• LED Light Engine Optics Module Doubles Light Output for Endoscopy

    Schott North America (Southbridge, MA) took advantage of the recent BIOMEDevice Boston trade show to spread the word about the release of its second-generation LEDgine light-engine platform. Featuring a modular design, the improved optics module offers better efficiency and increased light output compared with its predecessor for endoscopy and other medical applications, according to the company. "By taking advantage of the latest in LED technology and the chips that are available, we've been...
  • Cancer-Targeting Nanopolymer Could Help Reduce Drug Side Effects

    A nanopolymer developed by Purdue scientist W. Andy Tao could enable doctors to better assess whether cancer drugs are reaching their targets. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)A biochemist from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) has developed a synthetic drug-delivery nanopolymer that could enable doctors to determine whether a cancer drug has hit its target. If successful, this technology could help reduce the side effects associated with cancer therapies.Developed by...
  • Proto Labs Supports Prototyping of 'Cool Ideas'

     While at the BIOMEDevice trade show in Boston, quick-turn prototyping and short-run production services provider Proto Labs (Maple Plain, MN) has announced the launch of the Cool Idea! award. Over the course of the year, the company plans to support innovative product ideas potentially in any industry, including the medical device industry, by awarding $100,000 worth of functioning Firstcut CNC-machined and/or Protomold injection-molded parts. Rewarding one or more winners per...
  • Could the University of Missouri’s Noninvasive Glucose Monitor Revolutionize Diabetes Care?

    Xu Zhi and his team developed a noninvasive glucose monitor that uses near-infrared light to detect glucose levels without the need for drawing blood.For years—decades even—researchers have fervently sought the Holy Grail of diabetes care: the noninvasive glucose monitor. But despite dedicated research and even a briefly commercialized product, a viable noninvasive monitoring technology has remained somewhat elusive. There’s new hope on the horizon, however.  Researchers at the University...
  • IBN and IBM Team Up to Create Superbug-Busting Polymer Nanoparticles

    Transmission electron microscope images of an MRSA cell before (left) and after (right) being treated with biodegradable polymer nanoparticles developed by IBN and IBM. After treatment, the cell wall and membrane are damaged.Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN; Singapore) and IBM Research (Almaden, CA) have developed what they are billing as the first biodegradable polymer nanoparticles for combating drug-resistant superbugs such as methicillin-resistant...
  • Novel Medical Device Designed by 'The Dead'

      Demonstrating that a good idea can come from unlikely sources, a keyboardist, a roadie, and a real estate developer have developed a medical device that alleviates discomfort often associated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatments for sleep apnea. The interesting story of how Jeff Chimenti, a keyboard player for various bands alongside the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, along with roadie friend A.J. Santella and real estate developer Billy Procida,...
  • NIST Microreactor Could Lead to New Biodegradable Polymers

    A typical NIST microreactor plate measures approximately 40 x 90 mm cm. The channel, filled with plastic beads carrying the enzyme catalyst, is 2 mm wide and 1 mm deep. (Photo by Kundu, NIST)Using a microfluidic device consisting of a small block of aluminum with a tiny groove carved in it filled with tiny beads, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Gaithersburg, MD) and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (Brooklyn, NY) is developing...
  • Fraunhofer Sees Future for Laser-Sintered Surgical Instruments

    The Fraunhofer Institute thinks that surgical instruments with complex geometries and hollow channels can now be laser sintered.Designers and developers of medical devices have questioned the suitability of laser sintering for certain applications, according to Philipp Imgrund, manager of the biomaterials technology department at Fraunhofer Institute IFAM (Bremen, Germany). For example, process repeatability and material selection have been problematic. But now, Imgrund says, the technology is...
  • Human Blood May Serve as Base of Next-Gen Electronic Components

    In the case of future biologic-electronic interfaces, the claim that an innovative electronic component is a byproduct of someone's blood, sweat, and tears may not be a complete exaggeration. A team of researchers in India has detailed the development of a liquid memristor made from human blood that could serve as the interface between human tissues or nerve cells and an electronic medical device such as robotic limbs or artificial eyes.Proposed in 1971 and realized just in 2008 using titanium...
  • Carbon Nanotube–Based Microfluidic Device Traps Cancer Cells

    A new microfluidic device developed by scientists from Harvard and MIT consists of posts made from carbon nanotubes that can capture cancer cells.As the previous Medtech Pulse post comments, the field of microfluidic devices is one of the hottest research disciplines in the the area of medical device design and development. Adding to the heat, scientists at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and MIT (Cambridge, MA) have developed a microfluidic device that can single out individual cancer cells...
  • Conductive Polymer Improves Electroosmotic Pump Design for Lab-on-a-Chip Devices

