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Has the pandemic changed the way we think about laboratory systems?

Martin Wilkinson, director of product introduction and user adoption, InterSystems, explores how labs can change and utilise data to urgently to improve health delivery systems today and in the future. The nature of laboratory testing is rapidly changing, prompting an urgent rethink of historical models of delivery to improve patient care. The recent, significant increase in testing required to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, continued market consolidation, rapid advances in automation, genomic testing, and the increased use of point-of-care testing (PoCT) has prompted major shifts regarding where, when, and how testing takes place. A joined up and collaborative model of service delivery, focussed on efficiency, will be mandatory for the future of today’s laboratories. Acc...

Foster and Aran Biomedical partnership to market implantable solution

Foster Corporation, a polymer solutions provider for medical device and pharmaceutical applications, has announced a new business relationship with Aran Biomedical. Aran, located in Galway, Ireland, provides biomaterial product solutions for implantable medical devices. Foster will work with Aran to market their ProTEX Med, a long-term implantable polypropylene.   This new partnership is a perfect complement for both companies. Foster will be able to offer its customers ProTEX Med polypropylene to meet long-term, permanent, implantable needs, while Aran will support the product technically and with regulatory backing. Foster currently provides clean room compounding services to companies that require functionality compounded into permanently implantable materi...

Consulting firm highlights ten actions for UKCA mark

Life sciences consulting firm Maetrics has released a concise guide summarising the known requirements so far and priority areas where manufacturers can give their immediate attention.   As the medical device industry gears up to implement a new set of requirements following Brexit, the company has developed a guide, issuing ten tasks to prepare for the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA mark). As manufacturers work hard towards compliance with the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), it is important not to overlook another pending challenge: businesses with products on the UK market will need to comply with the requirements of the UK’s new regulatory regime. The delay of the EU MDR date of implementation to May 2021 means that manufactur...

Medical and mHealth devices must meet fast evolving cybersecurity standards

Marta Dunphy-Moriel, partner, and Alexander Dittel, senior associate in the commercial technology team at Kemp Little LLP, look at how medical device & mhealth products must meet cybersecurity standards. We have seen an exponential growth in a variety of medical devices and mHealth devices over the last 10 years. Many modern devices rely on “hyper-connectivity” to deliver medical services in new ways and to monitor and diagnose patients remotely. However, this comes at the cost of increased cybersecurity risk. A medical device will include any instrument, apparatus, software, material or other article intended for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes for humans which does not predominantly rely on pharmacological, immunological or metabolic processes. mHealth products such as f...

Accelerator opens up applications to medtech firms

BetaDen – Worcestershire’s commercial technology accelerator based at Malvern Hills Science Park – has opened applications for its fourth cohort of businesses, including those from the medtech community. Early-stage and established technology businesses carrying out focussed R&D can apply to  join the nine-month accelerator in March 2021 where they will benefit from a refreshed programme of support worth around £50,000, including 30 hours access to Worcestershire’s 5G test bed and guidance from industry partner Steatite, part of Solid State Plc. Cohort 4 members will also benefit from a £10,000 proof of concept grant, mentoring from BetaDen’s handpicked team of commercial and technology experts and office space in Malvern Hills Science Park site. Linda Smith, founder and CEO...

Funding awarded to make custom-fitted facemarks for NHS

A company working with experts from the University of Birmingham and King’s College London has been awarded funding by Innovate UK to produce custom-fitted, reusable, medical grade facemasks that will fit all people.    MyMaskFit will focus on producing masks at FFP3 standard, which filter 99% of aerosols. The FFP3 standard is recommended in healthcare settings where there is a risk of COVID-19 transmission.  The issue of mask fit is critically important in healthcare settings, where an adequate seal is required between the mask and the face. The wide variations in mask design and the variation in the shape of human faces, mean that this fit can be difficult to achieve, and when healthcare staff find a mask that fits, it may not be available at the next r...

Q&A: Inovytec’s tools for critical care moments

Med-Tech Innovation News spoke to Udi Kantor, CEO and co-founder of Inovytec, about its offerings and the need for better medical tools in critical moments of care. Tell us about Inovytec and how it all started? I co-founded Inovytec in response to the somewhat limited first-line medical equipment that was available during my time as a field officer. It made me wonder how many lives could we save if we had technologically exceptional products that could be easily used by care providers on hand? How could we have a faster and more effective initial treatment than what we currently find acceptable? How could we empower everyone to be a first responder while giving the professionals the enhanced tools that enable them to act quickly and precisely? I worked closely with doctors and paramedics ...

SMEs invited to apply for Greater Manchester innovation accelerator

A new accelerator programme is inviting SMEs to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to support the development of innovative health and care products. The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator is open to companies looking to accelerate commercialisation of their product or service into the health and care system. By leveraging Greater Manchester’s translational research capacity and health science assets, the accelerator aims to support the introduction of new health and care innovations, establish partnerships and support the growth of the region’s life sciences sector.  The project is led by Health Innovation Manchester (HInM), the organisation responsible for accelerating innovation in Greater Manchester’s health and care system...

Webinar to discuss UK’s post-Brexit regulatory environment

Medilink will be hosting a webinar with Mills & Reeve where they will discuss the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill and the UK regulatory environment after Brexit. As the end of the Brexit transition period approaches, the UK government is making plans to move forward as a standalone regulatory system. A central plank of these plans is the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill. This was published in February and is making its way through the Parliamentary process. Although existing EU law will be brought over into the UK system from 1 January 2021, the Bill gives broad powers to the health minister to develop the law to fit UK priorities. Promoting fast-track approval of innovative medicines and technologies and reducing red tape, as well as promoting UK-based industry, will take on grea...

Schoolgirl helps develop vaccine education film

A 16-year-old schoolgirl, in conjunction with healthtech company Cognitant Group, has created an animated video to educate the public about vaccinations. The schoolgirl chose Cognitant for her work experience as she wants to study medicine when she leaves school. With support from Cognitant’s medical writing and clinical advisory team, she wrote, designed and produced the animation as part of this work experience. From essential childhood immunisations like the MMR to the flu vaccination, there are concerns that vaccination uptake will drop in the aftermath of COVID-19, with people being afraid to visit clinics to get routine vaccinations. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisations at Public Health England, has said: “The national immunisation programme remains in place to protect the nati...

Surgical robot first to be used at Manchester Royal

CMR Surgical’s next-generation surgical robotic system, Versius, has become the first ever surgical robot to be used to perform keyhole surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. The robot will initially be used to perform colorectal cancer surgery. Mr Nicholas A. Stylianides, consultant colorectal and general surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said: “The introduction of Versius at Manchester Royal Infirmary is an exciting step forward and one that will help our team continue to deliver world-leading surgical training and care. Today, more than ever, it is vital that we are able to minimise complications from surgery and help patients recover quickly – keeping them well and out of hospital. Using robotic minimal access sur...

University of Nottingham secures £800k funding for smart breathing tube

The University of Nottingham has secured £801,874 in funding from the Medical Research Council to accelerate development of the world’s first optical fibre sensor-equipped endotracheal tube (iTraXS). Endotracheal tubes (ETTs) are placed in the trachea in patients who need artificial breathing support. iTraXS aims to prevent pressure injury to the airway and to assist with monitoring vital signs. Worldwide, approximately 120 million surgical and intensive care patients a year rely on ETTs. The tube has an inflatable, balloon-like, “cuff”, which sits inside the trachea forming a gas-tight seal to prevent leaks of oxygen-rich air and maintain effective ventilation. The seal also protects the lungs from contamination by vomit or blood which can lead to ventilator-associated p...