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Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

March 31, 2014 12:32 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments...

New Gel to Promote Bone Growth on Implants

March 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into bone and to prevent rejection. Neutron scattering experiments at the Institut Laue-Langevin...

Stryker Sustainability Solutions Brings Record-Setting $255 Million In Reprocessing Savings To U.S. Hospitals

March 31, 2014 8:24 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Growth of Stryker Sustainability Solutions' single-use medical device reprocessing and remanufacturing services produced a record-setting $255 million in supply cost savings for its more than 2,500 hospital and health system customers in...

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ICON to Acquire Aptiv Solutions

March 31, 2014 6:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ICON, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has agreed, subject to certain closing conditions, to acquire Aptiv Solutions for a cash...

Demand for Home Medical Equipment to Approach $13 Billion in 2018

March 28, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Freedonia Group | News | Comments

U.S. demand for home medical equipment will increase 8.2 percent annually to $12.6 billion in 2018. According to analyst Bill Martineau, “Advances in the technological capabilities of products, coupled with ongoing health care cost containment...

Baxter Splitting into Two Separate Businesses

March 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Following a rival's lead, Baxter International Inc. said it's planning a breakup into two health care companies as it tries to boost innovation and profitability and reward shareholders. Thursday's news could mark a recent trend as Wall...

Sensor to Detect Common Illicit Date Rape Drug within Seconds

March 27, 2014 11:39 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world’s first fluorescent sensor to identify the presence of a drug known as GHB that is commonly used to spike beverages. When the sensor is mixed with ...

Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

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Next-Gen Drug Delivery Brings New Promise for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

March 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Dr. Kevin Nelson, Founder and CSO, TissueGen Inc. | Articles | Comments

While the combination of drugs or biologics with medical devices is no longer a groundbreaking marriage of technologies, there are areas where it is making significant advances. The incorporation of pharmaceuticals with implantable medical...

Nasal Spray Delivers New of Depression Treatment

March 24, 2014 4:04 pm | by Kate Richards, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health | News | Comments

A nasal spray that delivers a peptide to treat depression holds promise as a potential alternative therapeutic approach, research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The nasal delivery system, developed by U.S. company Impel NeuroPharma, was ...

Closed System Drug Transfer Device Delivers Safety with Elegance

March 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Marino Kriheli, Product Manager, Equashield | Articles | Comments

Closed system transfer devices (CSTDs) are used to safely transfer hazardous drugs from one receptacle to another. For example, to prepare and administer chemotherapy drugs, which contain hazardous antineoplastic agents, the drugs need...

Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Mobile Devices

March 17, 2014 10:59 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition...

Photos of the Day: Body-Powered Devices

March 17, 2014 10:57 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Zhong Lin Wang, Ph.D., and his team have set out to transform the way we look at mechanical energy. Conventional energy sources have so far relied on century-old science that requires scattered, costly power plants and a grid to distribute...

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Milestone in Fabrication of Smart Bolus-Type Micro-Pump for Drug Delivery

March 13, 2014 4:43 pm | by Eveon and Leti | News | Comments

Eveon and CEA-Leti today announced the demonstration of liquid-pumping for smart drug delivery in the bolus mode using a silicon-based micro-pump fabricated with a standard MEMS process. The milestone is the first functional micro-pump...

DNA Cages for Drug Delivery

March 13, 2014 2:22 pm | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

Move over, nanotechnologists, and make room for the biggest of the small. Scientists at the Harvard's Wyss Institute have built a set of self-assembling DNA cages one-tenth as wide as a bacterium. The structures are some of the largest and...

A Precision Attack on Cancer

March 12, 2014 4:04 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Most cancer patients receive one or more of the frontline chemotherapy drugs that have been discovered over the past 50 years. These drugs are often effective but have major drawbacks, including severe side effects and ...     

M&A Slowdown and Drop in FDA Approvals Stifles Growth of Medtech Sector in 2013

March 11, 2014 4:47 pm | by EP Vantage | News | Comments

At the half-year mark, the medtech sector was on course for its worst year in a decade in terms of M&A activity, EP Vantage concluded last fall in its Half Year Review 2013 report. Unfortunately, the second half of the year showed little...

Improving Patient Outcomes in the Development of Medical Devices: The Importance of Human Factor Testing

March 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Raza Ahmed, MD, Worldwide Director, Medical Affairs, BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems, and Corinne Granger, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems | Articles | Comments

Human Factors Engineering (HFE)—the process of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body—involves a multidisciplinary approach with contributions from biomechanics, engineering, industrial design, economic theory, human...  

CT Scans Predict Chemotherapy Response in Pancreatic Cancer

March 11, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

Computed tomography (CT) scans routinely taken to guide the treatment of pancreatic cancer may provide an important secondary benefit. According to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the scans also reflect...

Caring Robots Get the Green Light

March 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Maria Lazarte, Communication Officer/Social Media Manager, ISO | Articles | 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...

ABC Syringe Wins the World Design Impact Prize 2014

March 6, 2014 2:46 pm | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

For designing a device that has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, University of Huddersfield lecturer Dr. David Swann has been awarded a globally prestigious prize, which he received at a ceremony in Cape Town, South...

Pumping Iron: A Hydrogel Actuator with Mussel Tone

March 6, 2014 11:25 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Hydrogels are soft networks of polymers with high water content, like jello. Because of their soft, gentle texture, they have the potential to interact safely with living tissues and have applications in a number of medical areas, including...

Alfred Mann Foundation For Scientific Research Creates New Medical Device Firm

March 5, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alfred Mann Foundation (AMF) is pleased to announce the creation of Medallion Therapeutics, Inc. The new entity is a life sciences company formed to provide targeted delivery solutions for pharmaceuticals and biologic therapies. Medallion...

Safer Drug Delivery to the Brain

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

Smiths Medical Displays Smart Infusion Pump Interoperability Advancements

March 4, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it successfully demonstrated its future PharmGuard Interoperability Software at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, FL. The Interoperability Showcase highlighted new technology...

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