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The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | 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 | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development...

What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service...

CAM Software Enhances the Quality of Orthopedic Implants

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Helene Horent, DP Technology | Articles | Comments

To provide minimally-invasive equipment and high-quality products, it is essential to acquire...

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Meniscus Regenerated with 3-D Printed Implant

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | 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 | by University of Wollongong | 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 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | 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...

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A Closer Look at Robotic Leg Braces

November 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | 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 | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | 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 | by Wallwork Cambridge | 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 | by Messe Düsseldorf | 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 | by Southern Research Institute & UAB | 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 ...

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Hybrid Anchor Technology Offers Unique Solution for Arthroscopic Surgery

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | by DePuy Synthes | 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 | by Virginia Mason Hospital | 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...

5 Indicators the Medical Device Industry Is Hitting Its Midlife Crisis

November 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Dave Powell, Partner A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The medical device industry, which has enjoyed the enviable position of gaining five percent average annual growth and operating margins between 23 and 25 percent, is next in line to get turned on its head by industry disruptors. The future of...

Cut to the Bone

November 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Nicole Ashton, Global Marketing Communications Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Articles | Comments

With an aging population comes a host of medical diseases and conditions. One of those is osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis. It is a very slow progressing degenerative disease where the joint cartilage gradually wears away...

Stryker Lawsuits Reach Resolution

November 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Stryker | News | Comments

On November 3, 2014, a global settlement program involving Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABGII modular hip implants was executed before and announced by Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County, New Jersey. The settlement was finalized...

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Be Thankful Marketing Isn't Running the R&D Lab

November 4, 2014 3:53 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In such a highly regulated marketplace that so strongly depends on relationships, is your absence at an industry trade event going to significantly impact the perception your customers or manufacturing partners have? If it does, perhaps you haven’t…

Detecting Knee Osteoarthritis with Sound Waves

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

The UK is leading this new field of health research based on listening to the sounds emitted by the body. Microphones are attached to the knees of patients, and the high frequency sound waves emanating from their knees are measured as they stand up...

Dental Procedure Can Treat Osteoporosis and Bone Cancer

October 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The Journal of Dental Research recently published a paper directed by Salvatore Sauro, Professor at University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Spain, in collaboration with international researchers from Finland, Brazil, United States and United Kingdom. The research report has demonstrated how the use of zoledronic acid...

Divergence System Offers New Approach to Anterior Cervical Fusion

October 21, 2014 12:02 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the DIVERGENCE Anterior Cervical Fusion System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease today at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston. The DIVERGENCE System represents a new approach...

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Medical World as We Know It

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing has undoubtedly revolutionized the engineering world, and the medical industry is on the forefront of some of the most innovative applications to date. The technology has proven itself a robust and versatile one, as more companies...

Energy Harvesting ICs Power the Electric Body

October 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Niranjan Pathare, Sr. Market Development Manager, Battery Management Solutions, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Homo sapiens are once again at a crucial juncture in their evolution timeline that started almost three million years ago. Evidence of the next phase is already here, but no one knows for sure how or where we will end up. But a term coined...

Gaming Through Clinical Trials

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I saw a news piece out of Carnegie Mellon University where researchers supported the use of “video game” style trials of life science hypotheses to prevent the instance of error and fraud. Massive online laboratories would be established...

Biocoating Prevents Blood from Clotting on Implantables

October 13, 2014 11:42 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten...

Orthopedic Implants Could Cause Skin Cancer

October 10, 2014 11:22 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer...

Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

Metrology Tool Plays Key Role in Retrieved Hip Implant Analysis

October 9, 2014 8:30 am | by AMETEK Taylor Hobson | Articles | Comments

To understand how hip implants perform in vivo, Exponent, an engineering and consulting firm, and the Implant Research Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia are utilizing the unique capabilities of the Talyrond 585 metrology instrument...

Easy Recipe to Make Bone and Cartilage

October 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Company of Biologists | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Monash University and RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology have used a combination of small molecules to generate mouse cells that can form bone and cartilage...

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