Murata to boost MEMS production in Finland

Murata Manufacturing announced it is investing $45 million in the purchase of two factory buildings and the construction of a third to manufacture micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors in Finland. The Kyoto-based company had been leasing the two buildings it purchased and expects to complete the adjacent 172,000-square-foot factory in Vantaa, Finland, by the end

How sensors could help doctors determine effective cancer treatment options

Chemical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a sensor that could help doctors determine what the best cancer treatment option is based on how cells react to different types of chemotherapy drugs. The sensors are designed to detect hydrogen peroxide in human cells, which could help researchers determine new cancer drugs that increase

This tiny sensor could non-invasively monitor brain aneurysm treatment

Researchers have developed a stretchable sensor that can be used with a flow diverter in brain aneurysm treatments to track hemodynamics in blood vessels without diagnostic procedures. A collaborative team of researchers from Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, the University of Pittsburgh and the Korea Institute of Materials Science have developed a sensor

The 10 most innovative medical devices of 2018

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2018 were recently announced for the 12th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The host of the awards, The Galien Foundation, awards the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievements that are designed to improve human condition. Before the candidates can qualify

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Medtech stories we missed this week: July 27, 2018

From the FDA clearing LifeSignal’s wireless ECG to Zavation receiving FDA clearance for its expandable corpectomy cage, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears LifeSignal’s wireless ECG LifeSignals announced in a July 26 press releasethat it has received FDA clearance for its wireless LP1100 Life Signal

This biosensor chip detects genetic mutations with higher sensitivity

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a chip that can detect a genetic mutation and send results wirelessly to a smartphone, computer or other electronic device. The chip detects the genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). The researchers suggest that the chip is at least 1,000 times more

TE Connectivity beats the Street on Q3 results

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) today reported that revenue was up 12% and adjusted earnings per share were up 15% year-over-year during the company’s third quarter — beating analysts’ predictions. TE earned $454 million, or $1.29 per share, off $3.8 billion in sales during the quarter ended June 29, up from $435 million, or $1.22 per

Endomagnetics’ device could help ID cancerous lymph nodes

The FDA has approved Endomagnetics Inc.’s magnetic device system for guiding lymph node biopsies in breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy. The  Sentimag Magnetic Localization System detects magnetic seeds or a magnetic drug to identify the specific lymph nodes to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from the original tumor. A biopsy of

NextFlex awarding $12 million to fund flexible hybrid electronics projects

NextFlex, the San Jose, Calif.–based hybrid electronics manufacturing institute, today announced $12 million in funding for seven projects in areas ranging from healthcare to avionics to infrastructure monitoring. The funding is part of NextFlex’s Project Call 3.0 and includes $7 million in cost-share contributions from participants. The Project Call program overall has awarded more than

Sensirion globally launches CO2 and RH/T sensor module

Sensirion announced that it has launched its CO2 and RH/T sensor module SCD30 globally. The sensor module features the company’s CMOSens Technology for IR detection to sense humidity, temperature and carbon dioxide. The ambient humidity and temperature is output by Sensirion’s algorithm through modeling and compensation of external heat sources. Sensirion also offers a SEK-Environmental

This surgical technique may improve sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Extreme Bionics have developed a neural interface and communication paradigm that sends movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis. Humans are able to naturally sense where their limbs are, how fast they’re moving and the torque, all without looking. Being able to sense

How’d they do that? 7 innovations from medical device contract manufacturers

Charles Darwin wrote, “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Medical device companies get the credit for many innovations, but many need the ingenuity and commitment of contract manufacturers who design and produce the components that make those big splashes possible.

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Plastic sensor monitors neurodegenerative diseases using critical metabolites

University of Cambridge researchers have developed a sensor made out of plastics that can be used to diagnose or monitor a variety of health conditions like surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases. The sensor is low-cost and measure the amount of critical metabolites, like lactate or glucose, that are in sweat, tears, saliva or blood. When

This wireless system powers devices inside the body

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and Brigham and Women’s Hospital scientists have developed a wireless, ingestible system that can power and communicate with devices that are implanted deep within the body. The researchers suggest that the system could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body or treat diseases by stimulating the brain

Data Sciences International launches inhalation exposure system

Data Sciences International, a subsidiary of Harvard Bioscience, recently launched a new inhalation and exposure system called the DSI Buxco Inhalation Exposure System. The new inhalation exposure system is designed for ease-of-use for researchers while also giving them flexibility. It features remote sensors and hardware control system that are linked by a microprocessor-based feedback loop.