March 2017

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — High-Strength Alloy

Foster, Putnam, CT, has introduced compounds for medical device components that require high strength, yet cannot use metals or traditional...

When a person suffers from degenerative disc disease, spine trauma, or cancer of the spine, the result is decreased stability that can produce pain — often severe — during...

Connectors are getting smaller and denser. The question is, how small can connectors go? To answer this question, it is important to remember that the applications that use connectors...

A couple of years ago, contract manufacturer Sparton Corporation faced increasing demand for high-quality, highly complex products that were delivered as quickly as...

The Department of Neurological Surgery at St. Louis University has partnered with the university's School of Engineering to begin quantifying how advanced manufacturing practices...

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment...

For the first time, biomedical engineers have woven a “smart” fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one of nature's ingenious...

Mechanical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a tiny whirlpool that can concentrate nanoparticles using nothing but sound. The innovation could gather proteins and...

Medical implants like stents, catheters and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection — a perpetual problem for many patients.

What if there were a wearable fitness device that could monitor your blood pressure continuously, 24 hours a day? Unfortunately, blood pressure measurements currently require the use of a...

University of Twente Enschede,
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In collaboration with various companies, scientists at the University of Twente's MIRA biomedical...

R&D: Medical
Spinal Stimulator Improves Finger Control

Scientists from UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) have tested a spinal stimulator that boosts finger control. The electrical stimulation increased a patient's grip strength up to 300 percent, according to the researchers.

R&D: Medical
Wearable Sensor Improves Perception for Visually Impaired

A wearable assistive device from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo, Finland) enables users to sense their environment and move around more safely. The clinically tested device, worn like a heart-rate monitor, functions on the basis of a VTT radar system.

R&D: Medical
Novel System Puts 'Spin' on Wound Healing

Chitosan, a substance extracted from crustacean shells, has antibacterial and wound-healing properties. Although the fiber is considered a valuable material for functional clothing, chitosan is expensive and fragile. Additionally, the material easily generates static electricity during the spinning...

R&D: Medical
New Sensors Detect Single Protein Molecules

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) have developed arrays of carbon nanotube sensors that detect single protein molecules as they are secreted from cells, or even an individual cell.

R&D: Medical
Bone-Repair Technology Advances Toward Clinical Trial

Orthopedic device company OrthoMend Research Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) acquired the rights from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) to commercialize an innovative bone-repairing material. The nanodiamond technology, developed by Bioengineering Chair Peter Lelkes, creates novel orthopedic...

Applying fluid dynamic principles to extrusion tooling design benefits any medical device company involved with continuous extrusion. Benefits include improved product tolerances, reduced...

Today's machining tolerances are held extremely close on multilumen and multi-layer medical tubing through the use of state-of-the-art production equipment and processes. Any...

News: Medical
And the Winners Are...

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2016. The selected products reflect advances that enable new innovations in medical technology. Here...

The 15th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest is now open for submissions and runs through July 1, 2017. Contestants are asked to submit innovative product...

Scientists have developed nanomodified polymer implants that are compatible with the human organism, dissolve within several years, and even have antibacterial...

Scientists are working on the development of a new material that could one day be used in the construction of prosthetic limbs. The new metamaterial — a lightweight, solid foam known as...

Developing faster imaging techniques that can provide information on the chemical and structural properties of nonbiological macromolecular materials could provide better imaging of...

News: Medical
Legislation Includes Mandate to Permanently Repeal Medical Device Tax

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has released legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act through a budget process known as reconciliation. The legislation is part of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act.

News: Medical
MedTech Innovator Established as an Independent Nonprofit

MedTech Innovator, a nonprofit global competition and accelerator, has incorporated as an independent nonprofit based in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past five years, MedTech Innovator has grown from a project overseen by CEO Paul Grand during his years as a venture capitalist at RCT...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists have found that 3D printed foam works better than standard cellular materials in terms of...

News: Packaging & Sterilization
Interactive screens on your packages

Instead of reading a label, consumers could be interacting with an electronic screen on packaging in the future, thanks to a development by scientists at the University of Sheffield. The...

A new study suggests that natural proteins can be used to test replacement hip and knee joints in the laboratory effectively. The work could help improve design in order to...

Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted (known as "stretchable" electronics) could soon be used to power electronic gadgets, the onboard systems of vehicles, medical devices, and other...

Advances in diagnostic imaging technology have meant that more trauma patients are being diagnosed with blunt cerebrovascular injuries, and as a result, stroke...

About 30 neuroscientists and computer programmers got together earlier this year to improve their ability to read the human mind. This hackathon was one of several that researchers from...

As imaging and sensing technologies grow in both sophistication and accessibility, they do more than just gather data and produce images. They are research tools in their own right, providing...

A team of physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) has used a technique known as “ghost imaging” to create an image of an object from atoms that never interact with it. This is the...

News: Medical
CVRx President and CEO Nadim Yared Named Chairman of AdvaMed’s Board of Directors

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today announced that CVRx President and CEO Nadim Yared has been named chairman of the AdvaMed Board of Directors for a two-year term.

A strategy for coating complicated surfaces with biodegradable polymers has been pioneered by a team of researchers. It could enable development of coatings for implants that dissolve in the...

Medical devices implanted in the body for drug delivery, sensing, or tissue regeneration usually come under fire from the host’s immune system. Defense cells work to isolate material they consider...

Smartphone technology is helping to make rapid, mobile testing possible for Zika and other viruses. Researchers have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that...

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