R&D : Wearables
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence
Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence

A novel pairing of two technologies may offer a solution for better screening for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if...

Earlier Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy with Smartphone ArtificiaI Intelligence
Products : Medical
Product Focus June 2019: Tubing
Product Focus June 2019: Tubing

Catheter Tie Layer

Zeus, Orangeburg, SC, offers a thin thermoplastic coating that is placed over a PTFE liner during catheter construction. The Zeus Tie Layer creates a melt bondable surface that...

Product Focus June 2019: Tubing
Global Innovations : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue

The future of medicine is biological — and scientists hope we will soon be using 3D printed biologically functional tissue to replace irreparably damaged tissue in the body. A team of...

Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
News : Packaging & Sterilization
Venting Technology Improves Sterilization of Surgical Instruments, Helps Fight HAIs
Venting Technology Improves Sterilization of Surgical Instruments, Helps Fight HAIs

Porex, a developer of porous polymer solutions, and Guangdong Xianfeng Medical Technology Co., Ltd. have teamed up to develop a sterile container that will...

Venting Technology Improves Sterilization of Surgical Instruments, Helps Fight HAIs
From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor — Outlook Mostly Upbeat for Healthcare Deals Next Year
From the Editor — Outlook Mostly Upbeat for Healthcare Deals Next Year

Political uncertainty will be the biggest factor that could upend healthcare transactions according to a recent Merrill InsightTM poll of global mergers and...

From the Editor — Outlook Mostly Upbeat for Healthcare Deals Next Year
INSIDER : Wearables
Your Personal Thermostat: A Wearable Cooling Patch
Your Personal Thermostat: A Wearable Cooling Patch

Engineers have developed a wearable patch that could provide personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go. The soft, stretchy patch cools or warms a user’s skin to a...

Your Personal Thermostat: A Wearable Cooling Patch
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Non-Invasive Therapy Helps People with Paraplegia
Non-Invasive Therapy Helps People with Paraplegia

Researchers have developed a non-invasive strategy that combines functional electrostimulation, a body weight support system, and a brain-machine interface for the rehabilitation of people...

Non-Invasive Therapy Helps People with Paraplegia
INSIDER : Medical
Battelle to Develop Injectable, Bi-Directional Brain Computer Interface
Battelle to Develop Injectable, Bi-Directional Brain Computer Interface

Battelle has for years successfully demonstrated brain-computer interface (BCI) projects — just look at NeuroLife®, which has enabled a quadriplegic man to move his...

Battelle to Develop Injectable, Bi-Directional Brain Computer Interface
News : Medical
NOW Technologies Chooses LDRArules for Coding Standards Compliance under IEC 62304 Functional Safety Standard
NOW Technologies Chooses LDRArules for Coding Standards Compliance under IEC 62304 Functional Safety Standard

LDRA, a leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, software code analysis, and test tools, has announced that...

NOW Technologies Chooses LDRArules for Coding Standards Compliance under IEC 62304 Functional Safety Standard
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Beyond Just Gesture, A Modified Smartwatch Detects 25 Specific Hand Activities
Beyond Just Gesture, A Modified Smartwatch Detects 25 Specific Hand Activities

Your smartwatch can count your steps, but can it tell if you’re typing on a keyboard? Or chopping a vegetable?

Beyond Just Gesture, A Modified Smartwatch Detects 25 Specific Hand Activities
News : AR/AI
BIOMED: VR Technology Delivers Real-Time Medtech Training
BIOMED: VR Technology Delivers Real-Time Medtech Training

Medical Design Briefs is reporting from the BIOMEDevice 2019. Send us your questions and comments below.

In the world of medical technology, the hardest part for OEMs is often...

