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On-Demand Webinars : Medical
A Review of Ionizing Radiation Sterilization Modalities

The use of high-energy ionizing radiation for sterilization purposes is an established and proven method for the inactivation of microorganisms on healthcare, food, and general industrial products. Several ionizing radiation modality options are available including gamma, electron beam, and...

INSIDER : Medical
MD&M West Celebrates 35 Years of Medtech Innovation
MD&M West Celebrates 35 Years of Medtech Innovation

Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference is returning for its 35th year to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA February 11–13, 2020 for three days of...

MD&M West Celebrates 35 Years of Medtech Innovation
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
MD&M West: Opening Keynote Panel: Tech Disruptors Transforming the Robotics Revolution
MD&M West: Opening Keynote Panel: Tech Disruptors Transforming the Robotics Revolution

Robots are at the forefront of innovation in the last decade, leading the medical device industry to the cusp of a new technological shift: The Robotics...

MD&M West: Opening Keynote Panel: Tech Disruptors Transforming the Robotics Revolution
INSIDER : Medical
MD&M West: Tech Talks, Lightning Workshops, Roundtables
MD&M West: Tech Talks, Lightning Workshops, Roundtables

MD&M West attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds shaping the medical device field via an eight-track conference, Tech Talk Panels, Lightning...

MD&M West: Tech Talks, Lightning Workshops, Roundtables
On-Demand Webinars : Software
Modeling Interactions in Energy-Based Medical Devices Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

If you are interested in learning how to design, simulate, and prototype energy-based medical devices, then tune into this 60-minute Webinar featuring guest speaker Daniel Smith from Emphysys.

News : Medical
Tessy Plastics Expands Elbridge Facilities
Tessy Plastics Expands Elbridge Facilities

Tessy Plastics Corp., which specializes in injection molding and custom automated assembly solutions, has expanded the warehouse space in one of its manufacturing facilities in upstate New York. The...

Tessy Plastics Expands Elbridge Facilities
INSIDER : AR/AI
Artificial Intelligence Detects Leukemia
Artificial Intelligence Detects Leukemia

Researchers have shown that artificial intelligence can detect one of the most common forms of blood cancer — acute myeloid leukemia (AML) — with high reliability. Their approach is based on the...

Artificial Intelligence Detects Leukemia
INSIDER : Medical
Stretchable Device Converts Vibration to Electrical Signals
Stretchable Device Converts Vibration to Electrical Signals

A liquid electret material capable of semi-permanently retaining static electricity was used to create the world’s first bendable, stretchable vibration-powered device. Because...

Stretchable Device Converts Vibration to Electrical Signals
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Device Improves Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
Wearable Device Improves Treatment of Swallowing Disorders

A wearable monitoring device makes treatments easier and more affordable for millions of people with swallowing disorders. The skin-mountable sensor sticker attaches firmly to the...

Wearable Device Improves Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
Features : Design
Making a Great Cardio Product Even Better: The Next-Generation Zio Heart Patch
Making a Great Cardio Product Even Better: The Next-Generation Zio Heart Patch

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease. This group of over 121 million people are often diagnosed with potential...

Making a Great Cardio Product Even Better: The Next-Generation Zio Heart Patch
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs

External PSUs

XP Power, Tokyo, Japan, has released two series of external power supplies that are intended for modern medical applications, including safety approvals for...

New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Motion Control
Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control
Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control

Voice Coil Motor

Moticont, Van Nuys, CA, has added a new high force voice coil motor to its GVCM family of voice coil motors with an internal shaft and bearing. The new GVCM-095-089-03 linear...

Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control
Products : Semiconductors & ICs
Product of the Month: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs

Flexible Printed Circuit

Trackwise, Tewkesbury, UK, offers advanced flexible printed circuits (FPCs) that are ideal for catheter construction. The FPCs can be fed inside a...

Product of the Month: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Medical
Active Implants Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for NUsurface Meniscus Implant
Active Implants Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for NUsurface Meniscus Implant

FDA has granted a Breakthrough Device Designation to Active Implants’ NUsurface® Meniscus Implant. Active Implants, LLC develops...

