Hemco touts HEPA-filtered enclosures

Hemco is touting its HEPA-filtered enclosures designed for packaging and handling powders. The enclosures are designed to isolate powder handling, sample weighing, high throughput screening and other lab automated processes. Enclosures typically feature HEPA-filtered exhaust or HEPA-filtered systems to help protect users or products depending on the process it goes through. Hemco enclosures are available

Medtech companies raised more than $738 million in Q2

Venture capital firms invested more than $738 million during the second quarter of 2018, $1 million less than the first quarter of this year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CB Insights. There was a total of 61 deals during Q2, an increase from the 48 that the industry saw during Q1.

8 crowdfunded health devices you need to know

Companies including 3M and Aura Medical are turning to the popular websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo to get their ideas crowdfunded by people who want them to come to life. The idea behind a crowdfunding website is that if you back the project and donate a certain amount of money, you’ll get something in return, oftentimes

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China FDA accepting MDCO certificates from Hong Kong-based medical device registration applicants

By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has begun recognizing certain certifications issued by the Hong Kong Medical Device Control Office (MDCO) for country-of-origin requirements. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post are the author’s only and do not necessarily

This bioprinter could screen bacterial infections in minutes

Stanford researchers are developing a bioprinter that, when paired with an advanced bacteria scanner, could speed up screening for bacteria infections. The bioprinter consists of acoustic pulses that shoot through blood samples of a patient. The pulses push individual blood droplets onto a piece of paper. Tens of millions are printed on the final print,

Cadence expands electromechanical grinding tech at R.I. facility

Cadence (Staunton, Va.) has expanded its electrochemical grinding technology at its Cranston, R.I. facility, the company said today. The new equipment uses high -precision, burr-free grinding with CNC control, enabling robust processing of harder materials such as spring-tempered steel and heat treated stainless steel for profile grinding- shavers and related products.  “This latest technology allows us to

Instron to host biomedical open house

Instron announced that it plans to host a biomedical open house event on Sept. 20 at its Norwood, Mass. headquarters. The open house event will showcase the company’s advances in static, dynamic and impact testing for the biomedical field. It will include live demonstrations on how to improve efficiency in the lab, ways to expand

Medtronic warns on connectivity issue with Guardian Connect app

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) this month issued a letter to physicians warning them of a potential connectivity issue with the Guardian Connect mobile app. The medtech giant warned that people using the Guardian Connect system to keep track of their blood sugar levels should update to the latest version of the mobile app as soon as possible. Get

Swiss regulators to overhaul export certification system

By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group Swissmedic, Switzerland’s medical device market regulator, will replace its current processes for issuing export certificates as well as manufacturing certificates with an online system in order to prevent delays and free up resources. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post

Sterigenics expands in the U.K.

Sterigenics today announced plans to build a new facility in the Chesterfield/Derbyshire, U.K.’s Markham Vale North area as the company looks to expand its footprint in Europe. The 60,000 square-foot facility is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2018, with plans to install a Nordion JS10000 gamma irradiator with a research loop,

National Guideline Clearinghouse to live on despite feds bowing out

The nonprofit that has run the recently shuttered National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) for 20 years plans to replace the website and run it privately. Funding to support the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) clinical practice guideline website ended on July 16. ECRI Institute, which developed and maintained NGC since its inception in

Lubricious silicones for medical device lubrication

Bio-compatible silicone lubricants are used to reduce friction between medical device components and human tissue. Other desirable properties of lubricious silicones for medical devices include oxidative resistance, chemical inertness and hydrophobicity. These silicones are available in a broad portfolio of off-the-shelf products including self-lubricating elastomers as well as dispersions, fluids and greases to accommodate a

Avantor rebrands logo and visual identity

Avantor announced that it is rebranding its logo and visual identity. The new brand identity comes after the company’s acquisition of VWR in 2017. “This marks an exciting milestone for Avantor as our integration with VWR continues,” Michael Stubblefield, CEO of Avantor, said. “We’re transforming our global visual presence to give a fresh, distinctive expression

Proposed medical device regulatory changes to Order No. 650 in China

By Teemo Chang and Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group The Chinese government has issued draft changes to the country’s medical device regulatory framework that would allow easier market access for foreign manufacturers. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post are the author’s only and do not

Avinger receives FDA clearance for Pantheris altherectomy device

Avinger (Redwood City, Calif.) recently received FDA clearance for its Pantheris image guided altherectomy device that is designed to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD). Pantheris is the first medical device to be cleared for diagnostics and treatment of PAD. The device lets doctors see inside arteries to treat blockages. It features a built-in camera and