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'Electronic Glue' Allows for Low-Cost Optical Sensing for Lab-on-a-Chip Applications

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 21, 2010
Shrink Nanotechnologies Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) has licensed an 'electronic glue' from the University of Chicago to facilitate the cost-effective fabrication of printed optical sensors from semiconductor nanocrystals. The ability to develop low-cost printed sensing technologies could, in turn, enable the development of new low-cost diagnostic tools....Continue

Acetal-Compatible Antimicrobial Solution Fights Infection

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 21, 2010
With the intent of reducing the chances for risky and costly hospital-acquired infections, Microban International (Huntersville, NC) has developed an antimicrobial technology that is compatible with acetal. The company reports a better than 4-log reduction of a range of organisms using its standard, enhanced, and human-serum-based testing protocols....Continue

Top 25 Breakthroughs of the Past 25 Years

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 15, 2010
A lot has happened in medical device design and development during the past 25 years. And we at Medical Product Manufacturing News have done our best to cover all of the cutting-edge components, materials, equipment, and services that appeared on the scene during that time....Continue

PMMA-Encased Nanowires Promise Longer Life, Faster Charges for Batteries

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 14, 2010
Building on their previous work with coaxial nanowire cables, researchers at Rice University (Houston) have developed 3-D microbatteries that feature a conformal coating of PMMA polymer on nanowires. Suitable for use in medical device applications, these batteries could allow for faster charging and longer life spans than conventional batteries....Continue

Austin, Texas: Where Music Meets Medtech

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 12, 2010
Austin, Texas, is renowned for its vibrant culture, music scene, and eclectic mix of people proudly touting the motto, "Keep Austin Weird." But just as important to the city as music, though perhaps not as noticeable to visitors, is the high-tech haven that has flourished over the years....Continue

Label-Free In Vivo Imaging Technique Quickly Captures Molecular Activity

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 7, 2010
A fast, sensitive, optical imaging technique developed by researchers at Harvard University allows for label-free in vivo stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) imaging. This progress in microscopy could someday contribute to improved imaging and diagnostics while possibly expediting tumor removal or eliminating the need for painful biopsies....Continue

Examining Shape-Memory Polymers by the Numbers

Posted by Shana Leonard on December 7, 2010
Scientists from MIT (Cambridge, MA) have devised a method for mathematically modeling the behavior of shape-memory polymers. This capability could help to optimize designs of next-generation devices that employ the materials by predicting their strains, forces, and interactions....Continue

Bioabsorbable Stents Could Make Big Bucks for Abbott, Other Innovators

Posted in Cardiovascular by Shana Leonard on December 1, 2010
Bioabsorbable cardiac devices such as Abbott's Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold, currently in development, could prove to be quite profitable.It looks as though the ...Continue

Are Metals Being Muscled Out of Medical Implants?

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 30, 2010
PEEK-Optima, manufactured by Invibio, has replaced metal in some implantable applications.Thanks to their mechanical strength and other desirable properties, metals have been a mainstay in medical implants f...Continue

Light and Sound Combine to Yield Microscopic Imaging Capabilities

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 24, 2010
By combining photoacoustic tomography (PAT) with gold nanobeacons (GNBs), a team of St. Louis-based researchers have achieved what they claim is an unprecedented level of imaging detail. If commercialized, the imaging technology could allow for earlier diagnosis of disease as well as the elimination of the need for invasive biopsies....Continue
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