Spectrum Plastics Group acquires soon-to-be Adam Spence

Spectrum Plastics Group said today that it has completed its acquisition of Fermatex Vascular Technologies, which is going back to its old Adam Spence name. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The soon-to-be Adam Spence Vascular Technologies has roughly 100 people working out of two adjoining manufacturing facilities encompassing 54,000 square feet in Wall, N.J.

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

OmniGuide Surgical launches CO2 laser system

OmniGuide (Cambridge, Mass.) recently commercially launched its C-LAS Line of Sight CO2 Laser System. The system is the latest addition to the company’s laser portfolio that offers CO2 tissue sparing properties. C-LAS allows for clinicians to deliver CO2 energy in a controlled, reproducible method when paired with other OmniGuide laser accessories. The delivery is packaged in

How ingestible bacteria-on-a-chip could diagnose gastrointestinal diseases

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an ingestible sensor that has engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach and has the potential to diagnose other gastrointestinal problems. The system, being called bacteria-on-a-chip, uses sensors with living cells and ultra-low power electronics that can convert a bacterial response into wireless signals that can

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 25, 2018

From Mauna Kea receiving FDA clearance to Medacta getting clearance for its pedicle screw placement guide, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Mauna Kea wins FDA nod for neurosurgery indication Mauna Kea announced in a May 24 press releasethat it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for

3 ways to streamline global medical device registrations

Global medical device registrations can be time-consuming and costly for organizations. Here are some ways to make the process better. Alex Butler, MasterControl Obtaining clearance or approval for a medical device in the U.S. is cause for celebration. Obtaining clearance or approval for a medical device in multiple foreign countries is cause for jubilation. On

May 2018 issue: DeviceTalks Minnesota Show preview, the hottest medtech startups of 2018 and more

Can Minnesota become a healthcare innovation hub? The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2018 7 ways you can doom your medical device startup Speakers you need to see at DeviceTalks Minnesota Medical device product development: Here are the basics Minnesota continues to attract medtech innovators California, especially Silicon Valley, may have a reputation as an

Nortech Systems expands China manufacturing facility

Nortech Systems recently announced that it is expanding its Suzhou, China manufacturing space. The new manufacturing space will be 15,000 sq. ft bigger than it currently is and will still offer Nortech Systems’s full-service electrical manufacturing services. This expansion comes after the Maple Grove, Minn.-based company expanded its Mexico operations in February by building a new

Schurter touts metal line illuminated switches with universal switching power supply

Schurter (Lucerne, Switzerland) is touting its metal line switches that are accessorized with PSUP 24 VDC universal switching power supply. The Class II power supply is able to be used in the company’s full range of point and ring illuminated metal line switches that are rated for 24 VDC supply voltage. The PSUP is ideal for

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 […]

These building blocks are making plug-and-play diagnostic devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a set of modular blocks that can be connected in different configurations to create diagnostic devices. The devices are considered plug-and-play and can test blood glucose levels, detect viral infection and other diseases. “Our long-term motivation is to enable small, low-resources laboratories to generate their own libraries of

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

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

This tattoo-like sensor measures blood glucose levels non-invasively

Diabetes tracking can be a scary and tedious task, but University of California at San Diego researchers have developed a needless glucose monitor tattoo sensor that measures insulin levels through sweat on the skin. There are approximately 30.3 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. Monitoring blood sugar

6 reasons you shouldn’t bet on blockchain disrupting healthcare

Blockchain is the big buzzword these days, bruited as a disruptive force for industries covering the spectrum. But there seems to be little understanding of what exactly “blockchain” means, let alone how it could affect so many different markets so profoundly. Simply put, a blockchain is a decentralized database with tight rules about how data […]