This tiny diaphragm pump could enable medical device innovation

Fraunhofer researchers have created a tiny yet powerful diaphragm pump that can deliver ambient air to gas sensors. The sensors are attached to a smartphone that warns a user of heavy exposure to particulate matter. “Our smart pump measures only 25 sq mm, making it the world’s smallest pump. That said, it still has a

9 battery and power source advances you need to know

In the drive toward tinier implantable medical devices and wearable health sensors, battery and power source technology has been a major stumbling block. As experts noted in a discussion about battery technology during DeviceTalks Minnesota in June, battery innovation in the field is especially slow. Going too fast has its risks, too. Case in point

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Icon beats Street on Q2 earnings, acquires Mapi Group

Drug development provider Icon PLC (Nasdaq: ICLR) saw its stock jump about 6% in value today after announcing second-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations. The Dublin, Ireland–based company, which serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, also said it has acquired the Mapi Group, which provides patient-centered health outcomes research and commercialisation. Financial terms of

How a built-in refrigerator ice dispenser can dispense medication

An Arizona State University student recently designed an automatic medicine dispenser that could replace water and ice dispensers on refrigerators, according to a case study from Model Solution (Milpitas, Calif.). The device can dispense pills for two different users and gives audio and visual signals for the times that the users have to take their

How MRI can power mini-robots inside the body for targeted treatment

Scientists at the University of Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital are harnessing the power of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to drive mini-robots through the body for targeted treatment. The researchers are developing control algorithms, imaging technology, ultrafast computational methods and human-machine immersion methods that could enable the steering of dozens or even thousands of tiny millimeter-sized

Why Abbott’s CEO is excited about Bigfoot Biomedical and diabetes treatment

Just one week after Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said it inked a deal with Bigfoot Biomedical to develop an automated diabetes management system, CEO Miles White told analysts that he thinks Bigfoot is playing an important role in the strategic change taking place in the space. “It’s a fairly clever service and approach that I think will create, not just an

Brain implants last longer if they’re smaller: Here’s how

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have recently suggested that if electrodes implanted in the brain were smaller, the devices could last much longer. Diseases like Parkinson’s disease can be treated with electrical stimulations from electrodes that have been implanted in the brain. Implanted electrodes, however, can cause scarring which can make the electrodes less effective

How Bigfoot Biomedical wants to disrupt diabetes care

Bigfoot Biomedical is a highly competitive player in medtech’s race to develop an artificial pancreas. The 50-person company has made rapid progress towards developing a smart, automated insulin delivery system since its beginnings in 2014. Just yesterday Bigfoot announced that it is partnering with Abbott, bringing together Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring tech and Bigfoot’s insulin

Here are the top 5 medtech stories of mid-2017

The middle of 2017 is shaping up to be a continued whirlwind of activity for medtech. FDA is getting used to its new leadership but is facing a continued lack of clarity on user fees and UDIs. Industry is seeing a deeper consolidation in medical supplies, exemplified in Cardinal Health’s purchase of patient recovery supplies from

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Drug delivery devices: Here is West’s plan for success

West Pharmaceutical Services is betting that an embrace of human factors engineering and experiential design will allow its drug delivery devices such as its SmartDose and SelfDose to stand apart from the crowd. People are more likely to take their medications properly if a device is easy to use, Eric Resnick, vice president and chief

MW Industries launches MW Industries Medical Solutions

MW Industries – a maker of springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts and other precision components – today announced the launch of a medtech-focused MW Industries Medical Solutions. MW Industries (Rosemont, Ill.) will be touting its capabilities this week in New York at MD&M East (Booth 721). MW Industries Medical Solutions’s business involves precision metal components

11 companies with interesting technology at MD&M East

Thousands of engineers and executives are expected to descend on the Javits Center in New York next week for MD&M East, the largest medical device manufacturing event on the East Coast. Fun attractions include Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak delivering a keynote speech, the 19th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, robot battles and a 3D printed

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Amaranth Medical looks to recapture the potential of bioresorbable scaffolds

Dr. Antonio Colombo had finished his presentation of 9-month data for Amaranth Medical‘s Aptitude sirolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffold when an audience member asked about adverse events. He told the EuroPCR attendee that they hadn’t seen any adverse events related to the device during the trial – and that’s unusual. Bioresorbable scaffolds, like Abbott‘s (NYSE:ABT) Absorb, have been

IBM finds new ways to trigger immune system

Researchers at IBM have figured out how to trigger a response from the immune system using polymer-coated graphene sheets. The technique involves attaching drug molecules directly to a nanomaterial like graphene sheets to create nanotherapies that could help treat tumors. Nanotherapies transport drugs directly to tumors for cancer treatment. “We’ve essentially uncovered a new way

Are nanoparticles overhyped?

Young startups backed by nanoparticle tech face a world hurdles before reaching the clinic. It’s been decades since the first innovations with nanotechnology – and experts are asking, “Where are all the drugs?” It’s been more than 20 years since the FDA approved the first nanoparticle drug, Doxil. At the time, nanoparticles were heralded as a