How’d they do that? 7 innovations from medical device contract manufacturers

Charles Darwin wrote, “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Medical device companies get the credit for many innovations, but many need the ingenuity and commitment of contract manufacturers who design and produce the components that make those big splashes possible.

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OmniVision touts high definition endoscopic imaging solutions

OmniVision Technologies is touting some of its latest in endoscopic imaging solutions, including a high definition medical image sensor for endoscopic catheters, an image signal processor, a medical CMOS camera platform for disposable in-office endoscopy and a commercial endoscopic surgery tool prototype with an integrated camera. The imaging solutions are on display at this year’s

Sanford Health and Freudenberg Medical partner on infusion systems

Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Freudenberg Medical (Carpinteria, Calif.) announced that they have entered a joint research and development agreement to develop infusion systems to treat blood clots and blockages in blood vessels. A catheter used in the infusion systems was designed by vascular surgeon Dr. Patrick Kelly at Sanford Health Innovations, a part of

Pursuit Vascular wins expanded indication for antimicrobial device

Pursuit Vascular (Maple Grove, Minn.) today announced that it has won FDA clearance for a broader indication of its ClearGuard HD antimicrobial caps. The new indication for the caps — used as an antimicrobial device for catheter-based dialysis patients — includes reduction in the incidence of central-line associated bloodstream infection in hemodialysis patients with central

Brain emergency averted at the push of a button

A Boston neurosurgeon recently avoided doing emergency brain surgery on a young patient just by pressing on a new device. The Alivio ReFlow ventricular system was embedded beneath the scalp of the unidentified hydrocephalus patient. Comprised of a subcutaneous “flusher” component and a ventricular catheter, the device has a “relief membrane” backup feature at the catheter’s

Braid-reinforced catheter shafts: How to ensure X-ray and MRI compatibility

To achieve stiffness in intervascular catheter shafts, manufacturers often turn to stainless or nitinol – but those materials aren’t suited for MRI. Luckily, low-cost fibers offer a viable alternative. William Li and Steve Maxson, Adam Spence Intervascular catheter shafts are designed to be relatively stiff at the proximal end, to facilitate the pushing and torquing

Fermatex returning to familiar Adam Spence name

Fermatex Vascular Technologies (Wall, N.J.) — formerly WL Gore Jersey Shore and most notably Adam Spence — said today that it is rebranding back to the Adam Spence name. The name change will be effective June 4. Company officials said that going back to the Adam Spence name will help the company benefit from Adam Spence’s

Peelable tubing technology could transform miniaturized catheters

Here’s how peelable tubing technology is leading to advances in catheterization. Joe Rowan, Junkosha The future of the medical tubing sector is an interesting one, not least because there are a variety of pressures on organizations within this space to provide cost-effective, highest quality products in shorter timescales. This is mainly driven by the global healthcare

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 11, 2018

From ReShape submitting an approval application to Health Canada to Conavi receiving FDA clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. ReShape submits for Health Canada approval of ReShape balloon ReShape announced in a May 10 press releasethat it has submitted an application to the Medical Devices Bureau of

Biomerics, ATL Tech join up to buy Catheter Research

Biomerics and ATL Technology today announced they launched a joint venture to acquire Catheter Research, including its assets in Indianapolis and Costa Rica. Catheter Research Inc manufactures interventional catheters, tube sets and other assemblies for medical devices, the companies said. The company has specific expertise in tube extrusion, catheter assembly and final FDA product packaging

10 BIOMEDevice Boston exhibitors you need to know

Updated April 20, 2018 BIOMEDevice Boston provides an opportunity for more than 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect and network. The annual event was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, April 18-19. Hundreds of medical device industry suppliers showcased their latest technologies and capabilities.

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Medtech stories we missed this week: April 6, 2018

From CHF Solutions’s distribution deal to Guided Therapeutics’s licensing agreement, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but throught were still worth mentioning. 1. CHF inks Spanish distribution deal CHF Solutions announced in an April 5 press release that it has signed a distribution agreement with Dimedix Surgical. The distribution agreement will allow

This new technique could make TAVR more available

A novel technique could prevent coronary artery obstruction — a rare but often fatal complication related to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to the National Institutes of Health researchers who created it. The researchers at NIH’s National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute are calling the procedure Bioprosthetic Aortic Scallop Intentional Laceration to prevent Iatrogenic Coronary Artery obstruction (BASILICA).

Heraeus opens new Costa Rica manufacturing facility

Heraeus Medical Components announced that it has recently opened its new manufacturing facility in Costa Rica where the company is expected to produce more than two million guidewires this year. The new facility, located in Cartago, Costa Rica, was designed to supply local and U.S.-based medical device companies with advanced component and sub-assembly solutions. The

Medline acquires Centurion Medical Products

Medline recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Centurion Medical Products – boosting offerings around the Medline Erase BSI line access and dressing change bundles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Medline’s Erase BSI is meant to standardize best practices around central lines post-insertion, reducing cases of bloodstream infections. On top of its minor procedure trays, Centurion makes vascular insertion