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  • Cell-Based Stent May Provide Alternative To Open Heart Bypass Surgery
    Cell-Based Stent May Provide Alternative To Open Heart Bypass Surgery

    Coronary bypass and peripheral bypass surgery typically involves a major open heart operation. Finding a less invasive approach has been the goal of a research team at the University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The results of their work may reduce the numbers of bypass surgeries and even make it possible for higher-risk patients to be treated.

  • J&J Exploring Sale Of Medical Device Unit
    J&J Exploring Sale Of Medical Device Unit

    Johnson & Johnson is reportedly looking to sell its medical device unit Cordis for as much as $2 billion as part of its continuing effort to unload poorly performing assets.

  • NIH Issues Final Genomic Data Sharing Policy
    NIH Issues Final Genomic Data Sharing Policy

    A new final policy from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will give scientists of government-funded research six months to load any collected genomic data into a government-stablished database. The policy will apply to all researchers with NIH-funded grants who are conducting large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data.

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ARTICLES

  • An Introduction To Ultrasonic Welds For Medical Devices

    Ultrasonic welding is particularly well-suited for bonding medical devices because it does not introduce glues or adhesives into the device. A fast, clean, efficient, and repeatable process, ultrasonic welding is ideal for joining just about any set of plastic parts for many applications. This article focuses on advanced techniques in ultrasonic welding, including designing the joint, developing the fixtures, and optimizing the welding process.

Simplifying Selection And Improving Reliability Of Medical Device Passive Components

Passive components are produced on automated equipment in large-scale manufacturing facilities with good process controls to reduce lot to lot variability. Passive components used in medical devices require higher levels of reliability and performance in small sizes than the industry average. The purpose of this article is to provide fundamental concepts that can be used to select passive components for medical device applications with proven reliability based on established military (MIL) and Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) test requirements and specifications.

Innovation In CMOS Bio-Optical Sensors Enables Portable Diagnostics

In the past 10+ years we have seen great progress in molecular diagnostic technologies. Doctors can now take advantage of the emerging nucleic acid or protein analysis techniques to get very precise answers about the type of virus, bacteria, or cancerous cells that cause illnesses. This article provides an in-depth look at a new CMOS image sensor design that enabled the development of a low-cost, portable molecular diagnostic system. By Zhimin Ding, Anitoa Systems, LLC

Robotic Biopsy System Drives The Point Home

Why, with CT scanners routinely achieving submillimeter resolutions, are manual needle biopsies performed with only centimeters of accuracy? To solve that issue, a team from MIT built a robotic biopsy system with unprecendented efficiency and accuracy, powered by compact, high-torque DC servomotors from MICROMO.

Biocompatibility of Anesthesia/Respiratory Products

This biocompatibility technical whitepaper is a reference guide for navigating aspects of the various biocompatibility standards for respiratory devices. It is intended to aid design engineers in understanding the complexity of biocompatibility standards as applied to anesthesia workstations, ventilators, and oxygen concentrators.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Could Your Next Device Be Exempt From FDA Premarket Requirements?
    Could Your Next Device Be Exempt From FDA Premarket Requirements?

    CDRH has been busy in August, issuing 14 new guidances and draft guidances — with a week left to go. The first new guidance of the month basically amounted to a list of some 170 medical devices that the FDA proposes exempting from 510(k) premarket notification requirements. If your device doesn't appear on the list, it would be tempting to simply disregard it. But by doing so, you could be missing out on an important opportunity.

  • 7 Unconventional Ways To Fund A Medtech Startup
    7 Unconventional Ways To Fund A Medtech Startup

    Bringing innovative new medical technology to market today is as challenging, complex, and competitive an endeavor as it’s ever been for entrepreneurs. Making matters worse, venture capital — the fuel that fledgling companies once depended on to drive product development — has dwindled in recent years. Hear what industry experts from Cleveland Clinic, UnitedHealthcare, and other organizations have to say about nontraditional sources of funding that just might fit the bill for your medtech startup.