    Among the most active and exciting research areas in the medical device and diagnostics industry is that of microfluidics and related lab-on-a-chip devices. However, the challenge of how to move fluids through the the channels of the lab-on-a-chip devices has proven to be a formidable obstacle to scientists. Presenting a potential solution to this problem, researchers at Linköping University (Sweden) have developed an integrated electroosmotic pump (EOP) that employs conductive polymer...
  • Roughened Nanosurface Enables Skin Cells to Colonize Titanium Leg Implants

    A roughened nanotubular surface formed on the surface of titanium promotes the colonization of skin cells. (Image by Webster Lab/Brown University)Surface-roughening methods developed by scientists at Brown University (Providence, RI) promote the in-growth of skin cells on titanium implants. Mimicking natural skin, the new implantable material could change the way that orthopedic implants are designed.Led by Thomas Webster, associate professor of engineering and orthopedics at Brown University,...
  • Inexpensive Imaging Technology Provides Higher Clarity than Ultrasound, MRI

    (i) Section through a sheep’s kidney, into which a calcium carbonate nodule has been inserted as a proxy for a kidney stone or vascularized tumor–location shown by red ring. (ii) The same section, with a registered ultrasound image superposed–the nodule can be seen, but is not differentiated from other features in the kidney. (iii) The same section, with the ultrasound and OxEMA scan superposed. The different electrical properties of the anomaly stand out extremely clearly in the OxEMA scan as...
  • Could Light-Based Alzheimer's Devices Be 'The Next Big Thing'?

    Clarimedix's noninvasive, nondrug, light-based patch could treat Alzheimer's symptoms.Not only is Alzheimer's disease (AD) the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, it is also the only one in the top 10 that can't be prevented, cured, or slowed, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Although treatments for the brain disease traditionally have been drug-based in the form of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, recent research indicates that AD symptoms may be alleviated...
  • Stent-Coating Process Prevents Restenosis

    Laser-treating stent surfaces may prevent thrombosis. (Image: INM)A stent-coating process developed by researchers at the INM—Leibniz Institute for New Materials (Saarbrücken, Germany) could reduce the chance of thrombosis. The international Nano4stent project, funded by the European Union and the framework of the international cooperation network KORANET, is focused on yielding smooth stent surfaces that may prevent restenosis and improve patient care."It is our aim to cover the surface of the...
  • Researchers Learn How to Control the Size of Carbon Nanofibers

    Images show carbon nanofibers grown from nickel nanoparticle catalysts before (left) and after (right) the ligands have been removed from the nanoparticles prior to nanofiber growth. The nanofibers grown from nanoparticles with ligands are more uniform in diameter and distribution.While carbon nanofibers could benefit a range of technologies, including medical imaging devices, the time and expense associated with uniformly creating nanofibers of the correct size has been an obstacle. Now,...
  • UHMWPE Fiber Enables GI Wall Repair

    DSM Biomedical (Stanley, NC) has announced a step forward in its partnership with Ovesco Endoscopy AG (Tübingen, Germany). Ovesco has chosen to use Dyneema Purity fiber for its Over-the-Scope-Clipping (OTSC) system, a nitinol device used for compression and approximation of tissues in the human digestive tract. The company chose DSM Biomedical's Dyneema Purity fiber because of the material's mechanical performance and biocompatibility, specifically the combination of high strength, low...
  • Concerns Mount in Japan for Patients with Electronic Medical Devices

    Medical devices, equipment, and supplies are obviously playing a critical role in the widespread relief and recovery efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami last week. But as many areas remain without power and others experience rolling blackouts, could electronic medical devices be rendered useless?Miki Anzai, a Japan-based Associate Editor for our sister publication, Japan Medical Design & Manufacturing Technology, reports: "The Tokyo Electric Power Co. has...
  • Graphics Application Enhances Medical Emaging

    Nvidia's new graphics card enhances diagnostic imaging applications.Nvidia (Santa Clara, CA) has just released the Quadro 2000D, a diagnostic imaging graphics solution that allows doctors to review high-resolution, detailed patient images. Enabling medical analysis, the graphics card features two dual-link DVI connectors for display flexibility, supports 10- and 12-bit grayscale monitors up to 10 megapixels, and has DICOM monitor calibration capabilities.The system's DVI connectivity allows...
  • More from Mother Nature: Turning Sea Squirt Whiskers into Human Muscle

    Minute whiskers from tunicates—otherwise known as sea squirts—could be used to form skeletal muscle, ligaments, and nerves.Researchers from the University of Manchester (UK) have discovered that nanoscale whiskers taken from sea creatures called tunicates—commonly known as sea squirts—could perhaps be used to form working human muscle tissue. Several thousand times smaller than muscle cells, these nanostructures are the smallest physical feature found to cause cell alignment. Alignment is...