NextFlex awarding $12 million to fund flexible hybrid electronics projects

NextFlex, the San Jose, Calif.–based hybrid electronics manufacturing institute, today announced $12 million in funding for seven projects in areas ranging from healthcare to avionics to infrastructure monitoring. The funding is part of NextFlex’s Project Call 3.0 and includes $7 million in cost-share contributions from participants. The Project Call program overall has awarded more than

3D color X-rays could help diagnose cancer, heart disease and more

New Zealand scientists performed the first-ever 3D, color X-rays on a human, using technology that could improve medical diagnostics in oncology, cardiology, neurology and orthopedics. Based on traditional black-and-white X-ray technology, the scanner incorporates the Medipix3RX detector chip, a particle-tracking technology developed for the CERN Large Hadron Collider. It was developed by the Medipix3 Collaboration, which

Digital Surgery touts artificial intelligence for the operating room

Officials at Digital Surgery (London) boast that they have successfully demonstrated a real-time, dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed for the operating room. The patented AI platform includes surgical procedure roadmaps that are meant to aid the surgical team in an OR. The goal is to reduce risk and make surgery safer. “This is a huge milestone for

Could this system make more kidneys, livers usable for transplant?

An Italian startup has teamed with critical-care immunotherapy company CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO) on an integrated ex-vivo system to perfuse, cleanse, recondition and preserve harvested kidneys and livers — including those that are usually discarded. Aferetica srl (Mirandola, Italy) designed its PerLife system is to improve organ function and viability while reducing the risk of primary graft failure

This surgical technique may improve sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Extreme Bionics have developed a neural interface and communication paradigm that sends movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis. Humans are able to naturally sense where their limbs are, how fast they’re moving and the torque, all without looking. Being able to sense

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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8 Alzheimer’s disease breakthroughs you need to know

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking and behavior, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the most common form of dementia that gets worse over time. Nearly 6 million Americans presently live with Alzheimer’s — and there’s no cure for it. The disease is caused by protein buildups

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Medtech venture investing trends: Here’s what you need to know

Ask any early-stage medtech or digital health entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you how tough it is. There’s tremendous competition for venture investing, coupled with a pullback by previously traditional investors in this space. Bill Evans While venture investment in medtech and digital health has recovered since the financial crisis of a decade ago — setting

Johnson & Johnson hits the Big Apple with latest JLabs site

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened its latest life science incubator in New York City, the healthcare giant said today. The 30,000-square-foot JLabs @ NYC is a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Innovation, New York State and the New York Genome Center. Sited at the genome center in SoHo, the incubator is home to 26 startups and

This wireless system powers devices inside the body

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and Brigham and Women’s Hospital scientists have developed a wireless, ingestible system that can power and communicate with devices that are implanted deep within the body. The researchers suggest that the system could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body or treat diseases by stimulating the brain

Hey, Google! When will I die?

Google’s AI capabilities can predict with greater accuracy than a hospital’s computers when a critically ill patient will die, according to a new study. Using a patient’s entire chart, Google’s deep learning methods were able to predict, 24 hours after admission, the risk of that patient’s death at 19.9% while the regular hospital’s computers predicted

Industrial exoskeletons arrive, more to come

“Exoskeletons” are those mechanical devices or soft materials worn by patients/operators, whose construction mirrors the structure of operator’s limbs, joints, and muscles, works in tandem with them. Exoskeletons are used as a capabilities amplifier, assistive device, haptic controller, or for rehabilitation. Exoskeletons stand in contrast to non-articulated mechanisms such as braces and slings that do…

MedTech Innovator hosts inaugural MedTech Innovator Showcase at Medical Device Conference

MedTech Innovator is hosting its inaugural MedTech Innovator Showcase at the WSGR Medical Device Conference on June 22 in San Francisco. The event will take place at The Palace Hotel from 9:15 a.m. until 1:10 p.m. The MedTech Innovator Showcase is an that showcases the medtech industry’s top 50 most innovative medical device, digital health

More information out about One Discovery Square near Mayo Clinic

A new website is providing more details — including a new anchor tenant —for One Discovery Square, the roughly 90,000-square-foot biotech research, collaboration and innovation space under construction near Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Slated to open in April 2019, the four-story building is meant to be the first step in the creation of an innovation

Medtech veteran Mir Imran wants to replace injections with the ‘robotic pill’

Companies have tried for decades to deliver protein-based drugs orally. Can Mir Imran and his company’s robotic pill succeed where so many have failed? Mir Imran has been building medical device companies for 40 years. Perhaps known best for his work on the first FDA-approved implantable cardioverter defibrillator, Imran’s model is to identify big, unsolved