Design & Development News

  1. Could Ingestible Sensors Replace Colonoscopies?

    A team of Australian scientists has just completed a phase one human clinical trial with an ingestible biosensor that can measure gas produced by the gut, and potentially transmit results to a connected smartphone. 

  2. Smaller, Gentler Brain Electrodes Worth Their Weight In Gold…And Graphene

    Scientists in South Korea are mining the biomedical potential of both gold and graphene to design a more flexible brain-machine interface (BMI) that can transmit clearer signals while causing minimal damage to brain tissue, said researchers. 

  3. Verily’s “Study Watch” Specially Designed For Clinical Trials

    With Verily’s new “investigative watch,” the only information the clinical trial participant can view is the time and date, but researchers have access to a host of physiological data and biomarkers, including heart rate, activity data, and electrocardiograms (ECGs). 

  4. Toyota Launches Rental Service For The Welwalk WW-1000 Rehabilitation Assist Robot In Japan

    Toyota Motor Corporation will launch a rental service for the Welwalk WW-1000 robot from the fall of 2017.

  5. Implanted Spinal Stimulation Device Restores Paralyzed Man’s “Step-Like” Motions

    Scientists from the Mayo Clinic have introduced new research in support of combining spinal cord stimulation (SCS) with physical therapy to restore movement for people paralyzed by injury. 

  6. Australian Company BVT Raises $18 Million For Bionic Eye Clinical Trial

    Melbourne-based Bionic Vision Technologies (BVT) has raised US $18 million from Hong Kong-based investors China Huarong International Holdings and State Path Capital Limited to proceed with clinical studies testing the company's bionic eye for patients with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative condition that is the most common cause of inherited blindness.

  7. Implantable Nanotubes Shine Infrared Light On Early Cancer Biomarkers

    Researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) have introduced cancer monitoring nanotechnology that they say is a “major step forward” compared to traditional biopsies.

  8. Flexible Robotics Demonstrate The “Softer Side” Of Implants And Surgical Tools

    Advances in soft robotics technology are showing promise in diverse applications by doing away with the sharp edges of traditional implants and surgical tools, and replacing them with more flexible materials and actuators. 

  9. Baxter Unveils Design Enhancements To FLOSEAL And TISSEEL Hemostatic Agents

    Baxter International Inc. is committed to advancing surgical innovation and unveiled new designs that enhance the company’s FLOSEAL and TISSEEL hemostatic products at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Global Surgical Conference and Expo, which is being held April 1-5.

  10. Brain Implant Restores Movement To Limbs Paralyzed For Eight Years

    A man from Cleveland, Ohio became the first in the world to have movement restored in his previously paralyzed arm and hand with the help of a temporary brain implant, said scientists from Case Western Reserve University (CWR).