• Google-Smart Surgical Robots

    Researchers are getting closer to cryopreserving organs. Here’s how.Qmed StaffRobots have been used for what seems like ages for surgery, but there has been debate about the high price tag of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot and whether it is truly better at operating than human surgeons.Now, Verb Surgical (backed by Google-parent Alphabet) is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to make robot surgeons smarter. Using its background in artificial intelligence, information sorting, image...
  • Futuristic Medical Technology That Will Amaze You

                The word “amazing" is tossed around a lot, but there are many medical advances in development that are truly incredible, or at least could be in the near future. Qmed StaffA decade from now, if you lose a limb, you may be able to get a replacement that is practically indistinguishable from the original, calling to mind Luke Skywalker's prosthetic arm in The Empire Strikes Back. Further into the future, if you need a replacement organ, you...
  • How Cryopreserving Organs Is Closer to Reality

    (Image courtesy of you me on Flickr)Researchers are getting closer to cryopreserving organs. Here’s how.Qmed StaffA human heart can only survive only four to six hours between a donor’s death and transplant. Livers only do a bit better: 12 hours. And kidneys only last 36 hours.There’s more reason to hope, though, that someday all these organs could be frozen and thawed out at a later date with little damage, ensuring that every organ harvested after someone dies makes it into a living person...
  • 4-D Printing Could Make Replacement Organs

    A group of Harvard University researchers may have brought 4-D printing closer for use in making medical devices and replacement organs.Nancy Crotti    Harvard researchers took inspiration from nature in developing 4-D printedarchitectures. Image courtesy Wyss Institute at Harvard University.Inspired by the way that plants change shape over time in response to environmental stimuli, the researchers devised a mathematical model that determines how a 4-D object must be...
  • Luke Skywalker Prosthetics in a Decade?

    A new Department of Defense program will roll out $60 million to fund technologies designed to measure and record one million neurons simultaneously. One researcher involved in the project says the research could lead to Star Wars–type prosthetics within 10 years.  Kristopher Sturgis    A DARPA project will seek to develop brain–computer interfaces that can stimulate100,000 neurons in the brain. Image from Wikia.The future of neuroscience will be the focus...
  • 10 Electronic Breakthroughs You Should Know

    The field of electronics continues to evolve at an exponential rate despite many pundits’ declaration that Moore’s law is dead. In any event, it is still certainly hard to keep up with all of the advances in the field of electronics. Here, we present an artificially intelligent mobile chip, dissolving implantable electronics, and a host of other advances.Qmed Staff1. A Mobile Chip with AIMIT researchers this week unveiled a new chip designed to enable mobile devices to implement “neural...
  • 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Selecting Flexible Materials

    Don’t lose an important project because you were caught unaware. Here are five things to watch out for.Brianna Sporbert, Boyd TechnologiesDon't end up in a pit of gators over your materials selection. (Image of "Picturesque Hot Springs Alligator Farm 1924," courtesy of Picturesque Hot Springs National Park, E.L. Glass, Hot Springs, AR)“Hindsight is 20/20”: it is a common phrase that in the product development world can lead to the termination of a multi-year, capital investment...
  • How Gene Technology Could Combat the Zika Virus

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has claimed more than 11,000 lives, spurred a wave of medical innovations. Now with the Zika virus projected to infect up to 4 million people, new gene-based technology will likely be used to combat the disease.Qmed StaffMosquito image from the Pasteur InstituteOn Monday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the Zika virus an international emergency, responding to criticism that it responded too slowly to the Ebola outbreak of Ebola in...
  • The 6 Most Innovative MD&M West Suppliers

    Here are the six MD&M West Innovation Prize finalists. Make sure to check them out at MD&M West.Qmed StaffContract development work on a macular degeneration device, an efficient laser cutting and machining, a coating innovation for braided catheters, a flexible medical device OS, and fully automating the jacketing of guidewires—these are the six innovations that received the most attention from Qmed readers, who helped select the MD&M West Innovation Prize ...
  • Why the Future of Computing Could Be in Our Heads

    A neuroscientist explains why brain discoveries may pave the way for the future of computing.Qmed StaffA computational reconstruction of brain tissue in the hippocampus revealed a complex structure that had been previously unknown. Credit: Salk Institute.Salk Institute recently announced a neuroscience bombshell, proclaiming that the brain had ten times the memory capacity than previously assumed. The discovery could help spur the development of super-energy-efficient neuro-inspired computers....
  • How the Top Presidential Candidates Would Affect Medtech

