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How a finishing manufacturer is helping VentilatorChallengeUK

Finishing equipment manufacturer Guyson International has recently delivered and installed a further precision cleaning machine to Rolls-Royce Filton in Bristol, for the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. This latest Guyson ‘Kerry’ branded Microsolve 250 has three process stages comprising of ultrasonic cleaning, followed by vapour rinsing and freeboard drying, provides precision cleaning of components used in the ventilators and is crucially already cleared by regulators, being used by an existing OEM manufacturer, so can immediately support production now it has been installed. Mark Viner, Guyson’s blast and wash division managing director, said: “It continues to be a really challenging period, but I am very proud of our outstanding workforce our welders, fabricators, fi...

Graphene-based flexible power device for wearable electronics developed

WearGRAPH, a two-year long project part of the EU’s Graphene Flagship initiative, has developed a graphene-based, battery free, wireless and flexible power device for wearable electronics. This design aims to overcome problems associated with more conventional modes of power supply in wearable electronics, including recharging batteries and safety concerns. Led by Graphene Flagship partners Dresden University of Technology and  Interactive Wear in Germany, the project has achieved the objectives set at its launch in 2018 – to use graphene’s high level of connectivity and flexibility in textiles with energy harvesting and energy storage, to produce a self-sufficient wearable device. The properties of graphene have allowed scientists to design a system where solar cells and supercapacit...

Cameras in the service of health

Whether for laboratory analyses, diagnostics or process optimisation: image processing plays an important role in the healthcare sector. IDS is one of the industry leaders and offers a wide variety of practical USB, GigE and 3D cameras. The company shows that machine vision technology is constantly evolving. With artificial intelligence, for example, it is now possible to realise tasks that were previously considered impossible or could only be achieved with great effort. IDS NXT ocean is a complete solution especially for AI-based image processing. Users do not need to be experts in deep learning or image processing to create a neural network. With the help of the IDS NXT lighthouse cloud software, which is part of the all-in-one system IDS NXT ocean, even nonexperts can train an AI class...

2020/05/29 DARPA Selects Teams for Work on Tunable Gamma Ray Inspection Technology

Two California companies were selected for DARPA’s Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program and have begun work to develop a transportable, tunable source of gamma rays for a host of national security, industrial, and medical applications. Lumitron Technologies and RadiaBeam Technologies started work on the GRIT program in April and are exploring novel approaches to achieve high-intensity, tunable, and narrow-bandwidth sources of gamma ray radiation in a compact, transportable form factor. GRIT aims to provide a source of tunable, pure x-rays and gamma rays from tens of keV (kilo-electron volts) up through three MeV (mega-electron volts). Currently, tunable and narrow bandwidth gamma ray sources only exist at highly specialized user facilities best suited for basic research and are n...

NHS workers use ‘XR’ tech for training during COVID-19 pandemic

NHS workers have accessed training through virtual, augmented and mixed reality (XR) technology since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, as the health service moved to rapidly upskill its workforce to treat patients with COVID-19. With access to face-to-face training limited – and the need to equip frontline healthcare workers with COVID-specific skills critical – Bristol-based training company Virti stepped in to deliver remote educational programmes to NHS employees. Following approval by Health Education England, Virti were able to roll out specially designed COVID-19 modules for use on their immersive training platform – accessible to NHS staff via a virtual reality headset, desktop or smart device. Clinicians from up and down the country accessed the trai...

Oncimmune signs deal with Roche to profile autoantibodies during cancer trials

Immunodiagnostics company Oncimmune Holdings has signed a further contract with Roche to profile autoantibodies in patient samples collected during cancer immunotherapy trials. Following on the completion of a successful foothill project with Roche, which was undertaken over the last two months, this new contract provides Oncimmune with the opportunity to further contribute to the understanding of individual patient responses to immunotherapy through immune profiling. The project will explore the baseline and on-treatment autoantibody profiles as biomarkers in patients that received cancer immunotherapy, using Oncimmune’s proprietary SeroTag biomarker discovery platform. This contract will commence immediately, with initial results scheduled to be provided to Roche within three months...

Med-Tech Innovation News – Issue 48 – May-June 2020

You can read the online versions of the articles that feature in Issue 48, here.  Med-Tech Innovation

Scalp cooling innovator signs deal with American Oncology Network

Scalp cooling innovator Dignitana AB, has signed a master contract with American Oncology Network (AON), an alliance of community oncology practices in the United States.  The FDA cleared DigniCap Scalp Cooling System minimises hair loss from chemotherapy in patients with solid tumours. The agreement provides the opportunity for any of the 45 AON locations to easily provide DigniCap Scalp Cooling for their patients. AON is medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of oncology treatment in community-based settings. AON currently serves an expanding network of partner practices across 12 states, providing dedicated end-to-end administrative support, access to an extensive array of centralized ancillary services, and proven practice manag...

Adhesives specialist supports textiles project at Nottingham Trent University

Adhesives specialist Intertronics has supported the Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to develop electronic textiles that add functionality to materials and garments. After Intertronics recommended dispensing Dymax Multi-Cure 9001-E-V3.5 encapsulating resin with the preeflow eco-PEN volumetric pump, and curing with a Dymax BlueWave QX4 UV lamp, the team at NTU were able to develop a microchip-containing pod which measures 1 mm in diameter and is woven or knitted into textiles. Recent advances in semiconductor and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have reduced both their size and cost. The ATRG is incorporating these components into the yarn-making stage to broaden the possibilities for electronic textiles into areas like temperature sensing, m...

FOBA to host webinar on UDI marking and MDR compliance

Laser marking and engraving specialist FOBA will be hosting a webinar on 9th June focussed on UDI marking being compliant for MDR – with the implementation of the regulation delayed until 26 May 2021. The topic in full is UDI and MDR: What do I have to implement by when? How do I organize the implementation according to the regulations? From gap assessment to the current postponement of the MDR transition deadlines.  It will be hosted by Christian Söhner (FOBA Laser) and Michael Galliker (Regulatory Globe) who will discuss: how companies can approach the implementation of the UDI according to the MDR (keyword “gap assessment”) the relevant MDR regulations for direct part marking possible adjustments to the deadlines due to the latest MDR postponement the technical options ...

Neuroscience-led AI leads to launch of universal hearing aid

ChatableApps has launched a universal hearing aid, using neuroscience-led artificial intelligence to empower those suffering from hearing loss to hear one-to-one conversations clearly, using an everyday smartphone and a standard pair of earbuds. ChatableApps’ AI was created by reverse engineering the brain to understand how a healthy brain should work, when listening to speech. The resulting technique is called end-to-end neural speech synthesis and involves the neuroscience-led AI listening to the sound mixture of a conversation, and repeating the voice only element in real-time.  While traditional approaches attempt to label and remove sounds we aren’t interested in, ChatableApp’s proprietary artificial intelligence called VOXimity works differently, identifying the voice we want to...

‘GPS for indoors’ given £50k Innovate UK grant to power health apps and platforms

Navenio, the healthcare scale-up whose location-based technology has been shown to double the throughput of hospital teams, has received around £50,000 from the UK government and Innovate UK.   The Oxford University spin-out provides infrastructure-free indoor location solutions, the equivalent of GPS for use indoors, to power a range of apps and platforms in sectors including healthcare. Hospitals use Navenio’s AI-led ‘Intelligent Workforce Solution’ (IWS) to assign tasks to healthcare teams based on their location. This helps prioritise workload in real-time on the basis of ‘right person, right time, right place,’ with a system that uses smartphones. Out of 8,600 applications, the funding was awarded to Navenio by Innovate UK, as part of a wider £40 million investment in fewer than ...