• NAMSA Offers Biocompatibility Seminar

    Contract research and safety evaluation organization North American Science Associates Inc. (NAMSA; Northwood, OH) is offering a two-day certification course on the biocompatibility of medical devices. Taking place August 11–12 in Orlando, the course is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of biocompatibility, according to NAMSA. Attendees who complete all activities on both days of the seminar will become certified as a biological safety specialist and will receive a...
  • Microtest Offers Accelerated Aging Studies for Medical Device OEMs

    Microtest Laboratories (Agawam, MA), a provider of package validation services, is now offering accelerated aging studies for medical device manufacturers. The company can use these studies to help medical device OEMs predict what will happen to the packaging or packaged device during normal storage conditions. Accelerated aging studies are used to set preliminary shelf-life dates indicating the period during which the product will remain stable for its intended use. All test chambers are...
  • Sparta Systems Helps OEMs Prepare for eMDR Mandate

    Sparta Systems (Holmdel, NJ), a provider of enterprise quality management software platforms, has outlined tactics that OEMs can use to prepare for the expected FDA mandate requiring companies to file safety reports electronically. The company's five-step approach is meant to help OEMs identify challenges they may encounter and tools they will need when transitioning from paper-based systems to the electronic submission process known as electronic Medical Device Reporting (eMDR). "It is in the...
  • C&K Offers Connectors for Cryogenic, Imaging Applications

    C&K Components (Newton, MA), a supplier of a variety of switches and interconnect devices, has created a family of high-reliability connectors for medical applications. Consisting of five series—MTB1, MDM, MDMA, D*M, and D*MA—the family of connectors is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from –270° to 200°C. This capability makes the products suited for use in cryogenic processes as well as in such imaging equipment applications as CT scanners and MRI and...
  • Placon Provides Eco-Friendly Medical Packaging

    Made from RPET, the EcoStar line of materials is suitable for medical device packaging applications. Thermoformed packaging provider Placon (Madison, WI) has introduced two materials for medical device packaging that align with its sustainability efforts. Suited for secondary packaging of medical products, EcoStar PC50 and HS 1000 are constructed from recycled PET (RPET). In addition to offering medical packaging clarity and impact resistance, the green family of materials...
  • Foster-Miller Is Now QinetiQ North America

    Contract product design and development company Foster-Miller Inc. (Waltham, MA) announced at MD&M East that it has changed its name to QinetiQ North America (McLean, VA). The change marks the completion of four years of cobranding since QinetiQ's Technology Solutions Group acquired Foster-Miller. Consisting of more than 800 engineers and scientists, the group's staff provides services in such fields as biomedical, mechanical, and chemical engineering, as well as optics and robotics. The...
  • Mack Molding Announces Medical Group

    Mack Molding has launched a medical products group that it has branded MackMedical. Image: Mack Molding. During the past nine years, Mack Molding Co. (Arlington, VT) has been cultivating its capabilities for serving the medical industry. Now representing about 30% of the company's overall business, the medical industry stands to further benefit from the company's announcement last week at MD&M East of the formation of a medical products group. Branded MackMedical, the...
  • KMC Systems Launches Outsourcing Support Program

    Medical device contract manufacturer KMC Systems (Merrimack, NH), a subsidiary of electronics assemblies provider Elbit Systems of America (Fort Worth, TX), has launched a program for streamlining contract design, manufacturing, and maintenance services. KMC 360 is designed to support medical device OEMs and start-ups throughout the entire device and instrumentation product lifecycle by centralizing outsourced services using KMC's offerings. By using KMC's service portfolio, OEMs can reduce...
  • Bayer MaterialScience Broadens Offerings to the Device Industry

    Makrolon Rx2435, introduced at MD&M East, is designed specifically for thin-wall medical applications. This week at MD&M East, Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh) announced the expansion of its product portfolio for the medical device industry to include a new hydrophilic coating, a medical-grade polycarbonate resin for thin-wall applications, and increased color options. Providing lubricity and hemocompatibility to medical device applications, the company's...
  • Bacterial Coating May Prevent Infections Associated with Implants

    Two professors from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) have invented a drug coating for medical implants that may prevent infections. Biology professor Lisa Jennings and surgery professor Timothy Fabian say that the coating binds and releases drugs from implantable devices, including vascular grafts, catheters, soft-tissue meshes, and angioplasty balloons. In addition to vascular implants, the coating might be suitable for devices such as artificial heart valves, meshes...
  • Live from MD&M East: Medical Design Excellence Awards Gold and Silver Distinctions Announced