Active Implants Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for NUsurface Meniscus Implant
Briefs : Materials
Options for Reducing Friction When Using Silicone Elastomers
Options for Reducing Friction When Using Silicone Elastomers

Silicone has a long and proven history of use with medical devices and can provide many benefits, from flexibility to cushioning. When working with some medical devices, however,...

Options for Reducing Friction When Using Silicone Elastomers
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Injectable, Flexible Electrode Could Replace Rigid Nerve-Stimulating Implants
Injectable, Flexible Electrode Could Replace Rigid Nerve-Stimulating Implants

By electrically stimulating nerves, neuromodulation therapies can reduce epileptic seizures, soothe chronic pain, and treat depression and a host of other health...

Injectable, Flexible Electrode Could Replace Rigid Nerve-Stimulating Implants
Briefs : Medical
Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging
Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging

National Institutes of Health researchers, along with researchers at Siemens, have developed a high-performance, low-magnetic-field MRI system that vastly improves image quality of the lungs and...

Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging
Briefs : Materials
Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures
Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures

Inspired by a sticky substance that spiders use to catch their prey, MIT engineers have designed a double-sided tape that can rapidly seal tissues together.

Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures
Briefs : FDA/Regulatory
Good Design Controls Are Critical to Avoiding FDA Issues
Good Design Controls Are Critical to Avoiding FDA Issues

Medical device companies recognize that having an emphasis on design controls helps to assure good design and engineering practices that yield high-quality solutions. This is critical...

Good Design Controls Are Critical to Avoiding FDA Issues
R&D : AR/AI
AI Blood Test Spot Signs of Brain Tumors

Researchers have developed a test that works by detecting chemical clues shed by brain tumors into the blood. They say it could help improve brain tumor survival by making diagnosis quicker and more efficient.

R&D : Electronics & Computers
3D Printed Plastics with High-Performance Electrical Circuits
3D Printed Plastics with High-Performance Electrical Circuits

Engineers have embedded high-performance electrical circuits inside 3D printed plastics, which could lead to better-performing biomedical implants. They used pulses of high-energy...

3D Printed Plastics with High-Performance Electrical Circuits
R&D : Medical
Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs
Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs

Researchers have developed a low-cost, “intelligent” metamaterial that could revolutionize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), making the entire MRI process faster, safer, and more accessible to...

Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs
R&D : Medical
Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs
Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs

Scientists have developed plastic collimators that can replace their metal analogs used in radiation therapy. The team focused on the exact characteristics of the desired product, its...

Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs
R&D : Medical
Implantable Bioartificial Kidney Achieves Preclinical Milestone
Implantable Bioartificial Kidney Achieves Preclinical Milestone

Scientists successfully implanted a prototype kidney bioreactor containing functional human kidney cells in large animals without significant safety concerns. The device, which...

Implantable Bioartificial Kidney Achieves Preclinical Milestone
R&D : Robotics, Automation & Control
Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials
Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials

Stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and put in your pocket have been developed by a team using a new way of embedding artificial muscles and electrical adhesion into soft...

Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials
Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
Cost-Effective Interconnects for Autoclaved Medical Devices
Cost-Effective Interconnects for Autoclaved Medical Devices

The medical market is becoming more and more impacted by influences of emerging market mega trends including expanding global markets, where products must be made to meet the...

Cost-Effective Interconnects for Autoclaved Medical Devices
Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
How to Protect Patients from Potential Electrical Failure
How to Protect Patients from Potential Electrical Failure

People and power don’t mix well, and this is particularly true when people are medical patients. Aside from the more usual environment of a medical facility, patients are also...

How to Protect Patients from Potential Electrical Failure
Global Innovations : Medical
Implants: Protective Membrane Reduces Tissue Buildup
Implants: Protective Membrane Reduces Tissue Buildup

Scientists have developed a special protective membrane made of cellulose that significantly reduces the buildup of fibrotic tissue around cardiac pacemaker implants, as reported in a...

Implants: Protective Membrane Reduces Tissue Buildup