BIOMED: VR Technology Delivers Real-Time Medtech Training
From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor — Permanently Repealing the Device Tax to Protect Medical Innovation

A new house bill is set to end the medical device tax once and for all. H.R. 2207 was introduced in April — it’s goal to permanently repeal the medical device excise tax that was imposed as a provision of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
A microrobot can take up to 8 hours to make. With the help of a 3D printer, University of Toronto engineers got the process down to 20 minutes
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
INSIDER : Medical
Lab-on-a-Chip Breakthrough: Matte Black Nail Polish
Lab-on-a-Chip Breakthrough: Matte Black Nail Polish

Electrical engineering students have stumbled upon a very unconventional method that could speed up lab-on-a-chip disease diagnosis.

Lab-on-a-Chip Breakthrough: Matte Black Nail Polish
INSIDER : Medical
New Device Prescreens for Ebola Virus
New Device Prescreens for Ebola Virus

A prototype microfluidic device with biosensors can detect the deadly Ebola virus. With this type of device, those infected can be treated earlier, and the early detection process can potentially...

New Device Prescreens for Ebola Virus
INSIDER : Materials
Biosensor Detects and Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials
Biosensor Detects and Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials

Researchers have developed a biosensor that expresses biomaterials’ colors using a nano structure and applies a new image signal processing technique.

Biosensor Detects and Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials
Webinars : Medical
MDR Effects on Medical Device Processing

The new Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745/EU) (MDR) brings EU legislation into line with technical advances, chang­es in medical science, and progress in law making. There are many updates that effect reusable medical device manufacturers. This presentation will outline all of the testing and...

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
A reader asks: "With medical robots, what's in it for surgeons?"
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
Features : IoMT
Style Meets Technology in the World of Wearables
Style Meets Technology in the World of Wearables

People often talk about thinking “outside the box” but one of the things most exciting in modern technology is being able to design “off the glass” — meaning a piece of technology...

Style Meets Technology in the World of Wearables
Features : Medical
Ultraminiature MEMS Sensors for Improved Patient Outcomes
Ultraminiature MEMS Sensors for Improved Patient Outcomes

Ultraminiature sensors (<1 mm in size) enable instrumentation of medical devices in order to advance monitoring capabilities, deliver new insight into complex cardiovascular cases,...

Ultraminiature MEMS Sensors for Improved Patient Outcomes
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development
Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development

Precision in surgery is paramount. Surgeons rely on a variety of handheld instruments, and they increasingly want tools that can aid in accessing hard-to-reach areas...

Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development
Briefs : Wearables
Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation
Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation

The increasing demand for miniaturized electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) devices has created new challenges for the specialists who design microdevices such as...

Reliable Structures and Wearable Systems Call for Multiphysics Simulation
Briefs : Medical
‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses
‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses

In a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from universities in Scotland and China, working together with the...

‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses
Briefs : Medical
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
Reel-to-reel insert molding can prove a more efficient process for design engineers when it comes to lowering assembly costs. The process is best suited for products that require dimensional stability and need to function in harsh environments.
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
Briefs : Medical
Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications
Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications

The Polymerization Process Research Group of the Polymat Institute of the UPV/EHU–University of the Basque Country has efficiently encapsulated semiconductor nanocrystals...

Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications
Briefs : Medical
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes

NIBIB-funded engineers are designing and testing aortic heart valve replacements made of polymers rather than animal heart tissues. The goal is to optimize performance of these valves in an...

New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Breakthrough Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper, Less Invasively
Breakthrough Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper, Less Invasively

A new ultrasensitive diagnostic device invented by researchers at the University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center could allow...

Breakthrough Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper, Less Invasively
Features : Materials
Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life
Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life

As the medical device industry continues to grow rapidly, manufacturers must contend with a variety of challenges if they wish to differentiate products in a highly...

Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Adhesives

Epoxy Technology, Billerica, MA, has completed ISO 10993 testing of its previously Class VI adhesives, as well as the addition of 12 new medical-device-grade...

New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Software
Product of the Month: May 2019 MDB
Product of the Month: May 2019 MDB

Medical-Grade Connectivity Framework

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), Sunnyvale, CA, has added a variety of new capabilities to its connectivity software, RTI Connext DDS. Based on the Data...

Product of the Month: May 2019 MDB

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