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Engineering firm reduces lead time for COVID-19 testing equipment

Precision engineering firm JJ Churchill reduced the traditional response time by two thirds for parts required by Surface Technology International (STI) for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing equipment. A prototype to the production process, in the large volumes required, would normally take in excess of 16 weeks. JJ Churchill deployed its prototyping capabilities with the availability of a first development part within hours of receiving the drawings from STI, a specialist contract electronics manufacturer. This enabled STI to draw on its own response times to put these testing machines into the hands of medics around the country as quickly as possible. The machined components are an integral part of the operation of the testing units. By enhancing the UK’s rapid test capability, both JJ Churc...

Polymer and coatings firm formulates new adhesives designed for sensitive skin

Toyochem, the polymers and coatings arm of the Tokyo-based Toyo Ink Group, has released a new line of “Soft Skin” polyurethane-based pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) designed to meet the growing demand for safe, low-trauma medical devices formulated for sensitive skin individuals.  Suitable applications include surgical tapes and dressing films customised for the medical and healthcare fields. The new adhesive system offers high moisture permeability and low skin exfoliation for a pain-free removal or repositioning of the adhesive material. In addition, the new compositions do not contain silicones or other substances that may contaminate coatings lines or processing environments. Drawing on its expertise in urethane chemistry in the development of protective films for the electron...

Manufacturer receives additional patents for mimicking bone technology

German legal manufacturer, R&D and material science company, stimOS has received a notice of allowance from the German Patent and Trademark office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt) for additional patents and intellectual property protection of its patented Mimicking Bone Technology (MBT).  MBT is a surface functionalisation technology: stimOS GmbH developed a covalently bonded 3D continuous biomimetic surface layer, specifically designed for inert implant materials. Dr. Dietmar Schaffarczyk, said: “These additional patents and such awards help to further strengthen the innovation and game-changing technoloqy that signifies our Mimicking Bone Technology (MBT). With these additional patent approvals, stimOS will begin adding the MBT-technology onto a variety of spine interbody ...

Digital healthcare start-ups building solutions for aging adults to watch for 2021

: CEO Eliav Shaked shows the RetiSpec technology to an older adult. By Margaret DeRosia In Fall 2020, the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) launched a Call for Innovations for its Mentorship, Capital and Continuation (MC2) program.  MC2 Market Readiness sought early-stage companies creating solutions for aging adults in the healthtech space. The program addresses critical innovation gaps, not only by providing early-stage companies with direct access to two leading global accelerators, CABHI and Berkeley SkyDeck, but also by helping companies unlock funding to achieve their specific business milestones. More than 50 companies applied, which indicates a thriving Ontario healthtech sector invested in building solutions for aging adults. Given that the pandemic has had a...

Government and healthtech bodies back campaign to showcase UK digital health

Leading UK digital health innovators could get a global boost with a new campaign that showcases their talents to healthcare systems across the world.  Major healthtech bodies have come together to support ‘The First 100’ , which aims to provides a well-researched credible list for international healthcare organisations and governments to call upon to get support for their needs.  Each of the 100 companies has a proven track record of benefiting the lives of healthcare professionals and patients in the NHS and private health sector. They include innovators who have underpinned the country’s response to COVID- 19, and others whose technology can address the issues facing healthcare systems across the globe.  Organisations listed include Foundry4, the compa...

Perkin Elmer launches COVID-19 test that provides results in 15 minutes

PerkinElmer has launched its COVID-19 Antigen Test for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein antigen in nasal (NS) or nasopharyngeal (NP) swab specimens.  The lateral flow immunoassay test can be used to screen or to aid in diagnoses of COVID-19 in asymptomatic or symptomatic individuals. A positive or negative result can be obtained in 15 minutes to facilitate immediate isolation or treatment decisions. This latest addition to the company’s portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 testing solutions is available in more than 30 countries that accept the CE mark. The in vitro diagnostic device is suited for professional use point-of-care (POC) clinical and non-clinical settings. Clinical studies in symptomatic and asymptomatic populations, including individuals wit...

