• This Is How Bioprinting Accuracy Could Be Improved

    European researchers are touting the first melt electrospinning printer that incorporates the use of bio-inks. Chris Newmarker The Swiss biomedical company regenHU says it has accomplished a bioprinting first: an electrospinning device able to handle bio-inks, enabling more accurate bioprinting in the process.The new machine is being housed at the at the Utrecht Biofabrication Facility, a high-tech facility in the Netherlands created by Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht in 2013. The...
  • The 10 Worst-Performing Medtech Companies of Fall 2016

    Among the world's largest medical device companies, these 10 had the worst stock performance during the first nine months of 2016.Chris NewmarkerAn increasing number of major medical device companies are actually seeing their stock prices increase this year. But count the following 10 companies as exceptions to the rule. Many of these companies appear to be struggling with change, whether it involves new product launches or grappling with a classic film products business or transforming...
  • How to Freeze Trauma Patients to Save Their Lives

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers are testing induced hypothermia as a way to save trauma patients' lives. The new method could give doctors more time to stop bleeding and minimize brain damage, but better devices and techniques are needed.Kristopher SturgisThe U.S. Department of Defense five years ago began funding a new study called the Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest from Trauma study, or simply the EPR-CAT study. The study would focus on the use...
  • BD, Boston Sci Win Major U.S. Military Contracts

    The last week of September saw nearly $200 million in U.S. Defense Department contract awards for the medical device industry.Maureen KingsleyLast week was a good one for medical device companies seeking U.S. government contracts.Two medtech giants—Becton Dickinson (BD; via its CareFusion subsidiary) and Boston Scientific—won notably large Defense Department bids collectively totaling $171 million. A third, smaller award of $13.5 million was granted to Spacelabs Medical Inc....
  • What Causes Medtech Dissatisfaction?

    Nearly a tenth of medical device professionals surveyed by MD+DI are interested in jobs in other industries. Here's why. Qmed StaffMost medtech professionals want to stay in the industry, but 7% are not as satisfied, according to data from MD+DI's 2016 Medtech Salary Survey. As MD+DI relates, the perception of too much regulation in the industry appears to be a major factor behind the dissatisfaction. "The regulatory hurdles have become far too difficult to deal with," said...
  • Rapid Prototyping: 5 Ways to Accomplish It

    Here are the basics to get you started on rapid prototyping. Jeff Schipper, Proto LabsProto Labs recently added overmolding services to its rapid injection molding offerings. (Image courtesy of Proto Labs)Getting a medical device to market is a time-consuming, high-stakes challenge. While clearing FDA approval gates and passing clinical trials are essential requirements, they don't guarantee commercial success. Medical device designers can take advantage of rapid manufacturing processes—3-...
  • Could Future Defibrillators Use Light?

    American and German researchers used light instead of electricity to restore normal rhythm to the hearts of mice, as well as in a computational model of a human heart..Nancy CrottiScientists have shown that beams of light could replace electric shocks in patients with cardiac arrhythmia, indicating the possibility of a new type of implantable defibrillator.The researchers from Germany’s University of Bonn and Johns Hopkins University used high-tech human heart models and mouse experiments in...
  • New Lab-Grown Blood Vessels Could Be Used in Humans

    University of Minnesota researchers have bioengineered blood vessels with the potential to grow and continue developing after being placed inside people.Kristopher SturgisUpdated October 3, 2016University of Minnesota researchers say they were able to bioengineer blood vessels in a lab from a postnatal donor’s skin cells, generating vessel-like tubes that can be implanted into human beings when needed.The study was led by Robert Tranquillo, professor of biomedical engineering at the University...
  • Is Medtronic's HeartWare a Problem?

    A month after acquiring the LVAD maker for $1.1 billion, Medtronic says FDA has designated two of its recalls as Class I. Maureen KingsleyHeartWare's HVAD (Image courtesy of HeartWare)Medtronic says it is making some important manufacturing changes at recently acquired HeartWare amid two recalls that FDA has designated as Class I, the company announced Friday. One worldwide recall initially involved 8799 HVAD controllers—model Nos. 1400 and 1401. The controllers...
  • The 6 Greatest Medical Technologies of the Past 10 Years

        Find out which devices the Prix Galien Foundation is considering for its "Discovery of the Decade" awards.Chris NewmarkerThe Prix Galien Foundation, which oversees U.S. activities of the international Prix Galien award, has a nine-person awards committee including four Nobel laureates reviewing its past annual Prix Galien USA award winners in order to declare a “Discovery of the Decade” in each of its three categories: medtech, pharmaceuticals, and biotech.The Discovery of...
  • T2Candida Panel (2015 Prix Galien USA Winner)

