Industry Insights

  1. A Look At The 2016 Partnership Opportunities In Drug Delivery (PODD) Conference

    Last week's Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery (PODD) conference presented a strategic-level program for pharma and biotech business development professionals, providing them with a platform to present their technologies and offering networking time, facilities, and services to establish new business contacts and enhance existing ones. Here's a brief look at a few of the event highlights.

  2. Infrared Cameras: Advanced Temperature Measurement For Today’s Breakthrough Medical Research

    The versatility, affordability, and high performance of IR cameras are provide a powerful remedy to gaining accurate temperature measurements in medical discoveries. Embracing these increasingly nimble measurement tools, the medical research community today is bringing IR cameras to the forefront of discovery and insight, unlocking tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

  3. Critical Considerations For High Viscosity/High Volume Drug Delivery Devices

    By 2020, biologics are expected to make up more than half of the world’s top 100 selling drugs. To keep pace with these trends, device designers are tasked with overcoming various challenges associated with delivering these drugs. In particular are issues of high viscosity and/or high volume (HV/HV) associated with biologics. Since biologics cannot be taken orally, as the conditions within the stomach denature the molecules, biologics must therefore be delivered via an injection. While the challenges of HV/HV are not unique to biologics alone, per the abovementioned market trend, these drugs demand special attention from device developers.

  4. The 6 Sciences Of Medical Micro Molding: How To Achieve Better Long-Term Results And Faster Speed To Market

    The smallest parts often carry with them the greatest importance relative to the functionality and safety of a medical device. MTD refers to its micro molding tools as the company’s “six sciences" and its road map to success. By embracing these steps, manufacturers can yield better long-term results, both with part functionality and speed to market.

  5. Mobile Infrared Scanning – High-Tech, Alternative To traditional Bridge Inspection Methods

    Thousands of bridges scattered throughout the United States are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and will require maintenance, repair, or replacement at an estimated total cost of $20.5 billion annually over the next 12 years. Identifying structural deficiencies in concrete bridges through traditional methods can be time consuming, and unsafe for both divers and inspectors. A high-tech alternative uses a truck-mounted infrared camera to pinpoint deliminated areas on concrete deck surfaces. This application note describes how the NEXCO-West USA uses a FLIR infrared camera as an objective and efficient bridge inspection procedure.

  6. Partner With A Plastic Molder Early For Best Results

    Molded components are key to the competitiveness of your medical device.  Engage a plastic molder early in the design phase of your project to maximize your commercial success.

  7. Assuring Component Reliability In Medical Electronic Devices

    Rapid technology advances in medical microelectronics, driven by increased service life, miniaturization, lack of redundancy and functional integration, requires a rigorous development, manufacturing and monitoring methodology to assure reliability. Such an approach must be relevant throughout the product lifecycle and, for every component in a system hierarchy. It must also be effective and efficient. This article discusses a smart end-to-end solution for capacitor reliability that can yield better, more dependable medical electronic devices.

  8. Implantable Drug-Eluting Devices: A Novel Approach To Patient Care

    Implantable drug-eluting devices, or implantable drug delivery systems, can provide several unique advantages over many convention drug delivery systems such as site specific drug delivery, lower dosage requirements, and improved patient compliance. Applications for drug eluting devices include diabetes management, contraception, HIV/AIDS prevention, chronic pain management, cardiology, and more. This white paper presents developmental and commercial examples of non-biodegradable drug-eluting devices, and discusses the versatile properties of thermoplastic polyurethanes, specifically Lubrizol LifeScience’s Pathway™ TPU Excipients for the development of effective drug delivery systems.

  9. Reducing Costs And Improving Adherence For Self-Administration Of New Biologics

    There is a growing trend toward wearable injectors for bolus delivery in order to help improve adherence and lower the costs of therapy. The findings of a clinical study at a major multinational pharmaceutical company say that a 5 minute subcutaneous injection was equivalent in efficacy to a 2.5 hour IV infusion. Bolus injectors, such as the West SmartDose® electronic wearable injector, can help to address the challenges of other IV injections.

  10. What Cleanroom Cleaning Detergents Are Recommended For Medical Device Manufacturing?

    Q: We are in the process of building a cleanroom for medical device manufacturing.  What detergents do you recommend?