       With such divergent views among the candidates, 2016 will be a U.S. presidential election year that will matter for the medical device industry.Qmed StaffUpdated February 8, 2016The Iowa caucuses are now over, with Ted Cruz upsetting Donald Trump on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders almost tying on the Democratic side. With the New Hampshire primary now upon us, let's take a look at the top candidates' major views. Brush up on the important issues...
  • Donald Trump: Scrap Obamacare but Provide Healthcare for Everyone

         Trump so far vague about his “terrific” plan to fix healthcare. Qmed StaffUpdated February 8, 2016Donald Trump—who continues to lead in national and New Hampshire polls, even after his defeat to Ted Cruz in Iowa—has advocated for healthcare for everyone but has expressed his distaste for the Affordable Care Act, which he calls a “disaster.”In 2011, he wrote: “Obamacare can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed. It’s that bad. Obamacare has to be killed now before it grows...
  • Ted Cruz: Obamacare Stole My Health Insurance, Oh Wait

         No matter what, Cruz really does not like the Affordable Care Act.Qmed StaffU.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-TX, like most conservative politicians despises Obamacare, including its medical device tax provision. His efforts against the ACA legislation led to a federal government shutdown in 2013.He recently revealed on the campaign trail that he doesn’t have insurance and blamed the snafu on the ACA, according to the LA Times. “You know who one of those millions of Americans is who...
  • Marco Rubio: Would Scrap All of Obamacare, Not Just Parts of It

         Rubio touts free market ideas.Qmed StaffJunior Florida senator Rubio’s plans to overturn Obamacare include replacing the legislation with a free market alternative, insisting that driving competition in the healthcare marketplace will help keep costs down.  His campaign website describes Obamacare as a “failed law” and indicates that a full repeal would “be an urgent priority of his administration.”In addition, he has minced no words when it comes to the 2.3%...
  • Ben Carson: HSAs to the Rescue

         Carson sees HSAs as a cornerstone for any healthcare plan.Qmed StaffLike his fellow GOP presidential candidates, Ben Carson is extremely negative in his assessment of the ACA. “We didn’t need the monstrosity of the $1.2-trillion ACA,” he has said. “Even after it is fully implemented for 10 years, 23 million people still won’t have any health insurance.”He has espoused giving consumers more control of their own healthcare, helping empower them, for instance, to have a...
  • Jeb Bush: Reform FDA

        Bush thinks regulatory barriers are hindering health innovation.Qmed StaffFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush has direct experience in the medical device industry, having served on the board of CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. (Roswell, GA) until 2014.His position on the ACA remains clear: “As president of the United States, I would make fixing our broken healthcare system one of my top priorities. I will work with Congress to repeal and replace this flawed law with conservative...
  • Hillary Clinton: Business as Usual

        Clinton wants to build on the Affordable Care Act.Qmed StaffLast year, Hillary Clinton seemed like a shoe-in for the Democratic nomination. Now, after winning the Iowa caucuses by a razor-thin margin, her odds are somewhat less certain, although she currently remains the frontrunner.Healthcare has been an issue near and dear to Hillary Clinton. She spearheaded efforts to reform healthcare (later dubbed “Hillarycare”) under her husband Bill Clinton’s administration in the...
  • Bernie Sanders: Medicare for All

        And don’t expect FDA to cozy up to industry under a Sanders administration.Qmed StaffMedical device companies will likely face more vigorous regulation if Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT, becomes president. The self-described democratic socialist, who is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the Democratic nomination, has already suggested just as much with his move to delay a Senate vote to confirm Robert Califf, MD, as FDA commissioner. Sanders questions whether Califf...
  • Why Engineers Feel Medtech Firms Discriminate Against Them

    While there has been talk of discrimination against women and minorities in engineering, a recent Qmed poll revealed that many engineers in general feel either discriminated or at least unfairly paid for their work creating intellectual property for their employer, explains a reader in the anonymous letter to the editor below.Qmed StaffWhen sales representatives make a sale, they continue to get a portion of the profit from that sale in repeat orders from customers (residuals). Engineers,...
  • 2040s: The Singularity

         By 2045, Kurzweil makes one of his boldest (and possibly most harrowing) predictions, known as The Singularity. It essentially asserts that nonbiological intelligence will surge past human intelligence at a rate so fast that unenhanced human intelligence will be unable to follow it. That point, known as the Singularity, will mark the moment when artificial general intelligence will be capable of recursive self-improvement — meaning it can progressively redesign itself...