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SI-BONE, Inc. Closes $33 Million Growth Capital Financing

April 28, 2014 7:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that has pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System@, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device used to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the completion of a $33 million growth capital...

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Mauna Kea Technologies Receives Regulatory Approval for Cellvizio in Japan

April 28, 2014 3:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mauna Kea Technologies, a leader in the optical biopsy market, announced today it received regulatory approval in Japan for the company’s Cellvizio flagship product. The approval by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) includes...

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Skin Grown from Stem Cells for Testing

April 25, 2014 2:55 pm | by King's College London | News | Comments

An international team led by King's College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) has developed the first lab-grown epidermis – the outermost skin layer - with a functional permeability barrier akin to real...

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New Sensor Molecules Have Potential for Early Cancer Detection

April 25, 2014 2:51 pm | by Academy of Finland | News | Comments

A research team lead by Academy Professor Kari Rissanen at the University of Jyväskylä has discovered a new water-soluble fluorescent detection system that is extremely sensitive to pyrophosphate (PPi). Pyrophosphate has a key role in energy...

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Revolutionary 'Metamaterial' Has Potential to Reshape Neurosurgery

April 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

The development of graphene — a highly advanced metamaterial with many unique and varied properties — may lead to exciting new applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, according to a report in the May issue...

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Restoring Sense of Touch to Amputees

April 25, 2014 12:17 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

To understand the meaning of “proprioception,” try a simple experiment. Close your eyes and lift your right arm above your head. Then, move it down so that it’s parallel to the ground. Make a fist and release it. Move it forward, and then...

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Channel Makeover Bioengineered to Switch Off Neurons

April 25, 2014 12:09 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

Scientists have bioengineered, in neurons cultured from rats, an enhancement to a cutting edge technology that provides instant control over brain circuit activity with a flash of light. The research funded by the National Institutes of...

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Regulatory Considerations and Revalidation Tests for Managing Change in Packaging Materials or Critical Supplies

April 25, 2014 11:35 am | by Stacey Drosner, Director of Regulatory Affairs, and Wendy S. Mach, Packaging Section Leader, BS, RM(NRCM), CQA(ASQ), Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In light of recent material changes within the medical device packaging industry, it is imperative manufacturers respond to triggers built into their change management process so they can (1) assess the impact a change in materials or processes...

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New Tricks for Old Dogs: 3D Scanning Veterinary Orthopedic Implants

April 25, 2014 11:18 am | by GKS Services | Laser Design & GKS Global Services | Articles | Comments

With an eye to its teaching mission and updated methods, one company wanted to create a comprehensive training video for its hip replacement surgery procedure. In the past, they had relied on hard copy manuals and PowerPoint presentations...

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Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

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Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

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FDA Approves First Human Papillomavirus Test for Primary Cervical Cancer Screening

April 25, 2014 9:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first FDA-approved HPV DNA test for women 25 and older that can be used alone to help a health care professional assess the need for a woman to undergo additional diagnostic testing...

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Study Supports Safety of Antimicrobial Peptide-Coated Contact Lenses

April 25, 2014 9:52 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

Contact lenses coated with an antimicrobial peptide could help to lower the risk of contact lens-related infections, reports a study in Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is... 

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Surgeon Gets $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Settlement

April 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

The former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department will receive $10 million from University of California regents after a settlement was reached Tuesday in a high-profile whistleblower-retaliation case involving Dr. Robert Pedowitz...

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Engineering Newswire: Enabling Paraplegics to Fly

April 25, 2014 9:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Mouser Electronics, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Captain McQuillan, who worked as both engineer and pilot in the Royal Air Force, has developed the Aeroleg, a not-so-innovative name for a pretty innovative product, which allows paraplegics to fly. The captain’s design helps those without...

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