March 2021

Anim won back-to-back recognition when the Professional Organization of Woman of Excellence Recognized (P.O.W.E.R) named her 2019 Engineer of the Year.
Nowak has been in Statistical Process Control for 30 years.
Imagine a world where, instead of a physical warehouse full of actual products, you have an entire digital warehouse of design files.
The growing digitalization of healthcare systems is increasing the complexity of the tasks connected devices must fulfill — particularly the handling of highly sensitive data.
Mobility tech also provides help to those with physical or cognitive challenges.
Features: FDA/Regulatory
Can a Wearable Stop a Pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new period of growth for wearables.
More than ever, women are making a huge impact in medical science and engineering.
Chen unexpectedly discovered that certain proteins detect DNA.
Levy-Schreier managed a cybersecurity department that employed some of Israel’s best software engineers.
Mulherin helped to bring the CellSearch circulating tumor cell instruments and kits to the market.
Zhao's team looks to find the presence of both COVID-19 antigens and antibodies in lateral flow or PCR tests.
Ponti was part of a team that scaled the production of SARS rapid antigen tests to detect and diagnose COVID-19 infections.
Rueda and her team developed face shields and N95 respirators to support the need for PPE in hospitals.
Abernethy's most rewarding moments have always been in the day-to-day care of cancer patients.
Bryant shares some patient success stories and reflects on her career in the medical-device industry.
Hearing loss affects over 48 million people. This fact drives Oliver forward.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Design Briefs Product Focus: Disposables
Pressure transducers, check valves, connectors, and more.
Curable adhesives, thermoelectric coolers, DC power supplies, and more.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: March 2021 Medical Design Briefs
A new range of high-precision, low-profile medical sensors is available from TDK Corporation.
Regulatory changes have allowed these essential healthcare professionals to step in and help out more independently.
A phased approach helps maximize return on investment.
New polymer promises localized pain control for critical first four days.
Specialized computational algorithms provide for highly efficient DNA sequence analysis.
Batteries must meet high power capacity, small physical size, and reliability requirements.
The materials are suitable for use in soft tissue repair or flexible bioelectronics.
Wearable sensors would be placed near the tear duct or mouth to collect biofluid samples.
R&D: Photonics/Optics
Device Creates 3D Images of Skin

A research team has developed a portable device that produces high-resolution 3D images of human skin within 10 minutes. The team says the portable skin mapping (imaging) device could be used to assess...

Researchers have demonstrated that a family of self-sterilizing polymers are effective at inactivating coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19.
R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fast, Cheap COVID-19 Antibody Test

A cost-efficient COVID-19 antibody test costs less than $2 per test and is used with a desktop detection system that is suitable for point-of-care situations like clinics and physician offices.

A textile sensor can detect pressure points on the socket of a prosthetic limb.
R&D: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Artificial Aorta Reduces Blood Pressure
A silicone aorta can reduce how hard patients’ hearts have to pump.
Technology Leaders: Robotics, Automation & Control
Is a Medical Robot Really a Robot?
There are no true "medical robots," says an industry expert. Here's why.
Researchers have developed a smartphone-controlled soft brain implant that can be recharged wirelessly from outside the body.
This year, our two winners both represent new imaging capabilities for medical devices.

Medical device M&A deals, led by Koninklijke Philips’ $2.8 billion acquisition of BioTelemetry, totaled $4.5 billion in Q4 2020, according to GlobalData’s deals...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night, and in recent years, consumers have had the choice of a proliferating number...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detecting COVID-19 with a Sticker on Your Skin

One day, a wearable, bioelectronic device could wirelessly transmit a person’s vital signs — potentially providing critical information for early detection of health issues such as...

Rapid COVID-19 tests are on the rise to deliver results faster to more people, and scientists need an easy, foolproof way to know that these tests work...

Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods and can help track and improve management of the disease,...

COVID-19 can be diagnosed in 55 minutes or less with the help of programmed magnetic nanobeads and a diagnostic tool that plugs into an off-the-shelf cell phone. Engineers...

Many surgeries are performed via minimally invasive procedures, resulting in less pain and shorter recovery times compared to open surgery. However, surgeons can face challenges at...

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have invented a smartphone-controlled soft brain implant that can be recharged wirelessly from outside the...

A new kind of wearable device could deliver real-time medical data to those with eye or mouth diseases, according to a Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics...

Sotera Health, a global provider of mission-critical sterilization and lab-testing and advisory services, has acquired Montana-based BioScience Laboratories. This acquisition...

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and the University of Western Australia have developed a new imaging method to see where antibiotics have reached bacteria within tissues. The...

New research by the University of Kent has found that optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technology can be used to distinguish between legitimate and counterfeit travel...

As LEDs replace traditional lighting systems, they bring more smart capabilities to everyday lighting. While you might use your smartphone to dim LED lighting at home,...

A new advanced computing technique using routine medical scans to enable doctors to take fewer, more accurate tumor biopsies, has been developed by cancer researchers at the...

What’s the most frequent problem encountered with medical power cords worldwide? Can you name the countries that have special testing requirements? What’s different about...

March 2021 — News and updates from the medical technology community.

Researchers have developed an easy way to make millirobots by coating objects with a glue-like magnetic spray. Driven by the magnetic field, the coated...

Robots that could take on basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses may be the way of the future. Who knows, maybe a medical robot can prescribe your medicine someday?...

Working with computer simulations, researchers have developed a concept for a soft-bodied robot that can turn rigid on demand. The approach could enable a new generation of robots that combine the...

In the era of social distancing, using robots for some healthcare interactions is a promising way to reduce in-person contact between healthcare workers and sick patients. However, a key...

Tech Talks: Medical
Semi-Automatic Error Proofing for Medical Leak Tests

Strict standards must be met when it comes to testing for medical, pharmaceutical, and packaging applications. It’s also important to understand advancements being achieved in control, testing, and inspection equipment for different kinds of packaging.

A new camera module with quadruple the resolution of its predecessor, at 400 × 400, or 160 Kpixels, provides clear images inside the body’s farthest...

White Papers: Medical
How to Select the Right Circuit Protection for Your Medical Device

With so many circuit protection device types, design choices, and configurations, making the appropriate selection for your specific medical equipment can feel daunting –...

A new saliva-based COVID-19 is less invasive than many of the traditional nasal swab tests in use, and researchers say it is sensitive, specific, and can deliver results at a...

A team of researchers has developed a low-cost, mass-producible ventilator to help address the worldwide shortage. Because the ventilator is developed specifically for...

A pinprick test accurately measures the concentration of coronavirus antibodies in blood in under one hour. And it’s cheap — costing about tenth of current tests.

A new study shows for the first time that lab-created heart valves implanted in young lambs for a year were capable of growth within the recipient. The valves also showed reduced...

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has launched a new surveillance solution designed to deliver fast and highly reliable insight into the presence of in-air pathogens, including...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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