Gates Foundation looks to develop simple, single-use injection device for global use

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week announced it is taking requests for proposals to develop a dual-chamber, prefilled, single-dose injection device for use in remote in-home settings by low skilled healthcare workers and through self-administration. The injection device will be used for the administration of the measles-rubella vaccine in house-to-house campaigns, and for […]

How 3D printing is boosting cancer treatment

Radiologists are creating patient-specific, life-sized 3D printed models to show the location of tumors in bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels. The 3D printing method could help doctors plan treatments for different types of cancers and tumors. In the past, 3D printing has been a valuable tool for clinicians to plan surgeries and make implants

8 companies commercializing transcatheter mitral valve replacements

Transcatheter mitral valve replacement is a new frontier in the cardio device field, with big legacy medical device companies including Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic and Abbott spending hundreds of millions of dollars on companies in the space. Much different from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) has been mostly experimental. TMVR is used

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Can Minnesota become a healthcare innovation hub?

Minnesota has the institutions and the talent to transform healthcare in the U.S. The question is whether the money will follow. RxFunction makes wearable devices called “Walkasins” that help people with chronic health conditions prevent falls that can lead to serious injury. It took eight painstaking years, though, before the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based startup secured

Medtech Association to host inaugural MedTechIDEAS Summit

The Medtech Association is hosting its inaugural MedTechIDEAS Summit on May 31 in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. The event will take place at 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Welch Allyn. The MedTechIDEAS Summit is a quarterly conference series that presents a “big idea” in healthcare from an industry thought leaders while delivering

This procedure could alleviate sinus pain and inflammation without surgery

A researcher at The Ohio State University is conducting a clinical trial to test a new, non-invasive approach to sinus procedures that helps alleviate chronic nasal symptoms. Dr. Brad Otto, an ENT-Otolaryngologist at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, is conducting the clinical trial to see how the non-invasive procedure can give surgery-like results.

Why new battery technology will lead to disruptive medtech innovations

What’s the next big disruption in battery technology? Three experts from Integer, a global leader in medical device outsourcing, weigh in. Martin Cholette, Robert Rubino and Chris Williams, Integer What new technologies in medtech are being enabled by advances in battery technology? Chris Williams: One new technology is the leadless cardiac pacing market. Integer has developed

How plant and animal proteins could restore skin tissue and accelerate healing

Harvard University researchers have developed wound dressings that can speed up healing and improve tissue regeneration using a protein commonly found in plants and animals. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have created nanofiber dressings that are made of

This nerve stimulation therapy may improve stroke recovery

Stroke patients may recover their motor skills sooner from vagus nerve stimulation, according to a new clinical trial from The Ohio State University. Stroke rehabilitation specialists at The Ohio State University are conducting a clinical trial that uses vagus nerve stimulation to improve rehab for stroke patients. Patients are implanted with a vagus nerve stimulator

Speakers you need to see at DeviceTalks Minnesota

A Google executive whose own heart problems spurred her to seek medtech innovation, a leader at Abbott who wants to drive healthcare value, the head of an upstart company seeking to transform diabetes care — those are but some of the speakers you will encounter at DeviceTalks Minnesota this June. Read on to find out

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How Bigfoot Biomedical’s CEO wants to boost diabetes management

Jeffrey Brewer faced the biggest challenge of his life when his 7-year-old son Sean received a diabetes diagnosis in 2002: Diabetes became the new focus for Brewer’s energy. In his role as CEO at JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) between 2011 and 2014, Brewer forged financial partnerships with industry to drive the development

This research advance could boost blood vessel growth and improve endurance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think they’ve developed a way to promote new blood vessel growth to reverse age-related endurance loss that comes with blood vessels losing their capacity to deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue. The MIT researchers developed a compound that reactivates longevity-linked proteins also promotes the growth of blood vessels and muscle

The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2018

There’s a complaint sometimes that innovation is too incremental in the medical device industry. But don’t tell that to the people running the 10 companies included in Medical Design & Outsourcing and MassDevice’s list of the hottest medtech startups of 2018. Our editors came up with a list of 20 interesting young companies. We then

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This new PTFE seal could make insulin pumps and other medical devices better

In dynamic applications requiring sealing at low-to-moderate speeds and pressures, design engineers are replacing underperforming elastomeric O-rings with spring-energized PTFE “C-ring” seals. David Wang, Bal Seal Engineering When O-rings and other traditional sealing methods fail, diagnostic and drug-delivery equipment engineers are embracing a new and more cost-effective way to improve the performance of their existing

How video games could take market share from big pharma

Tracy MacNeal, Ximedica At the Biotech Showcase in January, a panel discussed how video games are replacing drug therapies in a variety of diseases. If you haven’t seen the latest technology in this space, companies like Akili are providing drug-alternative therapies to kids with ADHD and Pear Therapeutics’ software is aimed at helping people with addiction. Technologists have reached incredible heights in getting people to