3 new wound dressings you should know

Surgical dressings are designed to control post-operation bleeding, absorb exudate, ease pain and provide protection for the wound, according to an article relayed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. If properly taken care of, surgical dressings prevent surgical site infections. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the chances of developing a post-surgical wound infection ranges from

This contact lenses breakthrough could enable glucose monitoring

Biosensing contact lenses may not be able to self-heal like “The Terminator,” but they could measure blood glucose and detect other signs of disease in the future. Oregon State University researchers are set to present a study that suggests transparent biosensors that are embedded into contact lenses could provide insight for doctors and patients without

Aerospace may have something to teach medtech about materials: Here’s how

QuesTek Innovations has used advanced computer modeling to produce innovative materials in the aerospace sector. Now it’s looking to recreate the same magic in the medical device space. Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor Medical device developers typically turn to off-the-shelf materials and then design based on the properties of the materials. But does it have to

Boston Sci giving lift to new erectile dysfunction device

Want to put some lead in your pencil? Try nitinol instead. The wonder metal—a nickel-titanium alloy with heat-activated shape memory—has proved essential for Wisconsin and Illinois researchers building what British tabloids are calling a “bionic penis.” Chuckles aside, the proposed implant has enough potential advantages over existing erectile dysfunction treatment implants that Boston Scientific officials

Tyber launches TyPEEK lateral implant system

Tyber Medical, a privately held company focused on developing innovative medical devices for private label opportunities and advancing the science of bioengineered surfaces, announces the full commercial launch of its lateral access system, 2nd generation lateral PEEK/titanium composite interbody, and lateral plating system. The Tyber Medical lateral access retractor employs a popular 3-blade design for

New blow molding technology gives makers of medical bags and bottles access to economic and performance advantages of TPEs

FGH Systems and Teknor Apex have developed material, equipment, tooling and mold technologies for high-volume extrusion blow molding of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), making possible a more efficient and lower-cost alternative to latex and nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR). Cooperating over a period of years, Teknor Apex and FGH Systems perfected technologies to meet the challenges posed

Using magnetic nanoparticles to detect cancer’s early traces

Nanoscale magnets offer a new way to find faint, early traces of cancer in patients, according to Rice University students working on a method to capitalize on the magnets’ properties. Three Rice computational and applied mathematics students are refining a program to analyze magnetic relaxometry signals from iron-oxide nanoparticles that find and attach themselves to

Covestro launches new materials for medical wearables

Covestro said yesterday it is launching a new line of flexible and rigid materials meant for the growing wearable medical device market. The Anaheim, Calif.-based company said it is offering fixation material comprised of breathable film and adhesive, made with polyurethane raw materials to allow for moisture management and comfort, as well as electronics embedding

A new look at micromolding: Big possibilities in small details

Most medical-device designers are unfamiliar with the fine limits of micromolding. For instance, today’s capability can shape parts with details down to 0.005 in. But even that limit may give way with more recent developments. Lindsay Mann, Director of Marketing, MTD Micro Molding Many design engineers have expressed interesting, but incorrect, assumptions relating to micromolded

Pexco buys Precision Extrusion

Pexco said today that it acquired Precision Extrusion for an undisclosed amount. Glens Falls, N.Y.-based Precision Extrusion makes single lumen, multilumen, and co-extrusion tubing, acetal mandrel solid rods, wire-reinforced products and angiographic and guide catheter solutions, Pexco said. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Pexco is owned by Odyssey Investment Partners. “The acquisition represents yet another step begun in 2012 in

MedTech Chat: Elastic technology for drug delivery

Dr. Zhen Gu and Dr. Yong Zhu from North Carolina State University are both co-senior authors of a research paper describing their recent work. Dr. Gu, Dr. Zhu and other researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a drug delivery technology that consists of an

TerraVerdae achieves commercial pilot-scale production for PHA biomaterials

TerraVerdae BioWorks, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and environmentally sustainable biomaterials, announced that it has successfully achieved key milestones for the economic, commercial production for its line of PHA-based biomaterials. These include 10,000 liter production runs of the firm’s line of biodegradable, natural microspheres for use in personal care and cosmetic products, as

Medical polymers market size worth $17.05 billion by 2020

The global medical polymers market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% from 2014 to 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research. Shifting trends towards substitution of conventional materials by high performance polymers such as polypropylene and PVC in medical devices coupled with growing demand for medical equipments from emerging Asian healthcare

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