Sensors You Can Draw: Measuring Glucose With Bio-Ink Tattoos Penned On The Skin

Scientists have filled ordinary ballpoint pens with a bio-ink that enables them to literally draw sensors on human skin to measure glucose levels. The research team says that the sensor technology shows potential for both clinical use by doctors and home use by patients.


  • Updating Your Quality Management System (QMS) For UDI
    Updating Your Quality Management System (QMS) For UDI

    The Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule touches just about all parts of the FDA regulations for medical device makers. These are called conforming amendments, because they make the other parts conform to the concepts of the UDI rule. For example, complaints (820.198) and medical device reports (MDRs) (Part 803) need to include the UDI.

  • The Importance Of Liquid Silicone Rubber In Medical Device Development
    The Importance Of Liquid Silicone Rubber In Medical Device Development

    Every product places demands on materials, but demands in the medical industry can be particularly stringent. When medical products and devices don’t perform as they should, the consequences can be serious, immediate, and costly.

  • 3D Printing For Medical Device Manufacturing: In-House Vs Outsourcing
    3D Printing For Medical Device Manufacturing: In-House Vs Outsourcing

    Over the past few years, 3D printing has been a hot topic in mainstream media. President Obama even discussed 3D printing during his 2013 State of the Union address, soon after the creation of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Ohio.

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  • Optimize Low Volume, Non-Contact Liquid Dispensing
    Optimize Low Volume, Non-Contact Liquid Dispensing

    Laboratories charged with liquid analysis-based research will often encounter complications when attempting to dispense low microliter and nanoliter sized liquid droplets in their fluidic system set up. Parker Hannifin’s precision fluidics division recently developed a new type of syringe pump for low-volume, non-contact dispensing applications to overcome this very issue. Download the white paper to learn about this new technology and see if it can help you minimize your own low-volume liquid analysis applications.

A New Approach To Contract Medical Device Manufacturing Relationships

Contract manufacturing for medical devices is one of the fastest growing segments of the medical device industry. Why? Because in the race to bring new devices to market, device makers from the largest OEMs to small startups have found that it is more efficient to leverage the experience and facilities of outside organizations for device development rather than recruit, hire, and train people and purchase equipment and facilities.

Metal Injection Molding: A Cost Effective Alternative To Machining

Many design engineers and project managers know that metal injection molding can yield parts with complex shapes, outstanding strength, and excellent surface finishes. What they don’t know is that the technique is actually a cost-effective option for prototyping or low-volume production, particularly when compared to machining.

The Most Misunderstood Problem In Medical Injection Molding — And How To Solve It

Shear heating variations are a primary cause of numerous issues that are common when injection molding medical parts, including high scrap rates, weight and dimensional variation between cavities or between shots, long cycle times, warpage, and others. Yet more often than not these shear heating variations go unchecked, usually due to misunderstandings regarding shear heating in medical injection molding. This article will explain how shear heating develops, how it affects your parts, and how to control it to your advantage.

Wireless Dose-Compliance Monitoring In Drug-Delivery Devices

Incorporating wireless technology into medical devices is about more than just keeping up with the hottest technology trends; the benefits are real and significant, especially with regard to monitoring and encouraging dose compliance in the pharmaceutical and medical realm. Prior to embarking on the development of a wireless-enabled drug-delivery device, however, it is crucial to know what, specifically, the benefits are, and exactly what kinds of challenges and design considerations must be taken into account.

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  • Companies To Watch: Novian Health
    Companies To Watch: Novian Health

    With its novel, laser-based technology, this early-stage company hopes to displace lumpectomy as the standard of care for eliminating breast tumors after early detection.

  • 3D-Printed Injection Molding: The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?
    3D-Printed Injection Molding: The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?

    3D printing has fundamentally changed the way medical devices are prototyped and tested; however, the technology can carry a product only so far into the development process, primarily due to material constraints. Injection molding (IM) can generate highly accurate prototypes in final production materials, but the process is not without its own drawbacks. Now, a hybrid prototyping process has emerged, offering medical device developers the best of both worlds — the speed and economy of 3D printing combined with the material and accuracy advantages of IM.

  • Development Of A Pathogen Inactivation System To Stop Ebola And Other Deadly Outbreaks
    Development Of A Pathogen Inactivation System To Stop Ebola And Other Deadly Outbreaks

    It wasn’t so long ago that the world was in an absolute panic over Ebola. One company that found itself smack in the middle of the global healthcare industry's response to Ebola was Cerus Corporation, maker of a technology that inactivates pathogens in transfused blood components. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with William “Obi” Greenman, the company's president and CEO. We discussed the Intercept system, the factors behind Cerus’ recent public stock offering, the modular premarket approval (PMA) pathway it used for Intercept, the story behind its Ebola involvement, and why it is uniquely positioned to help stop future infectious disease outbreaks.

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Optical Thickness Gauge: 157 Series

Optical Thickness Gauge: 157 Series

The Model 157 optical thickness gauge uses proven optical interferometer technology to measure the absolute thickness of specialty plastic films, medical membranes, and ophthalmic products.

Insert Molding for Medical Devices

Insert Molding for Medical Devices

Insert molding techniques can streamline the production of your next medical device and eliminate the need for additional secondary operations. This type of molding can result in consistency, stability, the potential for reduced size and weight, and design flexibility.

Medical Device Product Development

Medical Device Product Development

ProMed has been a contract manufacturer of custom implantable medical device components for over twenty years now. They offer materials selection analysis, cost analysis, prototypes in their specified material in five business days or less, reduced tooling costs, reduced qualification times, IQ, OQ, and PQ validations, and process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA).

N Series Rugged Medical Connectors

N Series Rugged Medical Connectors

The N Series of connectors are used in a variety of medical device and equipment applications like medical imaging, monitoring devices, and therapeutic equipment.  The N Series is used in the most demanding of applications where the environment requires durability, ruggedization and extended operating life.

Medical Device Contract Manufacturing

Medical Device Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturing for single-use medical devices is how Phase 2 got their start. They provide ultrasonic cleaning, injection molding, solvent and UV bonding, soldering, annealing, and more manufacturing services to both startup single-use medical device companies and larger-sized OEMs.

Semiconductor Technology for Implantable Medical Devices

Semiconductor Technology for Implantable Medical Devices

All mission critical functions are accessible within the MST group to provide miniaturized packages. Capabilities include design, substrate manufacturing, component selection and validation as well as all major semiconductor packaging processes.

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