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

Stericycle reports mixed results for Q1

Medical and hazardous waste disposal and compliance company Stericycle (Nasdaq: SRCL)  this evening reported mixed results for its first quarter ended March 31: Adjusted earnings per share beat the Street, but organic revenue was slightly down. Lake Forest, Ill.–based Stericycle earned $21 million, or 25 cents per share, during the first quarter, down from about

That time Roald Dahl invented a medical device

Roald Dahl is best remembered as an author of children’s books, particularly for works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. His stories have sold more than 250 million copies around the globe. But Dahl was much more than a storyteller: He also helped invent a medical device that has been used on nearly 3,000 children worldwide, according

These 5 surgical startups want to build the OR of the future

As with most medtech advances these days, a running theme among top surgical startups is value. Innovators presented their surgical platform products in various stages of development at this year’s AdvaMed MedTech Conference as part of the Medtech Innovator Program, offering a view of the future of ORs across the world. As mentioned, there are some running

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What is the hardest thing about medtech IoT?

The medtech IoT space is fraught with decisions that can make or break a product launch. There are several points at which developers in the space might want to throw their hands up or put their head under the covers. We asked some device experts to share their toughest lessons from IoT in the medical

Wisconsin biotech industry optimistic about state’s Foxconn win

Wisconsin’s biotech industry sees opportunity in Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn’s decision to spend $10 billion on a 3,000-employee plant in the state’s southeast. That’s because the 8K liquid crystal display (LCD) screens made at the new Foxconn campus could enable new medical solutions for surgical procedures, according to BioForward Wisconsin. “BioForward and Wisconsin’s biohealth community welcomes

How Laird’s thermoelectrics lower costs for medical laser cooling

TEMs and TEAs provide precision cooling and heating in a wide variety of modular platforms to meet application demands… Laird (LRD: London) has designed and manufactured thermoelectric modules (TEMs) and thermoelectric assemblies (TEAs) that keep laser optics stable and at peak operating performance by controlling the operating temperature of the medical laser to within defined

Guided Therapeutics reveals details of $50m LuViva deal in China

Guided Therapeutics (OTC:GTHP) said that it inked an exclusive licensing agreement with Shandong Yaohua Medical Instrument Corp., to manufacture its LuViva advanced cervical scan system and related disposables. The deal also gives SMI exclusive distribution rights in China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. SMI is slated to pay a $1.0 million licensing fee in 5 installments until

Pixium logs German reimbursement win for Iris II ‘bionic eye’

Pixium Vision (EPA:PIX) said today that its Iris II ‘bionic eye’ won NUB 1 reimbursement status from the German Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System. The company’s epi-retinal implant has 150 electrodes and a bio-inspired camera intended for patients who have lost sight due to retinitis pigmentosa. A computer processes images captured by the camera and

New nanosensor can help surgeons spot cancer

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed a threshold nanosensor that can differentiate between cancerous cells and healthy tissue during surgery. The team’s work was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.  “We synthesized an imaging probe that stays dark in normal tissues but switches on like a light bulb when it reaches solid

H&T Presspart and Cohero Health launch first market-ready, fully-connected metered dose inhaler to optimize care of asthma and COPD

H&T Presspart and Cohero Health have launched the first market-ready, intuitive, fully-embedded and connected metered dose inhaler (eMDI) aimed at improving adherence andenabling continually optimized care of patients with asthma and COPD. It is the only eMDI integrated seamlessly with BreatheSmart from Cohero Health, a comprehensive respiratory disease management platform that uniquely enables tracking of

MasterSil 910Med: One part, medical grade silicone system cures rapidly

MasterSil 910Med is a one part silicone for bonding, sealing and coating primarily for medical devices. It passes both USP Class VI testing and ISO cytotoxicity specifications. As an acetoxy type system, it bonds exceptionally well to a wide variety of substrates including metals, composites, ceramics, glass as well as many rubbers and plastics. MasterSil

How do laser-Swiss combo machines work?

Jim Cepican/Marubeni Citizen Cincom  Fiberoptic lasers offer high-precision, high-speed laser cutting. But for products that require multiple processes, significant time and quality challenges can arise. Combining a Swiss-style lathe with a fiberoptic laser delivery system, suppliers can provide the capabilities on a single machine platform to reduce part handling and improve part accuracies. Because this is a

What does the FDA say about validating software?

Kevin Ballard/Director of Software Validation/MasterControl Software validation is required by law for companies that operate under the purview of the FDA and EMA. Companies must validate their systems (such as those for quality management and compliance) to comply with a number of regulations including 21 CFR 11, 21 CFR 210-211, 21 CFR 820, 21 CFR 600, and 21

What guidelines will help select a best medical connector?

Hank Mancini/Marketing Manager/Affinity Medical Technologies, a Molex Company When designing medical devices, engineers face challenging conditions and complex choices not found in many other industries. The devices need to provide durability and reliability in harsh conditions with fluids, sterilization, and physical and electromagnetic interference. High mating cycles also play a role. These medical devices rely heavily on the