January 2015

Modern mobile networks are ubiquitous and accessible virtually everywhere, from remote villages in Africa to deep inside warehouses and hospitals. This universal wireless coverage,...

Remote medical care is undergoing a revolution and the future is bright. Thanks to wireless networks and cloud connectivity across a growing...

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, has released COMSOL Multiphysics® 5.0, featuring extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the new Application Builder....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
iPS-M420S Industrial Power Storage

Advantech, Milpitas, CA, launched its iPS-M420S, a 420-Wh industrial power storage system with a lithium iron phosphate cell. This environmentally friendly and long-lifecycle, rechargeable battery provides substantial charge capacity, safety, and cost-efficiency. With its fanless design and IP67 DC output...

Elcam Medical Ltd., Hackensack, NJ, introduces its Marvelous™ specialized flow-control stopcock used to administer IV procedures or as a blood sampling port in hemodynamic monitoring sets....

Excelitas Technologies, Missisauga, Canada, announces the expansion of its OmniCure AC Series UV LED curing solutions with its new PLC2000 multipurpose external controller device and OmniCure AC...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIDR03M Series 3 WattConverter

PIK Power, Inc., Marlborough, CT, offers a large standard range of MINMAX high isolation converters with models ranging from 1 to 10W. Products with fully regulated or unregulated output voltages are available....

Schneider Electric Motion USA, Marlborough, CT, announces that Lexium MDrive® integrated motor systems expand industrial field bus communication options with CANopen with M12 circular connectors on...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
KOENIG Check Valves

SFC KOENIG, North Haven, CT, added Check Valves to its sealing and flow control solutions. The Check Valves feature a ball style, one-piece, self-contained design for quick and precise flow control, and can be used to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
UB29 Linear DC Micro Welder

Miyachi Unitek Corporation, Monrovia, CA, introduces the UB29 linear DC micro welder, which offers precision control for micro-miniature resistance welding, particularly in the medical market. Featuring single...

Products: Motion Control
I² DC Servo Motor

Specialty Motors, Inc., Valencia, CA, announces its fully integrated I² DC Servo Motor is easily programmable to perform complex velocity and positioning movements within minutes. The all-in-one unit contains the...

Products: Electronics & Computers
SlimStack™ SSB6 SMT Micro Connectors

Molex, Inc., Lisle, IL, announces the launch of its new SlimStack™ SSB6 SMT microminiature board-to-board connectors. With an ultra-low profile (0.35 mm pitch) and compact size (0.60 mm height x 2.00...

Products: Materials
CYCOLOY HCX1640 Resin

SABIC, Pittsfield, MA, unveils CYCOLOY polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) high impact amorphous thermoplastic blends, which combine ease of processing with low-temperature ductility. With excellent...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fineblanking Capabilities

Connecticut Spring & Stamping, Farmington, CT, announces that it has expanded its capabilities to include fineblanking, ideal for economically producing highly complex, ready-to-install multifunctional parts in...

The pipette is a basic fluid control tool for transferring tiny amounts of liquids. Electronic or motorized pipettes are an ergonomic alternative to manual pipettes and an efficient way to increase...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Making Lower Limb Prosthetics More Comfortable

Diabetes is the leading cause of limb loss, accounting for more than 65,000 amputations a year nationwide. In addition, there were more than 1,500 major limb amputations from US battle injuries...

Each year, more than a half-million Americans undergo stenting procedures to have a narrowed coronary artery propped open. The procedure helps to restore blood flow and is common for certain patients...

R&D: RF & Microwave Electronics
Treating Tumors with Antennas

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working to commercialize a new technology that could yield less invasive radiation therapies for cancer patients using ablation.

R&D: Medical
Beating Bacteria with Dissolvable Wireless Implants

A team of engineers at Tufts University, Medford, MA, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminates bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote...

R&D: Design
Studying How Power Prosthetics Fail

While powered lower limb prosthetics can greatly improve the mobility of amputees, errors in the technology can also cause users to stumble or fall, say researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are examining what happens when these...

R&D: Medical
Acoustic Sensor May Detect Cancer

Testing for ovarian cancer or a chemical presence may become much simpler thanks to a new microscopic acoustic device that has been dramatically improved by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. The device, known as a surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor, detects...

R&D: Medical
Developing a Sonar-Assisted Device for the Blind

At Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, a biology professor researching echolocation in bats teamed up with an associate professor of computer science and an interdisciplinary team of students to develop a device that can help the visually impaired navigate better. Their research focused on...

