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

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

MTD Micro Molding expands overmolding capabilities

MTD Micro Molding recently purchased a new vertical injection molding machine to expand its overmolding services. The machine is designed to allow for further customization for higher capacity overmolding. Overmolding is a process that involves two or more materials that are molded together to become on part. Without the use of adhesives, greater part functionality can

GW Plastics merges with NeraTek

GW Plastics announced that it is merging NeraTek Limited into Avenue Mould Solutions, a company GW Plastics recently acquired. NeraTek offers product development, 3D printing, additive manufacturing and prototype design services for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Based in Sligo, Ireland, the merder will help expand GW Plastics’s product development reach into Europe. Founder and

MIM2018 metal injection molding conference registration begins

Registration has begun for the MIM2018: International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides that is set to take place March 5 through March 7 in Irvine, Calif. at the Hotel Irvine. The global conference offers tabletop exhibition that shows the advances of powder injection molding in the industry as well as a

HCA Vendor Services and Nationwide Imaging forge partnership

Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services and Nationwide Imaging Services have forged a partnership to market its imaging equipment with a variety of flexible financial solutions. “We chose Hitachi Capital as our partner because they structure transactions to get the done with the customers’ best interest in mind,” Robert Manetta, CEO of Nationwide Imaging Services, said.

PTI Engineered Plastics named one of Michigan’s top workplaces of 2017

PTI Engineered Plastics (Macomb, Mich.) was named a top workplace in Michigan in 2017 by the Detroit Free Press. The Detroit Free Press creates the top workplaces list using the results from a WorkplaceDynamics employee feedback survey. Different aspects of workplace culture like alignment, execution and connection are measured in the survey. “The Top Workplaces

Qosina adds medical-grade O-rings to stock

Qosina (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) has stocked its bulk, non-sterile O-rings that are used for static sealing applications between two components as a primary seal to prevent leakage. The O-rings are made from medical-grade EPDM and silicone which allows for heat resistance and suitable ozone and aging properties. They come packaged in 100 per bag and are available

EQT acquires Clinical Innovations

EQT Mid Market US fund has acquired a majority stake in the company Clinical Innovations. Financial details of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Clinical Innovations recently expanded its product portfolio to serve the neonatal intensive care unit. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, it develops products like the Kiwi vacuum-assisted delivery system and Koala intrauterine

Appirio launches solutions for Salesforce Lightning Bolt

Wipro company Appirio recently launched new solutions that are built on Salesforce Lightning to deliver personalized and industry-specific services. The solutions that the company is ordering are all Lightning Bolts which are frameworks that allow companies to create functional and customer-facing websites. It is designed to increase collaboration and communication during crucial interaction points while

Chesapeake IRB, Schulman IRB merge to form Advarra

Chesapeake IRB and Schulman IRB have merged to form Advarra, a new provider of IRB, institutional biosafety committee (IBC) and research compliance services. “By coming together as Advarra, we are merging the highest quality review organizations in the industry,” Jeffrey Wendel, president and CEO of Chesapeake IRB said. “Through a customer-centric integration, we will be

9 exhibitors to check out at MD&M Minneapolis

MD&M Minneapolis is an event that brings together more than 5,500 medtech professionals and more than 600 suppliers together at one of the largest medical device industry hubs in the United States. Here are nine exhibitors showcasing some of their latest technologies and services at the show, which takes place Nov. 8–9 at the Minneapolis

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This nerve-blocking treatment could treat asthma and heart failure

Electrical nerve-blocking implants could help treat asthma and heart failure, according to new research from Case Western Reserve University. Niloy Bhadra and Kevin Kilgore, professors of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery respectively, have been working on the nerve-blocking research since 2000. The research blocks unwanted generation of nerve impulses in a variety of clinical applications.

Virtual tubing model analysis can accelerate complex catheter shaft design

Michael Holt, Integer Virtual tubing model analysis optimizes catheter design to help engineers reach final design freeze faster and shorten time to market. As medical procedures become more complex, engineers are challenged to develop smaller, thinner-walled catheters to keep pace with high-performance clinical demands. Conventional catheter prototyping relies on a manual, time-consuming trial-and-error process involving