        T2Candida Panel (2015 Prix Galien USA Winner)T2 Biosystems (Lexington, MA) touts its T2Candida Panel as the only FDA-cleared test for sepsis that does not require a blood culture that could potentially take days to produce a result. Instead, the T2Candida Panel is able to identify the five clinically relevant species of Candida within 4.5 hours. The company’s  T2Dx Instrument uses proprietary T2 Magnetic Resonance technology to measures how water molecules react in the...
  • Trevo XP ProVue Retriever (2014 Prix Galien USA Winner)

        Trevo XP ProVue Retriever (2014 Prix Galien USA Winner)Launched in 2014, Stryker’s Trevo XP ProVue Retriever expanded the company’s ProVue Retriever line with additional size and shape options for physicians, encouraging ease of use.Evidence continues to pour in that clot-removing devices such as the Trevo have revolutionized treatment of stroke patients. A study out of Loyola University this year found the Trevo, as well as the Medtronic Solitaire stent retrievers, did a...
  • S-ICD System (2013 Prix Galien USA Winner)

        S-ICD System (2013 Prix Galien USA Winner)Boston Scientific’s S-ICD technology places a pulse generator and electrode just under the skin, leaving the heart and blood vessels untouched and reducing complications associated with conventional ICDs. The latest version of the device, the Emblem MRI subcutaneous implantable defibrillator, received FDA approval last month.Boston Sci executives have reported strong growth in sales of the devices. Medtronic is now trying to compete...
  • Transcatheter Valves (2012 Prix Galien USA Winner)

        Transcatheter Valves (2012 Prix Galien USA Winner)The Prix Galien USA award for medical devices actually went to two devices in 2012: Edwards Lifesciences’s Sapien TAVR and Medtronic’s Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve.Both devices represent the promising field of transcatheter heart valves. The valves so far have been reserved for patients at high risk of traditional open heart surgery. But their use is expanding. Edwards's Sapien 3 valve this year became the first TAVR...
  • xTAG (2010 Prix Galien USA Winner)

        xTAG (2010 Prix Galien USA Winner)xTAG uses a proprietary universal tag system that its owner Luminex (Austin, TX) says is able to provide easy development and optimization of nucleic acid assays. Luminex xMAP systems employ lasers or LEDs to read color-coded microspheres that attach to specific nucleic acid sequences. The result is flexible, accurate, low-cost genetic and infectious bead testing. xTAG assays are presently available for diseases ranging from cystic fibrosis...
  • CellSearch (2009 Prix Galien USA Winner)

        CellSearch (2009 Prix Galien USA Winner)CellSearch from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Diagnostics is the first and only actionable test for detecting circulating tumor cells in cancer patients. Detecting such CTCs is important because their presence indicates decreased odds of survival for metastatic breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer patients, according to Janssen. The tests, then, are an important new tool in the toolbox in the fight against cancer. The 10 Most...
  • New 3-D Printed Bone Can Grow With Kids

    Northwestern University researchers formulated ink from calcium and biocompatible polymers. Nancy CrottiResearchers at Northwestern University have developed 3-D printed bone implants that rapidly induce bone regeneration and growth, according to a statement from the university.The 3-D printable ink they created produces hyperelastic bone-like material, whose shape can be easily customized. The research shows promise for treating bone defects in children, for whom bone implantation surgery...
  • This New Coating Could Take Endoscopes to the Next Level

    Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have developed a new antifouling surface coating for endoscopes that could help keep blood and other body fluids clear from the lens and reduce camera obstruction.Kristopher SturgisJoanna Aizenberg (Image courtesy of Wyss Institute at Harvard)One of the largest complications with camera-guided endoscopes is avoiding the buildup of blood and other bodily fluids around the camera lens, which can often obstruct the view during many critical...
  • 6. Northwestern University (Tie)

        Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)Avg. starting salary for BME grads: $65,000Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (campuswide): 13.9%Total Enrolled Students (campuswide): 20,959Tuition: $47,251Recent Qmed stories about Northwestern research:Is FDA Failing on OB-GYN Device Approvals?Continue >>[Image by Madcoverboy at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7036889]
  • 7. University of California, Berkeley

        University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)Avg. starting salary for BME grads: $64,800Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (campuswide): 14.2%Total Enrolled Students (campuswide): 36,137Tuition: $12,972Recent Qmed stories about UC Berkeley research: These New Smart Threads Can Share Data The Latest Graphene Advance New Tiny Implantable Devices Are Powered by UltrasoundContinue >>[Image by brainchildvn on Flickr - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/...