Webinar: The top medtech stories of 2017 – Jan. 30

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:00pm ET / 11:00 PT     The medtech industry saw its transformation accelerate in 2017: Whether it’s the roster of largest companies, business models or the regulatory environment, times are a-changing. Competition is also heating up in areas including diabetes care and robotic surgery. MDO’s managing editor Chris Newmarker will

7 top stories that mattered for medtech in 2017

The medtech industry saw its transformation accelerate in 2017: Whether it’s the roster of largest companies, business models or the regulatory environment, times are a-changing. Competition is also heating up in areas including diabetes care and robotic surgery. Here are seven stories that mattered for the medical device industry this year. Next>>

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InstruSafe and Senhance Surgical Robotic System partner to launch instrument trays

Summit Medical’s InstruSafe and TransEnterix’s Senhance Surgical Robotic System  have forged a partnership to launch two new surgical instrument trays for use with the robotic platform. The two new trays will include an instrument tray an an endoscopic adapter tray, both of which have been validated for the Senhance instrumentation. “We are excited to expand our product offering

Researchers create ultrasound-sensor powered prosthetic hand with individual digit control

Researchers are one step closer to creating a prosthetic hand that allows users to have full control over each finger, according to a new report from Georgia Tech. Researchers at the university say they have created an ultrasonic sensor which allows amputees to control individual fingers on a prosthetic hand, with enough sensitivity to play

How Igus bearings helped create an exoskeleton to support surgeons

Igus bearings are helping to take the load off of surgeons by way of Airframe exoskeletons from Levitate Technologies. Airframe exoskeletons are designed to support the arms of those who encounter repetitive motions or stationary arm elevation for an extended period of time. The exoskeletons help transfer the weight of the arms from the shoulders,

This artificial muscle can expand 15 times larger than natural muscles

Columbia University researchers have developed a 3D printed soft artificial muscle that can stretch 15 times larger than natural muscles, creating a breakthrough for soft robotics in a healthcare setting. Researchers at Columbia Engineering in the Creative Machines lab developed the one-of-a-kind artificial active tissue that has intrinsic expansion that does not need external compressors

Intuitive Surgical opens Korean innovation, training center

Robotic surgical giant Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) opened the doors this week on a new $8.9 million surgical innovation training center on South Korea, according to a Korea Herald report. The new 39,008-square-foot center is located inside the Sangam DMC High-Tech Industry Center in Seoul and features five training stations with a total of seven da Vinci systems, […]

These speedy BD robot arms store and retrieve medications in seconds

It’s not difficult to see hospitals and pharmacies challenged by dispensing thousands of drugs with speed and accuracy. As the number of drugs rises, so do security issues. To address both, the Rowa Division of BD in Germany has introduced two machines. The Rowa Vmax provides for the automatic storage and retrieval of boxed pharmaceuticals

Titan Medical adds Columbia University Med Center to Sport feasibility trials

Titan Medical (TSX:TMD) said today it inked a deal to add Columbia University Medical Center to the feasibility and validation studies of its robotic Sport surgical system. The Toronto-based company said it expects the study to commence at Columbia by the 4th quarter of 2017 and into 2018. “Single port robotic surgery has tremendous potential to be […]

MIT robot adapts by putting on new exoskeletons

A new robot from MIT can adapt its capabilities with a simple outfit change. The tiny robot called Primer, developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, puts on different exoskeletons allowing it to roll, float, drive and even glide. Primer starts as a cube, but uses heat to put on the new exoskeleton,…

New synthetic muscle step forward for soft robotics

A research team from Columbia Engineering’s Creative Machines lab developed a synthetic soft muscle that has a strain density 15 times larger than natural muscle and can lift 1,000 times its own weight that could propel soft robotics creation forward. According to the study “Soft Material for Soft Actuators” published in Nature Communications, the material…

Titan Medical installs first SPORT Surgical System in feasibility, validation studies

Titan Medical announced the installation of its SPORT Surgical System, a single-port robotic surgical system, at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center training facility. It’s the first installation for the company’s pre-clinical feasibility and validation studies on the device. “We are thrilled to announce the first of three installations planned in U.S. and European Centers of…

Medtronic, Mazor Robotics close $40 million round

Mazor Robotics (NSDQ:MZOR) said today that closed the third, $40 million tranche of a deal with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), which is due to take on exclusive global distribution rights for the Mazor X robot-assisted surgery device. It’s the third investment in the Israeli surgical robotics concern for Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic, taking its total investment to $72 million, 10.6% stake in…

Johns Hopkins researchers set medical drone delivery record

With a 3-hour, 161-mile flight across the Arizona desert, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine completed a record-distance medical drone delivery. During the flight, the drone’s payload system maintained the temperature of the human blood samples stored in a temperature-controlled chamber onboard, keeping them viable for lab analysis, according to the findings…

Study: artificial ‘skin’ could improve robot sensing

Researchers have found a material that can mimic human skin and improve robots’ sensing capabilities. Usually rigid semiconductor materials that create robots’ circuits limit the machines’ movement or sensing, either because they are not flexible or don’t permit electrons to flow efficiently. But the rubber electronics and sensors tested by a University of Houston team…