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Powering Implantable Devices with Humidity

July 1, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that can be employed to generate motion/power in humid environments. At the moment, they are only accomplishing this with small devices and the power generated is relatively low. Of course, hearing...

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Medical Innovation Competition Pits Country Against Country

July 1, 2015 3:19 pm | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Comments

Culled from a pool of more than 280 high-quality submissions from 34 countries, 17 of the most innovative life science technologies are competing for a finalist spot in the Universal Biotech Innovation Prize. Only the two most innovative projects...

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5 Things You Missed in Infection Control

June 30, 2015 4:02 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Walking away from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2015 national conference, I couldn’t help but think of all the dedication and science invested in every corner of healthcare. Everywhere I turned...

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3 Ways OEMs Must ‘Think Outside The Box’ for Medical Drone Tech

June 30, 2015 10:44 am | by Tim Jennings, CEO, Engineered Packaging Solutions | Comments

Drone technology promises to revolutionize the medical world in the coming years. But, as with any new technological development, there will be challenges. One of the greatest is in an area that might seem trivial at first glance—the transport case...

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Wearable Medical Devices and End-to-End Healthcare

June 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Dr. Mohan Kumar R., Vice President, Strategic Business, MegaChips Corporation (India), SIG for Disability & Internet of Things Steering Committee; Sri Chandrasekaran, Director, Standards & Technology, India; IEEE Standards Association | Comments

Wearable, low-power medical devices hold the promise of vastly improving the efficiency and cost of end-to-end (E2E) healthcare delivery. While this is particularly true in developing countries, success in this burgeoning domain would benefit...

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5 Point Checklist for Selecting Medical Device Outsource Partners

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Charles Garcia, VP of Business Development, StarFish Medical | Comments

This checklist approach can be applied to many complex tasks, including Medical Device Development Outsource Selection. Using a checklist to find the best outsourced partner to develop your medical device will reduce errors, increase safety...

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MedTech Memoirs: Eyeglasses

June 24, 2015 2:24 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Eyeglasses are considered a functional fashion accessory. I myself am counted among the many who wear corrective eyeglasses, so applaud the inventors every step of the way that made it possible for me to not bump into everything. You are all truly visionaries!

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One-Stop Shopping for an Extrusion Supplier

June 23, 2015 3:44 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Zeus | Comments

Every day, we work with engineers where science is paired with supplier innovation to advance the performance of medical procedures and there, in turn, improve clinical outcomes. We see this most dramatically with bioabsorbable tubing, which is...

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There Are So Many Wearables, Better Make Sure They're Safe!

June 23, 2015 2:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Many safety risks common to electronic products can be heightened when devices have such close, direct, and extended duration contact with the human body. Physical safety concerns related to wearable devices include electric shock, acoustic sound pressure...

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3 Ways to Determine Your Idea’s Market Potential

June 23, 2015 10:26 am | by Robert Grajewski, President, Edison Nation Medical | Comments

If you think your idea is immune to market constraints, think again. The fact is, most patents fail to turn a profit — and it will happen to yours too if you don’t look into whether or not it is fiscally viable. So somewhere between scribbling your...

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Vertically Integrating Tubing Assembly, Process, and Packaging

June 22, 2015 3:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. | Comments

The extrusion of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing has improved processing and biocompatibility. Extrusion offers synthetic materials with low extractible content. This improves biocompatibility when used in the body or in contact with...

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Big Brother Is Watching You Intubate

June 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

While exploring the show floor at MD&M East, I was constantly on the lookout for outside-of-the-box, attention-grabbing exhibits. I eventually spotted a mechanical skull with a tube stuck down its throat, and a small display screen on top. So of course, I had to investigate!

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3 Ways We'll Have to Engineer Our Bodies to Live in Space

June 19, 2015 2:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Exploring the final frontier isn’t enough for us anymore – so we’re trying to move from being space tourists into becoming space residents. But the human body doesn’t react very well to long-term exposure of the perils of living in space...

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Tricorder: From Star Trek to Medical Device Hot Ticket

June 19, 2015 10:35 am | by Nigel Syrotuck, Medical Mechanical Engineer, StarFish Medical | Comments

The tricorder is the ultimate objective of diagnostic medical device development: an all-in-one package that can immediately diagnose any disease without touching the patient. Is this dream reachable, or is it going to stay in science fiction?

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8 Technology Trends MedTech Manufacturers Need to Watch Out for in 2015

June 18, 2015 3:48 pm | by Joanna Rotter, Content Marketing Manager, MSI Data | Comments

We’re about half way through 2015 and there’s been no shortage of new technologies in the manufacturing and medtech realms so far. For complex medical equipment manufacturers, that means a lot of new opportunities to improve, but also a lot...

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Flexible Electronic Skin Turns You into a Computer

June 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Wearable electronics are so omnipresent these days that, for me at least, they’re beginning to wear out their welcome. That said, I’m willing to be flexible about wearable sensors that depart from the typical on the wrist model. An engineering team...

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