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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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Safer Drug Delivery to the Brain

March 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

Delivering drugs into the brain to treat neurological diseases and disorders has been a challenge. The current best and easiest way to get drugs anywhere in the body is to take them orally or to administer them intravenously. But the challenges...

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Why Should an IVD Manufacturer Consider ISO 13485 Certification?

March 3, 2014 5:33 pm | by Sarah Stec, Esq., Legal and Regulatory Director, GMED North America Inc. | Comments

In vitro diagnostic medical devices, or IVDs, are critical medical devices that can be used to help the patient, physician, and caregiver in reaching medical decisions. Their growing influence and added value in the worldwide medical device...

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Extruding the Best Out of Multilumen Tubing

March 3, 2014 2:29 pm | by Robert LaDuca, CEO, Duke Empirical | Comments

Advances in materials and processing refinements make new medical device designs possible and add to the toolboxes of competent design engineers. This article explores key factors of the multilumen extrusion process as they are used by... 

Tiny Camera Sees for the Blind

February 28, 2014 1:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

We have the hardware and software capabilities to develop devices that are approaching the same level as human vision. The devices can recognize objects, scenarios, and context. According to Erez Na'aman, OrCam Technologies vice president...

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Implementing an Effective Hardware Platform for Hearing Aids

February 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Christophe Waelchli, ON Semiconductor | Comments

As with the portable consumer electronics sector, hearing aid design is subject to pressures to enhance operational performance, add new functionality, and extend battery life, while simultaneously retaining compact form factors. This constant...

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Little 3D Helpers

February 26, 2014 2:25 pm | by Greg Whiteside, Key Account Manager, North America, HARTING Technology Group | HARTING North America | Comments

Molded Interconnect Devices (MID) enable the production of miniaturized medical devices which deliver higher functionality while offering lower costs. HARTING is one of most experienced and competent providers of precision 3D-MID components...

Polycarbonate-Based Bone Fixation Device Helps Speed Patient Recovery

February 25, 2014 1:59 pm | by Bayer | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are developing products that are less invasive, contribute to faster medical procedures and help speed patient recovery. To accomplish this, they are increasingly utilizing advanced, biocompatible thermoplastics...

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‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 2)

February 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Comments

Many reports, papers, and studies have been written about the benefits of remote health monitoring, but when you look at the number of companies and institutions that are investing time and energy incorporating VSM (vital sign monitoring)...

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‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

February 21, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

When the term “home health monitoring” was coined, the reference was not limited to the four walls we live between but rather to the monitoring of an individual’s vital signs when he or she was outside the hospital environment. Since the...

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Women Engineers Work to Invigorate the Industry

February 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Peter Finn was recently promoted to the position of deputy executive director and chief learning officer of the The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In this interview, Finn discusses his new role and SWE’s commitment towards promoting women...

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Steps to Position Your Supply Chain for Innovation and Growth

February 19, 2014 12:18 pm | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Comments

Multiple factors are converging in the medical device industry to drive manufacturers toward growth via mergers and acquisitions (M&A) versus relying solely on organic growth of their existing portfolios. One factor is the U.S. regulatory...

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Brace Yourself

February 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, PD&D | Comments

Breg attempts to shake up hip brace design by engineering a post-operative rehab product that patients actually wear. This article looks at the development process with a specific focus on each significant area, including materials, collaboration...

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