October 2020

News: Medical
Inside Story: Nordion

Nordion is one of the pioneers in using Cobalt-60 for gamma sterilization. The company has been building irradiators and shipping Cobalt sources around the world for more than 50 years and continues to be a leader...

Purdue University innovators are working on inventions to use micro-chip technology in implantable devices and other wearable products such as smart watches to...

A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is...

Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University are working on a new way to detect blood clots, especially in pediatric patients.

Duke physician Eric Westman was an early champion of using masks to curtail the spread of coronavirus, working with a local non-profit in North Carolina to provide free...

See how advanced adhesive compounds provide manufacturers with an effective alternative to mechanical fasteners.
Having a strong business plan can provide a resilient foundation for successful medical device innovation.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product Focus: Mechanical Components
Proportional control, modular connectors, power supplies, and more.
Corrosion-resistant marking, robot cells, medical freezers, and more.
Avient Corp. has added eight new grades to its healthcare thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).
To produce an additively manufactured prosthesis, REJOINT starts by 3D modelling the patient’s CT scan.
The technology provides insight into the mechanics of viral transfer.
Advanced High-Q RF components will play a critical role in eliminating latency issues.
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat.
R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Tracking System Helps Improve Exoskeleton Fit
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new measurement method to test whether an exoskeleton and the person wearing it are moving smoothly and in harmony.
Researchers have developed a new family of polymers that can self-heal, have shape memory, and are recyclable.
Drawn-on-skin electronics allows multifunctional sensors and circuits to be drawn on the skin with an ink pen.
A surgical glue can help join blood vessels and close wounds faster.
A new, lightweight eye mask can unobtrusively capture pulse, eye movement, and sleep signals, for example, when worn in an everyday environment.
Combining silk fabric with epoxy creates laminates that can be formed into shapes for medical uses.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Determining When to Outsource Your Medical Device Testing
Weighing your testing options is imperative to submission success.
Start simple, collaborate early, and seek deep expertise are just three of the important ideas in a post-pandemic medical market.
LFI antigen tests provide results rapidly, at or near the point-of-care.
Researchers in Brazil have printed a wearable sensor from microbial nanocellulose, a natural polymer.
When the Emergency Use Authorization Act is lifted, the FDA will have a real device review in place, says our guest editor.

While traditional electronic systems have an inherently rigid form factor, developments in manufacturing processes and materials are enabling a new world of flexible...

A new rapid test has been developed for the Bosch Vivalytic analysis device that detects the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. The test provides a reliable result in 39 minutes and is...

A new lab-on-a-chip can help study tumor heterogeneity to reduce resistance to cancer therapies. The researchers combined artificial intelligence, microfluidics, and...

Scientists have demonstrated a quick and effective mass testing approach using saliva samples to detect individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 but are still not showing...

Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used to improve N95 mask filters. The spray could also potentially be used in...

SentiAR, a pioneer in visualization technologies for surgical applications, has received FDA 510(k) clearance of its CommandEP™ system, the first holographic...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Muscles Could Turn Back Body Clock by 2050

A new project will explore how artificial muscles could radically transform treatment options in the future and effectively turn back the body clock. emPOWER robotic muscles will be...

A new robotic system may help hospitals preserve protective gear, limit staff exposure to COVID-19, and provide more time for clinical work. The robotic system gives...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Microscale Robotics Help Improve Surgical Control

An origami-inspired miniature robot moves in multiple dimensions to help correct hand tremors and other disturbances during teleoperation. The robot is the size of a tennis ball, weighs...

Spectrum Solutions, LLC has been granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its SDNA-1000 saliva collection device. The...

A new type of multiplexed test with a low-cost sensor may enable the at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection through rapid analysis of small volumes of saliva or blood,...

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a way to increase the sensitivity of the primary test used to detect the SARS-CoV-2...

A stretchable, skin-like device can be attached to a patient’s face and can measure small movements such as a twitch or a smile. Using this approach, patients could communicate a...

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