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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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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Medtech stories we missed this week: June 15, 2018

From Cytosorbents opening a new U.S. manufacturing facility to DyAnsys received FDA clearance for a wearable to treat opioid withdrawals, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Cytosorbents opens new U.S. manufacturing facility CytoSorbents announced in a June 12 press release that it has opened a new

3M sticks it to non-sticky medical tape

3M has introduced a non-woven, elastic blend tape that may offer medical device wearers some relief from annoying problems, including wearables losing stickiness and skin irritation. The company says the single-coated tape, called 3M 4077, is water resistant, offers improved stretchiness and air penetration, and can be worn for up to 14 days. It combines adhesive with a

RxFunction announces clinical trial for Walkasins wearable sensory prosthetic

RxFunction (Eden Prairie, Minn.) recently announced that it plans to conduct its first long-term clinical trial of its wearable sensory prosthetic Walkasins in the Walk2Wellness study. The Walk2Wellness clinical trial plans to evaluate how well Walkasins work on 100 patients from different locations across the U.S. The patients will all have sensory peripheral neuropathy with gait

Wearable MRI glove gives new perspective to hand anatomy

A glove-shaped MRI component has shown the first clear images of bone, tendons and ligaments moving together, according to a new study from the New York University School of Medicine. The NYU study showcased how a MRI element design that is woven into garment-like detectors can create high-quality images of moving joints. The researchers suggest

Your fitness tracker could help evaluate and treat cancer patients

Wearable fitness trackers like FitBit could be used to evaluate and help treat cancer patients, according to new researcher from the University of Texas Southwestern. UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center conducted study of older cancer patients who were willing to wear physical activity monitors (PAMs) for 10 weeks or more. The researchers gathered data from

Why smaller wearables warrant more powerful microbatteries

Jeffrey Ortega, ZPower Whether they’re detecting a life-threatening change in vitals or helping to manage chronic pain, wearable medical devices have the potential to enhance the quality of life and deliver advanced care to people with health issues ranging from the emergency to the long term. Wireless connectivity and Internet of Things technological advancements are resulting in

Gore and Bonbouton partnered to create sensors for digital health applications

W.L. Gore and Associates announced that it has forged a partnership with digital health startup Bonbouton to create advanced sensor technology to develop better smart fabrics and digital health applications. The agreement will focus on collaborative research in temperature sensing materials to enable future applications of sensor technology and conductive inks in digital health, chronic

RxFunction raises $7.5 million for its wearable sensory prosthesis

Medical wearable startup RxFunction (Eden Prairie, Minn.) announced today that it has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding as it prepares for market launch of its Walkasins wearable sensory prosthesis. The round, which surpassed RxFunction’s initial $5 million funding goal, was led by Edina, Minn.–based Cedar Point Capital, a boutique investment banking firm. The

These sweat patches can tell when you are tired, among other things

A new organization called NextFlex has teamed up with GE Global Research and is looking to scale up hybrid, flexible electronics called sweat patches that measure fatigue in pilots, elite athletes and other potential medical users — all by analyzing their sweat. NextFlex is a young entity and an unusual one. Founded in 2015, the

7 digital health startups you need to watch in 2018

If you want to see where the big money is going in healthcare these days, digital health products are the place to look. Digital health startups raised $11.5 billion in 2017, up 27 percent over 2016, according to the StartUp Health Insights Year End Report. Digital health startups are doing everything from enhancing patient-provider relationships to

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This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

Scapa Healthcare breaks ground on Tennessee medical device manufacturing facility

Scapa Healthcare has started construction for its new built-for-purpose medical device manufacturing facility in Knox County, Tenn. The new facility will be 152,000 sq. ft and will double the company’s footprint in the Knoxville, Tenn. area and will integrate the three existing buildings in Knoxville into a single operations site. Scapa Healthcare says that integrating

9 wearable medtech companies at the Wearable Technology Show

Digital health wearables are increasingly making medtech strides: They can measure heart vitals, temperature and even track when someone falls. The Wearable Technology Show 2018 — March 13–14 in London — is highlighting some of the latest wearable devices in the digital health realm. Showcased technologies include sensors to help orthopedic surgery patients, a watch to

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