How Boston Sci is getting drug-eluting stents and balloons into legs

Boston Scientific officials think they have a leg up when it comes to bringing drug-eluting technology to bear on peripheral artery disease. That’s because the medical device giant has decades of experience with balloons and drug-eluting stents used around the heart. When it comes to treating the narrowing arteries in the legs and thighs, Boston

5 things you need to know to make connected medical devices

Bill Welch, Phillips-Medisize The estimated number of connected medical devices – devices connected to the Internet –is expected to increase from 10 billion to 50 billion over the next decade, according to the IBM Institute for Business Value. This is due to the ability for machine-to-machine communication through cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors,

7 companies in the race to make an artificial pancreas

Over 50 years ago, scientists discovered the ability to externally control blood glucose regulation for individuals with type 1 diabetes. Since then, researchers in the field of diabetes management have dreamt of creating a closed-loop system – a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device – to effectively act as an “artificial pancreas”

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The stem cell ‘skin gun’ that’s aiming to disrupt wound care

RenovaCare’s SkinGun uses a patient’s own stem cells to heal their wounds faster and more efficiently than a traditional skin graft. Pennsylvania state police officer Matthew Uram suffered severe second-degree burns to his face, right arm and leg after a friend’s bonfire got out of control. Uram was facing months of painful skin grafts, the

The stem cell therapy that could reverse hearing loss

Frequency Therapeutics is betting that it can change the lives of millions of Americans with hearing loss through a cell therapy that triggers the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Researchers have used cells in regenerative medicine for decades – in 1931, the father of cell therapy, Paul Niehans, treated a patient with material from

Fibrosis: How to prevent it in medical device implants

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have discovered a way to prevent fibrosis from forming around medical device implants. The body’s immune system usually attacks implanted medical devices that are used for drug delivery, sensing or tissue regeneration. Defense cells in the body try to isolate the foreign material from devices

These tiny jet engines could propel pharmaceuticals in the body

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany are creating nanorobot propulsion systems that could help transport pharmaceutical agents in the body. Two types of propulsion systems were created. One was powered by bubbles that are oscillated by ultrasound, while the other one was powered by an enzymatic reaction that would

3D printing is taking medical marijuana to a whole new level

3D printing is aiding an Israel-based company in the development and production of special selective-dose inhalers for medical marijuana and other medicinal plants. Nano Dimension (Ness Ziona, Israel)—which makes 3D printers for printed circuit boards—announced today that it has leased a DragonFly 2020 3D printer to Syqe Medical (Tel Aviv, Israel). Syqe boasts that it has created the

Minimally-invasive migraine treatment for adults works on kids, too

Migraine treatment that has been safe for adults has recently proven to be safe for use in children as well. The minimally-invasive treatment only takes a few minutes for children and teenagers to be able to feel the effects. The treatment involves a sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block that does not need needles. It uses a

Study: Patient error cuts dose in half for inhalers

Researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have identified patient errors that cause inhaler users to get about half as much medicine as they should from each dose. The team said that clinicians have known for years that patients don’t use their inhalers as prescribed, but inhaler-dosing studies tend to focus on the rare cases

This ingestible sensor is powered by stomach acid

MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers have announced an ingestible device innovation: a small voltaic cell that can withstand the acidity of fluids in the stomach and still transmit information to a base station. The small device can stay in the gastrointestinal tract for long periods of time and can produce enough power to

How virtual and mixed reality are changing drug delivery and device design

Kai Worrell believes that virtual and mixed reality may change the way companies design medical devices, and he’s putting that idea into practice. “We think it’s going to transform the way we do feasibility testing and cognitive walk-through simulations,” he said. “We think it’s going to help us understand the cognition of our users, clinical

CareFusion expands Alaris warning

The U.K.’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued a 2nd warning for CareFusion‘s Alaris drug pump after the company discovered that the Alaris pumps with broken springs in the plunger assembly could accidentally release a single dose of medication. The U.K. watchdog 1st warned customers in December last year that the pump could release a dose

Medtech stories we missed: Feb. 17, 2017

Several companies released diabetes study results this week, while companies like BioTime closed on their public offerings and Pixium implanted its first bionic eye. Here are medtech stories we missed this week, but were still worth mentioning. 1. Insulet touts glucose control study Insulet Corp. announced the results from its first feasibility study of its Omnipod Horizon hybrid

3 ways you can accelerate your innovation

Accelerating innovation is an easy-to-say, hard-to-do concept. In many ways, product development has sped up to a breakneck pace in the last 20 years due to CAD advances, automation, 3D printing, rapid protoyping, to name only a few technologies. Toolkits and methodologies have also expanded to include lean and agile principles, for example. The way

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