How a versatile epoxy is enabling brain stimulation

In but another example of how useful and critical epoxies can be, researchers in Israel used a two-part epoxy to construct a magnetic coil to stimulate animal brain neurons via a magnetic field. Rohit Ramnath, Master Bond Designers of medical electronics assemblies have many options to choose from when selecting one or more compounds for

Scapa Healthcare introducing new ultra-flexible silicone gel adhesive

Scapa Healthcare – maker of skin-friendly adhesives – will introduce its new ultra-flexible Scapa Soft-Pro Silicone Gel 6058 at the 2017 Medica Trade Fair, Nov. 13–16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Silicone Gel 6058 is the most flexible silicone in Scapa’s product portfolio, according to the Windsor, Conn.–based company. It is conformable and contours to challenging anatomical

United Soft Plastics signs distribution deal with Foster Corp.

Foster Corp. has been appointed the North American distributor of United Soft Plastics’ Ubisoft styrenic block copolymers, effective as of Nov. 1. Under the deal, Foster Corp. will give sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers out of their Nevada and Connecticut facilities. Styrenic block copolymers are thermoplastic elastomers designed for healthcare markets. They

Enabling micro-sensors for next-gen interactive implants

CerMet – an advanced ceramic and metal technology system – creates the potential for implantable devices with thousands of electrical channels. Think new options for treating blindness and neurological conditions. Only a few years old, Heraeus’ CerMet is upping the game when it comes to sophisticated implantable electronic devices. “Medical implants manufactured using the Heraeus CerMet

Tekni-Plex to tout films and closures at InnoPack

Tekni-Plex will be touting its latest films and closure liners for medical devices at CPHI InnoPack. The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 24–26 in Frankfurt, Germany. The company plans to showcase its Flexapharm ultra high-barrier PVDC SBC coating that offers multiple barrier features for pharmaceuticals at booth 42H70. Tekni-Plex also plans to feature its

How Integer is creating cutting-edge disposable ortho surgical tools

With health providers increasingly demanding single-use devices, Integer successfully created disposable bone-cutting tools for its orthopedic device customers. Gary Victor, Integer Within healthcare today, there is a heightened focus on “value” – on the episode of care and the need to deliver improved patient care outcomes and lower overall costs. A related trend in the

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics touting elastomers at MD&M Minneapolis

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics announced that it will be showcasing its Quniton materials and Qmonix elastomer at MD&M Minneapolis on Nov. 8–9. The Quniton materials are designed for medical developers who need high-performance lubricious materials with permanent, low coefficient of friction surface properties. It minimizes friction, wear and abrasion in medical valves, plungers, caps and

Victrex announces new CEO

Victrex announced that it has appointed Jakob Sigurdsson as CEO-designate; he will gain the full title of CEO on Oct. 1. He is preceded by Dave Hummel who is retiring after 24 years as CEO. Victrex makes high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) as well as selected parts for gears and dental discs. It hopes to execute growth

This artificial heart is made from silicone

Researchers have developed an artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, according to new research from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH). The ETH researchers set out to develop a heart that looks like the real time and functions like one too. It was designed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in

Thomas & Betts says its cable ties resist microbes: Here’s how

Thomas & Betts (T&B) is touting its new Ty-Fast Ag+ bacteria-resistant cable ties, which it claims are the first that are able to inhibit the spread of bacteria. T&B (Memphis, Tenn.) – a member of the ABB Group – molded the cable ties from an FDA-compliant nylon resin blended with an EPA-registered antimicrobial silver ion

Lamborghini is helping to create better prosthetics

Automobili Lamborghini is collaborating with Houston Methodist Research Institute to bring its carbon fiber composite material expertise to prosthetic implants. The research that Lamborghini will be joining is a biocompatibility study of the composite materials that are used in prosthetic implants and subcutaneous devices. The goal of the study is to be able to determine

New biocompatible adhesive glues together soft tissues

Okayama University researchers say they’ve discovered a new type of biocompatible adhesive material made of hydroxyapatite that can glue together synthetic hydrogels and soft tissues. Adhesive organic materials instead of sutures join soft tissues. The method has been around for several decades, but it often has limited biocompatibility and sub-optimal adhesive strength. The researchers at

What startups need to succeed when selecting medical device materials

Whether a startup targets an emerging category such as wearables or a more mature device market, a well-planned approach to medical device materials selection can make a significant difference in the product launch cycle, economic model and other variables. Deepak Prakash, Vancive Medical Technologies Materials selection can be a make-or-break issue for medical device startups. Even

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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Hydrogel tech boosts success of transplanted insulin-producing cells

A hydrogel material embedded with a protein to improve blood vessel growth may boost the success rate of transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into patients with Type I diabetes, according to a preclinical study published in the journal Science Advances.  In the newly-published work, supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,