April 2020

How to make sense of the 566-page Medical Device Regulation (MDR). This article focuses on a strategy to address material information and what should be included in a gap analysis.
Here are five medical device specific strategies UEGroup recommends to make stronger products with stronger FDA submissions.
Cold plasma has been used for decades to treat surfaces in a variety of industries.

Incubators, used for cell and tissue cultivation in hospital and laboratory settings, grow and maintain cell and tissue samples under controlled conditions for hours, weeks, or even months. They create...

Why Class I manufacturers should not place European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) compliance at the end of their to-do lists.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product Focus: Laser Machining/Marking
Micro Grinder

Glebar, Ramsey, NJ, has launched a new micro grinder. The CAM.3 can accurately grind lengths ranging from 0.005 to 0.375 in.in diameter. The 16 in. grinding wheel is mounted on a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products & Services: April 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Gas valves, flame-resistant polymers, robot actuators, and more.
Power-Entry Module

A new power entry module from Schurter, Santa Rosa, CA, integrates an IEC inlet, circuit breaker, and mains filter, with optional IP protection. The...

The smart material holds promise for drugs against cancer and other serious diseases.
Alternative treatment uses light-activated drug to coat an angioplasty balloon.
The mobile health tool plugs into a phone to diagnose illnesses such as coronavirus.
AI has been used for the first time to instantly and accurately measure blood flow.
The patch mimics electrical signaling of the heart.
Next-generation devices made with new “peel and stack” method may include electronic chips worn on the skin.
The sensor has remarkable sensitivity, allowing the wearer to detect the light brush of a feather.

As demand for smaller and faster devices grows, scientists and engineers turn to materials with properties that can deliver when existing ones lose their punch or can’t shrink...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Robot Does Superior Job Sampling Blood
A blood-sampling robot performed as well (or better) than people.
A thermal sensor measures body temperature by simple contacts such as wearing clothes or shaking hands and an actuator that could control movements of artificial muscle.

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that while different wearable technologies, like smartwatches and fitness trackers, can accurately measure heart rate...

To develop a better adhesive alternative, researchers turned to a polymer: poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA).
A “bio-ink” for 3D printed materials could serve as scaffolds for growing human tissues.
Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion
Looking to the Future of the Medical Tubing Sector
The move toward miniaturization, from a medical tubing perspective, is picking up pace.
The new design combines both pinch and power grips.
FDA has kicked off a new voluntary electronic submission program for 510(k)s.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established new program specifically geared toward expediting the development of potentially safe and effective...

Virgin Orbit, which builds and operates satellite launchers, has developed a new mass-producible bridge ventilator to help in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists have announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. When tested in mice, the vaccine,...

UMN anesthesiology fellow Stephen Richardson partnered with the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, directed by ME Professor Arthur Erdman, to create a prototype for a...

Amada Miyachi America Corp., which manufactures welding, marking, cutting, and micromachining equipment and systems, has changed its name to Amada Weld Tech. Amada Miyachi America...

Sense Biodetection Ltd. has announced an accelerated program to launch the world’s first instrument-free, point-of-care molecular diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the...

Medtronic plc has announced that it is publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett™ 560 (PB 560) to...

Circadia Health has announced $3 million in medical devices and services toward COVID-19 relief efforts across the globe. The company has expedited the...

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has announced that its members have mobilized to help meet the medical supply...

LifeSignals Group Inc. has announced that a single use, wireless biosensor patch for the early detection and monitoring of coronavirus...

To help speed up efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19, white hat hackers and computer experts are engaging in crowdsourced simulations aimed at better understanding how the virus behaves.

In response to the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network along with its...

Battelle has begun rapid manufacturing of a system to decontaminate N95 respirator masks and other medical protective equipment.

OnScale, which develops cloud engineering simulation software, today announces that it will provide free cloud core-hours to customers to promote customer safety...

The Food and Drug Administration has approved solutions created by scientists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that both expand and accelerate COVID-19...

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis unlike anything the world has ever faced, and Clippard recognizes its unique role as a manufacturer of critical components and subassemblies for...

As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, the need for 3D printing solutions to provide supplies to the medical community increases drastically. MakerBot’s initiative aims to...

To meet the rapid increase in customer demand for critical medical equipment such as lung ventilators, mobile x-ray, CT systems, ultrasound, and patient monitors, AVX...

NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA, has set up a companywide Priority Response Team to expedite orders from customers — from receipt of the order through shipping — involving COVID-19...

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that can listen to your cough and indicate whether you have COVID-19. With the new Coughvid app, developed by five researchers at EPFL’s...

Altavian, a Gainesville, FL, based drone maker, has turned its production from drones to reusable masks to help answer the ongoing national supply shortage due to the COVID-19...

Royal Philips plans to double the production of its hospital ventilators by May 2020 and achieve a four-fold increase by the third quarter of 2020. This plan...

Medtronic plc is ramping up its ventilator production, as well as collaborating with technology partners and governments to drive new ventilator innovation and production,...

LauzHack — an online hackathon held by an EPFL student association in early April — proved to be a big hit. Over 100 project teams worked day and night to develop applications for...

FDA has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics and its collaborators for a new collection approach that utilizes saliva as the primary test...

Tokyo-based Renesas Electronics Corp., a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has introduced a new open-source ventilator system reference design that...

According to China’s Science and Technology Daily, two COVID-19 inactivated vaccines have been approved for a phase I and II combined clinical trial by the National Medical Products...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the...

In this Q&A, Tom Hoover, senior medical market manager for assembly technologies at Emerson, addresses the benefits of using ultrasonic technology to...

Academics from University College London are working with artificial intelligence (AI) firm Causaly, London, UK, to help accelerate various aspects of research...

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have developed a tool that could be instrumental in “tracing and tracking individuals” in order to identify those who need...

Amid the nationwide cautionary shutdown of many commercial industries, AZCO Corp. remains in operation designing and building units and machines that help companies produce protective devices for...

Medigus Ltd., a technology company developing minimally invasive tools and an innovator in direct visualization technology, has signed a binding letter of...

Tru-Form Plastics, Westminster, CA, has shifted its production plans to develop a face shield protective mask for healthcare workers on the front...

VAT, a manufacturer of high-end vacuum valves, is providing crucial valves needed for the production of the development of medical flow sensors. Flow sensors are...

Now that diagnostic companies can sell COVID-19 antibody tests without FDA authorization, healthcare teams should work closely with clinical laboratory experts...

OU Medicine, the OU Health Sciences Center, and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation collaborated to create a new test for COVID-19 using technology and...

Members of the Open Science Grid — a network of organizations that provides computing services for science research of all stripes — have...

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