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Innovations Could Feed the Hungry, Streamline Drug Production

October 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

The winners included a unique genetic sequence that could allow researchers to produce multiple proteins from a lone strand of mRNA. The sequence, a form of internal ribosome entry site (IRES), was found in the wheat virus Triticum moscaic by ...

Don't Do It Quickly, Do It Right

October 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Janicki, Executive Vice President of Engineering & Quality, RTEmd | RTEmd | Blogs | Comments

Regulatory requirements, business pressures (to get products to market faster), and cost implications often cause good teams to take short cuts. Even highly compliant organizations, when rushed, can lose discipline, causing developers to stray...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printed Injection Molding

October 30, 2014 2:44 pm | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys, a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has announced its collaboration with design and product development company, Worrell, to accelerate medical device development through the use of 3D ...   

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Research Program to Develop Cost-Effective, 3D Printed Biomedical Tech

October 30, 2014 10:16 am | by Oxford Performance Materials | News | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has announced the commencement of an extensive joint research program with Yale University to develop innovative and cost-effective 3D printed biomedical technologies and applications ...    

Establish Communication Up Front

October 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Dave Beckstoffer, Commercial Program Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Blogs | Comments

For the motion control of any medical device, cost pressures always exist to keep them as low as feasible while still providing the performance required. The key is early engagement with the motion control manufacturer to ensure the development...

Photos of the Day: Exploring the Science behind Scalp Cooling

October 29, 2014 3:58 pm | by Paxman | News | Comments

Scalp cooling works by lowering the temperature of the head and scalp immediately before, after and during the administration of chemotherapy. This in turn reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles, thus preventing or minimizing the damage, meaning that hair loss is not inevitable...

Cold Deck to Reduce Volume of Material

October 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Ritzema, Director of Operations, Rogan Corporation | Blogs | Comments

To reduce costs and increase productivity, we have added a cold deck to our vertical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding machine. The cold deck reduces the volume of LSR material we use during molding by eliminating the sprue and runner...

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Barcode Labeling Software Provider

October 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Articles | Comments

Today, countless industries rely on barcode label design software for a variety of uses, such as creating barcodes for labels, products, shipping, and more. Within the healthcare industry, barcode technology is becoming more prevalent as patient...

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Photos of the Day: Medication Management with the Amiko Inhaler

October 28, 2014 3:46 pm | by Amiko | News | Comments

Amiko, a unique wearable activity tracker that actually wraps around medicine packaging, launches to tackle non-adherent behavior as it happens. While other solutions are either smartphone apps which rely on patients to accurately and consistently report...

Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and Delivery Devices

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Ronelle Decker, Market Development Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

Balloon catheters, stent and stent delivery systems, atherectomy, and occlusion and neurovascular catheters, as well as other catheter-based devices, advance over a guide wire until it reaches the stenosis, obstruction, or stent delivery site...

Savings Comes from Unexpected Places

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by David Morse, General Manager, Tube Hollows International | Blogs | Comments

Cost savings often come from unexpected places. Two examples that come to mind involved the design and processes used to achieve high precision holes in cannulated parts. Tube Hollows International can drill extremely precise holes (as low...

Decide Where and How it is Best to Reduce Costs

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Robert Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

In today’s medical equipment market, one path towards increased competitiveness is to reduce component costs. However, OEMs must be thoughtful and think holistically about where and how to cut costs. For example, sensors are often critical...

Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Germany and Switzerland

October 24, 2014 3:44 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few more observations of the U.S. physician office lab (POL) market. According to the report, non-physician practice test users represent ancillary markets for POL test products. Community clinics are not expected to grow appreciably as an IVD...

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Don't Leave It Until the Last Minute

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Scott Levy, Senior Packaging Editor, DDL Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The “Just-in-Time” mentality that has become more pervasive within the medical device industry has also resulted in many more package validation testing projects being rushed and left to the last minute. This situation can pose a significant...

NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed for electric vehicles, but would certainly have applications in the medical device space as well. Unfortunately, that technology is not here yet, and...

How Do We Make the Breast Pump ‘Not Suck’?

October 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular...

A Virtually Effortless Doctor's Visit

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The doctor is in! Virtually, that is, in the confines of your phone or computer screen. Companies like HealthTap are now providing virtual house calls to patients who may not be able to schedule a same day appointment. These companies...

Make Cooperative Decisions and Provide Incentives

October 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Anthony Kalaijakis, Strategic Medical Marketing Manager, Molex | Molex | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare reforms are driving Medtech companies to re-evaluate how they go to market and, at the same time, protect their heavy investment in current architecture. In the regulated Medtech industry, manufacturers must ensure products are...

Taking 'Charge' of Your Mood

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

As we go about our daily activities, we’re at the mercy of whatever mood we’re in. That’s all well and good when in a favorable mood, as productivity peaks, any obligation becomes more enjoyable, and whistling or singing accompanies your work...

Bonding Can Present a Sticky Situation

October 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Applied Silicone Corporation | Articles | Comments

Adhesives in the medical device space refer to a variety of different types of technologies. While they all involve the bonding of two substrates, the actual applications vary greatly. With medical device adhesives, bonding can be achieved...

CLM Machine for Conservation and Maximization of Resources

October 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Walter Zic, Chief Operating Officer, EDM Department Inc. | EDM Department | Blogs | Comments

I believe the solution to cutting costs in the development of medical devices lies within the technology of CLM (closed loop manufacturing). Traditional measurement procedures can be both elaborate and error-prone as they necessitate constant...

October 2014 Digital Edition

October 21, 2014 3:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why molding is used to some degree in a large percentage of medical device designs. Moving Molding Forward is a Roundtable feature that highlights...

High School Sisters Develop Screening Tools for Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 1:57 pm | by American College of Chest Physicians | News | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening tools using electronic stethoscopes to detect lung and heart disease. The sisters will present their findings at CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas next week. Ilina Krishen became aware...

Photo of the Day: A Pineapple Gets an MRI

October 21, 2014 9:48 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Baratunde Thurston recently visited GE labs in the U.S. and Europe and came back with deep insights about jet engines, wind turbines, MRI scanners and other technology. He and GE turned them into a series of Masterclass videos that are now available on YouTube...

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Medical World as We Know It

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing has undoubtedly revolutionized the engineering world, and the medical industry is on the forefront of some of the most innovative applications to date. The technology has proven itself a robust and versatile one, as more companies...

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