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Product Development

Learn about risk assessment, design validation, and the many phases of medical product development.

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INSIDER: Medical

A COVID-19 test detects and identifies specific SARS-CoV-2 variants with 100 percent accuracy. The RNA-encoded viral nucleic acid analytic reporter correctly determined...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers have built an RT-PCR platform that gives results in 23 minutes that match the longer laboratory-based tests — faster than other PCR tests on the market. It can...

INSIDER: Medical

Skin swabs are surprisingly effective at identifying COVID-19 infection, according to new research, offering a route to a noninvasive future for testing for the virus. Researchers used...

Features: Design

Even before the pandemic disrupted patients’ in-person interactions with their healthcare providers, visionary designers had made significant...

R&D: Design

A first-of-its-kind device will allow more IVF clinics to offer intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as a treatment, while several IVF procedures, such as embryo culture, embryo cryopreservation,...

News: Design

Boston Scientific Corporation has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its EMBOLD™ Fibered Detachable Coil, a device that is...

News: Design

Medtronic plc has completed the acquisition of Intersect ENT, expanding the company’s comprehensive ear, nose, and throat (ENT) portfolio with innovative products used in sinus...

News: Materials

The global supply chain disruptions of the last two years are spurring major changes across the manufacturing sector. After decades of reshoring, legacy industries, such as textiles, are...

INSIDER: Medical

A rapid test for viruses can deliver results as accurate as lab tests within 30 minutes. The technology is 150 times more accurate than traditional rapid tests and matches the accuracy of...

INSIDER: Design

A new lab test can quickly and easily identify which variant of the virus causing COVID-19 has infected a person, an advance expected to greatly assist health officials tracking the disease and...

INSIDER: Design

A point-of-care COVID-19 test can now detect and differentiate the alpha variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from earlier strains in saliva samples. The new test builds...

INSIDER: Medical

A new design for eye and brain implants draws its inspiration from nature. Researchers have grown rodent retinal neurons on a fractal-patterned electrode, one that mimics the repeating...

Special Reports: Design
Medical Robotics - April 2022

Novel biosensors set to revolutionize brain-controlled robotics...micro-robots propelled by air bubbles...a smart artificial hand...major advances in exoskeleton technology. These are just a few of the medical...

Inside Story: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MDB recently spoke with Anthony Bracale, director of sales and marketing at Hobson & Motzer Inc., a manufacturer of precision metal components.
Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion
The need for innovations like multi-filar cables and multi-channel transmission cables has become more important than ever.
INSIDER: Design

A new test for COVID-19 combines the speed of over-the-counter antigen tests with the accuracy of PCR tests that are processed in medical labs and hospitals. The Harmony...

INSIDER: Wearables

A passive air sampler clip can help assess personal exposure to SARS-CoV-2, which could be especially helpful for workers in high-risk settings, such as restaurants or...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers have designed a high-quality assay that can be used in at-home tests for rapid COVID-19 screening. Results from an early preclinical study suggest that tests with the new assay...

INSIDER: Design

The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines have been highly effective, but also have limitations: their efficacy can wane without a booster shot, and they may be less...

INSIDER: Design

Engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a “Fitbit for the face.” Dubbed “FaceBit,” the lightweight,...

INSIDER: Design

Researchers are using gold nanoparticles to develop a new molecular diagnostic platform that considerably reduces the time required for COVID-19 detection. The RT-PCR...

INSIDER: Design

Researchers have designed a rapid sensing COVID-19 test to meet the challenge of universal testing and tracking variants. The test takes advantage of the virus’...

INSIDER: Medical

Engineers have developed a powerful new tool that monitors the electrical activity inside heart cells, using tiny “pop-up” sensors that poke into cells without...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The ventilators are simpler and cheaper to make than those currently available.
Features: Design
Senior scientist Paula McDaniel tells MDB how to find and prevent material failures.
INSIDER: Design

A new form of CRISPR technology that takes advantage of a compact RNA-editing protein could lead to improved diagnostic tests for COVID-19.

INSIDER: Medical

A non-invasive exhaled breath screening system for COVID-19 (TestBreathNow-TBN) analyzes breath samples using breath-borne VOC biomarkers. The sampling process is completely...

INSIDER: Design

A device detects viruses like COVID-19 in the body as fast as and more accurately than current, commonly used rapid detection tests. The optical sensor uses nanotechnology to accurately...

Blog: Wearables

Growing older can bring both joy and hardship into our lives. Tasks that were once easy may become difficult as we age. However, with state-of-the-art technologies, the golden...

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John Chandler on Achieving Quality Motion Control

FAULHABER MICROMO brings together the highest quality motion technologies and value-added services, together with global engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing, to deliver top quality micro motion solutions. With 34 years’ experience, John Chandler injects a key engineering perspective into all new projects and enjoys working closely with OEM customers to bring exciting new technologies to market.

Inside Story

Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.

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Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Why Cleanroom Assembly of Plastic Medical and Electronic Devices Requires...

Features: Regulations/Standards

Establishing Proper Validation of Extruded Silicone Tubing

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