Solar powered skin could make prosthetics better: Here’s how

University of Glasgow engineers are using the sun to power artificial skin and return a sense of touch in amputees with prosthetics. The engineers previously developed an electronic skin made of graphene that covered prosthetic hands. They’re now using the unique properties of graphene to power new artificial skin. Graphene is a single-atom thick material

Here’s how you heat up cold hearts—for transplantation

A University of Minnesota–led research team has successfully warmed large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels that were previously preserved at low temperatures. The discovery of this rewarming process is pivotal for organs and tissues that are left in storage for transplantation for extended periods. “This is the first time that anyone has been able

9 cardiology breakthroughs you need to know

Cardiology breakthroughs couldn’t come soon enough because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 610,000 Americans die of heart disease per year, and an additional 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. The statistics terrify. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are some of the top

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3D protein structure algorithm could transform drug therapy development

A group of University of Toronto researchers has developed a machine learning algorithm that creates 3D structures of protein molecules that may help transform drug therapy developments. Knowing the 3D shape of the protein is important for trying to understand how they work and respond to drug therapies. “Designing successful drugs is like solving a

7 disruptive innovations from medical device suppliers

Medical device innovation doesn’t just come from small, single-product startups – contract manufacturers are increasingly a part of developing truly disruptive medtech.  Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor People sometimes make the mistake of viewing innovation as the product of a few geniuses and mavericks. But in fact, it is often the result of teamwork, as the writer

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Philips has a value argument for new image guided therapy platform

Royal Philips has announced the launch of its next generation image-guided therapy platform, deemed Azurion. Philips designed the platform to allow clinicians to easily perform a variety of routine and complex procedures. Meant for use in interventional labs, Azurion is but another example of medical device products with a strong value-based sales pitch around controlling costs

Here’s how exosuits affect your joints

People who wear soft exosuits use 23% less energy when walking while also reducing stress on their ankle joints, according to a recently published study out of Harvard. The researchers previously showed that a soft robotic exosuit could lower energy expenditures in healthy people who need to carry things on their backs, but the new research shows

Phonak releases new rechargeable and titanium hearing aids

Six months after the release of its rechargeable Audéo B-R, Phonak is extending its hearing aids platform to include the lithium-ion rechargeable Bolero B-PR and Virto B-Titanium. The Bolero B-PR delivers 24 hours of hearing with only one charge, while the Virto B-Titanium is the smallest custom instrument produced by Phonak. The titanium shell of

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

Genetically engineered T-cells treat leukemia in babies

Researchers in London have successfully treated leukemia in two babies, in what they are touting as the world’s first treatment of cancer using genetically engineered immune cells from donors. Doctors treated two British infants, 11 and 16 months old, using Cellectis’s CAR T-cell product, UCART19, which is an allogeneic CAR T-cell product candidate for the

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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Scientists can read minds to communicate with paralyzed patients

An international research team has developed a way to read brain chemistry to enable communication in patients who are paralyzed and unable to talk. The brain-computer interface (BCI) reads the blood oxygen levels in the brain and deciphers the thoughts of the paralyzed patient. The system was tested with four patients with complete locked-in syndrome

New imaging agent detects metastatic prostate cancer cells

The first-in-human application of an imaging agent has helped identify early and advanced stages of prostate cancer. The new agent, a PET radiotracer, has also shown to be safe and effective, according to the researchers who developed it. The agent, gallium-68 (Ga-68), targets gastrin-releasing peptide receptors and integrin αvβ3. When both receptor types are expressed,

This C-section scalpel is designed to increase safety for fetuses

Ecomed Solutions announced the release of its SureGlide Cesarean scalpel at the 37th annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine this week. The scalpel is meant to prevent fetuses from getting cut during C-sections. Ecomed had engineers and OB-GYNs design the scalpel so that it eliminate fetuses getting cut during C-sections, according to the Mundelein, Illinois–based company. The

Augmented reality will change the way you view surgery

Royal Philips, a leader in integrated image-guided therapy solutions, recently developed an augmented reality approach to spinal surgery, helping surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive surgery. When placing pedicle screws, the augmented reality (AR) technology had an overall accuracy of 85%, compared to the 64% accuracy of non-AR assisted surgical navigation. Ronald Tabaksblat, senior vice president and