DiFusion Technologies to use Solvay PEEK in spinal implants

DiFusion Technologies has chosen to use Solvay’s Zeniva ZA-500 polyetheretherketone (PEEK) as the base polymer for its ZFUZE osteoconductive PEEK composite used in spinal implants. PEEK is used as an alternative to titanium in spinal implants because it has a similar structure of bones and it can be easily seen on X-rays because of its

Webinar: “I Had No Idea That Was Possible” And Other Things Engineers Say When They Learn The Truth About Pressure Forming Medical Device Enclosures – December 14

Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST     Pressure forming is often the ideal process for medical device enclosures. Choosing pressure forming for your next medical device enclosure can save significant amounts of money, and improve both the aesthetics and performance of your medical device. We’ll cover everything an engineer needs to

Medtech stories we missed this week: Nov. 17, 2017

From Skyline Medical’s joint venture to Lensar receiving FDA clearance and CE Mark, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Skyline Medical launches JV deal with Helomics Skyline Medical announced in a Nov. 15 press release that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Helomics.

A $10 microchip helps create 3D ultrasound images: Here’s how

Researchers have used the same accelerometer technology that comes in a smartphone to give $50,000 ultrasound machines 3D imaging capabilities using a $10 microchip. A team of doctors and engineers at Duke University and Stanford University have used a fingernail-sized microchip that is mounted on a traditional ultrasound probe to relay 2D images of what

November 2017 issue: Medical Device Handbook 2017 + more

Why the Medical Device Handbook matters Medical device suppliers are way beyond the times when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs. From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through our annual Medical Device Handbook, we seek

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

Better medtech UDI management could be an app away

Boston-based 121nexus said it can solve UDI supply chain master data problems through image recognition technology. Experts say the best apps on the market are “peace of mind” apps. 121nexus aims to deliver that feeling with its scanner. The company launched a free scan app that can verify and “open up” GS1 and unique device

How to collaborate better with a product design firm

There are a number of things that medical device companies can do to ensure that their partnerships result in well-designed devices. Here are a few tips for successfully navigating a partnership with a product design firm. Sonja Takatori, Product Creation Studio So you’ve successfully interviewed, evaluated and selected a design firm to partner with on

Spectrum Plastics announced fundamental business platforms

Spectrum Plastics Group today announced three fundamental medical business platforms as it seeks to better explain the breadth of services the new company can provide the medical device industry. Spectrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) is just six months old – formed from the merger of Pexco and PPC Industries. “From component manufacturing to packaging and finished device assembly,

GE to refocus on healthcare, other select divisions

GE  (NYSE:GE) said this week it aims to narrow its business focus to healthcare, power and aviation, according to a Reuters report. The move comes as part of a maneuver the company hopes will center it behind the businesses with the most growth potential. GE will also focus on sectors where it has innovative technology, appropriate […]

Bigfoot Biomedical CEO hits back against CMS over data-sharing decision

Bigfoot Biomedical CEO Jeffrey Brewer has spoken out about a recent data-sharing decision made by CMS, saying that he plans to lobby Medicare to reverse its latest move. Earlier this year, CMS said it would begin covering the use of particular continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes. But since that decision, the agency has […]

How DarioHealth turned the smartphone into a user-friendly glucose monitor

When DarioHealth (NSDQ:DRIO) CEO Erez Raphael looks at the medical device world, he sees solutions that were designed by healthcare professionals and doctors – and this presents a stark contrast with the consumer device industry, he pointed out. “We have seen there are a lot of cases, most of the cases in the industry, where the […]

Comparing EO and VPA sterilization

As medtech advances, device makers need to consider sterilization methods that won’t compromise electronics, drugs or biologics. Matt Conlon, Revox Sterilization Solutions The medical device industry has undergone an impressive transformation over the last several years, resulting in new and innovative devices and solutions. As companies continue to innovate, they are finding that commonly used sterilization

How to work with a preclinical contract research organization

When outsourcing medical device laboratory testing, knowing what the regulatory and business requirements are up front is critical to the success of your testing program. Amy A. Schade, Felice Randi LaMadeleine and J. Heléne Andersson, Toxikon Requests such as unusual application of technical or regulatory guidelines, shortened timelines, nonstandard study designs and custom reports are

Simplifying product testing and validation with fastener torque auditing

Capturing data during a product’s manufacturing process can help ensure the quality and consistency of that product. Here’s how that process plays out with fastener torque. Thomas Moore, Futek One of the scariest phases of product design is testing & validation. That’s when any unknown flaws or manufacturing defects will see the light of day.