November 2015

News: Medical
Crowdfunding and the Danger of Unapproved Devices

Crowdfunding is being used every day to raise money for various causes and to aid in the launch of new products. Spurred on by themes such as “Be the change you want to see in the world,” donors feel virtuous for helping to fund a child’s medical bills or helping a non-profit to provide...

Finding the right custom extrusion and plastics company to manufacture and provide a key custom component to your end-product needs can often seem a daunting task. With an abundance of...

The 13th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., and Mouser Electronics, attracted a...

Development of a Non-Surgical Circulatory Support Device for the Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure Omar Benavides, PhD, Senior Product Development Engineer; Benjamin Hertzog, PhD,...
Smart X-Ray Source Mark Eaton, CEO; Dr. Ronald Hellmer; Dr. Shuo Cheng; Hugo Leon; and Dr. Leif Fredin
Stellarray, Austin, TX

Since the discovery of X-rays 110 years...

Method for Treating Cartilage Defects Michael Lytinas
Ideas Foundation, Boston, MA

This invention is a method to treat cartilage defects in osteoarthritis and...

A well-performing thermal interface material (TIM) fulfills a variety of application requirements within the broad range of electronic modules and systems incorporated in...

While technological advancements continue to enable medical devices to become more capable and more compact, the use of advanced electronics has also created thermal...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: Modular Quick-Change System

American Kuhne, Ashaway, RI, introduces a new modular extrusion system that enables processors of tubing and other small-diameter medical products to be up and running with a new job just...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
First High Performance Bi-Directional Flow Sensor

MEMSIC Inc., Andover, MA, announces its MFC2030 Bi-Directional Flow Sensor for a wide range of applications such as analytical instruments, anesthesia and other medical flow devices, and...

Graco Inc., North Canton, OH, announces the release of the Graco Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4-55 liquid silicone rubber (LSR) dispensing equipment. The new Graco Fluid Automation F4 series systems...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Open Frame Power Supplies

Qualtek, Mentor, OH, has expanded its series of compact, high efficiency, low cost AC/DC open frame power supplies to include 35, 45, and 200 watt versions. The three model families include: QPS-35, QPS-45, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
IX Series of Metering Pumps

Iwaki America Inc., Holliston, MA, announces the IX-D, the latest addition to its IX Series direct-drive, digitally controlled metering pumps. The new D150 and D300 sizes expand the IX Series to a maximum capacity...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
E3X-HD Fiber Optic Amplifier

Omron Automation and Safety, Hoffman Estates, IL, offers the E3X-HD fiber-optic sensor amplifier. With simple, one-button smart tuning for sensor threshold and light intensity, the E3XHD is easy to operate. Its...

Products: Medical
Electric Rod Actuators

Tolomatic, Hamel, MN, announces that its electric rod actuators and rodless electro-mechanical actuators are available for specification on Rockwell Automation’s Motion Analyzer web-based software, making it easier...

Products: Medical
MWZ Series of Micro Switches

APEM, Inc., Vista, CA, is launching its MWZ Series of snap-action micro switches. The UL-approved MWZ Series provides IP67 sealing, protecting against dust and liquid ingress. The switches provide dependability,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Family of Embolic Coils

Codman Neuro, Raynham, MA, part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of J&J, has introduced a new platform of embolic coils to treat brain aneurysms, supported by an enhanced detachment system designed to improve...

AssurX, Inc., Morgan Hill, CA, announces the latest update to its AssurX training management software. AssurX training management software is an intuitive, flexible system that ensures proper training...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stainless Steel Aero-Pallet

AeroGo, Inc., Seattle, WA, introduces a high-capacity stainless steel pallet that makes it possible for a single operator to move and position a wide variety of components typically used in pharmaceutical,...

Fairview Microwave Inc., Allen, TX, announces a complete portfolio of coaxial high reliability power amplifiers with broadband frequencies ranging from 0.5 MHz to 20 GHz that can operate over extreme...

Technological advancements are making medical devices increasingly feature-rich and miniaturized: two performance characteristics that are inherently...

Briefs: Medical
Lateral Displacement Device for Blood Cell Separation
Device has side microchannels where the particles are separated and collected.

Separation of particles based on size is one of the essential components in biochemical analysis, environmental assays, and industrial and biomedical applications. Filtration is one of the most frequently used...

When DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program in 2006, the state of upper-limb prosthetic technology was far behind lower-limb technology. Advancing upper-limb technology was...

Scientists at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies have developed a new technique, they say, to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle, and other cells using ultrasonic waves. Called...

Doctors battling cancer, which kills nearly eight million people each year globally, have many powerful weapons, including various forms of chemotherapy and radiation. But, what they lack is a...

A vascular surgeon, Patrick Kelly, MD, of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD, had designed a stent graft and knew that his patients with thoracoabdominal aneurysms were doing better with it, but...

Choosing pump tubing successfully results in a system that delivers optimal performance and prevents redesign and troubleshooting later. For medical device applications, custom OEM peristaltic...

The results of recent surveys suggest that more than half of all healthcare decisions are made using test results obtained from medical diagnostic instrumentation. These tests...

