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Merck Committed to Companion Diagnostics

July 11, 2014 4:27 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past month and a half, pharmaceutical giant Merck has been actively forming partnerships with IVD manufacturers to develop companion diagnostics for their drugs. The following is a rundown of these recent alliances. At the end of...

Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

Photos of the Day: Implant to Restore Memories

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory. The research builds on the understanding that memory is a process in which...

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Photos of the Day: Fingertip Reading Device for the Blind

July 8, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Public Health, First Amendment, and Innovation

July 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the letter, for the past 38 years, the FDAs of seven Presidential administrations have failed to confront the problem of the existence of dual regulatory systems for IVDs and LDTs. To compensate for this, the agency has attempted...

Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

Photos of the Day: Speak with Your Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:20 am | by LusoVU-USA | News | Comments

Eyespeak is the first autonomous system with an augmented reality interface by eye-tracking that enables the possibility of communicating through the user’s eyes, in any position and orientation of the user's head. It will consist of a pair...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

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Six Steps That Optimize Your Medical Device for Manufacture

June 30, 2014 2:55 pm | by Mark Drlik, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

Many medical device manufacturing pitfalls come with the territory. Physical architecture, vendor selection, and even basic details like specifying the labels and fasteners on a part can raise costs or lower reliability. Follow the six steps...

Trends and Developments in the European Companion Diagnostics Market

June 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Frost & Sullivan recently released a report entitled, “Western European Companion Diagnostics Market.” This study provides a global outlook of the companion diagnostics market, specifically focusing on Western Europe. The report discusses...

Photos of the Day: High-Speed Diagnostics

June 25, 2014 8:24 am | by MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers compare the processing of biological fluid samples with searching for a needle in a haystack — only in this case, the haystack could be diagnostic samples, and the needle might be tumor cells present in just parts-per-million...

Photos of the Day: Paralyzed Man Moves Hand with Thoughts

June 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control...

Photos of the Day: Cancer Metastasis on a Chip

June 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

The recent development of the concept of organs on a chip opens the possibility of realistically studying human organs without the use of patients or animal testing. Professor Jaap den Toonder even goes one step further: he intends to make...

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Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: FDA Authority

June 23, 2014 10:33 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reporting on a letter that Bradley M. Thompson, JD, and James A. Boiani, JD, attorneys at Epstein Becker Green, recently sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The attorneys sent this letter...

Photos of the Day: Glasses Give Vision Impaired a Close-Up View

June 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The smart glasses consist of a video camera mounted on the frame of the glasses; a computer processing unit that is small enough to fit in a pocket; and software that provides images of objects close-by to the see-through displays in the...

Photos of the Day: Stroke Seeking Helmet

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Strokefinder enables earlier diagnosis than current methods, which improves the possibility to counteract brain damage.In the article, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital...

Photos of the Day: Walking Smarter

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

The SmartGait is designed as a tool to aid health care officials in assessing a person's risk of falling and identifying ways to avoid injury. It captures the gait length - the distance from the tip of the front foot to the tip of the back...

Photos of the Day: Diagnosing Disease with Musical Microfluidics

June 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

The researchers at the Göttingen-based Max Planck Institute can control the frequency with which the water droplets flow through the channels of a microfluidic chip. The chip is a transparent plastic block that is traversed by thin conduits...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: FDA Jurisdiction

June 13, 2014 1:54 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on a letter that Bradley M. Thompson, JD, and James A. Boiani, JD, attorneys at Epstein Becker Green, recently sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The attorneys sent this letter on behalf of the... 

Photos of the Day: Chemical Sensor on a Chip

June 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Using miniaturized laser technology, a tiny sensor has been built at the Vienna University of Technology which can test the chemical composition of liquids, like oxygen in blood ...            

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Vitals with Light

June 10, 2014 12:41 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

In a pair of papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, groups of researchers from the Netherlands and Israel describe two new wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to ...

Photos of the Day: Life-Saving Shirt

June 9, 2014 8:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable...

Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Market Segments and Conclusions

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, professional point-of-care diagnostics is the largest IVD segment in the U.S. and generates $3.6 billion in annual revenues. The volume of this segment reflects the high penetration of point-of-care testing products...

The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

June 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health and Healthkit, developing sperm-inspired microrobots for biomedical applications, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from stem cells derived from fat tissue.  

Photos of the Day: Stress Measuring Sensor

June 4, 2014 11:51 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

ParentGuardian combines an app and a sensor, as well as powerful computing, to detect stress and deliver research-based strategies to help decrease that stress. The interventions are based on Parenting Behavioral Therapy, which has been...

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