Research and Development

310 Research and Development Articles
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 22, 2016
    Researchers from UC Berkeley have developed a way to coat the threading of clothing with thermochromic paint that can change colors to represent data and information, including health data. It could provide another tool for designers of mobile health devices. (Read the full Qmed s... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 22, 2016
    A Harvard University professor wants build a human heart, so he started out making a “living” stingray robot—about the size of a nickel and powered by rat cells. The small robot is even able to maneuver around obstacle courses with beams of light. So how could this lead to a... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 22, 2016
    Korean researchers recently demonstrated how wire wrap could stop rapid heart beat and restore cardiac electrical function for a rat's heart. The shape-conforming mesh is constructed of silver nanowires embedded in a rubber polymer. It was designed to conform to different hearts' ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 22, 2016
     OneOme (Minneapolis) provides patients with a pharmacogenomic test that then informs their health providers via an algorithm-based clinical decision support, helping the health providers to tailor prescriptions to exactly fit patients' needs. The decision... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 22, 2016
    Prescription drugs customized through genetic testing and a brain implant that enables people with paralysis to regain movement in their limbs are among the additional medical technologies we’ve come across since posting our original list of the 10 most promising medical technol... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Qmed Staff on July 19, 2016
Qmed’s sister media outlet MD+DI has a summer reading list for medical device industry insiders.Qmed Staff Summer is a good opportunity to delve into a good read, and MD+DI has some suggestions for medtech enthusiasts. For example, the book n=1 is by a former health system CEO, a former ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 18, 2016
     “Define innovation. I think the broad term innovation hamstrings this question. Large med device companies innovate in different ways than small companies. They innovate in terms of systems, acquisition, and market consolidation. In this sense it's not difficult for them t... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 18, 2016
    “It’s cheaper to acquire technology, over R&D in-house.”“Because it’s safer and cheaper to buy a small company, rape it for all of its innovation and then close it down, decimating jobs and careers.”“This is easy to explain. Innovation is creativity that starts w... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 18, 2016
    “The Regulatory and quality groups get so big and conservative that most engineering time is spent managing current product.”“Inherent contradiction: Innovation comes from maximizing variation; QSR compliance comes from minimizing variation.”“Liability associated with po... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 18, 2016
    “Risk is not rewarded. Focus on short term profits.”“The focus is on delivering the next product/release, leaving no time for innovation.”“Short term ROI is always a consideration.”“Failure to fail”“Many innovative ideas come from 'street-smart' people in the fie... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 18, 2016
     “Innovation is a complex process and is at least somewhat unstructured which does not work well in the highly structured large companies.”“Most medical companies have systems in place to evaluate new ideas. I've worked at 3M Medtronic, and Heartware. Small companies ha... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 18, 2016
    Qmed readers explain how big device companies put the kibosh on creativity, and some of their comments will surprise you. Chris NewmarkerQmed industry insider readers had a lot to say when asked why big medical device companies find it so hard to innovate.The survey was ... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Kristopher Sturgis on July 12, 2016
The technology was created to mimic the placenta in the womb, and has the potential to improve survival rates in the most extreme cases of premature birth.Kristopher SturgisWhile only tried on lambs so far, the University of Michigan researchers think their artificial placenta could do away with the... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Nancy Crotti on July 12, 2016
Under development and testing for years, the LUKE arm offers amputees revolutionary capabilities.Nancy CrottiIt’s been in the making for years, and now it’s hitting the market: the motorized prosthetic LUKE arm.Developed by inventor Dean Kamen’s DEKA Research & Development Corp. (Mancheste... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 5, 2016
The Wall Street Journal has additional examples of promising medical technologies. We’d like to hear from you, our readers, about what is catching your eye.   Chris NewmarkerUpdated July 6, 2016From human trials getting ready to start on CRISPR gene editing technology to tiny, bioabsorba... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 4, 2016
    It might be possible someday to "breed" robots, allowing the robots themselves to select out what traits are most "attractive" in environments with unanticipated challenges. That is the tantalizing idea presented by a research team at VU Amsterdam, who say they have demonstrated a... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 4, 2016
    University of Bristol researchers say they were able to engineer 3-D printed tissue structures including a full-size tracheal cartilage ring over five weeks. How did they do this? The secret was a special bio-ink formulation, infused with stem cells and created after an arduous tr... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 4, 2016
    The medical, military, sports, and other communities have rallied together to detect traumatic brain injuries (TBI) sooner. One problem is that the expensive, complex medical equipment used to diagnose TBIs—like CT or MRI scanners—is not easily accessible in many situations. R... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 4, 2016
    Hearing aids are usually not the first product that come to mind when medtech innovation is discussed. But hearing aid company Oticon has developed the Oticon Opn, a hearing aid that incorporates Internet of Things (IoT) into its functions using the If This Then That (IFTTT) netwo... Continue
Posted in Research and Development by Chris Newmarker on July 4, 2016
    FDA's approval earlier this year of Medtronic's Micra pacemaker is just the beginning, says Paul Iaizzo, PhD, professor of surgery, integrative biology and physiology at the University of Minnesota. (See Iaizzo discuss structural heart innovation at MD&M Minneap... Continue