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2014 Half-Year Review

September 24, 2014 11:33 am | by EP Vantage and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

The editorial team at EP Vantage has released its 2014 Half-Year Review of the medtech sector. Highlighted in this infographic are several of the interesting findings that are featured in the report. Positives include faster FDA review times, venture...

Designing a Heart Rate Monitor for Wearable Devices

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Anand Udupa, Praveen Aroul, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Within a few years about 170 million wireless devices are expected to be able to track personal health. Optical heart rate monitoring (OHRM) on an intelligent platform like a smartwatch or a smartphone provides the capability to continuously...

Biosensors in Smartphones and Tablets

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Karthik Soundar, Segment Manager, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Assembly technologies that were developed to enable miniaturization of smart phones and to support high-volume production over the last 5-10 years are finding their way into health/fitness and medical devices. Examples include wafer chip scale...

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Lego-Like Modular Components Make Building 3-D 'Labs-on-a-Chip' a Snap

September 23, 2014 10:29 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic...

Photos of the Day: Dialysis Belt

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | News | Comments

The Wearable Artificial Kidney, also known as the WAK, is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn on the body. The carrier resembles a tool belt; the device connects to a patient via a catheter. The Wearable Artificial Kidney features...

Flexibility, Porosity Design Leads to Regeneration of Soft Tissue

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Torbjorn Mathiesen, Chief Technology Officer, Novus Scientific | Articles | Comments

The design of surgical biosynthetic mesh for breast surgery, whether reconstructive or cosmetic, and for hernia or abdominal surgery involves creating material and design that promotes faster healing with natural human tissue regeneration...

From the Hospital to the Home

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by John DiCristina, Medical Equipment Director, Strategic Marketing Group | Blogs | Comments

The main efficiency driver is the elimination of the package and moving to wafer level packages (WLP). This allows for better cost efficiencies and for dense pin outs reducing the PCB board area. We also have the ability to package multiple...

The Clutter of Wires, a Thing of the Past

September 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Tony Zarola, Vital Signs Monitoring Marketing Manager, ADI | Analog Devices, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

No, not at all, apps alone cannot replace medical devices. Sensors/connectivity interfaces to the patient along with signal processing elements are still required to measure the patient’s vital signs accurately. The apps can complement the...

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Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: IVD Innovation and the Device Tax

September 19, 2014 2:20 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on FDA’s notification to Congress at the end of July that it intends to issue draft guidance on a framework for oversight...

Innovative X-ray Technology – An Option for Improved Breast Cancer Diagnosis

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Thomas Kron, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

The benefits of mammography for breast cancer screening have been discussed for years. By screening, some say that tumors are discovered earlier, save lives and eliminate the need of having to go through strenuous therapies. Others say that...

Making Light of a Serious Situation

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The last item on a hospitalized patient’s agenda is to contract more illnesses during their stay. Unfortunately, The CDC estimates that five percent of all hospital admissions result in infections that patients acquire during their stay while...

Test with a Prototype

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Anthony Appling, Senior Director of Research & Development, MedVenture Technology, A Helix Medical Company | Blogs | Comments

There are a few crucial steps that should be taken before significant investment is made or development efforts are put forth. First of all, one should develop a problem statement. You need to determine what specific problem is being addressed...

The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva in minutes, determining cancer treatment with a 3D printed heart, and tracking fitness with our feet. Apple Watch: Last week came the much...

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Photos of the Day: 4D Ultrasound Enables a Prenatal View

September 18, 2014 9:34 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

There were people who thought that Italian priest and scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani had bats in the belfry. But he had bats on his mind. Working in the late 1700s, Spallanzani showed that blindfolded bats could still catch flies...

Don't Go It Alone

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by David Perry, Engineer, Boston Device Department | Blogs | Comments

Focus your efforts on identifying the key assumptions or biggest lingering questions around your new medical device, then build something small and focused to test them. Intuition and math can tell you something should work, but you don't...

Ask the Right Questions at the Right Time

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Bill Betten, VP Business Solutions, Medical/Life Sciences, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I’m going to focus on the initial early stages of the idea generation and concept development. A key aspect of any idea is to understand the problem that is trying to be solved. Is there a real issue that is being addressed or is it a solution...

FDA Issues Final Guidance for In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Jonathan S. Kahan, Susan Tiedy-Stevenson, and Randy Prebula, Hogan Lovells US, LLP | Articles | Comments

On July 31, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “the agency”) announced the publication of a final guidance to industry describing the agency’s current thinking about the development and regulation of in vitro companion diagnostic...

Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

September 16, 2014 11:43 am | by ECN Magazine | Videos | Comments

Panelists for this discussion include Satya Dixit, Senior Director with Rohm Semiconductor; Narbeh Derhacobian, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Adesto Technologies; Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions with Logic PD; Robert...

Photos of the Day: Cell Phone Microscope for a Dollar

September 16, 2014 11:21 am | by Susan Bauer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Rebecca Erikson, who works at The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has developed a sleek, simple and inexpensive way to turn a cell phone into a high powered, high quality microscope that can be used to...

Polymer Tubing: The Hidden Hero Behind Innovative Neurovascular Procedures

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily Barnes, Market Specialist, Zeus, Inc. | Zeus | Articles | Comments

For nearly 50 years, Zeus polymer technology has been a precursor and enabler for the advancement of innovative therapies and lifesaving technologies within the neurovascular field. Our history as a critical supplier of delivery device components...

The Productization Plan

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Dana Demeo, Chief Technical Officer, Intelligent Product Solutions | Intelligent Product Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Successfully bringing an idea from concept to completion requires coordination, planning, and vision even before you get to square one; we call this the Productization Plan. More often than not, if you were to look back at ideas that seemed...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: FDA Authority and Adverse Events

September 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on FDA’s notification to Congress at the end of July that it intends to issue draft guidance on a framework for oversight of laboratory...

Don't Patent Too Soon: Look at the Market

September 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Stephen Knowles, Managing Director, Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC) | Blogs | Comments

The first step in new product development is to qualify the market for the idea, before doing anything else. Potential developers need to ask the questions: Does the device solve a clinical need? How will it enhance outcomes and save...

Robotics in the Field of Cardiovascular Medicine

September 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Thomas Kron, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

Within the scope of modern medicine, highly complex medical technology has become inevitable, be it in the fields of intensive care, neurology or oncology. Cardiology and cardiac surgery are no exceptions. The spectrum of high-tech products...

Strategize for Regulatory and Market Approval

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Brian Weller, VP of Quality/Regulatory Affairs, D&K Engineering | D&K Engineering | Blogs | Comments

Clearly define your value proposition. The first critical step in a serious development effort is to show a compelling need in the marketplace for your device. It may seem obvious, but history shows that often the biggest barrier to overcome...

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