Industry Insights

  1. Evaluation Of Wear Time For Various Tapes On Human Volunteers: 21-Day Study
    12/21/2016

    There are many types of adhesive tapes for securing wearable sensors, health monitors, and other medical devices with a variety of requirements. Depending on the application, some adhesives must be gentle, able to adhere in high moisture conditions, flexible, stretchable, and/or conformable. This white paper covers a study that was intended to determine the approximate wear time of five commercially available and seven investigational tapes on non-compromised skin of healthy volunteers.

  2. Use Of Adhesives In The Medical Device Industry
    12/21/2016

    Adhesives have been replacing many other types of fastening systems in the assembly of medical devices over the past few decades. With many types of adhesive forms, including structural, non-structural, and pressure sensitive adhesives, they are able to meet many different needs and offer significant benefits over other mechanical fastening systems. This white paper presents the general benefits of using various adhesives over mechanical bonding techniques, and discusses the different types of adhesives that may be used.

  3. Rapid PCR Instrument Development
    12/21/2016

    Next-generation PCR-based diagnostics are growing in demand to use for the rapid analysis of patient samples and simultaneous detection of multiple diverse markers. However, PCR imaging systems limit testing to one, slow PCR protocol at a time that may run over several hours or days. As a solution, a new, rapid, real-time PCR instrument is developed with multiple, randomly accessible thermal blocks and easy to use software. This white paper discusses the development of this next-generation system, and how it provides researchers and clinicians with flexibility in workflow with rapid results in twenty minutes.

  4. Three Strategies For Assessing IVD Instrument Feasibility Early In The Design Process
    12/21/2016

    Successful rapid product development relies on the quality and completeness of the information available early in the development process, and promises accelerated time to market and lower development cost. Understanding the user requirements, selecting and optimizing the hardware/software architecture, and leveraging off-the-shelf technologies are all essential elements of successful rapid development of IVD instruments. This white paper discusses three strategies for assessing the feasibility of a new IVD instrument early in the development process that can minimize design changes, speed the product to market, and meet user needs at a reasonable cost.

  5. How To Ramp Up High Volume Bioabsorbable Micro Component Production While Decreasing Part Price
    12/2/2016

    Many OEMs will utilize multi-cavitation tooling to reduce piece part prices while preparing to increase the production volume of a micromolded component. While this may be a cost effective approach for simple thermoplastic parts, it may not be the best technique for micromolded parts, especially those made of bioabsorbable or high dollar value materials. This article discusses overcoming expenses such as material waste, and mold and automation issues, and presents four key areas for cost savings in bioabsorbable products.

  6. A Sense Of Vision: Using On-Demand Production Components To Develop And Launch Wearable Technology For The Blind
    11/30/2016

    Helping the blind to "see" through the use of the tongue may be an outlandish idea, but it is now a real science, thanks to the BrainPort V 100. This article discusses the new device, created by a med device company, which is designed to enable users to process visual images with tongue stimulation.

  7. What A Successful CMO For Diagnostic Consumables Looks Like
    11/22/2016

    The intricacy of emerging diagnostic consumables necessitates manufacturing competencies that span a wide range of disciplines. As diagnostic companies continue to develop complex consumables, the need for a strong relationship with a consumable diagnostics CMO specializing in everything from early product design to final product manufacturing will become increasingly more important.

  8. Overcoming the Hurdles of Microfluidics Point-of Care Devices
    11/22/2016

    Microfluidic Point-of-Care device technology is intersecting multiple disciplines such as materials science, systems engineering, physics, chemistry and biology. The design and manufacturing of such products require a comprehensive array of abilities, and these technologies funneled into compact devices offer an exciting foundation for innovation.

  9. Balancing Technologically Advanced Products and Thrifty Healthcare Consumers
    11/22/2016

    Developers of diagnostics devices are faced with the ever-increasing challenge of balancing the drive to create technologically advanced products with the pressures of today’s thrifty healthcare consumers. During the innovation process, the question often arises as to what level of regulation a diagnostic product needs to be designed, manufactured, and tested to. This article provides a brief overview of the requirements and considerations for the clinical diagnostic innovations.

  10. Shift From Central Lab To POC
    11/22/2016

    As new technologies work to change the market space, this article takes a look at the market forces that are helping and hindering the shift to zero wait time for patient test results. Comprehensive analysis of both test settings allows for better understanding of the diagnostic landscape as it exists today, offering insight to both product and process innovations for your next generation product.