Global Innovations: Medical
Graphene Coating Could Aid Chemotherapy
Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
Trondheim, Norway
http://gemini.no/en/

Silver, which has non-toxic qualities, is often used as a coating on medical equipment used for...

Inventions often find unintended uses. The first mechanical clocks in Europe were intended to track the motions of celestial bodies and found their original market among monks who kept a...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Engineers Improve Sepsis Treatment Device

An improved blood cleansing device from Harvard University's Wyss Institute mimics the actions of the spleen. The sepsis treatment technology cleanses pathogens and toxins from blood circulating through a dialysis-like circuit.

R&D: Medical
MouthLab Sensor Measures Patients' Vital Signs

Engineers and physicians at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have designed a hand-held, battery-powered, 3D-printed device that quickly picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip. The human "check-engine light," called MouthLab, could replace the bulky monitors now...

R&D: Medical
Microcamera Clusters Improve Laparoscopic Imaging

A laparoscopic imaging system from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison features retractable camera arrays affixed to the lower end of each port inserted into a patient’s abdomen. The technology provides laparoscopic surgeons with a 3D view of the procedure site and allows...

R&D: Medical
Mouth Guard Detects Key Diabetes Marker

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a mouth guard that monitors health markers, such as lactate, cortisol, and uric acid, in saliva. The information can then be wirelessly transmitted to a smartphone, laptop, or tablet.

R&D: Medical
New Device Speeds Diagnosis of Tissue Infection

A device created by a collaborative team of engineers and scientists at the University of Arizona may significantly reduce the amount of time necessary to diagnose tissue infections. The technology’s novel approach to molecular diagnostics, called DOTS qPCR, is faster, more efficient, and less...

R&D: Medical
Kirigami-Inspired Method Builds 'Pop-Up' 3D Structures

A new assembly method based on an ancient Japanese paper art instantly transforms 2D structures into complex 3D shapes. The results, reported by a Northwestern University and University of Illinois research team, could be useful in tissue engineering and microelectromechanical systems.

INSIDER: Medical
Hyperspectral Camera Peeks Below the Skin

A hyperspectral camera built by researchers at the University of Washington uses both visible and invisible near-infrared light to “see” beneath surfaces and capture unseen details. The HyperCam captures detailed images of vein and skin texture patterns that are unique to an individual.

INSIDER: Medical
Software Assembles a 3D Map of the Brain

Computer scientists and a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Utah have developed software that maps out a monkey’s brain. By gaining an accurate 3D model of the brain’s network of neurons, medical researchers can better understand how the brain’s connectivity is disrupted in mental and...

INSIDER: Medical
Creating Patient-Specific Medical Devices

A 3D printer built by Northeastern University researchers uses magnetic fields to shape composite materials. The mixes of plastics and ceramics can be shaped into patient-​​specific products, including customized implants and catheters for premature babies.

News: Medical
November 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Medical
Hydrogel Superglue Supports Biomedical Coatings

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a synthetic, sticky hydrogel that is more than 90 percent water. The transparent, rubber-like hydrogel adheres to surfaces such as glass, silicon, ceramics, aluminum, and titanium with a toughness comparable to the bond...

News: Medical
Wearable Devices Monitor Cardiac Patients

Wearable devices developed by researchers at UMass Medical School non-invasively monitor patients with serious cardiac disease. A vest detects sub-clinical cardiac dysfunction, and a smartwatch finds life-threatening rhythm abnormalities.

INSIDER: Wearables
IEEE Advances Standards and Works to Expand Interoperable eHealth Communications

IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, has announced a new standard and two new standards development projects designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications across eHealth devices. The new eHealth standard is IEEE 2410™-2015, Biometrics Open Protocol Standard,...

News: Medical
Silicon Anodes Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries

Current lithium-ion batteries normally use graphite anodes. University of Waterloo researchers have created lighter, long-lasting batteries from silicon. The silicon anode materials have a much higher capacity for lithium and are capable of producing batteries with almost 10 times more energy.

INSIDER: Medical
Imaging Technology Detects Oral Cancer

A noninvasive device developed by Texas A&M University researchers enables doctors to quickly and accurately identify cancerous tissue in a person’s mouth. Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) measures and visualizes the biochemical changes that occur in oral epithelial tissue as it turns...

INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Advance Development of Artificial Kidney Prototype

Thanks to a new grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), researchers led by UC San Francisco bioengineer Shuvo Roy and Vanderbilt University nephrologist William Fissell will develop a surgically implantable artificial kidney. The Kidney...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Lenses Magnify Large Fields of View

Drawing inspiration from an insect's multi-faceted eye, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created tiny lenses with vast range of vision. An array of the miniature lenses — each no bigger than the head of a pin — can capture a panorama image covering a 170-degree field of view.

News: Medical
Neuromuscular Model Gives Balance to Prostheses Users

A team of engineers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a neuromuscular control method that reproduces normal walking patterns and effectively responds to disturbances as the leg begins to swing forward. The discovered principles may aid not only leg prostheses, but also legged...

News: Medical
November 2015 Month-End Industry News

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