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U.S. Marine Receives First-Ever Prosthetic Arm Controlled By Implantable Sensors

March 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Curiosity got the best of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides. When approached with the opportunity to serve as the first test recipient of a new, innovative, and potentially beneficial implantable myoelectric sensor (IMES) system for long...

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Rethinking Force Measurement

March 28, 2014 8:17 am | by Mark Fridman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Mark-10 Corp. | Mark-10 Corporation | Comments

Force measuring instruments have come a long way. Today’s equipment opens up possibilities once in the exclusive domain of more complex systems. As illustrated in this article, force measurement instruments are able to address the testing...

Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

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Next-Gen Drug Delivery Brings New Promise for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

March 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Dr. Kevin Nelson, Founder and CSO, TissueGen Inc. | Comments

While the combination of drugs or biologics with medical devices is no longer a groundbreaking marriage of technologies, there are areas where it is making significant advances. The incorporation of pharmaceuticals with implantable medical...

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Can MedTech Keep Up with Consumers’ Great Expectations?

March 25, 2014 8:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Consumer medical technology is one of the broadest medical device sectors with the most opportunity. It holds the most demand and promise for newcomers and long-time players alike, but if medical device makers do not jump on this opportunity...

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Research Applied – Enhancing Healthcare with Test Equipment

March 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Dipl.-Ing. Andrej Mahr, Applications Engineer, MTS Systems Corp. | Mts Systems Corp. | Comments

Spinal trauma has significant impacts on quality of life for patients requiring surgical treatment. Therefore, ensuring the best technology and techniques are utilized for an improved level of care is paramount. In this article, MTS helps...

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The Role of High-Temperature Films in the Manufacture of Medical Devices

March 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ron Ducharme, Product Manager, FLEXcon | Flexcon | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are continually under scrutiny to produce products that will perform without issues throughout the life span of the product. This requires careful choice and testing of product components. However, an often...

Closed System Drug Transfer Device Delivers Safety with Elegance

March 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Marino Kriheli, Product Manager, Equashield | Comments

Closed system transfer devices (CSTDs) are used to safely transfer hazardous drugs from one receptacle to another. For example, to prepare and administer chemotherapy drugs, which contain hazardous antineoplastic agents, the drugs need...

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Designing-In Batteries for Medical Devices

March 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by Rob Phillips, CEO, Accutronics | Comments

When developing an electronic medical device, there are many factors that need to be considered. Power is just one of the critical areas that must be correct and conform to a variety of considerations. This article looks at battery standards...

Earlier Detection of Cancer

March 13, 2014 3:30 pm | by Muneesh Tewari, Univ. of Michigan, and George Karlin-Neumann, Director of Scientific Affairs, Bio-Rad's Digital Biology Center | Comments

Finding treatments for advanced stage cancer isn’t easy. Therefore, early detection methods are paramount in the fight against the disease. Motivated by the opportunity to intervene as early as possible in the course of cancer, Dr. Muneesh...

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Contract Manufacturing Revisited

March 11, 2014 5:01 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Plastics One, Inc., Mikrotech, Metal Craft Machine & Engineering, SMC, Ltd. | Comments

Contract manufacturing has come a long way in terms of acceptance within the medical device industry. Not all that long ago (perhaps 10 to 15 years ago), OEMs were still quite cautious about the prospect of outsourcing processes or devices...

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Improving Patient Outcomes in the Development of Medical Devices: The Importance of Human Factor Testing

March 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Raza Ahmed, MD, Worldwide Director, Medical Affairs, BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems, and Corinne Granger, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems | Comments

Human Factors Engineering (HFE)—the process of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body—involves a multidisciplinary approach with contributions from biomechanics, engineering, industrial design, economic theory, human...  

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Medical Device Polymer Biocompatibility Screening Test Using Zebrafish Embryos

March 10, 2014 3:25 pm | by Steven Richter, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer, Microtest Laboratories Inc. | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

A new test has been developed for medical device manufacturers and biomaterials researchers to screen plastics, composites, and polymers for toxicity. This ZET test utilizes zebrafish (Danio rerio). Zebrafish are extensively used in drug...

Caring Robots Get the Green Light

March 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Maria Lazarte, Communication Officer/Social Media Manager, ISO | Comments

From friendly Wall-E and helpful R2D2 to the dystopian worlds of the Matrix and Terminator, robots have captured our imagination and visions of the future for generations. But the time is fast approaching where interactions between humans...

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Securing Device Management Systems and Communications

March 6, 2014 3:11 pm | by Michael Campbell, Medical Technology Risk Control Manager, OneBeacon Technology Insurance | Comments

As more medical devices offer wireless functionality to enable ease-of-use for patients, they encounter a concern regarding safety. Medical devices must address the need for security in these untethered devices and put safeguards in place...

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