The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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This surgical glue seals wounds in 60 seconds

A potentially life-saving surgical glue that is highly elastic and adhesive can quickly seal wounds in seconds without the need for common staples or sutures. The surgical glue, called MeTro, is a development from biomedical engineers at the University of Sydney and biomedical engineers from Harvard University. MeTro has a high elasticity that can seal

Why Flex is betting on stretchtronics for medtech

The wearable lab at Flex (formerly Flextronics) reports it’s making strides when it comes to creating devices that are transparent and seamless. “Usually when you think about healthcare, you picture a person in a bed with wires running all around. We think healthcare should be as easy as putting on a T-shirt,” said John Carlson, president

This smart mat can predict the onset of foot ulcers

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology hackathon participant developed a smart mat that helps detect early warning signs of foot ulcers. Jon Bloom, co-founder of startup company Podimetrics, developed a mat that can detect foot ulcers before they happen and reduce the number of amputations occurring. Bloom completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in

How slugs are creating better medical adhesives

Slug mucus is the inspiration behind a new adhesive to close surgical wounds and reduce the use of surgical staples, according to new research out of Harvard. Some of the current adhesives on the market can be toxic and stick together tissues weakly. Some can’t be used in wet environments altogether, which can pose a

Scapa Healthcare receives patent for wound dressings

Scapa Healthcare was recently granted a patent for its hydrogel wound dressings for chest cavities. The patent offers protection in Germany, France and the U.K. Partnered with Prometheus Medical, the patented design was created to help with potentially fatal chest wounds in combat that could have been caused by a bullet, shrapnel or stabbing. It

Vomaris’s technology disrupts biofilm-induced antibiotic resistance

Vomaris Innovations announced that data has shown how exposure to electric fields generated by its Advanced Microcurrent Technology can disrupt biofilm-induced antibiotic resistance. The data was presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society spring conference on April 5-9 in San Diego. Bacteria usually forms biofilms to be able to protect

How the CellMist SkinGun heals: a Q&A with RenovaCare’s CEO

When Thomas Bold joined RenovaCare in 2013, he was already familiar with its potentially groundbreaking technology. Bold had served as StemCell Systems CEO in Berlin for many years. He was involved in the development of the CellMist and SkinGun – the platform technologies for RenovaCare Inc. The technologies represent a shift in thinking about wound care, Bold said. Bold’s goal

3 new wound dressings you should know

Surgical dressings are designed to control post-operation bleeding, absorb exudate, ease pain and provide protection for the wound, according to an article relayed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. If properly taken care of, surgical dressings prevent surgical site infections. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the chances of developing a post-surgical wound infection ranges from

The stem cell ‘skin gun’ that’s aiming to disrupt wound care

RenovaCare’s SkinGun uses a patient’s own stem cells to heal their wounds faster and more efficiently than a traditional skin graft. Pennsylvania state police officer Matthew Uram suffered severe second-degree burns to his face, right arm and leg after a friend’s bonfire got out of control. Uram was facing months of painful skin grafts, the

Disrupting fee-for-service: Acelity aims to prove its value in wound care

Value-based care is disrupting the old fee-for-service models in the U.S. healthcare industry, and medical device makers must adapt or perish. Here’s how wound care company Acelity is responding.  The rise of value-based care in the U.S. is causing a major shift in the medical device industry. Health provider customers want to know how medical

Usnic acid electrospun fibers demonstrate antibacterial properties

Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science in Juazeiro, Brazil have reported on the antibacterial properties of usnic acid, a strong lichen metabolite, encapsulated in electrospun fibers. The team’s work was published in Recent Patents on Nanotechnology. Usnic acid has been used in commercial products, such as creams, toothpastes and sunscreen, due to their antiviral, animicrobial

Acelity introduces ALLODERM SELECT DUO Regenerative Tissue Matrix

Acelity, a global advanced wound care and regenerative medicine company, announced that ALLODERM SELECT DUOTM Regenerative Tissue Matrix is now available in the U.S. ALLODERM Regenerative Tissue Matrix is a biological tissue matrix for soft tissue reinforcement in breast reconstruction procedures, with more than 1.4 million implants to date. The new offering is a matched tissue

Regenerative bandage heals diabetic wounds faster

At some point in their lives, 15% of people with diabetes will develop a painful and hard-to-treat foot ulcer. Twenty-four percent of those  will require a lower-leg amputation. And, in some instances, what seems initially like a harmless sore might even lead to death. A Northwestern University team developed a new treatment for this severe and

BBI to build first digital surveillance system for pressure ulcers

Medical device company Bruin Biometrics (BBI), is linking the SEM Scanner, its wireless point-of-care device for pressure ulcer detection, to a digital registry for pressure ulcers known as “PUNT” (Pressure Ulcer Notification Tool) as it steps up its war on a life-threatening condition that claims as many lives in the U.S. as most cancers. Pressure