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3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | Blogs | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

Preservation Method Doubles Life of Donor Tissue

January 28, 2015 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for...

Device for Surgery of Angular Deviations in Long Bones

January 27, 2015 10:44 am | News | Comments

CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University patented a device that can be applied in surgeries to...

Testing for Ion Release from Surgical Implants

January 23, 2015 3:22 pm | News | Comments

Although regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, frequently...

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The Future Is Here…Finally

January 23, 2015 1:50 pm | Blogs | Comments

As far as actually looking ahead when it comes to 3D printing, I foresee the need for a fundamental shift in the way medical device makers offer some types of medical technologies. Rather than buying a finished product from a manufacturer or distributor...

First Bone Repair Technology Rehabilitates Racehorse

January 20, 2015 11:27 am | News | Comments

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded materials science centre, hosted in Trinity College Dublin, has today unveiled a new bone repair technology, which has led to an injured racehorse returning to winning ways after successful jaw...

The Benefits of the ASM Medical Materials Database

January 20, 2015 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, and Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, today announced a new Surgical module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. This new resource...

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Using Stem Cells to Treat Non-Healing Bone Fractures

January 16, 2015 4:29 pm | News | Comments

A new device that can rapidly concentrate and extract young cells from irrigation fluid used during orthopedic surgery holds promise for improving the delivery of stem cell therapy in cases of non-healing fractures. UC Davis surgeons plan to...

Regenerating Bone and Cartilage with Stem Cells

January 16, 2015 4:06 pm | News | Comments

A stem cell capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage has been identified in bone marrow of mice. The discovery by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is reported today in the online issue of the journal Cell...

Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | Blogs | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in a Lab

January 14, 2015 9:08 am | News | Comments

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals. The lab-grown tissue should soon...

Photos of the Day: Seeing Bones and Organs in Striking Detail

January 12, 2015 11:15 am | News | Comments

Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are often the first imaging technology many patients encounter when doctors suspect serious disease or injury. The machines use a narrow beam of X-rays processed by a computer to create slices of the...

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Good Vibes from Insoles May Prevent Falling

January 6, 2015 10:06 am | News | Comments

Findings published today in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study...

Using Nanotechnology to Engineer ACL Replacements

January 5, 2015 10:58 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Vonn. Derrick Rose. Tom Brady. Mickey Mantle. They have all fallen victim to the dreaded pop of the knee. Connecting the femur to the tibia, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most devastating injuries in sports...

Seeking Compatibility in Biomedical Implants

January 5, 2015 10:04 am | News | Comments

"The biocompatibility is the ability of a material to be in contact with a living being without adverse effects, therefore represents one of the most important properties in the manufacture of a biomedical implant. Currently the knee and hip implants are...

The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

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What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

CAM Software Enhances the Quality of Orthopedic Implants

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

To provide minimally-invasive equipment and high-quality products, it is essential to acquire the best technology for production. To meet these objectives, Stryker chose to use ESPRIT, a computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software that comes equipped...

Meniscus Regenerated with 3-D Printed Implant

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee's protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own...

World-First ‘Bionic Bra’ Inches Closer to Reality

December 3, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics...

A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

A Closer Look at Robotic Leg Braces

November 24, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device...

Robotic Exoskeleton Enables Marine to Walk at His Bronze Star Ceremony

November 24, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines was...

Microthin, Antibacterial, Orthopedic Coatings

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Developed over a seven year period in partnership with surgeons and materials experts at Imperial College, Queen Mary University London, and the Materials Science and Engineering Department of The University of Sheffield, these coatings have undergone extensive trials. They have proven their resistance to wear, effective inhibition of bio-tribocorrosion and address issues of infection, metal...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Post-Show Wrap-Up

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

“The high number of international visitors gave medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED tailwinds to strengthen their export business. Those putting their business on a particularly broad footing...

Southern Research Institute & UAB Partner to Develop Life-Changing Medical Devices

November 11, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

Southern Research Institute, developer of seven FDA-approved cancer drugs, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a leading research institution ranked 23rd nationally in NIH funding, have partnered to develop new medical ...

Hybrid Anchor Technology Offers Unique Solution for Arthroscopic Surgery

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | News | Comments

The DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson has launched GRYPHON Anchors with PROKNOT Technology (GRYPHON PROKNOT Anchors), the first arthroscopic hybrid anchor solution for repair of shoulder and hip instability. The announcement...

Orthopedic Patients Avoid Falls with 'Therapy Car'

November 7, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

A “therapy car” developed at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center is being used by its physical and occupational therapists to help patients recovering from hip and knee replacement surgery simulate getting in and out of a real vehicle...

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