Spectrum Plastics Group acquires soon-to-be Adam Spence

Spectrum Plastics Group said today that it has completed its acquisition of Fermatex Vascular Technologies, which is going back to its old Adam Spence name. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The soon-to-be Adam Spence Vascular Technologies has roughly 100 people working out of two adjoining manufacturing facilities encompassing 54,000 square feet in Wall, N.J.

Braid-reinforced catheter shafts: How to ensure X-ray and MRI compatibility

To achieve stiffness in intervascular catheter shafts, manufacturers often turn to stainless or nitinol – but those materials aren’t suited for MRI. Luckily, low-cost fibers offer a viable alternative. William Li and Steve Maxson, Adam Spence Intervascular catheter shafts are designed to be relatively stiff at the proximal end, to facilitate the pushing and torquing

How ingestible bacteria-on-a-chip could diagnose gastrointestinal diseases

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an ingestible sensor that has engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach and has the potential to diagnose other gastrointestinal problems. The system, being called bacteria-on-a-chip, uses sensors with living cells and ultra-low power electronics that can convert a bacterial response into wireless signals that can

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 25, 2018

From Mauna Kea receiving FDA clearance to Medacta getting clearance for its pedicle screw placement guide, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Mauna Kea wins FDA nod for neurosurgery indication Mauna Kea announced in a May 24 press releasethat it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for

May 2018 issue: DeviceTalks Minnesota Show preview, the hottest medtech startups of 2018 and more

Can Minnesota become a healthcare innovation hub? The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2018 7 ways you can doom your medical device startup Speakers you need to see at DeviceTalks Minnesota Medical device product development: Here are the basics Minnesota continues to attract medtech innovators California, especially Silicon Valley, may have a reputation as an

These building blocks are making plug-and-play diagnostic devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a set of modular blocks that can be connected in different configurations to create diagnostic devices. The devices are considered plug-and-play and can test blood glucose levels, detect viral infection and other diseases. “Our long-term motivation is to enable small, low-resources laboratories to generate their own libraries of

How 3D printing is boosting cancer treatment

Radiologists are creating patient-specific, life-sized 3D printed models to show the location of tumors in bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels. The 3D printing method could help doctors plan treatments for different types of cancers and tumors. In the past, 3D printing has been a valuable tool for clinicians to plan surgeries and make implants

This tattoo-like sensor measures blood glucose levels non-invasively

Diabetes tracking can be a scary and tedious task, but University of California at San Diego researchers have developed a needless glucose monitor tattoo sensor that measures insulin levels through sweat on the skin. There are approximately 30.3 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. Monitoring blood sugar

6 reasons you shouldn’t bet on blockchain disrupting healthcare

Blockchain is the big buzzword these days, bruited as a disruptive force for industries covering the spectrum. But there seems to be little understanding of what exactly “blockchain” means, let alone how it could affect so many different markets so profoundly. Simply put, a blockchain is a decentralized database with tight rules about how data […]

How SABIC helped develop a non-drug migraine treatment

SABIC recently helped eNeura develop a clinically proven, non-drug option for preventing and treating migraine headaches. The sTMS mini from eNeura is a portable delivery system for single-pulse, transcranial magnetic stimulation. It’s prescribed by a physician. FDA cleared the sTMS mini for migraine prevention in 2017. SABIC’s polycarbonate copolymer Lexan was chosen as the housing of

8 companies commercializing transcatheter mitral valve replacements

Transcatheter mitral valve replacement is a new frontier in the cardio device field, with big legacy medical device companies including Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic and Abbott spending hundreds of millions of dollars on companies in the space. Much different from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) has been mostly experimental. TMVR is used

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4 ways medtech contractors are evolving (and why)

The present and near future for medtech contractors will rely on specific strategies such as tiered partnerships and consolidation, an emphasis on speed, and owning therapeutic and technology spaces.  Andrew Potter, Bonifacio Consulting Services, and Christopher Delporte In the first article in this series, we examined some of the important trends during the last 10–15 years

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Will FDA turn to neuroscience-based human factors research?

There is a new wind blowing in medical technology — one that many believe is overdue: an overhaul of human factors. At the recent Patient Safety Initiative, Charles Murphy, Chief Patient Safety Officer at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, called out human factors as one of the key factors he believed needed to be

Can Minnesota become a healthcare innovation hub?

Minnesota has the institutions and the talent to transform healthcare in the U.S. The question is whether the money will follow. RxFunction makes wearable devices called “Walkasins” that help people with chronic health conditions prevent falls that can lead to serious injury. It took eight painstaking years, though, before the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based startup secured

Medtech Association to host inaugural MedTechIDEAS Summit

The Medtech Association is hosting its inaugural MedTechIDEAS Summit on May 31 in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. The event will take place at 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Welch Allyn. The MedTechIDEAS Summit is a quarterly conference series that presents a “big idea” in healthcare from an industry thought leaders while delivering