January 2018

There has been a profound shift is taking place in the medical industry of more minimally invasive, quicker, and more-effective...

Features: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Orthopedics: Springs Provide Precision, Cleanability

When engineers develop orthopedic surgical devices, they must often think beyond the design of the device, and find a way to make its installation easier, safer, and more accurate....

Small, intelligent medical devices worn on the body and/or kept in the home — in addition to those used in hospital networks — are not just saving lives....

Packaging System

CleanCut Technologies, Anaheim, CA, has added a new packaging system to the company's portfolio of packaging products. The Vault packaging system is...

To reduce total cost of care, healthcare providers are increasingly turning toward home and ambulatory infusion pumps to free the patient from the...

Photon counting detectors with high spatiotemporal resolution are key tools of imaging techniques where picosecond timing and micrometer position imaging are required, such as time...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
New Rapid Test Helps Diagnose Malaria

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and sub-tropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Therapy Robots a Step Closer to Reality

In tests, a swarm of robots measuring a few millionths of a meter long — about the size of a blood cell — were guided magnetically to sites in the stomach of rats. The robots were manufactured by...

The field of soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers worldwide have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to...

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have created a fully functioning artificial human heart muscle large enough to patch over damage typically seen in patients who have...

Handheld medical devices must perform across a wide range of device specifications and end-user environmental conditions. Mechanical and signal...

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Neurologists often use electrical impulses to stimulate and read brain signals....

The integration of robotics into medical devices has seen explosive growth in recent years with new applications in areas such as prosthetics and...

R&D: Medical
'Painless' Patch Delivers Insulin When Needed

Treatment for certain diabetes cases involves constant monitoring of blood-glucose levels and daily insulin shots. Scientists from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC), North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC), and the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (Changchun, P.R....

Researchers have demonstrated how brain activity is used to identify different terrains — level ground and stairs, for example — a key step in developing prosthetics that allow the...

By combining the use of drug-carrying nanoparticles with an organ-preserving machine, researchers have developed a procedure that could help improve long-term outcomes for...

Plasmonic nanovesicles can navigate the bloodstream, and, when hit with a quick pulse of laser light, change shape to release their contents. It can then exit the body, leaving only the...

An optical whispering gallery mode resonator can spin light around the circumference of a tiny sphere millions of times, creating an ultrasensitive microchip-based sensor for multiple...

Soft robotic actuators have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. However,...

A newly engineered material could become the first suture-less sealant for wound closure. In laboratory tests of the material, known as a MeTro sealant, the team demonstrated...

News: Medical
West-Tech Materials Expands to Support Medical Market

West-Tech Materials has expanded its sales engineering staff in both northern and southern California to support the medical device market. The company, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary, provides product and technology solutions to the electronics and medical device markets in the...

News: Medical
Tegra Medical Expands Sales Operations to Europe

Tegra Medical, an end-to-end contract manufacturer of medical devices, has established a European sales presence in Sheffield, UK, and has hired a business development manager to oversee European sales.

News: Medical
Jenoptik Establishes Application Center in Silicon Valley

Jenoptik, Fremont, CA, which develops optical and micro optical systems and precision components for healthcare, has opened a west coast office to be closer to customers and to leverage growth in the United States. The new office, strategically located in Fremont in the Silicon Valley...

News: Medical
UK Trials Begin for Optogenetics Combined with a Stimulation Device

GenSight Biologics, a Paris-based biopharma company focused on discovering and developing innovative gene therapies for retinal neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system disorders, will begin clinical trials of its GS030 in patients with Retinitis pigmentosa (RP)....

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Amada Miyachi America Expands Technical Center

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, has expanded and enhanced its Detroit technical center. The updated facility has 5,500 square feet of laboratory space devoted to application development services for welding, marking, ablation, scribing, and texturing of metals and plastics. Also on site is an...

A new wearable technology would enable sick babies to be monitored remotely. And parents at home, concerned about the risk of cot death, could keep track of their new babies’ heart and breathing rates...

Findings from the first human trials of a breakthrough gas-sensing swallowable capsule could revolutionize the way that gut disorders and diseases are prevented and diagnosed.

A research team has developed a device that could revolutionize management of Type 1 diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, insulin-producing pancreatic cell clusters (islets) are...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Next-Gen Flexible Robots Move and Heal Like Humans

Researchers have developed a new class of soft, electrically activated devices capable of mimicking the expansion and contraction of natural muscles. These devices, which can be...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs
A Wearable UV Sensor — At Your Fingertips

Creators of a new, M&M-sized wearable device aim to bring UV detection to users’ fingertips – or more precisely, fingernails.

News: Medical
Finance Committee Advances Nomination of Alex Azar to Head HHS

The Senate Finance Committee has advanced the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as the Department of Health And Human Services (HHS) Secretary by a vote of 15 to 12.

News: AR/AI
3D Systems and Stryker Partner to Advance Personalized Surgery

3D Systems and Stryker have announced an exclusive distribution partnership for VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) and anatomical models for the craniomaxillofacial specialty. According to the companies, the partnership will drive the availability of personalized surgical...

News: Medical
Secant Group Develops the First Synthetic Regenerative Cardiovascular Graft

Secant Group, in partnership with its sister company SanaVita Medical, has developed what it calls "game-changing technology" to advance cardiovascular regenerative medicine with the development of a synthetic, small bore, vessel that encourages endogenous regeneration...

Researchers have developed a game-changing technology to advance cardiovascular regenerative medicine with the development of a synthetic, small-bore, vessel that...

Researchers have created a revolutionary prototype robotic implant that encourages tissue growth in babies.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biodegradable Sensor Monitors Pressure in the Body

A biodegradable pressure sensor could help doctors monitor chronic lung disease, swelling of the brain, and other medical conditions before dissolving harmlessly in a patient’s...

A brain-machine interface that combines brain stimulation with a robotic device controlling hand movement increases the output of pathways connecting the brain and spinal cord,...

The surgical robotics market will experience an impressive 17 percent CAGR, from US $3.4 billion in 2016 to US $8.8 billion in 2022. According to market research firm Yole...

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