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The Phrase 'Long-Term Implant' is a Moving Target

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Geiger, VP, Sales and Marketing, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Our kids will live until they’re 100 years old. That’s a fact. Forever is becoming a long time so the phrase “long-term implant” is a moving target. Some implants with moving parts require millions of cycles to simulate physiologic norms...

MedTech’s Patient-Centric Trajectory Is Fueled by Technology

February 20, 2015 8:25 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Proto Labs, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

There is little doubt we are on a patient-centric trajectory that is fueled by technology. Can regulation keep up with the changing environment? Herein lies the challenge. To accelerate innovation and speed to market, I see an increased...

Developing a New Web of Connected Healthcare Products

February 19, 2015 10:59 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder, Greenpeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

There are four components to a web connected health care product. Three are obvious – sensors, internet connectivity and a smart phone. The fourth – the analytics for the data itself - is finally getting the awareness it deserves. Today...

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Wearable 'Tricorder for Babies' Aims to Ease Parents' Minds

February 19, 2015 9:09 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

This wireless, wearable baby monitor was inspired by a father’s own experience. Chris Bruce, who co-founded Sproutling along with Mathew Spolin, remembers worrying about his own second daughter, now aged 4. She was quieter than Bruce and his wife’s first child, and it took the parents...

Need to Maintain Balance Between Wall Thickness Specifications

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Rick Shorey, Sr. Sales Engineer and Project Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Blogs | Comments

Microchips for delivering drugs with time released capabilities or neuroscience, neuromodulation and/or monitoring devices material selection is key for both the implantable and delivery device. Depending upon duration and type of application...

The Pulse: Building a Brain Powered Prosthetic Arm and Having a Checkup at Home

February 18, 2015 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're building a brain powered prosthetic arm, paying much less for a multi-function patch pump, making biocompatible microgels, and having a checkup at home...

The Fragrant Stench of Discovery

February 18, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

We’ve all been there – you lift your arm to wave hello to a friend or hail a cab, and an unpleasant odor causes you to cringe and hold your nose. Wondering where this foul scent could have possibly originated from, you look around for the source...

EMS Achieves UDI Compliance, Reduces Print Time to Less than One Second

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Loftware, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Founded more than 30 years ago in Switzerland, EMS Electro Medical Systems is a manufacturer of micromechanical instruments. The company designs and develops orthopedic, urological and dental prophylaxis devices, and has a multinational...

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Future of Molding Lies in Development of Automation

February 18, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Nelson, Tech Center Manager, ProMed Molded Products | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices serve a variety of functions from regulating the beat of a heart to restoring the range of motion in knee and hip joints. Over the last few years we’ve seen the merging of implantable devices and drug therapies. Incorporating...

Ergonomics is Better in Today’s Design and Manufacturing Capabilities

February 18, 2015 8:30 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The capabilities of injection molding are continually expanding. In 2014, Proto Labs advanced two processes: metal injection molding (MIM) for smaller, stainless steel parts and liquid silicone rubbers (LSR) molding, which is often used for...

A Watch that Keeps You Awake

February 17, 2015 11:58 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness bands are intended to keep people moving, but what about an application for more sedate times? Spark, a smartwatch currently being funded on Kickstarter, gently vibrates using a 12V vibration motor if its suite of motion trackers...

Blinking Your Way to Better Vision

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

This week, a new prototype of a telescoping contact lens was announced by Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and DARPA. It magnifies 2.8 times on command, effectively zooming in. Worn in pairs on a smart glasses frame...

Think About Reducing and Combining Components to Reduce Tooling and Molding Costs

February 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Kelly Peterson, New Product Development Manager, JunoPacific | Blogs | Comments

The ability to micro-mold components is continually driving the miniaturization of implantable and minimally invasive surgical instruments. Also, biocompatible, implantable resins are expensive so smaller parts utilizing less resin can...

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Micro Molding Responds to the Need for Miniaturization

February 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Lars Gerding, Technology Director, Helix Medical | Blogs | Comments

One great advantage with molding is the freedom to design various shapes and functional features into a part. This freedom includes the choice of raw material with a wide range of properties that are suitable for various applications. Newly...

Empowering Medical Technology

February 13, 2015 3:41 pm | by Louis Adams, Regional Sales Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Advanced lithium battery technology is powering the development of a new generation of medical devices. These products are becoming increasingly sophisticated, feature-rich, and miniaturized, necessitating the use of the lithium options. This...

5 Devices to Keep Close to Your Heart this Valentine's Day

February 13, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Ah, Valentine’s Day – a tribute to happy couples marked by romantic dinners, endless boxes of chocolate, and Hallmark-generated tidings of love. For those of us without a significant other, the gooey romanticism of the holiday can seem...

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...

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...

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...

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