Hemco touts HEPA-filtered enclosures

Hemco is touting its HEPA-filtered enclosures designed for packaging and handling powders. The enclosures are designed to isolate powder handling, sample weighing, high throughput screening and other lab automated processes. Enclosures typically feature HEPA-filtered exhaust or HEPA-filtered systems to help protect users or products depending on the process it goes through. Hemco enclosures are available

Medtech companies raised more than $738 million in Q2

Venture capital firms invested more than $738 million during the second quarter of 2018, $1 million less than the first quarter of this year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CB Insights. There was a total of 61 deals during Q2, an increase from the 48 that the industry saw during Q1.

8 crowdfunded health devices you need to know

Companies including 3M and Aura Medical are turning to the popular websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo to get their ideas crowdfunded by people who want them to come to life. The idea behind a crowdfunding website is that if you back the project and donate a certain amount of money, you’ll get something in return, oftentimes

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This bioprinter could screen bacterial infections in minutes

Stanford researchers are developing a bioprinter that, when paired with an advanced bacteria scanner, could speed up screening for bacteria infections. The bioprinter consists of acoustic pulses that shoot through blood samples of a patient. The pulses push individual blood droplets onto a piece of paper. Tens of millions are printed on the final print,

Instron to host biomedical open house

Instron announced that it plans to host a biomedical open house event on Sept. 20 at its Norwood, Mass. headquarters. The open house event will showcase the company’s advances in static, dynamic and impact testing for the biomedical field. It will include live demonstrations on how to improve efficiency in the lab, ways to expand

Lubricious silicones for medical device lubrication

Bio-compatible silicone lubricants are used to reduce friction between medical device components and human tissue. Other desirable properties of lubricious silicones for medical devices include oxidative resistance, chemical inertness and hydrophobicity. These silicones are available in a broad portfolio of off-the-shelf products including self-lubricating elastomers as well as dispersions, fluids and greases to accommodate a

Avinger receives FDA clearance for Pantheris altherectomy device

Avinger (Redwood City, Calif.) recently received FDA clearance for its Pantheris image guided altherectomy device that is designed to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD). Pantheris is the first medical device to be cleared for diagnostics and treatment of PAD. The device lets doctors see inside arteries to treat blockages. It features a built-in camera and

This new material could eliminate motors and actuators in robots and medical devices

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have developed a new material that eliminates the need for motors and actuators to be used in robots, medical devices, prosthetic muscles, exoskeletons and more. The new actuating material is made from nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxides and is powered by visible light, electricity and other stimuli. The material actuation is

Band-aid-like patch boosts fluorescence brightness in diagnostic tests

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a high-tech metal nanostructure patch that increases fluorescence intensity by 100 times in medical diagnostic tests. Fluorescence-based biosensing and bioimaging technologies have been used to detect and image different biological species. It is convenient to use, but they have poor sensitivity. For example, the fluorescent signal

Key Surgical acquires Encompas Unlimited

Key Surgical recently announced that it has acquired Encompas Unlimited to expand its endoscopy product offerings. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. This is the second acquisition that Key Surgical has completed after merging with Interlock Medizintechnik last year. Emcompas specializes in manufacturing, assembling and distribution a variety of endoscopy accessories and

Medtech stories we missed this week: July 13, 2018

From Angiodroid receiving CE Mark approval to Masimo launching its vital signs app, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Angiodroid wins CE Mark for Angiopulse IABP Angiodroid announced in a July 11 press releasethat it has received CE Mark approval for its AngioPulse intra-aortic balloon pump

OCTANe wraps up Ophthalmology Technology Summit

OCTANe recently hosted its annual Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS) where hundreds of industry leaders, investors and physicians attended to learn about ophthalmology trends and innovations. The company says that the event say significant growth this year with over 400 attendees at the conference, which is a 35% increase in attendance, year-over-year. oTS is designed to

GW Plastics promotes new leaders to executive team

GW Plastics recently announced that it has appointed three new leaders to its executive team. Cathy Tempesta has been appointed to VP of human resources at GW Plastics. She has been with the company for 15 years as the director of human resources. Tempesta will be responsible for bringing the best practices to GW Plastics’s

Viant expands leadership team with former Medtronic, Integer executives

The newly rebranded Viant is expanding its leadership team after completing the acquisition of Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics. Viant, formerly known as MedPlast, has appointed former Medtronic executive Sean Crowley to chief operating officer. The company has also appointed former Integer executive Declan Smyth to group president of Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics. Crowley has more

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