    The 12th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) presentation ceremony took place this morning at MD&M East at the Jacob K. Javits convention center in New York City. Representing all facets of healthcare in the competition's 10 product categories, the manufacturers and suppliers responsible for the 32 winning products learned for the first time whether they had earned gold or silver award distinctions for their innovations. The only program devoted exclusively to honoring companies...
  • Live from MD&M East: Momentive Launches Family of Silicone Gels

    Taking advantage of the opportunity to generate buzz, Momentive Performance Materials (Albany, NY) has introduced a family of silicone gels at MD&M East. "Leveraging our silicone chemistry, the gels can provide manufacturers with a combination of properties that make them excellent candidates to consider for healthcare applications where pressure relief and viscoelasticity are desired," says Lynn Colucci-Mizenko, global marketing manager, healthcare. Properties of the gels include shock...
  • Live from MD&M East: Colder Products Expands SRC Product Line

    Colder has expanded its SRC product line to include a cap and plug component. Colder Products Co. (St. Paul, MN) is taking advantage of MD&M East to show off its connections—its connector products, that is. The company has announced the expansion of its SRC family of products to include a cap and plug suited for medical device applications. Potential uses of the cap and plug include acting as a dust cap to keep the fluid path free from contamination and sealing off...
  • Scientists Invent Flexible Memory

    U.S. scientists have discovered how to build a flexible memory component that might lead to electronic memory chips that can bend and twist. According to researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Gaithersburg, MD), such a component could lead to small medical sensors that can be worn on the skin to monitor vital signs such as heart rate or blood sugar. Although flexible components exist, manufacturing flexible memory has remained elusive, until now. In addition...
  • Diversified Plastics Expands Capabilities

    The acquisition of a machining center allows Diversified Plastics to improve its injection-molded parts offerings to the medical device industry In an effort to better serve its customers, injection molder Diversified Plastics Inc. (Minneapolis) has expanded its mold production capabilities and increased production through its acquisition of a high-speed machining center. With the VM-2 vertical milling machine by Haas Automation (Oxnard, CA), Diversified Plastics can produce...
  • Ultrafast Laser Makes Cardiovascular Stents

    Raydiance Inc. (Petaluma, CA) has announced that a software-controlled ultrafast laser can manufacture cardiovascular stents and other medical microdevices without the introduction of heat to areas peripheral to the target. Smart Light MD, according to company, represents a manufacturing breakthrough because it eliminates the numerous postprocessing steps that are normally required when traditional thermal laser manufacturing techniques are employed. The following video shows the laser in...
  • Suppliers Present New Technologies at MD&M East's Innovation Briefs Theater

    The 25th annual MD&M East conference and exposition is launching a new feature on the trade show floor this year, the Innovation Briefs Theater, which showcases presentations from medical device OEM suppliers. Industry experts from these supplier companies will discuss their latest technologies in sessions lasting 30–40 minutes at booth number 2943. Free with an attendee or exhibitor badge, the sessions will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday,...
  • Spartanics and EFI to Cohost Open House Event

    At an open house, Spartanics will be demonstrating its high-speed label laser die-cutting machine. Spartanics (Rolling Meadows, IL) will cohost an open house event with EFI (Foster City, CA) on June 24 and June 25. Taking place at Spartanics's facility in suburban Chicago, the open house will serve to demonstrate the use of the company's high-speed label laser die-cutting machine in conjunction with EFI's Jetrion 4000 UV ink-jet system. Featuring optimization software...
  • Start-Up's Incredible Shrinking Infrared-Laser Sensor

    Infrared-Laser technology used to be too large and unwieldy for many practical applications. But that may be changing, if Daylight Solutions (Poway, CA) has anything to say about it. The company has developed a method for drastically decreasing the size of infrared-laser technology, which used to be confined to university laboratories. A small metal case with a sliverlike semiconductor chip in the center and two small lenses on either end, the sensor detects and measures chemical vapor. With an...
  • Medical Devices Adjust Their Frequency

    Established about 10 years ago by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Medical Implants Communication Service (MICS) was established in response to a petition by implant manufacturer Medtronic (Minneapolis) for a designated frequency reserved specifically for implant communication. Since then, the 402–405 MHz frequency band has been allocated to provide "ultra-low-power, mobile radio service for transmitting data in support of diagnostic or therapeutic functions associated...