DiFusion Technologies to use Solvay PEEK in spinal implants

DiFusion Technologies has chosen to use Solvay’s Zeniva ZA-500 polyetheretherketone (PEEK) as the base polymer for its ZFUZE osteoconductive PEEK composite used in spinal implants. PEEK is used as an alternative to titanium in spinal implants because it has a similar structure of bones and it can be easily seen on X-rays because of its

Medtech stories we missed this week: Nov. 17, 2017

From Skyline Medical’s joint venture to Lensar receiving FDA clearance and CE Mark, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Skyline Medical launches JV deal with Helomics Skyline Medical announced in a Nov. 15 press release that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Helomics.

A $10 microchip helps create 3D ultrasound images: Here’s how

Researchers have used the same accelerometer technology that comes in a smartphone to give $50,000 ultrasound machines 3D imaging capabilities using a $10 microchip. A team of doctors and engineers at Duke University and Stanford University have used a fingernail-sized microchip that is mounted on a traditional ultrasound probe to relay 2D images of what

MTD Micro Molding expands overmolding capabilities

MTD Micro Molding recently purchased a new vertical injection molding machine to expand its overmolding services. The machine is designed to allow for further customization for higher capacity overmolding. Overmolding is a process that involves two or more materials that are molded together to become on part. Without the use of adhesives, greater part functionality can

GW Plastics merges with NeraTek

GW Plastics announced that it is merging NeraTek Limited into Avenue Mould Solutions, a company GW Plastics recently acquired. NeraTek offers product development, 3D printing, additive manufacturing and prototype design services for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Based in Sligo, Ireland, the merder will help expand GW Plastics’s product development reach into Europe. Founder and

MIM2018 metal injection molding conference registration begins

Registration has begun for the MIM2018: International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides that is set to take place March 5 through March 7 in Irvine, Calif. at the Hotel Irvine. The global conference offers tabletop exhibition that shows the advances of powder injection molding in the industry as well as a

Brazilian regulators propose easier market pathway for low-risk medical devices and IVDs

By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group Medical device and IVD regulators in Brazil plan to loosen market access for low-risk devices and IVDs by introducing a notification-only registration system for these products. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post are the author’s only and do not

Tekni-Plex appoints new chief operating officer

Tekni-Plex (Wayne, Pa.) announced that it has promoted Glenn Fish to chief operating officer, effective immediately. Fish previously served as the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president. Over the three years that Fish has been with the company, Tekni-Plex has had consistent year-on-year quarterly earnings growth and has also completed six acquisitions. He was

HCA Vendor Services and Nationwide Imaging forge partnership

Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services and Nationwide Imaging Services have forged a partnership to market its imaging equipment with a variety of flexible financial solutions. “We chose Hitachi Capital as our partner because they structure transactions to get the done with the customers’ best interest in mind,” Robert Manetta, CEO of Nationwide Imaging Services, said.

PTI Engineered Plastics named one of Michigan’s top workplaces of 2017

PTI Engineered Plastics (Macomb, Mich.) was named a top workplace in Michigan in 2017 by the Detroit Free Press. The Detroit Free Press creates the top workplaces list using the results from a WorkplaceDynamics employee feedback survey. Different aspects of workplace culture like alignment, execution and connection are measured in the survey. “The Top Workplaces

Qosina adds medical-grade O-rings to stock

Qosina (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) has stocked its bulk, non-sterile O-rings that are used for static sealing applications between two components as a primary seal to prevent leakage. The O-rings are made from medical-grade EPDM and silicone which allows for heat resistance and suitable ozone and aging properties. They come packaged in 100 per bag and are available

Medical device design transfer: 5 things you need to know

Moving from design to production can be a challenging process in the medical device industry. Take these points into consideration to enable a smooth design transfer. Charlie Sears, Goddard Technologies There are many publications that discuss product development; however, an area that I find challenging within medical device companies is effectively transferring a product from

EQT acquires Clinical Innovations

EQT Mid Market US fund has acquired a majority stake in the company Clinical Innovations. Financial details of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Clinical Innovations recently expanded its product portfolio to serve the neonatal intensive care unit. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, it develops products like the Kiwi vacuum-assisted delivery system and Koala intrauterine

What you need to know about Europe’s new medical device rules

New regulations are coming to the European Union, and it’s up to developers to implement changes that will help them thrive in the new environment. Vicki Anastasi, Icon The new European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR) represent one of the most wide-ranging and disruptive changes to recently

Medical device cybersecurity: Here’s how you verify and validate it

Cybersecurity is becoming an essential pillar of medical device design, and it’s important to find the right strategies to validate and verify your products are secure. Michael Lynch and Delmar Howard, Intertek The growth of connected environments has put medical devices at the forefront of the cybersecurity and patient data movement. As more of these