June 2016

Attaining exceptional product design and performance is necessary to thrive in today’s competitive business environment. There are many variables to consider regarding application...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improving Children’s Prosthetic Hands

A team of electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering students at Rice University, calling itself Carpal Diem, has developed a testing suite to validate how well 3D-printed prosthetic hands...

Features: Design
Optimizing Electronics for Medical Applications

Two years ago, in Medical Design Briefs, Derek Hunt offered some insight into the benefits of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology in the miniaturization of medical devices. CMOS has been around for decades and aside from the size benefits which will be discussed shortly, the...

Imagine yourself as an engineering manager at a decent-sized medical device company. You have a team of engineers working with you who know their jobs pretty well. They’re a good mix of...

Features: Medical
Are You Getting All You Deserve?

The news cycle is never ending. Now is a time of instant gratification—and with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, along with the buzz of many national, global, and local news sites, news seekers are bombarded with information. Do you need more news stories (and cat videos), or do you need access...

An already emerging technology in the consumer marketplace, manufacturing with optical grade silicone is starting to awaken the medical device industry to new possibilities. Still in its infancy...

Controlling costs continues to be a dominant issue in the US healthcare market, and companies are continually finding themselves in the position of being...

Aerotech, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, introduces the HEX500-350HL high-load, precision hexapod, which offers a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. With its high-load capacity,...

A team of Cornell University graduate engineering students say that they envision a future where a healthcare robot could display a patient’s temperature and pulse, and then read and react to a...

A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado has determined that carbon-fiber composites, which are stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum, can be easily and cost-effectively...

Dr. Mark Rodefeld, a pediatric heart surgeon at Indiana University, has spent decades helping to fix children’s hearts. He found one problem particularly vexing, leading to years of his own research...

In a study led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), epitaxy, or growing crystalline film layers that are templated by a crystalline substrate, is a...

R&D: Communications
Researchers Transmit Real-Time Video Through Animal Tissue

Using samples of store-bought meat, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue. The development supports in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices.

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A collaboration of researchers from...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
New 'Box' Sterilizes Surgical Instruments

A mobile container from Rice University sterilizes surgical instruments in low-resource settings. The "Sterile Box," built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, houses a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Polymer Nanobrush Repels Dirt

Drexel University researchers have developed a new method for making polymer nanobrushes. The technology can be used in various medical applications, including coating, biomedical, sensing, and catalysis processes.

R&D: Medical
Implantable Device Targets Pancreatic Tumors

Researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, implantable device that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Using mice, the team determined that the implant approach was up to 12 times more effective than the common method of delivering...

R&D: Medical
Engineers Embroider Wearable Antennas

Researchers at The Ohio State University have embroidered circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision -- an ideal size for integrating sensors and electronic components into clothing. The achievement supports the development of new wearable technology, including a bandage that monitors tissue or a flexible...

R&D: Photonics/Optics
Fish-Inspired Lens Sees in the Dark

Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that sees in the dark. The technology could help brighten the dim surroundings presented from surgical scopes.

A team of engineers at North Carolina State University has developed an integrated, wearable system called the Health and Environmental Tracker (HET), that, they say, can monitor a user’s...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Muscle-Inspired Actuators Could Automate Robotics

To help pave the way for a new generation of robots that are soft-bodied and safer to perform tasks in close proximity to humans, a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Diabetes Technology Society Develops Cybersecurity Standard for Devices

The Diabetes Technology Society recently announced its new cybersecurity standard for interconnected diabetes devices called DTSec. The standard specifies performance requirements utilizing the ISO/IEC 15408 framework used to define security requirements on “smart”...

News: Medical
June 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

INSIDER: Medical
Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise 13.5%

According to a recent report by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Associations’ Committee on Equipment Statistics, for the second straight quarter, North American shipments of plastics machinery registered a strong year-over-year increase in the first quarter of 2016. Shipments of primary plastics...

INSIDER: Materials
Materials Project Releases New Battery Design Data

The Materials Project, co-founded and directed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Kristin Persson, provides a Google-like database of material properties for fuel cells, photovoltaics, and thermoelectrics. Aimed at accelerating innovation, the Project has now released two sets of...

INSIDER: Medical
Scanner Visualizes Cancer in Early Stages

Researchers from Biomedical Image Technologies (BIT) at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) are working to develop an endoscopic scanner that offers early detection of specific cancers. A miniaturized detector is introduced inside the patient's body and placed close to the organ of interest.

News: Medical
June 2016 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community.

INSIDER: FDA/Regulatory
UL and VA Sign CRADA for Medical Device Cybersecurity Standards

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Washington, DC, and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, a global safety science organization, have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for current and emerging medical devices cybersecurity...

An international team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University say that they have developed an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly...

INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Propose New Framework for Medical Device Evaluation

An international team of scientists led by Oxford University in the UK and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY, has proposed a new evaluation framework to make sure that medical devices receive better scrutiny. They compared existing approaches to medical device evaluation in...

INSIDER: Medical
FDA Notes 40th Anniversary of Medical Device Amendments

In 1976, following reports that thousands of women had been harmed by using an intrauterine device for contraception, Congress responded by enacting the Medical Device Amendments, which authorized the FDA to classify all medical devices.

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