New microfluidic device offers means for studying electric field cancer therapy

Researchers at MIT’s research center in Singapore have developed a new microfluidic device that tests the effects of electric fields on cancer cells. They observed that a range of low-intensity, middle-frequency electric fields effectively stopped breast and lung cancer cells from growing and spreading, while having no adverse effect on neighboring healthy cells. The device,

Piston pump features the longest life and precise accuracy

The new Maestro piston pump from Bio-Chem Fluidics delivers the longest life and best accuracy of any other pump in its category. The pump is capable of 10 million cycles with clean fluids, and 5 million cycles with aggressive or precipitating fluids. Piston pumps, used in fluidics systems when the dispense accuracy of a diaphragm

Rock West Medical Devices raises $1.3m

Rock West Medical Devices said in a regulatory filing that it raised $1.25 million from a single, unnamed investor. San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based Rock West Medical is a subsidiary of Rock West Solutions, which according to its website provides R&D and product development services for advanced composite structures and applied sensors. The company ultimately hopes to raise $3 million

Taking charge of medical design

Accutronics will be representing the best of British medical component manufacturing at this year’s MD&M West, which is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California from February 9 – 11. Accutronics will be exhibiting its extensive range of reliable medical batteries and chargers in hall E at booth 470. The show will see

Positioning peristaltic rollers allows more precise dispensing

David Bach / BST-Bach Solutions & Technology, LLC Accurate dispensing affects a great deal of drug development and delivery. For instance, leading-edge pharmaceuticals, bio-tech “designer molecules” and high-potency compounds are tremendously expensive and come with difficult safety concerns that require accurate dispensing and aspirations. Many of these compounds are composed of proteins or synthetic molecular chains

Banner Engineering Q4X Laser Distance Sensor now available in models exclusively for Clear Object Detection

Banner Engineering’s industry-recognized Q4X laser distance sensor is now available in models exclusively designed for clear object detection. Featuring a default clear object detection mode setting, the Q4X clear object model eliminates two-point, dynamic, foreground and background suppression mode. Without requiring a retro-reflector, the Q4X sensor combines window thresholds on both target distance and target reflected intensity, allowing

MIT scientist and “4D Printing” pioneer, Skylar Tibbits joins Global Plastics Summit program as innovation keynote speaker

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and IHS Chemical, a global source of critical information and insight, announced that Skylar Tibbits, a research scientist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Architecture and director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, will serve as the innovation keynote speaker for the upcoming 2015 Global Plastics Summit (GPS), scheduled

“Plug and spin” brushless DC motors in just a few seconds with STMicroelectronics’ new nucleo pack

STMicroelectronics introduces a $35 starter kit plus a new free software algorithm to help engineers and hobbyists implement efficient vector control in a short time for motor-driven projects such as drones, appliances, E-bikes, home-automation, healthcare and industrial machinery. The P-NUCLEO-IHM001 Motor-Control Nucleo Pack in combination with new software elements from the STM32 Motor Control Ecosystem

AirClean Systems presents its new horizontal clean benches

AirClean Systems’s horizontal clean benches combine Class 100 (ISO 5) process protection with rugged, easy-to-clean polypropylene construction and microprocessor-based controls. Horizontal laminar flow clean benches from AirClean Systems are the ideal solution for Class 100 (ISO 5) applications where process protection is needed. Constructed from all white seamless polypropylene, these workstations are easy to clean

Nader Najafi: A dream that saves lives

Miniature wireless sensing and computing devices have the potential to improve people’s health, even save lives. Twenty years ago, working on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as a student at Michigan, Dr. Nader Najafi had a dream to be part of this future reality. He turned that dream to action when he left a promising career at

How do you mend a broken heart? By converting fat cells into stem cells that can help that vital organ repair itself

Editor’s Note: This article is written by Jeannie Kever and discusses the recent research from the University of Houston. There has been little time to savor the successes of the moment as Dr. Robert Schwartz and members of his lab push relentlessly toward their goal. Their goal is to begin clinical trials that will showcase how common fat cells, treated

Imaging software could speed breast cancer diagnosis

New software developed by Rice University bioengineers could speed up the diagnosis of breast cancer with 90% accuracy and without the need for a specialist, according to research published this week in the open-access journal Breast Cancer Research. Researchers said the software could improve breast cancer management, particularly in developing countries where pathologists are not

Robotic arm for real-time MRI guidance

Fannin Innovation Studio, an early-stage life science commercialization firm, and the University of Houston have formed a startup company around the college’s robotic arm technology, which enables interventions using real-time MRI guidance. GuidaBot is developing a robotic, four-degree-of-freedom manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI, allowing physicians to perform interventions

Hoffmann+Krippner shows how to pick the right potentiometer sensor for your application

Hoffmann+Krippner has posted a new white paper, “How to Choose the Right Potentiometer for Reliable Position Sensing.” It can be downloaded here. Created to help design engineers understand how membrane potentiometer sensors work and how to pick the right type of membrane potentiometer for their project, this new Hoffmann+Krippner white paper covers the various types

U.S. Army Research Office backs NYU engineering team’s investigation of hydrogels that could heal wounds or stick like Spiderman

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office (ARO) recently awarded a New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering researcher a grant to advance protein-engineered, environmentally responsive hydrogels that could replicate biochemical processes currently found only in nature. These protein hydrogels could become fundamental building blocks of important new biomimetic materials. Associate Professor Jin Kim