R&D: Medical
Wireless Brain Sensing Untethers Subjects

Scientists at Brown University, Providence, RI, say that a new wireless brain-sensing system will allow them to acquire high-fidelity neural data to advance neuroscience that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tie subjects to cabled computer connections for analysis. Their results show that...

Portable and wearable healthcare devices represent growing, high volume markets for the medtech industry. Patient monitors are evolving from stationary...

While a number of countries have standards in regards to overall medical equipment, a few countries have related component requirements (e.g. plugs...

Global Innovations: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Walker Aids in Stroke Therapy
National University of Singapore www.nus.edu.sg

Regaining mobility after a stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and Parkinson’s disease...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Shopping Can Be Hazardous

High prices are not the only things that can cause a shock at the mall. Most stores now have electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, designed to deter shoplifting. Of course, you may not have noticed them, as they are often covered with signs indicating sales. But for someone with an implanted...

Mission Accomplished: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Oxygen Sensors Monitor Bioreactors and Ensure Health and Safety

In the mid-1990s scientists at NASA Kennedy Space Center were experimenting with an unusual substance: cow digestive bacteria. Could it break down leftover dead plant matter in...

News: Medical
TRUE Technology Focuses Diffuse Light Inside Living Tissue

Lihong Wang, the Gene K. Beare Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has revealed for the first time a new technique that focuses diffuse light inside a dynamic scattering medium containing living...

A team of researchers at UCLA has developed a lens-free microscope that, they say, can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as...

A bilateral shoulder-level amputee made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore, MD, this summer when he became the first person to wear and...

INSIDER: Medical
Comments Requested on Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

To address the cybersecurity challenges of wireless medical infusion pumps, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), Rockville, MD, is now inviting comments on a draft project to secure those devices. The challenges include vulnerabilities to malware or hacking and access...

News: Medical
Spinal Cord Implant Mimics Living Tissue

New therapies are on the horizon for individuals paralyzed following spinal cord injury. The e-Dura implant developed by EPFL scientists can be applied directly to the spinal cord without causing damage and inflammation.

News: Medical
New Imaging Method Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

A team of scientists and physicians from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with counterparts at University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging – and may have significant...

News: Medical
January 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community.

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News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Is 2015 the Year for Medtech Growth?

At home and abroad, medtech suppliers prepare to rise with the new year's tide

In this Outsourcing Outlook newsletter, Contributing Editor Steve Halasey examines the latest industry news concerning outsourcing/contract manufacturing.

News: Medical
Quantum Dots Enable Neuroimaging Possibilities

Berkeley Lab’s quantum dots have not only found their way into tablets, computer screens, and TVs; they are also used in biological and medical imaging tools. Now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) director Paul Alivisatos is exploring their use for solar cell as well as brain...

News: Medical
Zinc Oxide Materials Tapped for Implantable Medical Devices

A group of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) researchers explored how the attractive physical features of zinc oxide (ZnO) materials could be more effectively used to tap into abundant mechanical energy sources to power micro devices.

INSIDER: Medical
FDA Seeks Comments on Defining Medical Device Accessories

The FDA has developed a draft document to provide guidance to industry and FDA staff about the regulation of accessories to medical devices. This guidance is intended to clarify and modify the FDA’s policy concerning the classification of accessories and to discuss the application of...

INSIDER: Medical
FDA Explores Single Audit Program for Multiple Countries

According to an FDA blog post, the FDA and regulatory agencies in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Japan embarked in 2014 on a pilot called the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP). Its goal is to develop a process that allows a single audit, or inspection to ensure the medical device...

INSIDER: Medical
Wearable Nanowire Sensors Monitor Electrophysiological Signals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor electrophysiological signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as accurate as the “wet electrode” sensors...

News: Medical
Neuroscientists Predict Hand's Grip Movements

Using electrophysiological measurements in the areas of the brain that are responsible for the planning and execution of hand movements, German Primate Center scientists predicted avariety of hand positions through the analysis of exact neural signals.

News: Medical
January 2015 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Medical
New Fibers Deliver Simultaneous Stimuli

Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single type of signaling, limiting the information that can be derived from the brain at any point in time. By producing complex multimodal fibers that could be less than the width of a hair, MIT researchers have created a system that could deliver...

News: Medical
Implantable Neurostimulator Alleviates Dry Eye

Stanford Biodesign fellows are testing two tiny devices that stimulate natural tear production. The technologies deliver micro-electrical pulses to the lacrimal gland.

News: Medical
New Preservation System Keeps Livers Healthy for Transplant

A new preservation system that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as nine hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver function and increases survival of recipients, according to a...

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