Medtech stories we missed this week: September 8, 2017

From BrainScope’s pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device to EOS Imaging releasing new surgery planning software, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. BrainScope to develop pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device BrainScope announced in a Sept. 7 press release that it will immediately start creating

Silver and electricity can kill bacteria: Here’s how

Swedish researchers have developed a way to use silver nanoparticles and electrical currents to prevent bacteria from growing on plastic surfaces – helping to prevent hospital infections in the process. Large electric currents and high silver concentrations are known to kill bacteria but pose a risk to humans. Before the Swedish Medical Nanoscience Center at Karolinska

UDI laser marking: Here’s the key to making it durable

Optimized lasers and passivation can make the difference when it comes to creating durable UDI laser markings for medical devices, according to a new long-term case study. Tuttlingen, Germany–based Add’n Solutions, worked with FOBA Laser Marking+Engraving to test the marking processes. The results found that FOBA’s short pulse fiber making lasers worked better when optimized to adapt to

Sterimed acquires stake in ATH Medical

Sterimed announced that it has bought a 70% stake in ATH Medical. Geoffrey Broninx, founder of ATH Medical, will have the remaining 30% stake in the company. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. ATH Medical creates traceability solutions for healthcare centers. It is known for its WhiteReader and Ancitrak products that help

3 healthcare packaging trends you need to know

HealthPack 2017 earlier this year brought together a host of the country’s medical device packaging professionals, including directors and managers, packing engineers and research and development teams. Healthcare packaging is increasingly important in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. Based on multiple panels and presentations, here are three important trends to look out for in

Advanced Sterilization Products receives 510(k) clearance for BI system

Advanced Sterilization Products announced that it has received FDA clearance for its Sterrad Velocity Biological Indicator (BI) system. The system reduces the time it takes to get sterilization results from several hours to only 30 minutes. BIs traditionally help prevent hospital-born infections, which can be costly. “With a significantly shorter wait time, Sterrad Velocity reduces

Key Surgical and Interlock merging to create OR supplies giant

Interlock Medizintechnik and Key Surgical today announced that they are merging to create one of the world’s largest providers of sterile processing and operating room supplies. Strategic investor Water Street Healthcare Partners facilitated the deal between Lensahn, Germany–based Interlock and Eden Prairie, Minn.–based Key Surgical, investing in the newly combined company. The deal follows on Interlock’s

Daylight Medical sells disinfecting portfolio to Diversey Care

Daylight Medical announced that it has sold its UVC disinfection business to Sealed Air’s Diversey Care. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Included in the deal are Daylight Medical’s MoonBeam3 disinfection system, SKY 6Xi and 7Xi devices. The devices are designed to disinfect patient rooms, surfaces, non-critical equipment and devices. By using

Maxon Motor touts sterilizable drive system

Maxon Motor has introduced what it says is the first sterilizable steam sterilizable encoder – the ENX Easy. The ENX Easy is a sterilizable encoder for use with Maxon’s brushless DC motors. Maxon officials say the ENX Easy opens new possibilities in medical technology. The ENX Easy’s compact and robust design is especially ideal for power tools, according to

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

ADM Cleveland: Here are some top medtech manufacturing highlights

Updated March 31, 2017 The inaugural Advanced Design and Manufacturing conference and expo in Cleveland showcased some of the medical device industry’s top design and manufacturing technology over the past week. From manufacturing depression treating machines to dry ice cleaning machines, here are some notable exhibitors from the show. Next >> [Want to stay more on top

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ASP launches sterilization system to help with efficiency and productivity

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) has announced the launch of its new Sterrad 100NX System with ALLClear technology in the U.S. and select customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FDA recently cleared the Sterrad 100NX system to help with efficiency in Central Sterile Services Departments (CSSDs) and to comply with government and facility

Meritech touting hand washing systems at MD&M West

Meritech is exhibiting some of its hand washing systems at MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 7–9 at Booth #2469. Meritech is a manufacturer of the world’s only fully-automated, touch-free hand washing systems and offers products designed for stringent standards and regulations relating to employee hygiene and bioburden control. Meritech has 5 CleanTech hand washing

FDA warns again on Pentax duodenoscopes

The FDA issued a statement today warning that Hoya (TYO:7741) subsidiary Pentax Medical’s ED-3490TK video duodenoscopes have a potential risk associated with the design and manufacturing of the device. Cracks in the adhesive that seals the scope’s distal cap and tip can lead to microbial and fluid ingress, according to information provided to the FDA by Pentax.

Qosina adds new Y connector hemostasis valves

Qosina has announced the addition of four new Y connector hemostasis valves (#80300-#80303) to its product line. Each hemostasis valve is equipped with a rotating male luer lock or male luer slip and a female luer lock sideport. The Y connector gives the valve an ergonomic design for comfortable handling. The housing is made from