Medical Design & Outsourcing Videos

Developers of new medical technology and solutions discuss how they disrupted traditional medical solutions. Questions addressed involve getting investment in the potentially disruptive research, overcoming cost issues, and tips on gaining doctor-user support.

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Researchers develop nanosensor to differentiate cancer cells and healthy cells in surgery

New nanosensor can help surgeons spot cancer

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed a threshold nanosensor that can differentiate between cancerous cells and healthy tissue during surgery. The team’s work was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.  “We synthesized an imaging probe that stays dark in normal tissues but switches on like a light bulb when it reaches solid

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H&T Presspart and Cohero Health launch first market-ready, fully-connected metered dose inhaler to optimize care of asthma and COPD

H&T Presspart and Cohero Health have launched the first market-ready, intuitive, fully-embedded and connected metered dose inhaler (eMDI) aimed at improving adherence andenabling continually optimized care of patients with asthma and COPD. It is the only eMDI integrated seamlessly with BreatheSmart from Cohero Health, a comprehensive respiratory disease management platform that uniquely enables tracking of

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MasterSil 910Med: One part, medical grade silicone system cures rapidly

MasterSil 910Med is a one part silicone for bonding, sealing and coating primarily for medical devices. It passes both USP Class VI testing and ISO cytotoxicity specifications. As an acetoxy type system, it bonds exceptionally well to a wide variety of substrates including metals, composites, ceramics, glass as well as many rubbers and plastics. MasterSil

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How do laser-Swiss combo machines work?

Jim Cepican/Marubeni Citizen Cincom  Fiberoptic lasers offer high-precision, high-speed laser cutting. But for products that require multiple processes, significant time and quality challenges can arise. Combining a Swiss-style lathe with a fiberoptic laser delivery system, suppliers can provide the capabilities on a single machine platform to reduce part handling and improve part accuracies. Because this is a

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What does the FDA say about validating software?

Kevin Ballard/Director of Software Validation/MasterControl Software validation is required by law for companies that operate under the purview of the FDA and EMA. Companies must validate their systems (such as those for quality management and compliance) to comply with a number of regulations including 21 CFR 11, 21 CFR 210-211, 21 CFR 820, 21 CFR 600, and 21

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What guidelines will help select a best medical connector?

Hank Mancini/Marketing Manager/Affinity Medical Technologies, a Molex Company When designing medical devices, engineers face challenging conditions and complex choices not found in many other industries. The devices need to provide durability and reliability in harsh conditions with fluids, sterilization, and physical and electromagnetic interference. High mating cycles also play a role. These medical devices rely heavily on the

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What are the pros and cons of dc brush and brushless motors?

Micromo, a division of Faulhaber One advantage of dc motors is the linear relationship that allows for predictable operation. For instance under cold conditions, the torque constant KM is the approximate motor torque production per ampere of current (In metric units: mNm/A). This is also true under warm conditions, but the thermodynamic effects on the torque constant and motor performance

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What adhesives are a good fit for plastic substrates?

Jason Spencer/Global Market Development Manager/Henkel New developments in adhesives are helping medical device manufacturers produce devices that are more chemically resistant to the harsher cleaners and disinfectants used in hospitals. These pre-qualified, fast-cure adhesives demonstrate superior performance under challenging conditions, enabling customers to reduce the time and resources needed to evaluate assembly methods. This leads to shorter

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Cybersecurity is key for labs as hackers attack hospitals

The persistence of cyberattacks on hospital networks now makes healthcare the most frequently attacked industry, beating out the financial and retail sectors and costing the industry $5 billion to $6 billion annually. However, laboratories can fend off cybersecurity threats by being aware of best practices, taking steps to protect data and having back-up plans in

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How do you know when it’s time to hire a consultant?

Chris Schorre/Vice President of Global Marketing/EMERGO Has this happened to you lately? • You spent countless hours online trying to research a specific process, but still don’t have a solid understanding of how it works. • You are under pressure to get a project done, but don’t have the internal resources to complete it by

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Study: Few mHealth apps help patients

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School and Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital published a new study that suggests that app makers are falling short when it comes to actually serving those who could get the most benefit from mobile health apps. The researchers, led by UM assistant professor of learning health sciences Dr. Karandeep Singh, said

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Cadence launches new microsite

Cadence launched a new microsite to highlight their growing Product Realization Center located in Pittsburgh. The new website better reflects Cadence’s position as a full service medical device contract manufacturer. “One of the biggest differentiators of our Cadence Device business is our team.  Our core team consists of seasoned experts that have spent part of their careers

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Centurion expands Compass platform to include pleural and intra-abdominal pressure measuring

Centurion Medical Products, a leader in medical product innovation and global patient care, launched its Compass digital pressure transducers for measuring and monitoring both pleural and intra-abdominal pressures (IAP). The compact, sterile single-use Compass devices provide precise, quantitative pressure measurements while removing fluid during thoracentesis as well as when monitoring for intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal

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Usnic acid electrospun fibers demonstrate antibacterial properties

Usnic acid electrospun fibers demonstrate antibacterial properties

Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science in Juazeiro, Brazil have reported on the antibacterial properties of usnic acid, a strong lichen metabolite, encapsulated in electrospun fibers. The team’s work was published in Recent Patents on Nanotechnology. Usnic acid has been used in commercial products, such as creams, toothpastes and sunscreen, due to their antiviral, animicrobial

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Ecore announces participation in patient safety collaborative research project

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, announced its participation in a collaborative research project focused on “Patient Safety and Reducing the Risk of Injury from Falls” at the recent 2016 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference (HCD) in Houston. The study addresses how the built environment can reduce pain and suffering

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