A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) demonstrated a type of peripheral interface called targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR). By rewiring nerves from amputated limbs, new interfaces allow for prosthetic control with existing muscles. Former Army Staff Sgt. Glen Lehman, injured in Iraq, recently demonstrated improved TMR technology.
Since 2000, more than 2,000 servicemembers have suffered amputated limbs. DARPA’s breakthrough research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is currently limited to quadriplegics; practical applications of brain interfaces for amputees are still in the future. In contrast, nerve and muscle interfaces allow amputees to control advanced prosthetics in the near term.
RTI Biologics Inc., a leading provider of orthopedic and other biologic implants, announced today its intent to acquire privately held Pioneer® Surgical Technology (Pioneer), headquartered in Marquette, Mich. Pioneer is a leading medical technology company that manufactures and distributes metal and synthetic products in the orthopedics, biologics, spine, trauma and cardiothoracic markets.
Exactech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXAC), a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products for hip, knee, shoulder, spine and biologic materials, announced today first implantations of a new hip replacement system designed to preserve a key portion of patients’ bone in total hip arthroplasty procedures.
The use of lasers in the development of medical devices through to their actual usage in the devices themselves has been a steadily growing trend. The capabilities and functionality they offer to both design engineers as well as healthcare professionals is varied and beneficial. This article looks at the advantages lasers offer in the development of medical devices.
Using a novel genetic 'editing' technique, Duke University biomedical engineers have been able to repair a defect responsible for one of the most common inherited disorders, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in cell samples from Duchenne patients.
Cartilage injuries are difficult to repair. Bioengineers are interested in finding innovative ways to grow new cartilage from a patient’s own stem cells, and, thanks to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, such a treatment is a step closer to reality.
SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Publication of Postmarket Surveillance Safety Data on First 5,319 Patients Treated with iFuse Implant SystemJune 5, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments
SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, California), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the publication of the iFuse Implant System's@ postmarket surveillance safety data for the first 5,319 patients treated.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic-assisted solutions for orthopedic surgery, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee implant system.
Providence Medical Technology, Inc. (PMT) today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its PMT Cervical Cage. PMT Cervical Cage is a novel minimally-invasive implant and delivery system for cervical fusion procedures. PMT Cervical Cage is indicated for use in skeletally mature patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the cervical spine (C3-C7) with accompanying radicular symptoms at one disc level.
The growth in sales of medical technologies is set to outperform prescription medicines over the coming five years. Data from Evaluate Medtech indicates that over the period 2011 to 2018, the overall global compound annual growth rate for the sector will be 4.4%, in contrast to just 2.5% for drug products.
Scientists have taken a vital step forward in understanding how cells from skin tissue can be reprogrammed to become stem cells. New research could pave the way to generate these stem cells efficiently to better understand and develop treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and muscular degeneration.
Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.
Ceramic materials have been used for artificial joints since the 1970s, yet the need for smaller medical implants with more complicated structures has created exciting new opportunities for those manufacturing ceramic solutions for the medical market. As a result, detailed and complex ceramic components are becoming increasingly specified for a wide range of applications.
The Food and Drug Administration today granted 510(k) clearance to a muscle and joint rehabilitation medical device developed by OHSU Scientist Dr. Paul Cordo, Ph.D., and AMES Technology, Inc. AMES is an Oregon Health & Science University spinoff company established to transform Dr. Cordo's OHSU research findings into a rehabilitation medical device for use in hospitals and clinics.
NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the global launch of its Maximum Access Surgery Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MAS® PLIF) procedure.
NJIT Distinguished Professor and electrical engineer Atam Dhawan hits the lecture trail again this summer as a distinguished speaker for an IEEE life sciences lecture series. His focus will be how "Point of Care Healthcare" can reduce illness, improve the quality of life, and stop spiraling healthcare costs. Dhawan, who will stop at conferences in Japan, Colombia and Croatia, tells audiences about the following.
The technology at the heart of the next generation of medical devices is critical to our ability to offer comprehensive care in the coming decades. While our current systems of care have served us well thus far, they are crumbling under the pressures of modern expectations of care, economics, scale, and the sheer breadth of medical science.
AUDUBON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2013--Algea Therapies, a division of Globus Medical Inc. (NYSE: GMED), committed to finding innovative, minimally invasive solutions that treat pain and restore quality of life, today announced the launch of the SHIELD™ Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF)...
Surgical simulators are an ideal solution for training surgeons with minimal risk to patient health and safety. This is particularly important when surgeons train for procedures utilizing arthroscopy because it requires the surgeon to perform the surgery while looking at a camera screen instead of the patient. This necessitates extensive training to ensure the doctor is an expert in the method.
Eric Olson is the chief executive officer and president of Amedica, the only company that produces medical grade Silicon Nitride. He took a moment to participate in the following Q&A about the unique material and its impact in medical devices, specifically in the orthopedic implant area.
Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division and OrthoSensor, Inc., the leader in intelligent orthopedics, today announced an extension of their co-marketing agreement for Stryker's Triathlon Knee System and OrthoSensor's VERASENSE. VERASENSE is an intelligent instrument system that provides...
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2013--Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the firm issued today a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) from hip replacement patients who received the Stryker Rejuvenate or...
When Chinese exchange student Jiahone Guo suffered a cranial injury during a club soccer match, he thought "maybe I will go to see God," according to a report on WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Fortunately, due to timely surgery and a custom-made prosthetic skull plate designed by MedCAD, Guo is able to do almost everything he could do before the fateful match.
Physicians at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia describe the logistic, medical, and societal challenges faced in treating spine trauma in morbidly obese patients. The authors categorize difficulties faced in the care of morbidly obese patients from on-scene immobilization and medical transport through spinal imaging, surgery, and postoperative care.