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Innovation and Adaptation Offer a Thriving MedTech Industry

February 13, 2015 10:39 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

One of my favorite aspects of this industry is the transcendent nature of the work that we do. It is amazing to be involved with companies that are making products that improve the quality of life. This year, I’ve been especially impressed...

Photos of the (Valentine's) Day: Imaging Love

February 13, 2015 10:09 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

How deep is your love? Stanford neuroscientist Melina Uncapher has a system in her lab that can supply the answer. In 2013, Dr. Uncapher and her friend, the filmmaker Brent Hoff, invited seven men and women ranging in ages...

Manufacturability and Miniaturization in the Molding Market

February 13, 2015 8:30 am | by Tim Reis, VP of Healthcare Business Development, GW Plastics | GW Plastics, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Two-shot molding from a soft touch perspective, surface finishes, color, and in-mold decorating are all driving the aesthetic view of the devices, right down to the shape of the device. Using plastic allows the product designer to manipulate...

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3D Printing Making Enormous Strides in Molding, but Still Has Limitations

February 13, 2015 8:30 am | by Dale Gildemeister, Program Manager, Sil-Pro | Sil-Pro, LLC | Blogs | Comments

Soft touch molding with materials such as silicone and thermoplastic elastomers allow for some part features to be molded into the geometry without the use of mold actions to create undercuts. The ability of elastomers, especially silicone...

3 Obstacles to IoT Success in Healthcare

February 12, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a vision of the future where every device in a house, office, or car is connected to each other and “communicates” efficiently to enable a much greater user experience. It can be observed in next generation video...

Personalizing Patient Treatments with Automated Genetic Testing

February 12, 2015 10:52 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Meet Bob Bean, CEO of Harmonyx Diagnostics. Also the president and CEO of Transnetyx, which provides automated genotyping services, he helped to found Harmonyx in order to provide accurate, affordable, and accessible genetic testing for...

Photos of the Day: Wedding Gown Designer’s Ebola Suit

February 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Baltimore fashion designer Jill Andrews has spent her career making bespoke wedding dresses, bodices and skirts for hundreds of happy clients. This Friday, she will make her debut at New York’s Fashion Week. Not with a fancy gown, but with...

3 Steps and 4 Strategies for Device Development from Concept to Patient

February 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Graham Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The healthcare market is seeing the growth in creative collaborations between pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical companies and packaging and delivery systems manufacturers, such as West, that can provide solutions for integrated delivery systems...

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Photos of the Day: Wheelchair Facts, Numbers, and Figures

February 11, 2015 11:08 am | by KD Smart Chair | News | Comments

KD Smart Chair recently released an infographic that visualizes the facts, numbers and figures about the wheelchair industry. The infographic provides current information and future statistics about historical facts, top wheelchair accessible...

4 Questions to Ask when Validating Quality Computer Systems

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Penny Goss, Penny Goss Technical Solutions | Articles | Comments

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) requirements for validation of your manufacturing and quality system software can conjure up a lot of questions. Understanding the actual guidelines...

Make Sure the Optimum Solution is Integrated into the System

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Matt Kelly, Key Account Manager, Medical, Watlow | Blogs | Comments

Home healthcare can provide significant benefits to patients in terms of quality of life and cost of care. However, the use of medical devices in the home also presents unique challenges and potential safety risks. Home medical care is outside...

BPA-Free Copolyester Spotted Around MD&M West

February 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Next generation copolyester is the driving force behind several products displayed this week at MD&M West, held in Anaheim from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12. Eastman Tritan copolyester, developed by the Eastman Chemical Company, is adaptable...

Analyzing Cures Before They Reach Veterans

February 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new testing center for medical products used to help veterans has been opened at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pittsburgh, the VA announced on Jan. 30. The Center for Medical Product End-user Testing is responsible for evaluating...

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8 New EMC Requirements for Medical Devices

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by Bruce Fagley, TÜV Rheinland, EMC Technical Manager | Blogs | Comments

The fourth edition of the IEC 60601-1-2:2014 standard is out, introducing significant technical changes in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. The revision mandates compliance of new...

Photos of the Day: Providing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 11:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement. Without...

3 Innovations in Next-Generation Prosthetics

February 10, 2015 11:17 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the...

Photos of the Day: A Pediatric Diabetes Game Changer

February 10, 2015 10:26 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

With a $1.8-million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, UC Santa Barbara chemical engineers Frank Doyle and Eyal Dassau and Yale University's Dr. Stuart Weinzimer could make hands-on care of Type 1 Diabetes a thing of the...

Overcoming Battery Limitations to Conserve Power

February 10, 2015 8:51 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Blogs | Comments

Gone are the days when laptops drive the definition of low-power. Suppliers rely more and more on consultants to provide specific skills needed to design today’s exploding array of battery operated devices including wearable devices, home health...

May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

Medical Device Industry Slowed Slightly in 2014

February 9, 2015 11:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Things are leveling out for the medical device industry, with preliminary 2014 data showing subdued sales growth. The 2015 Global Medical Device Industry Outlook survey by consulting firm Emergo collected responses from 5,400 participants...

$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

Adaptability and a Highly Skilled Engineering and Production Team are Crucial

February 9, 2015 8:30 am | by Perry Sainati, President, Belden Universal | Blogs | Comments

As adaptive technologies enabling patient mobility and portable care are reaching new heights in sophistication and automation, OEMs rightfully expect similarly high levels of performance and quality from their suppliers. For Belden as a...

Smaller, More Portable Home Medical Equipment

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Robert Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

There is a growing demand for smaller, lighter and more portable home healthcare equipment. For example, smaller respirators, infusion pumps, and vital sign monitors are being designed for home use to improve patient quality of life and reduce...

7 Lifesaving Facts About Artificial Hearts

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by SynCardia Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

For patients suffering from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure, a donor heart transplant is the standard of care. However, not all patients waiting for a donor heart will have one available to them when they need it to save their...

Save Money by Avoiding Multiple Failures During Evaluation

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Ajay Sankhla, Senior Engineering Consultant, Intertek | Blogs | Comments

The adoption of new and expanded payment and delivery models is spurring demand for home healthcare growth. But navigating the required patient and user safety standards that these technologies require is different than traditional clinical...

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