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Overcoming Challenges and Misconceptions of Extrusion

September 4, 2014 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Vesta, Inc., Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Teleflex Medical OEM | Comments

Medical device designers can select from an array of component fabrication processes for the necessary parts for a project, such as molding, machining, and even 3D printing. While extrusion may be most often associated with medical tubing...

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FDA Issues Final Guidance for In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Jonathan S. Kahan, Susan Tiedy-Stevenson, and Randy Prebula, Hogan Lovells US, LLP | Comments

On July 31, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “the agency”) announced the publication of a final guidance to industry describing the agency’s current thinking about the development and regulation of in vitro companion diagnostic...

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3D-Printed Mold Components Save 80% in Prototype Development Costs

September 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Diversified Plastics, Inc. | Diversified Plastics, Inc. | Comments

Development costs and time are critical considerations for today’s manufacturers when developing prototype parts. Accurately evaluating the geometry, design, performance and feel of plastic injection molded parts is necessary before creating...

Potential New Diagnostic Test to Identify Infected Necrotic Pancreatitis

September 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Jen Jenkinson | Comments

Acute pancreatitis accounts for nearly 275,000 hospital admissions each year in the US and severe cases are often complicated by infected necrosis within the pancreas, accounting for between 10 and 17% of cases. The sooner this infection is...

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Metal Injection Molding for Medical Device Manufacturers

August 27, 2014 10:57 am | by Becky Cater, MIM Product Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Component fabrication for medical devices must often enable the manufacture of strong, durable parts in intricate shapes and designs. The ability to mold metal in an injection molding process moves developers much closer to this goal. The fact...

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Advances in Diabetes Drug Delivery

August 25, 2014 2:13 pm | by Zach Marks M.S. R.Ph., Director, Strategic Marketing, Delivery Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. | West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Comments

Innovative drug delivery systems are a technology sector receiving increased interest for a number of reasons. One area seeing enhanced design solutions is the diabetes management space. Delivering the required insulin while being mindful...

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Novel Pumping Technology Allows Precise Miniaturized Drug Delivery

August 22, 2014 2:53 pm | by Forrest Payne, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SFC Fluidics Inc. | Comments

Developing an insulin-delivery technology that comes in a discreet package and suits the needs of diabetics can offer an array of design challenges. In this article, a company shares its experiences and obstacles to success while in the midst...

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Testing Epoxy Fluxes for Hearing Aid Miniaturization

August 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tom Adams, Consultant, Sonoscan, Inc. | Sonoscan | Comments

Breakthroughs in circuitry design have made adding new features easier than miniaturizing the hearing aid as a whole. This article follows the progress - as yet not entirely fulfilled - of one major hearing aid manufacturer in shrinking the...

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The Development of Mobile Apps in the Healthcare Industry

August 7, 2014 2:40 pm | by Sarah Peters, Contributing Writer | Comments

The growth and development of smartphone technology has been phenomenal. In a very short space of time, we moved from very basic mobile phones that only allowed users to make calls, send SMS messages, and play a few simple games, to having...

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Motion Capture Software and Medical Innovation

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jeffrey Dawson, Health and Medicine Writer | Comments

The phrase “motion capture software” generally brings to mind blockbuster, special-effects-laden films or the latest high-tech mechanical simulation of the latest automobile prototype. However, motion capture software has been leaving its...

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The Benefits of Working with an UHMWPE Fiber with a Fine Denier

August 5, 2014 3:58 pm | by Carola Hansen, Director of Biomedical Polyethylenes, DSM Biomedical | DSM Biomedical | Comments

In February, DSM announced that it was expanding its Dyneema Purity fiber portfolio with the commercial launch of the thinnest, high-strength, medical-grade ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber on the market - Dyneema Purity...

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Silicon Technology to Enable a Revolution in Healthcare

July 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dr. Liesbet Lagae, R&D Manager Life Science Technologies, imec | Imec | Comments

Much of the research in healthcare is directed at the major medical challenges of the coming decade. How are we going to cope with the diseases of a growing elderly population, such as brain diseases, cancers, and diabetes? How can we improve...

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Process Specialization in Prototyping and Outsourcing

July 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by Rebecca Murphy, Inside Sales and Marketing Coordinator, GW Plastics Inc. | GW Plastics, Inc. | Comments

In our previous installment, we explored the design for manufacturability benefits of using a full-service commercialization partner when building a prototype. So how does process specialization play a role in deciding between a prototype...

10 Tips for Designing Medical Components with Aluminum

July 21, 2014 11:41 am | by Gordon Knott, Alexandria Industries | Comments

To better control the increasing product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are turning to aluminum instead of other more costly materials to manufacture both their new and existing components. The following...

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The Molecular Revolution: Development of a Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

July 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by Behrad Vahidi, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Director of Engineering, Cynvenio Biosystems Inc. | Comments

Thanks to Cynvenio Biosystems Inc., detecting cancer through a simple blood draw is no longer just a theory. Cynvenio is clinical diagnostics company transforming the treatment and management of cancer through the molecular characterization...

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What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

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