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Using Radio Waves or Magnetics to Control Cells and Genes

December 16, 2014 10:58 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

It's the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it's an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene -- flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells...

Artificial Cells Developed Using 3D Printing

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop and commercialize artificially-manufactured cells and cell platforms for educational, research and industry application has been awarded to a team of scientists led by Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James...

Stop Smoking with World’s First Programmable, Wearable Nicotine Delivery Device

December 10, 2014 1:52 pm | by Sagentia | News | Comments

Sagentia, a global science, product and technology development company, has announced that it is working with Chrono Therapeutics on the development of SmartStop, the world’s first programmable and wearable nicotine delivery device to help...

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Medical Device Makers: You’re Responsible for Device Cybersecurity

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Who is responsible for the cybersecurity of medical devices? The makers of those devices. That anyway is the position of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which made its point in comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Inexpensive Hydrolyzable Polymer Provides Potential for an Array of Medtech Applications

December 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery...

Driving Through the Human Body with Magnets

December 2, 2014 9:47 am | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Sarthak Misra of the University of Twente MIRA Research Institute has been awarded the prestigious individual ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. This grant will be used for the ROBOTAR research project. ROBOTAR aims to develop systems...

Artificial Pancreas Performs Well in Clinical Trial

December 1, 2014 12:04 pm | by Universite de Montreal | News | Comments

The world’s first clinical trial comparing three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes was conducted in Montréal by researchers at the IRCM and the University of Montreal, led by endocrinologist Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret. The study confirms that...

‘Skin’ Shedding Medical Devices Could Eliminate Need to Replace

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | News | Comments

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting...

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A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

DNA Delivery from a Hybrid Vehicle

November 25, 2014 3:18 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies...

Look Beyond Traditional Adhesives

November 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Ravi Ramjit, Ph. D, VP of R&D, EuroMed | Blogs | Comments

Advances in adhesive development technology have allowed medical device manufactures to engineer new product solutions in the wound care space. Traditional, overaggressive adhesives have been plagued by patients reporting pain and trauma...

New Innovation in Single-Dose Powder Inhaler Technology

November 24, 2014 11:04 am | by DoseOne | News | Comments

Development of the DoseOne single dose powder inhaler (US Patents #7,832,399 B2 and #8,360,057 B2) required a multi-disciplinary team approach, as any such drug delivery device needs to combine not just design skills, but also software and...

Cancer Biomarker and Drug Delivery System in One

November 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU Singapore) has invented a unique biomarker with two exceptional functions. First, it lights up when it detects tumor cells to allow scientists to take a better look. And it can also release anti-cancer...

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Biodegradable Membrane Helps Prevent Blood Vessel Scarring

November 21, 2014 11:32 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. "Scar tissue will always form inside the blood vessel and, in many cases, eventually block blood flow," said Guillermo Ameer, professor...

Q&A: Injecting Smarter Design into Diabetes Management Device

November 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Vaishali Kamat, Associate Director and Head of Digital Health of Cambridge Consultants participated in a brief Q&A on the KicoPen, a new injection pen design that incorporates smart technology for precise glucose monitoring and insulin delivery...

Working More Closely With Hospital Systems and Payers

November 20, 2014 7:30 am | by Michael Pereira, Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations, Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Innovations are occurring from multiple paths, all fueled from a consumerization of the medical industry. Our expectations as patients, or as clinicians, or even as payers are changing what is acceptable coming from the medical device industry...

MIT Student Hacks Health Care

November 19, 2014 4:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For as long as she can remember, Andrea Ippolito has known that she wanted to be an engineer. What she couldn’t have predicted was what, precisely, the scope and scale of her work would turn out to be. Ippolito began her career at Boston Scientific...

Preventing and Reducing Hospital Admissions

November 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Marc Dubreuil, Vice President of Business Development, Farm Design | Blogs | Comments

We are beginning to see more integration of capabilities in order to provide imaging, diagnostics, and tissue manipulation within a single device and procedure. This allows the clinician, after confirming suspicious tissue, to biopsy, ablate...

Coating Drug-Eluting Stents with Cancer Drug to Prevent Heart Attacks

November 18, 2014 3:09 pm | by Mark Tuschman, Stanford | News | Comments

A new study has identified an FDA approved cancer drug, crizotinib, as a possible new coating for drug-eluting stents. Researchers found that crizotinib in mice helped prevent the narrowing of blood vessels after stenting without affecting the...

Magnetic Micro-Actuators Could Serve as a Transport Mechanism Within the Body

November 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Scientists have been conducting research on micrometer-sized actuators which one day may make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken...

Microneedles Offer New Treatment Options for Eye Disease

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. The microneedles, ranging in length from 400 to 700...

Artificially Synthesizing the Blood Clotting Process

November 17, 2014 10:50 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Stanching the free flow of blood from an injury remains a holy grail of clinical medicine. Controlling blood flow is a primary concern and first line of defense for patients and medical staff in many situations, from traumatic injury to illness...

Creating Flexible Medical Electronics with a T-Shirt Printer

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such...

Moving Molding Forward

November 17, 2014 7:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Sil-Pro, LLC, ProMed Molded Products, Inc., JunoPacific, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Molding for the healthcare industry is a preferred staple among available component fabrication methods. With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why...

6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Articles | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

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