  • Cutting Through The Remote Patient Monitoring Hype
    Cutting Through The Remote Patient Monitoring Hype

    There is so much hype surrounding remote patient monitoring (RPM) — and related buzzterms like wearables, mobile apps, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and mHealth — that sometimes it is difficult to separate hyperbole from reality. What opportunities does RPM really afford medical device makers? What should they do to take advantage? How do wearables fit into the equation? Should the medtech industry fear or embrace the involvement of tech titans like Google and Apple? Read on for answers to these and other important RPM-related questions.

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Pressure Sensors for Medical Analysis Instrumentation: HMI Series

Pressure Sensors for Medical Analysis Instrumentation: HMI Series

First Sensor’s HMI pressure sensors are ideal for medical analysis instrumentation that calls for increased media compatibility and the ability to work with pressure ranges from 1 to 150 psi (100 mbar to 10 bar).  They have a Total Error Band (TEB) better than ±1.5 %FSS from -20 to +85 °C (-4 to 185 °F), and very small SIL and DIP housings with a selection of pressure ports.

Power Dividers

Power Dividers

Corry Micronics offers three main types of power dividers. These power dividers are the Wilkinson style, N connector communications power dividers, Broadband and Ultra-Broadband, SMA connector style and the reactive type power dividers...
Digital Galvano Scanner

Digital Galvano Scanner

Canon is releasing an ultra-small digital Galvano scanner.

Industrial Components and Subsystems

Industrial Components and Subsystems

Zygo’s Optical Systems Division designs and manufactures high precision optical components and electro-optical subsystems for industrial OEM applications in their certified ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 manufacturing and assembly facilities.

Semi-Automated Packet Dispenser: APA-500

Semi-Automated Packet Dispenser: APA-500

The APA-500 dispenser is the dispenser component of the StripPax® and StabilOx® Systems and dispenses on demand from an operator’s signal with the capability of dispensing up to three packets at once.

Medical RF & Microwave Semiconductors

Medical RF & Microwave Semiconductors

Skyworks offers a large variety of RF and microwave semiconductor products for use in medical devices. Common applications include glucose monitoring, defibrillators, hearing aids, heart monitors/pacemakers, MRI scanners, patient monitors, and others.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Electrical Stimulation Improves Memory
    Electrical Stimulation Improves Memory

    Attaching equipment to a patient’s head to help them learn more quickly sounds like something out a science fiction movie. However, the possibility is real, as researchers at Northwestern University have recently demonstrated. Their work promises better treatment methods for memory loss caused by degenerative brain diseases.

  • Covidien Buys Sapheon, Adds To Peripheral Vascular Offering
    Covidien Buys Sapheon, Adds To Peripheral Vascular Offering

    Covidien recently announced its purchase of peripheral vascular disease device manufacturer Sapheon Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

  • Cell-Based Stent May Provide Alternative To Open Heart Bypass Surgery
    Cell-Based Stent May Provide Alternative To Open Heart Bypass Surgery

    Coronary bypass and peripheral bypass surgery typically involves a major open heart operation. Finding a less invasive approach has been the goal of a research team at the University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The results of their work may reduce the numbers of bypass surgeries and even make it possible for higher-risk patients to be treated.

  • J&J Exploring Sale Of Medical Device Unit
    J&J Exploring Sale Of Medical Device Unit

    Johnson & Johnson is reportedly looking to sell its medical device unit Cordis for as much as $2 billion as part of its continuing effort to unload poorly performing assets.

  • FLIR Releases New OEM Thermal Imaging Core Muon
    FLIR Releases New OEM Thermal Imaging Core Muon

    FLIR Systems, Inc. announces its latest thermal imaging core, Muon, which is designed specifically for volume OEMs capable of integrating uncooled FPAs into their own camera solutions.

  • NIH Issues Final Genomic Data Sharing Policy
    NIH Issues Final Genomic Data Sharing Policy

    A new final policy from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will give scientists of government-funded research six months to load any collected genomic data into a government-stablished database. The policy will apply to all researchers with NIH-funded grants who are conducting large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data.

  • BiliCam: A Smarthone App For Diagnosing Jaundice In Newborns
    BiliCam: A Smarthone App For Diagnosing Jaundice In Newborns

    Blood testing is the current gold standard for diagnosing newborn jaundice, a condition that affects many children but can become severe and require treatment. Now, a new smartphone application developed by University of Washington (UW) engineers may help parents or healthcare workers determine if a blood test is necessary.  

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