Rubbery, implantable fibers used to study the spinal cord

New rubber-like fibers can match the flexibility of the spine as they deliver optical impulses to study spinal cord neurons, thanks to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scientists use implantable fibers to study the brain, giving them the opportunity to stimulate specific parts of the brain to monitor electrical responses. Before the rubber fibers,

Paragon 28 releases aseptically processed allograft solution

Paragon 28 has released its newest allograft solution, the Preserve HammerGraft System, which is its first aseptically processed hammertoe allograft. Paragon 28 specializes in foot and ankle surgery solutions that help benefit surgeons and patients. The HammerGraft System adds to the Preserve line that is processed without gamma radiation and bleaching and has greater structural

Array of implanted electrodes stimulates nerve cells in spinal cord injuries

Researchers from the Oregon State University College of Engineering and the University of Utah demonstrated how patients with spinal cord injuries could regain use of paralyzed limbs using a tiny array of electrodes. The team’s work was published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. When the spinal cord is damaged, it interrupts the flow of electrical signals

Medacta launches new hip implant and celebrates 20,000 GMK Sphere Knee implants

Medacta International, the privately held family-owned global designer of innovative joint replacement and spine surgery products, showcased its new MasterLoc Hip System and GMK Sphere Knee at the 26th American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting, held from November 10 to 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. “Medacta’s commitment to surgical innovation is on display

Spineology completes limited release for Elite Expandable Interbody Fusion System

Spineology is excited to announce the successful completion of the Elite Expandable Interbody Fusion System limited release. The Elite Expanding Interbody Implant is inserted into the disc space in a contracted minimal height to minimize dissection and neural retraction. It is then incrementally expanded to restore the anatomical height of the space in order to

Titan Spine initiates full U.S. launch of new nanoLOCK Surface Technology

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced that it has expanded the distribution of its line of endoskeleton titanium implants featuring the company’s new proprietary nanoLOCK surface technology nationwide. The full U.S. launch follows the successful alpha introduction of the nanoLOCK technology initiated recently in

National Science Foundation funds Nasseo for nanotube technology on PEEK orthopedic devices

Nasseo, a medical technology company dedicated to developing enhanced surface technologies for dental and orthopedic applications, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant funding will further Nasseo’s work improving spinal implants by using a nano-engineered surface coating; Nasseo will conduct feasibility studies with an

Spineology announces unique TLIF insertion options for the posterior midline approach ACT MediaLIF

Spineology, the innovator in anatomy-conserving spine surgery, announced the availability of multiple transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) technologies as part of the Anatomy-Conserving Medial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ACT MediaLIF) platform. These TLIF technologies allow for TLIF placement of interbody devices using a direct posterior or ACT MediaLIF, approach.   The ACT MediaLIF procedure combines Spineology’s

ulrich medical USA announces product line extension, releases uCerv Titanium Cervical Interbody System

ulrich medical USA, a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing musculoskeletal implant technologies in the U.S., announced the U.S. market release of uCerv titanium spinal implants as an adjunct to its current uCerv PEEK OPTIMA Interbody System, which is an existing product used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgical procedures. “Spinal implants

NEO Tech offers microelectronics miniaturization for medical implantable device OEMs

NEO Tech, a provider of manufacturing technology and supply chain solutions for brand name OEMs in the industrial, medical and mil/aero markets, announced that its highly miniaturized electronic manufacturing capabilities were being deployed in advanced implantable devices and electroceuticals for the medical industry. Advanced implantable devices such as neuro stimulation devices, drug pumps, cochlear implants,

Implanted device successfully treats central sleep apnea, study finds

Results from an international, randomized study show that an implanted nerve stimulator significantly improves symptoms in those with central sleep apnea, without causing serious side effects. Dr. William Abraham, co-lead author and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, presented findings from the study at the recent

Deep brain stimulation could help brain trauma patients, but the technology needs a boost

Researchers at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of using deep-brain stimulation (DBS) to improve the quality of life and functioning of people with severe disability from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Ali Rezai, lead author of the study, spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing to discuss the patient

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time, the Berkeley News reports. Because these battery-less sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the

Replicating the connection between muscles and nerves

MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic device that replicates the neuromuscular junction — the vital connection where nerve meets muscle. The device, about the size of a U.S. quarter, contains a single muscle strip and a small set of motor neurons. Researchers can influence and observe the interactions between the two, within a realistic, 3D matrix.

Design innovation: Two critical lists you probably aren’t making

In a recent webcast with Medical Design & Outsourcing, Prabodh Mathur, a twenty-five year medical device development veteran and current chief product development officer at Axonics Modulation Inc., spoke about lean innovation. But during the discussion, Mathur surprised me with a talk about some difficult topics companies face when they are entering into new projects