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Pull Testers Offer Power, Flexibility, Precision

July 30, 2013 7:42 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Schleuniger pull testers are known for their precision and application flexibility. For many years, Schleuniger has offered pull testers with two force ranges. The new PullTester 325 and PullTester 326 models expand on the flexibility by offering three force ranges.

Ultra-short Pulsed Laser Deposition Sets New Standards for Diamond-like Coatings

July 30, 2013 7:20 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon has developed a technique for depositing diamond-like films onto a wide range of substrates using its patented ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (US PLD) technology.

Mako Surgical says 2Q surgical procedures grow

July 30, 2013 6:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Mako Surgical Corp. posted a larger second-quarter loss on Tuesday, but said surgical procedures performed with its Rio system improved. The company's shares rose $1.02, or 8.2 percent, to $13.45 in after-hours trading.  

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Teleflex Receives FDA Clearance for ARROW GPSCath Balloon Dilatation Catheters in Higher RBP and 80 cm Lengths

July 30, 2013 5:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced that its subsidiary Hotspur Technologies, Inc., which Teleflex acquired in June 2012, received FDA 510(k) clearance to market the company’s ARROW ® GPSCath ® Balloon Dilatation Catheters in Higher Rated Burst Pressure (RBP) and 80 cm lengths.

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Surface Mount Technology vs. Workstation Design

July 30, 2013 4:55 pm | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In today’s modern electronic SMT assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow, and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workstations of the past that were never moved or reconfigured, the modern workstations now incorporate a modular, flexible, adaptable design with a wide variety of options that allow tremendous flexibility.

Making Old ‘New’ Again: Prioritizing Medical Device Features Using Kano Model Analysis

July 30, 2013 4:29 pm | by Jemma Lampkin and Gerard Loosschilder, SKIM Inc. | Articles | Comments

Medical device product development teams are often asked to develop new features for new devices or updated generations of existing devices. Often, due to cost or resource restrictions, a decision needs to be made between including one feature versus another.

Drama at Siemens: Rumors fly that outgoing CEO is looking to take chairman down with him

July 30, 2013 3:19 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The top-level shuffle at German medical device giant Siemens added another chapter today as rumors flew that outgoing CEO Peter Loescher refused to step down unless supervisory board chairman Gerhard Cromme resigns his post. Loescher was ousted by the Siemens board of directors, cutting his contract short by 4 years.

Sorin puts 2012 earthquake behind with 92% Q2 profit growth

July 30, 2013 1:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Sorin Group said it's finally put the impact of a devastating earthquake behind it, reporting surging profit growth and a return to normal operations for the Italian plant hit by the temblor. The Italian medical device company posted profits of $18.8 million (€14.2 million) on sales of $248.9 million (€187.7 million) for the quarter, representing profit growth of 91.9% on a top-line slip of 0.3%.

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FDA considers patient preference on benefit-risk trade-offs in medical devices

July 30, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA is looking to make some updates to its medical device benefit-risk calculations, taking into greater consideration the preferences of patients, caregivers and healthcare workers. The federal watchdog agency is holding a public workshop to solicit suggestions on how its medical device review arm might better assess and incorporate patient perspectives on "meaningful benefits" and "appropriate risks" of new medical devices.

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Innovative Collar to End MND Patients’ Neck Distress

July 30, 2013 12:47 pm | by Medilink | News | Comments

The collar came from a complete rethinking of existing collars as it sits low on the patient’s neck and offers support along the contours of the neck muscles, making it much easier for patients to carry out everyday tasks such as eating and communicating.

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KCI to Acquire Systagenix

July 30, 2013 12:39 pm | by Kinetic Concepts | News | Comments

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire UK-based Systagenix, an established provider of advanced wound care products, for a purchase price of $485 million. The combination of Systagenix and KCI will augment KCI’s global position as a leading wound care company with a diverse product portfolio dedicated to changing the practice of medicine and improving patient lives around the world.

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Sorin Group Announces FDA 510(K) Clearance for the New Sorin CONNECT(TM) Perfusion Charting System

July 30, 2013 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Sorin Group, a global medical company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced today the 510(k) clearance for commercialization of Sorin CONNECT TM, Sorin Group’s new innovative and intuitive perfusion electronic charting system.

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Researchers to Create Virtual Speech Therapist

July 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cyber-clinicians can be a crucial tool in overcoming the language disorder known as aphasia, experts say. While the verbal impairment can be life-long, health insurers only pay for a limited amount of therapy. Yet patients need to continuously practice their skills.

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Health IT: Data Analytics and Private Sector Role

July 30, 2013 9:40 am | by Alissa Gulin - The Daily Record - Associated Press | News | Comments

The market for health care information technology is showing enormous growth potential, and plenty of Maryland businesses are crowding in. Some create proprietary products — such as software for Electronic Health Records or filmless X-ray equipment — while others are service companies, helping health organizations integrate and manage new IT systems.

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Pushing Microscopy Beyond Standard Limits

July 30, 2013 9:38 am | by Caltech | News | Comments

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have devised a method to convert a relatively inexpensive conventional microscope into a billion-pixel imaging system that significantly outperforms the best available standard microscope.

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