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23andMe and Genentech Combine Forces to Analyze the Genomic Data of Parkinson's

January 7, 2015 9:48 am | News | Comments

23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced an agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to generate whole genome sequencing data for approximately 3,000 people in 23andMe's Parkinson's disease community...

Microfluidic Device Manufacturing

January 7, 2015 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

Welding with ultrasonic vibrations is a cost-effective and safe method for joining the two halves of a polystyrene microfluidic test chip in such a way that the function is assured. The cross-section in the test channel has to remain constant...

An App for Diagnosing Head Injuries

January 6, 2015 2:03 pm | News | Comments

The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may help clinicians diagnose a patient...

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Efficient Testing Procedures Will Allow Advanced Technologies at Lower Cost

January 6, 2015 11:09 am | News | Comments

The in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry and healthcare provider organizations are trying to function collaboratively to manifest a paradigm shift from routine disease management to prevention and wellness. Expectedly...

‘Magic’ Blood Test Simply a Matter of Science

January 5, 2015 11:32 am | News | Comments

A blood-typing test based on bioactive paper has enormous implications for use in the developing world and poor and remote regions. Inspired by the magical Harry Potter diary that absorbs ink and prints its own letters, Monash University...

Ultrasound Technology Made to Measure

January 5, 2015 11:10 am | News | Comments

The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the way...

More Efficient, Sensitive Estrogen Detection

January 5, 2015 10:37 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington have collaborated to develop a new method for detecting trace amounts of estrogen in small samples...

Top Five Healthcare Trends of 2014

January 2, 2015 10:31 am | News | Comments

Kalorama Information has identified its “Top Five Trends in Healthcare in 2014.” The healthcare market research firm publishes 40-50 detailed studies in healthcare markets every year. The firm said several events in 2014 will have business planners...

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The ACA Has Clogged the Pipeline of MedTech Innovation

December 31, 2014 9:30 am | Blogs | Comments

The 2010 media was saturated in the triumphant, albeit hotly debated, arrival of change in many sectors of life, but spun tightly on the U.S. healthcare system. The year can be defined with tedious chatter, increased expectations, and a new sensation...

Top 4 Up And Coming Medical Device Trends for 2015

December 31, 2014 8:34 am | Blogs | Comments

Top trends for the medical design industry in 2015 include some familiar — and emerging — issues and considerations. Expanding international markets, aging populations, technological innovations, an ever-expanding roster of disease biomarkers...

Could Formula One Speed up Product Innovation in a World of Snail-Paced Monitoring?

December 26, 2014 9:18 am | Blogs | Comments

In a fast-changing environment, the collection of data from drivers and their cars in Formula One (F1) racing has been imperative to ensure driver safety and success during a race. Telemetry technology is so advanced that it enables quick decisions...

Big Data and Analytics Still a Driver for Future Change

December 26, 2014 8:02 am | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare delivery models have already started the shift away from volume-based care in order to focus more on delivering higher value for patients. The need for integrated care and interoperability among disparate IT systems, along with the rise in newly...

5 Trends in Medical Technology for 2015

December 24, 2014 11:39 am | Blogs | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the latest and most exciting innovations were recently explored at COMPAMED, the international medical trade show. Accutronics launched its latest smart-battery range at the trade show...

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Healthcare in Real Time: The Speed of Disruption

December 24, 2014 8:54 am | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the title topic at LifeScience Alley’s health technology leadership conference in Minneapolis. The panel consisted of technologists involved in developing medical products who engaged in a discussion...

The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

Hybrid Cloud – A Safe Play for Medical Device Manufacturers

December 23, 2014 8:02 am | Blogs | Comments

When every new technology innovation or computing model has to be evaluated within the constraints of complex and strict regulatory requirements, it is no surprise that medical device manufacturers have been skittish about moving to the cloud. Even as cloud...

5 Critical Components to Harness the Power of Health Data Successfully

December 22, 2014 8:09 am | Blogs | Comments

Big data…the latest buzz phrase in IT. And it is BIG. With all the technology available today – in our personal lives as well as in healthcare – you can get data on just about anything. From tracking how many steps you walk each day, to how many...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

MedTech Engineer Specializes in Sophisticated Medicine

December 16, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Bhatia’s research defies traditional academic categories, drawing simultaneously on biological and medical sciences, and multiple engineering disciplines. She has generated dozens of patents, several business spinouts, and earned a host of major scientific...

FDA Clears Blood Test that Predicts Heart Disease Risk

December 16, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared a new screening test that predicts a patient’s risk of future coronary heart disease (CHD) events, such as heart attacks. FDA cleared the test for use in all adults with no history of heart disease...

Optical Technology Diagnoses Brain Damage from Concussions, Strokes and Dementia

December 15, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

New optical diagnostic technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering promises new ways to identify and monitor brain damage resulting from traumatic injury, stroke or vascular dementia--in real time and without invasive procedures...

Non-Invasive Imaging Tech Detects Cervical Cancer

December 15, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992...

Innovative Technologies for DNA Diagnostics and Health Monitoring

December 15, 2014 11:13 am | Blogs | Comments

Several papers on advanced medical electronics technology will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco on Dec. 15-17, including bio-MEMS, bio-sensors, and technology for DNA diagnostics and...

Battle Lines Being Drawn Over LDT Regulation

December 15, 2014 9:54 am | Blogs | Comments

“The heart of Bradley Thompson’s argument rests on, ‘if a company is manufacturing an IVD test, the agency has full authority.’ Developing and performing most LDTs is not ‘manufacturing’ in a recognized sense of the word and never has been (although...

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