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Silly Putty Impacts Stem Cell Research

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has found that the physical environment in which embryonic stem cells are grown plays a crucial role in the type of specialized cells they eventually become.

  • Researchers Regenerate A Living Organ For The First Time
    Researchers Regenerate A Living Organ For The First Time

    A team of scientists at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, successfully regenerated a living organ for the very first time — an accomplishment that could prove groundbreaking in the field of tissue regeneration.

  • FDA Issues New Guidance On Communication During Device Reviews
    FDA Issues New Guidance On Communication During Device Reviews

    The U.S. FDA recently released guidelines to help clarify the types of communication the agency will use during the review process for medical devices. Those guidelines specifically address the submission of premarket applications (PMAs), biologic license applications (BLAs), 510(k) premarket notifications, and other supplementary material.

ARTICLES

Choosing The Right Resin For Your Design — A Reference Guide

There are more than 85,000 commercial options for plastic materials listed in materials databases, and within those, there are 45 polymer families which can be broadly classified into two categories: thermosets and thermoplastics.

10 Tips For Successfully Addressing FDA Warning Letters

Each year, the FDA issues hundreds of warning letters to medical device companies for reasons ranging from manufacturing practice violations to breaches in labeling and misbranding. By Maria Fagan, President, Regulatory & Quality Solutions LLC

LED Component And Assembly Miniaturization

The trend towards miniaturization in the electronics world is on‐going and is fueled by a variety of factors including the consumer’s desire for portability as well as improved efficiency and reductions in costs. By Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer, Marktech Optoelectronics

How To Choose The Right Marking Technology For Your Application

Choosing the right part marking technology is becoming more and more important in manufacturing, in response to a growing desire among original equipment manufacturers to trace products over their complete lifecycle. The general thinking among manufacturers is that cradle-to-grave traceability will improve product quality, ensure that suppliers meet quality standards, prevent part counterfeiting, and minimize part recalls. By Dr. Geoff Shannon, Miyachi Unitek Corporation

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • The Toxic Killers Of Innovation — And 3 Simple Rules For Avoiding Them
    The Toxic Killers Of Innovation — And 3 Simple Rules For Avoiding Them

    Meet Pete Rosencrans. Pete's an R&D design engineer at a medical device maker, and he’s been tasked with overseeing the research, ideation, and design for a new medical device. He’s faced with gathering input from numerous stakeholders and incorporating it into a final design that pleases everyone. Oh, and his boss wants the device to look great and be fully functional within a matter of months. Sound familiar?

  • Photonics And The Future Of Medicine
    Photonics And The Future Of Medicine

    Photonics West serves as the perennial indicator of market trends for the photonics and optics industries. At this year’s event, held last month in San Francisco, one of the pervasive themes I observed in both the technical conference and the exhibition was the increasing role photonics and optics are playing in the development of advanced biomedical technologies. That trend is poised to continue well into the future. 

  • 3D Printing In Medicine: 4 Questions That Need To Be Answered
    3D Printing In Medicine: 4 Questions That Need To Be Answered

    Almost everyone would agree that 3D printing has a bright future in the medical device industry. So what’s holding it back? This article poses four questions the industry must answer before 3D printing can reach its full potential in medicine.

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INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

  • 4 mHealth Trends That Demand Higher Attention To User Experience
    4 mHealth Trends That Demand Higher Attention To User Experience

    The upsurge in mobile healthcare devices and software — and their use by healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers — proves that mHealth has entered the mainstream. No longer just a novelty, mHealth has been embraced by the entire healthcare industry for its potential to improve patient outcomes, increase productivity, and render cost-effective care. By T. Grant Leffingwell, Principal Usability Researcher, Human Centric Design, Battelle

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2.8MP/6MP Scientific CCD Camera for Low Light Applications: Kingfisher

2.8MP/6MP Scientific CCD Camera for Low Light Applications: Kingfisher

This digital monochrome 2.8MP/6MP scientific CCD camera features a the new family of ICX CCD sensors from Sony (ICX674 is 1940 x 1460 and ICX694 is a 2750 x 2200). Both have extremely low dark current, 4.54μm x 4.54μm pixels, and high quantum efficiency, giving the Kingfisher Scientific CCD Camera high spatial resolution, long exposure times (perfect for staring applications), a large field of view, and ultra-sharp resolution.

Performance Level Infrared Cameras For Research And Science Applications

Performance Level Infrared Cameras For Research And Science Applications

Performance Level Infrared Cameras from FLIR feature coverage in the SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR spectrums, image spot size down to 3 µ, fast frame rates with variable integration times, thermal sensitivities better than 20 mK, built-in filter wheels, triggering and synchronization capabilities, and more. These infrared cameras are highly versatile and can be used in industrial R&D, auto manufacturing, and building diagnostics applications, as well as in aerospace and university research.

Micro Optics

Micro Optics

Ross Optical’s line of micro optics includes achromats, plano convex lenses, and bi-convex lenses. They’re typically used in compact or miniature optical systems, medical devices, and in optical fibers. These optical components allow for shorter focal lengths in compact systems and feature diameters from sub-millimeter to 6mm.

Imaging Couplers

Imaging Couplers

These imaging couplers are designed to connect to an endoscope in order to provide high resolution and high definition images. This is particular useful in medical procedures like surgery, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract observation, and more.

Benchtop Laser Controller: EM595

Benchtop Laser Controller: EM595

The EM595 is a benchtop device used to control Gooch & Housego’s line of 14-pin DFB lasers or single-mode lasers. It combines a laser driver and a TEC controller into a 111 mm x 73.5 mm x 169.2 mm (with elements) package and weighs just 1.0 kg.

Laser Rotary Encoders For Highly Accurate Angle Sensing

Laser Rotary Encoders For Highly Accurate Angle Sensing

Canon USA has developed laser rotary encoders that can provide 81,000 pulses with a 36mm diameter. This is done through the use of the light-diffraction interference method in conjunction with a semiconductor laser acting as the light emitting element. The result is a family of laser rotary encoders that provide highly accurate angle sensing for applications involving robotic engineering, stage position control, direct motor control, measurement instruments, and more.

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