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Study: Hip implant regulatory review 'entirely inadequate'

December 24, 2013 9:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A group of U.K. researchers is calling for a major shift in regulation of orthopedic hip implants, warning that a significant number of the devices get on the market without providing much evidence of their safety or efficacy. University...

$25 Million Funding for Next Generation 3D Bio-Systems

December 23, 2013 9:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Important new functional 3D devices including soft robotic limbs and solar fuel devices will be developed in a new world center for 3D Electromaterials based at the University of Wollongong. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials...

$3.5M Awarded for Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market...

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Researchers Make Powerful Microscale Torsional Muscle/Motor from Vanadium Dioxide

December 20, 2013 11:36 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its extraordinary ability to change size, shape and physical identity, vanadium dioxide can now add muscle power to its attributes... 

Implantables: Market Challenged by Safety Concerns and Restricted Innovation

December 19, 2013 4:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Implantable medical devices (IMDs) make up one of the most competitive and challenging markets in the industry, with issues of security and biocompatibility challenging the marketability of emerging products. The most established area for...

Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

Polymer Coatings Based on Molecular Structures

December 18, 2013 4:05 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A novel method developed by researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jacobs University Bremen enables manufacturing of polymer layers with tailor-made properties and multiple functions: A stable porous gel (SURGEL)...   

Optimized Coatings for Implants Reduce Risk of Infection

December 18, 2013 3:37 pm | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Implants are commonly made from metals such as titanium alloys. These materials are being made porous during processing used to prepare them for medical use. Whereas this is important to ensure good contact between the implant and the bone...

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NuVasive(R) Announces the U.S. Launch of ALIF ACR(TM)

December 17, 2013 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the United States launch of ALIF ACR™ (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - Anterior...

Zyga Tech raises $10M for spinal fusion devices

December 16, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Minnesota-based Zyga Technologies closed a $10 million funding round with the help of 5 unnamed investors, according to regulatory filings. The spinal devices maker raised the money through sales of equity and Series C-2 preferred stock... 

Wright Medical OrthoRecon sale to close early next month

December 16, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Tennessee orthopedics company Wright Medical is preparing to put a ribbon on the sale of its OrthoRecon business, a deal in the works wince June. China-based MicroPort Scientific, which stands to gain a significant global presence with the...

Engineers Make Strides Toward Artificial Cartilage

December 16, 2013 10:03 am | by Jeni Baker, Duke University | News | Comments

A Duke research team has developed a better recipe for synthetic replacement cartilage in joints. Combining two innovative technologies they each helped develop, lead authors Farshid Guilak, a professor of orthopedic surgery and biomedical...

Photos of the Day: Artificial Cartilage

December 16, 2013 10:03 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

A closer look at the scaffolding integrated with Xuanhe Zhao’s hydrogel. The composite material, formed through a process comparable to pouring concrete over a steel framework, may be a serviceable synthetic replacement for the load-bearing...

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MAKO Surgical to Merge with Stryker Corporation

December 13, 2013 2:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp. announced that MAKO stockholders voted at a special meeting of stockholders held today to approve the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger providing for the merger of MAKO with and into a wholly owned subsidiary of...

Revolutionary Method for Gluing Gels and Biological Tissues

December 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CNRS | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered an efficient and easy-to-use method for bonding together gels and biological tissues. A team headed by Ludwik Leibler, involving researchers from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI ParisTech) and...

Scientists First to Track Joint Cartilage Development in Humans

December 13, 2013 11:16 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Stem cell researchers from UCLA have published the first study to identify the origin cells and track the early development of human articular cartilage, providing what could be a new cell source and biological roadmap for therapies to repair...

The Orthopaedic Implant Company Releases High Value Proximal Humerus Plate

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The Orthopaedic Implant Company released its Proximal Humerus Plate today, completing its high value solution for upper extremity fractures. The plate’s design addresses two key challenges specific to proximal humerus fractures; prevention...

3D Printed Implants May Soon Fix Complex Injuries

December 12, 2013 9:53 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

In an age where 3D printers are becoming a more and more common tool to make custom designed objects, some researchers are using the technology to manufacture replacement parts for the most customized and unique object of all ...   

Liquid to Gel to Bone

December 12, 2013 9:24 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

The gel conforms to irregular three-dimensional spaces and provides a platform for functional and aesthetic tissue regeneration. It is intended as an alternative to prefabricated implantable scaffolds. Thermosensitive technologies are not new to the field of ...

Lighting the Way to Surgical Precision

December 11, 2013 4:11 pm | by By Vijay Shanbhag, Medical Sales Manager, Lighting and Imaging, SCHOTT North America | Articles | Comments

Medical technology has evolved to the point that surgeons can complete medical procedures through incisions less than an inch long. For practitioners, these less intrusive methods mean faster procedures and lower pre- and post-operation...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

Biopen to Rewrite Orthopedic Implants Surgery

December 11, 2013 10:38 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A handheld “bio pen” developed in the labs of the University of Wollongong will allow surgeons to repair damaged and diseased bone material by delivering live cells and growth factors directly to the site of injury, accelerating the regeneration...

Photos of the Day: Coloring-in Bone

December 11, 2013 10:35 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

The BioPen prototype was designed and built using the 3D printing equipment in the labs at the University of Wollongong and was handed over to clinical partners at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne led by Professor Peter Choong, who will work...

RapidFIRE: Researchers Develop an On-the-Fly 3D Bio Printer

December 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at UOW in Australia have developed a "bio pen" that could allow surgeons to repair damaged bone tissue with customized implants during surgery. The BioPen delivers live cells and growth factors, which accelerate the regeneration...

Realistic 3D-Printed Models for Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 12:09 pm | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, with collaboration from researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull...

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