Diba Industries announces patent for multistage syringe assembly

Diba Industries, a leader in precision fluid handling solutions to global OEM leaders in diagnostics, life sciences and medical devices, announced the issuance of a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for a multistage syringe assembly. The patent for the invention, number 9,579,687, is the 6th patent award for Diba Industries. The multi-stage syringe offers 2

9 diabetes breakthroughs you need to know

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce and respond to insulin. About 29.1 million people have diabetes in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of that number, 8.1 million go undiagnosed. One of the most popular breakthroughs in diabetes research has been the artificial pancreas, which

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Mechanical heart valves are so loud that they cause insomnia

A quarter of patients with mechanical heart valves claim that the valves disturb their sleep, according to a new study. “For some patients, the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations and leads to depression and anxiety,” said Kjersti Oterhals, a

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 26, 2017

From Merck’s new licensing agreement to surgical study data being touted, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Merck inks exclusive licensing agreement for Alzheimer’s antibody Merck announced in a May 25 press release that it has entered an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Teijin Pharma. The

Artificial pancreas: These companies are racing to make one

Medical device companies are close to achieving the holy grail of diabetes treatment: a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device that effectively acts as an “artificial pancreas.” We explain more in our newest Medical Design & Outsourcing video. (And for a deeper dive, check out our recent roundup of companies in the

Deaths prompt Abbott recall of Thoratec HeartMate II controllers

Brad Perriello, Executive Editor Abbott (NYSE:ABT) is recalling nearly 29,000 controllers for the HeartMate II implantable heart pump made by its Thoratec subsidiary after 26 patients died trying to change out the controllers on their own. The March 29 recall of 28,882 controllers for the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device follows 70 reports of

This could be the battery-free solution for pacemakers

A new energy storage system charges itself using ions from inside the human body – providing an exciting alternative to traditional batteries used in pacemakers, according to researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Connecticut. Researchers at the universities developed a bio-friendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor;

ZS introduces new analytics platform for life sciences industry

Global sales and marketing firm ZS has expanded its big data and analytics offerings with the release of an enterprise-grade, end-to-end analytics platform for the life sciences industry. Revo Analytics is an ecosystem of preconfigured business solutions and tools that span the entire analytics spectrum – from data ingestion and management to advanced analytics and

3D printing is stransforming maxillofacial surgeries: Here’s how

Customized, 3D models for pre-surgical preparations are transforming maxillofacial surgical procedures in the U.K. – thanks to Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. is using Stratasys’ Objet Eden350V 3D Printer and has reported having an up to 93% reduction in surgical planning time that comes with standard anatomical models. They have

Invetech announces senior management changes

Invetech – provider of instrument development, custom automation and contract manufacturing – has announced refinements to its senior management structure as it continues to pursue growth in the diagnostics, connected health and cell therapy automation markets. Anthony Annibale has accepted the role of  global VP of sales, diagnostics and healthcare. Annibale is a proven product

Apple Watch detects atrial fibrillation using built-in technology

The Apple Watch can automatically detect atrial fibrillation (AF) using its built-in heart rate sensor and artificial intelligence, according to a new study. The research used a deep neural network that was based on photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors that are frequently found in smart watches. When paired with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm, Apple Watch’s heart rate

NAMSA announces partnership with Naglreiter

Medical research organization NAMSA today announced a partnership with the Naglreiter medical device development organization, which focuses on medical device design, development and manufacturing. For nearly 50 years, NAMSA has focused on offering the most critical services required to accelerate time-to-market and reduce costs for medical device research clients across the world. Consistently recognized as a pioneer in

Resonetics adds applications development lab and nitinol processing to San Diego facility

Resonetics has announced its plans to add a Lightspeed ADLTM application development lab to its manufacturing site in San Diego. The site will offer a variety of micro manufacturing tools to service medical device and diagnostics customers and will feature various laser wavelengths optimized for polymers, glass and metals. In addition, the San Diego facility

TransEnterix CEO: Robotic surgery has a big problem

Todd Pope has been working in the surgical robotics space for over a decade. As the CEO of TransEnterix, which has developed Senhance surgical assistance device, Pope believes the surgical robotics market is about to explode. But before it can take off, Pope noted that players have to address a really big problem with robotic

Stratasys unveils multi-cell additive manufacturing platform

Stratasys has launched its Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator multi-cell additive manufacturing platform for low-volume, continuous production. The Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator is a modular unit that has multiple 3D print cells working together through a central, cloud-based architecture. The platform is designed to create parts in a continuous manner with very little minor operator intervention.