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Analyst: Debate Over Device Tax Only Masks Needed Reforms

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Rob Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says, “Republicans in the US Congress are expected to move quickly to revoke the medical device tax, which was imposed two years ago as part of a suite of fees on the healthcare...

Microthin, Antibacterial, Orthopedic Coatings

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by Wallwork Cambridge | Product Releases | Comments

Developed over a seven year period in partnership with surgeons and materials experts at Imperial College, Queen Mary University London, and the Materials Science and Engineering Department of The University of Sheffield, these coatings have undergone extensive trials. They have proven their resistance to wear, effective inhibition of bio-tribocorrosion and address issues of infection, metal...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Post-Show Wrap-Up

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

“The high number of international visitors gave medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED tailwinds to strengthen their export business. Those putting their business on a particularly broad footing...

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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...

Cellular Bone Matrix a Promising Step for Bone Regeneration

November 13, 2014 11:13 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with LifeNet Health, announced the introduction of ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix, a differentiated cellular allograft for the repair or reconstruction of musculoskeletal defects...

Photos of the Day: How 3D Printing Is Changing the Medical World

November 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | News | Comments

Technology-inspired discoveries that have a substantial effect on improving and significantly extending human life are just starting to enter the realm of everyday discussions. It’s no secret that some of these new-found revolutionary solutions are meeting resistance...

Why 3D Printing is a Real Game Changer in Modern Medicine

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | Blogs | Comments

No one wants to live fast and die young anymore. The new cult that’s spun the society into an obsessive quest for the modern elixir of extended life is the beating heart of the 21st century. It is, of course, the all-consuming desire to reverse...

A Digital Tattoo and Personal Paper Trail

November 13, 2014 7:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

In a recent episode of the Engineering Update, ECN shed light on a Moscow-based artist who created musical tattoos — that is, tattoos that, when scanned by a special instrument, produce a noise that can loosely be described as...

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World’s First Patient-Specific Spinal Rod Receives FDA Approval

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by MEDICREA Group | News | Comments

The MEDICREA Group announced the company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for UNiDTM, the world’s first patient-specific spinal osteosynthesis rod. The technology will be premiered at the 2014 North...

Photos of the Day: Sneak Peak from this Year's MEDICA

November 12, 2014 3:56 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Editor-in-Chief, Sean Fenske reports some of this year’s highlights at MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany...                                    

Veterans Win 'Shark Tank' Competition for Life-Saving 3D Printed Implant

November 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Osiris Biomed | News | Comments

Osiris Biomed 3D was the Grand Prize winner of a $10,000 check at the Greater Philadelphia Veteran Network’s 2nd Annual Veteran Entrepreneur “Shark Tank” Business Pitch Event held Thursday November 6th at The Hub, Philadelphia. Similar to...

Next-Gen Heart Implant First in Canada

November 10, 2014 11:42 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

A surgical team at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre led by internationally-acclaimed cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Vivek Rao, has successfully implanted a novel mechanical device, the HeartMate IIITM, into a patient with advanced heart failure...

Bionic Hand Restores Feeling for Amputee

November 10, 2014 11:02 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help...

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DARPA Speeds Funding for New Biotech

November 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Many businesses and academic researchers wishing to pursue cutting-edge research ideas with government support lack the resources to navigate the burdensome paperwork requirements required to win federal grants or contracts. DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office...

Shape-Shifting Micro Muscles Will Pump You Up

November 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

First of their kind, self-assembling particle chains may serve as muscles for futuristic tiny robots. This breakthrough has Michigan Engineers pumped up. They have demonstrated the ability to extend and retract—flex—nanoscale colloidal fibers ...

Opening the Door to Nonpharmacological Treatment Options with Neurological Devices

November 7, 2014 7:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Devices under the umbrella of the neurological market cover an array of purposes, including management and treatment of disorders, as well as surgical and interventional procedures. Some of the most exciting devices are those used in neuromodulation...

Hydrogel Offers Applications in Drug Delivery, Tissue Repair

November 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A novel jelly-like substance developed by Kansas State University researchers was recently issued a U.S. patent. The substance may be used for biomedical applications, ranging from cell culture and drug delivery to repairing and replacing tissue...

Photos (Videos!) of the Day: Cleveland Clinic's 2015 Top 10

November 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel intra-operative...

Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

November 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel...

5 Indicators the Medical Device Industry Is Hitting Its Midlife Crisis

November 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Dave Powell, Partner A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The medical device industry, which has enjoyed the enviable position of gaining five percent average annual growth and operating margins between 23 and 25 percent, is next in line to get turned on its head by industry disruptors. The future of...

Stryker Lawsuits Reach Resolution

November 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Stryker | News | Comments

On November 3, 2014, a global settlement program involving Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABGII modular hip implants was executed before and announced by Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County, New Jersey. The settlement was finalized...

Be Thankful Marketing Isn't Running the R&D Lab

November 4, 2014 3:53 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In such a highly regulated marketplace that so strongly depends on relationships, is your absence at an industry trade event going to significantly impact the perception your customers or manufacturing partners have? If it does, perhaps you haven’t…

Developing Devices for Disabled Patients with FDA Encouragement

November 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Center Director for Science, FDA, and Chief Scientist CDRH | Blogs | Comments

For people with disabilities, medical devices can offer a vital and potentially life-changing option. Take, for example, a patient who has had his arms amputated. Medications can treat phantom pain, but they can’t help that patient pick up a glass...

Degradable Implants Means Fewer Surgeries

November 4, 2014 1:22 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Until now, in cases of bone fracture, doctors have used implants made of steel and titanium, which have to be removed after healing. To spare patients burdensome inter- ventions, researchers are working on a bone substitute that completely degrades in the body...

First Surgical Implant of Minimally Invasive Interspinous Device Performed

November 3, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aurora Spine Corporation announced the first surgical implant of the company's ZIP ULTRA™ Minimally Invasive interspinous device in Israel. Multiple surgeries have now been performed at the Herzliya Medical Center by Prof. Reuven Gepstein...

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