klöpping (Frankfurt), Miki Anzai (Tokyo) and Helen Zhang (Beijing) come across an abundance of interesting information, much of which is published, but not always in English. They will be sharing that information on a regular ...

Japanese Researchers Develop Rapid, Inexpensive Biosensing Protocol

Monday, November 29th, 2010

A biosensing protocol developed by Japanese researchers may offer a rapid, highly sensitive, inexpensive and homogeneous means for detecting biorecognition processes. The novel method could also eliminate the use of substrates or magnetic sensors in point-of-care medical diagnostics.

Japan, UK Sign Agreement to Share Regulatory Information

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Japan and the United Kingdom have agreed to share regulatory information involving medical devices and other therapeutic products. Although it is not legally binding, "Safeguarding Public Health" is designed to "facilitate access to safe, effective and high-quality products and share information related to these products."  The exchange of letters was ...