ICENI Centre adopt Inovus Medical surgical training systems

The ICENI Centre, famous for surgical training, research and development, has adopted Inovus Medical’s LapAR and bozzini training systems.  The ICENI Centre’s facilities provide training to some of the UK’s aspiring NHS employees of the future, today’s undergraduates and clinicians on a career pathway from FY1 through to senior consultants. With the introduction of the very latest in high fidelity laparoscopic and hysteroscopy simulators manufactured and designed by Inovus the centre will now offer trainees the very latest in, hands on, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic training.  The LapAR system will allow trainees to benefit from AR technology, which will immerse them into real to life simulations and allow them to practise full surgical procedures all while being track...

Titanium and 3D Printing: the future of medical implants?

Harald Kissel, R&D manager at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, shares insight into how titanium powder and AM are revolutionising medical implant production. In 1891, Professor Themistocles Glück performed the first hip replacement using a ball and socket made from ivory. Medical implant technology has since progressed, and recent developments in additive manufacturing (AM) and materials technology have even made bespoke 3D printed implants possible.  The adult human body has 206 bones, which all have an important function of providing structural support and protecting our vital organs. Because of the important jobs bones are tasked with, a damaged bone can have severe consequences to a patient’s health and quality of life.  Limited treatments If a bone has been severely ...

X-ray medtech player aims to improve reflection tube flexibility

X-RAY WorX is aiming to improve the flexibility of its microfocus reflection tubes to support increasing requirements for fast computed tomography in several industries.  With an optimised target design and the internal cooling, the new product line CT Plus allows continuous scanning at voltages up to 300 kV.  The new open microfocus tubes cover a range of operational setting. The achievable focal spot sizes between 10 and 450 microns are automatically adjusted based on the emission power of up to 500 W and voltage up to 300 kV. Detailed information about focal spot sizes depending on voltage and target power can be found in the new technical datasheet.  The CT Plus tubes are designed for continuous operation without scheduled cooling periods. The new des...

How to manage the impact of COVID-19 on IVDR timelines

Angela Brown, global head and senior director, regulatory affairs and Nicole A. Cowan, director, project management, IVD operations & strategy, examine how IVD manufacturers can meet 2022 deadlines despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic created an evolving regulatory landscape with protocols and guidelines changing to keep pace with the virus and its impact on the healthcare system. Further, this pandemic affected the medical device industry regarding device design timelines, manufacturing capabilities and distribution logistics.  Particularly, the in vitro diagnostic (IVD) market had to shift quickly with SARS-CoV-2 tests requiring rapid development, leaving global supply shortages and labs struggling to meet demands. Amid these disruptions, IVD devel...

Virtual pavilion to showcase UK life sciences launched

A virtual platform – ‘UK Healthcare Pavilion’ – that showcases UK healthcare and life sciences, has been launched. The site provides news, insights, and interviews from a variety of key opinion leaders and policy makers, offering their views on topical subjects in the sector and showcasing the strengths the UK has to offer.   The platform will support UK companies to increase export opportunities, as alongside this is a searchable directory of UK companies providing overseas buyers with a simple and intuitive way to identify and engage with UK industry and healthcare organisations. Also listed are the UK’s most prestigious private healthcare providers. Key government and healthcare stakeholders are supporting the platform which will also aim to attract inwar...

Teleradiology and medical imaging players announce joint venture

Medica Group, a teleradiology services provider in the UK and Ireland, and Integral Diagnostics, a provider of medical imaging services across Australia and New Zealand, have announced an equal joint venture (JV) partnership, MedX, to provide teleradiology reporting services and increased reporting capacity in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. The primary short-term focus will be for MedX to provide access to a pool of dual-qualified radiologists who are able to operate in both markets and will support both companies’ acute, out-of-hours reporting services. The two partners will also collaborate in areas of mutual interest, including deployment of augmented intelligence (AI) solutions. In future, there will be potential to expand the scope of the JV, including combining Integral ...