Ultrasound imaging and blood tests could catch liver cancer in early stages

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern have recently discovered that combining ultrasound images with blood tests that test for high alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels can improve detection of early-stage liver cancer by 40%. There are about 42,220 new liver cancer diagnoses and about 30,200 will die from it per year. It affects more men

Epec launches new customer portal version

Epec recently announced that it has released its newest version of its Customer Portal. The company first released the Customer Portal in May 2015. After numerous usability complaints from customers, Epec’s ERP administrator and marketing team performed a design overhaul to make the site more user friendly. The team completely rebuilt the Customer Portal website

17 black innovators who made medtech better

From cardiology to endoscopy to blood transfusion, African Americans have played an important role as innovators in the history of medicine and medtech. To help mark African American History Month, here’s a look at some of their greatest achievements. Here are 17 black innovators who have made discoveries and invented devices to make medtech better.

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Mack Molding expands personnel to meet future needs

Mack Molding has recently added a number of new personnel to help the company mobilize its resources. Several engineers in tooling, manufacturing and quality positions have joined the company, along with customer-focused roles. “Mack is experiencing unprecedented activity and we continue to invest in the equipment, technology and training to ensure we are ready to

Steve Maxson joins Fermatex as VP of marketing and sales

Fermatex Vascular Technologies (formerly Gore-Jersey Shore and Adam Spence Corporation) recently announced that Steve Maxson has joined the company as VP of marketing and sales. “I’m very pleased to have Steve join the Fermatex team at this exciting time of transition and growth. His technical experience and commitment to responsive service will ensure that we remain

Most clinicians will use bedside mobile technology by 2022, study says

A new study from Zebra Technologies reports that nine out of 10 clinicians will use mobile technology at the bedside for acute care within the next four years. The company received feedback from 1,500 nursing managers, IT decision-makers and patients to determine how patient care will transform by 2022. The ability to use mobile devices

Trumpf touts newest laser technology at Photonics West

Trumpf is touting its TruMicro 5370 and TruMicro 7380, Dira 200-5 and a TruLaser Station 5005 with a TruMicro 2030 laser system Photonics West in San Francisco, Calif. at booth #817. The company’s short and ultra-short pulsed TruMicro 5370 and 7380 lasers are designed for micro-processing. They are used in standard processing methods like cutting, drilling,

Mack Molding systematizes ISO 9001 and 13485 revisions

Mack Molding recently announced that is has started the process of systematizing ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 13485:2016 fifth and third revisions for medical devices. The company plans to train internal auditors to help assure that Mack Molding is ready to be certified after audits that are scheduled for July. “When we first implemented ISO 9001

GW Plastics expands in-house tooling capabilities

GW Plastics (Royalton, Vt.) recently announced that it has expanded and upgraded its tooling facility, adding additive manufacturing technology. The company has invested in medical 3D printing technology to help with conformal cooling and improve cycle times up to 30%. “This additive manufacturing technology streamlines tool design, reducing the components needed to build a mold

Raumedic investing in modernizing headquarters

Raumedic (Helmbrechts, Germany) is investing 1 million euros in expanding and modernizing its German headquarters. The company will add a state-of-the-art customer center while improving working conditions for employees. The company is adding a new foyer with additional meeting areas. The older buildings at the Helmbrechts-based headquarters will be the main areas undergoing modernization, which

Report: Medical device recalls down in Q4 of 2017

The medical device industry saw a 9% decline in recalls in the last quarter of 2017, the lowest quarter since the fourth quarter of 2011, according to Stericycle Expert Solutions‘s annual Recall Index. One of the major causes of medical device recalls over the past five years is that technological advances are rushing at such a

Seisa Medical closes $42.5 million recapitalization and acquisition line

Seisa Medical (El Paso, Texas) announced that it has closed a $42.5 million senior secured credit facility with Sagard Credit Partners. Most of the funds from the deal will be used to be fees and expenses from the transaction while administering a dividend to shareholding and completing acquisitions. “We are excited to begin this relationship

MD&M West 2018: Medtech supplier innovations you need to know

Updated Feb. 5 More than 20,000 engineers and executives are expected to gather and network for the annual MD&M West – one of the largest annual medical device manufacturing events. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 6–8, and houses an array of industry suppliers showcasing their latest technologies and manufacturing advancements. Think medical

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Heraeus opens new Costa Rica manufacturing facility

Heraeus Medical Components announced that it has recently opened its new manufacturing facility in Costa Rica where the company is expected to produce more than two million guidewires this year. The new facility, located in Cartago, Costa Rica, was designed to supply local and U.S.-based medical device companies with advanced component and sub-assembly solutions. The

This remote-controlled immunotherapy system targets and kills cancer cells

University of California researchers have developed a remote-controlled therapy system that identifies and kills cancer cells using ultrasound. The ultrasound-based system is able to non-invasively and remotely control the genetic process in immune T cells to identify and kill cancer cells. According to the researchers, the ability to non-invasively and remotely manipulate cells at a