Cardica, Inc. and Century Medical, Inc. today announced that Century Medical filed for regulatory approval of Cardica's MicroCutter XCHANGE™ 30 cutting and stapling cartridge in Japan. The submission to the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) includes design, validation and verification data for the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 cartridges.
Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able endow people with superhuman abilities. That’s what researchers at Princeton University see as the future of tissue engineering, and they believe 3-D printing is the way there.
PEM Types PF50 and PF60 self-clinching captive panel screws keep hardware parts count to a minimum by integrating a captive screw in a spring-loaded assembly to promote easy and efficient handling and installation.
ABB Robotics has added an 8 kg model to its IRB 360 FlexPicker line, supplementing the existing 1 kg and 3 kg models and expanding the high speed picking and packing performance of the most widely used Delta robot in the industry to heavier items.
Pres-On is bringing manufacturers a cost-effective alternative to silicone foam with its N3000, a lightweight, closed cell, cross linked foam based on Nylon 6. It is offered in 39" x 78" sheets in thicknesses ranging from 1/16-inch to 1/2-inch, and can be specified with or without an acrylic adhesive.
Texas Instruments (TI) has welcomed the newest member to its popular microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad ecosystem. At $19.99, the Hercules LaunchPad is the lowest cost evaluation platform for Hercules MCUs and provides an entry-level option enabling developers to gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate the MCUs’ performance and safety features.
As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference noise.
Today, a diagnosis is now possible even if the medical professional isn't at their workstation, or even in the hospital at all. In fact, diagnostic images can be securely reviewed over smartphones, tablets, and laptops from any location in the world. The benefits of this flexibility are endless.
A new brain implant that can record neural activity while it simultaneously delivers electric current has been implanted into a patient for the first time. The new device from Medtronic, a Minneapolis-based medical device company, can also adjust its electrical output in response to the changing conditions of the brain.
The FDA sent out the highest-risk recall notice for the an infusion pump made by CareFusion, the most recent warning to customers involving the company's Alaris product line. Following customer reports of an "error" message on the pump's PC computer system, the company issued a warning notice, which the FDA followed-up with a Class I recall, reserved for device malfunctions that have the potential cause serious harm or death.
Medicomp, Inc. introduces the SAVI Air, the only Wireless Event Monitor to offer beat-to-beat analysis of the entire ECG, a patented feature previously unavailable to healthcare. Prior to the release of the SAVI Air, wireless event monitors relied on algorithms that could only analyze limited aspects of the ECG, therefore increasing the risk of missing significant arrhythmias.
Austin, Tex.-based LDR landed its 1st FDA approval for its Mobi-C device, a cervical disc replacement for patients with degenerative disc disease. The privately held company, which was founded in France but is headquartered in Texas, is marketing the product as better alternative to a last-resort procedure called anterior cervical discectomy fusion, which fuses the vertebra to ease painful symptoms of a herniated disk.
Evidence of the recall of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant can be excluded from a bellwether trial over the device, a federal judge ruled last month. Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics division pulled the DePuy ASR device from the market in 2010, prompting thousands of personal injury lawsuits across the country.
Abbott’s investigational Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold was recently named one of R&D Magazine’s 2013 top 100 technologies as part of its 51st annual R&D 100 Awards. Absorb joins a number of innovative technologies being honored by the awards, which recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
Scientists used fruit flies to show for the first time that a new class of genetically engineered proteins can be used to watch nerve cell electrical activity in live brains. The results, published in Cell, suggest these proteins may be a promising new tool for mapping brain cell activity in multiple animals and for studying how neurological disorders disrupt normal nerve cell signaling.