3 keys to a higher value launch for IVD

Amanda Brantner, Ximedica Launching a new IVD technology can involve many hurdles and risks, but investment dollars abound for technologies that can demonstrate significant value in the healthcare market. “Investment and fundraising in the healthcare ecosystem saw a banner first half of 2017, driven in part by advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning for

How Magnolia Medical is battling sepsis false-positives for better value

Seattle-based Magnolia Medical Technologies – which says it makes a dramatic improvement to sepsis testing – provides a great example of the new value arguments dominating medtech. Sepsis happens to be a big deal. Hospital patients are often susceptible to sepsis, a bacterial infection that is the fifth leading cause of death. The standard of care

3D printed patch grows blood vessels

A newly developed 3D printed patch helps grow healthy blood vessels, according to a new study from Boston University. Professor Christopher Chen, director of the biological Design Center at Boston University, is in the process of developing 3D printed patches that are infused with cells to grow healthy blood vessels to treat ischemia. Ischemia is

How stem cells are creating kidney filtration on a chip

Harvard researchers have developed a glomerulus membrane to mimic the kidney’s filtration system in vitro by using engineered human stem cells. The glomerulus is a structure that has podocyte cells that tightly wrap around capillaries. The cells and the capillaries are separated by a thin membrane of extracellular matrix and between them, a filtration barrier

Macular degeneration recreated on a chip

Tohoku University researchers say they’ve recreated retinal diseases such as macular degeneration on a chip for disease modeling and drug screening. A research team from the Graduate Schools of Engineering and Medicine at Tohoku University cultured human retinal cells and vascular endothelial cells to replicate the outermost structure of the retina. Retinal cells exposed to

This microhole chip identifies and sorts cancer cells

Fraunhofer researchers have created a microhole chip that can identify and characterize cancer cells within minutes – helping to catch metastasis before it can begin. Traditional fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) gives an estimate of the number of tumor cells in a patient’s bloodstream. If there is a higher concentration of tumor cells, there is a

Gut microbiomes can predict non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

There is a microbe in stool samples that can predict non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. NAFLD occurs when there is a build up extra fat in liver cells that isn’t caused by alcohol, according to the American Liver Foundation. The liver has

Endra Life Sciences IPO to raise $8.4 million

Endra Life Sciences’s IPO offering, which closes tomorrow, is expected to raise $8.4 million as the company seeks to commercialize its Thermo Acoustic Enhanced Ultrasound (TAEUS) in Europe. Endra announced May 9 that the IPO would involve 1.68 million units – each including one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase an additional share of

Failure to thrive: Lessons learned from medtech innovations that missed the mark

Some of the medical device industry’s most heralded disruptors wound up being its biggest failures. Here’s what we can learn from their mistakes. Fink Densford, Associate Editor No one in medtech sets out to fail. No one invests in building a device believing that, despite years of research and development, it won’t make the cut.

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Paper pump powers microfluidic devices for less than a dime

North Carolina researchers have developed a pump that powers microfluidic devices using paper. The inexpensive paper pump – developed by researchers at  North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – uses capillary actions to power portable microfluidic devices, which control fluids of 1 ml or less volume. “One longstanding

New blood-based test could detect all lung cancer types

Exact Sciences and the Mayo Clinic recently collaborated on a blood-based lung cancer test that researchers say has shown high accuracy for detecting all stages of lung cancer. “These results reveal an opportunity to detect lung cancer from a simple blood draw,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, in a news release.

This 3D heart tissue beats—and is made from multiple cardiac cell types

Scientists at Toronto’s York University have created 3D heart tissue that has a synchronized beat. They think the tissue could improve understanding of cardiac health as researchers develop new treatments. Muhammad Yousaf, a York University chemistry professor, and his graduate student team stuck three types of cardiac cells together to get a 3D heart tissue

This 3D bioprinter can make functional human skin

A group of scientists in Spain has created a 3D bioprinter that can 3D print functional human skin, one of the first living human organs created with bioprinting. The bioprinted skin mimics the structure of human skin, according to researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). It has an external layer—the epidermis with

Excelitas Technologies introduces new pulsed xenon light source

Excelitas Technologies, a global customized photonic company, recently introduced the µPAX-2, a 2-watt pulsed Xenon light source that provides microsecond-duration pulses of broadband light with arc stability. The new µPAX-2 combines an innovative lamp design with state-of-the-art circuitry and components into a packaged xenon light source that simplifies integration. The solution contains the flash lamp,

Could lasers someday detect disease?

EMX Advanced Technologies claims progress toward developing a disease-detecting laser. EMX officials say they’ve designed their real-time laser spectroscopy line of quantum cascade laser driven devices to provide early detection of diseases in a non-invasive way. They also see potential uses for the laser related to homeland security and hospital environmental monitoring. Company officials claim their