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3D printing firm unveils machine for micro-precision

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), has unveiled the microArch S240, a micro-precision 3D printer designed to meet the needs of short-run industrial production. The microArch S240 is built upon BMF’s patented Projection Micro Stereolithography technology or PµSL, a technique that allows for rapid photopolymerisation of an entire layer of liquid polymer using a flash of UV light at micro-scale resolution. The superior production of intricate, exact, and replicable parts makes PµSL optimal for end-part and prototyping use cases across a wide range of industries, including medical device manufacturing, microfluidics, MEMS, biotech and pharma, electronics, education, and research and development.  To meet the unique requirements of industrial production, the microArch S240 has a larger b...

Paediatric health company submits autism diagnostic to FDA

Paediatric behavioural health company Cognoa, which develops diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for children living with autism and other behavioural health conditions, will be submitting its autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic to the FDA for clearance. Cognoa’s diagnostic was previously granted Breakthrough Device Designation by the FDA in October 2018. Cognoa seeks to introduce a new, efficient, and accurate approach to diagnosing ASD in the primary care setting, using artificial intelligence to provide a new paradigm of care that empowers paediatricians. Currently, paediatricians refer most children with suspected developmental delay to specialists to diagnose and prescribe treatment. This often results in children and families facing an arduous pro...

Anti-bacterial film available for touchscreen medical devices

Display and embedded solutions provider Review Display Systems has announced the availability of a nano-silver anti-bacterial laminate film that can be used to enhance the safety of touchscreen-based healthcare equipment. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the continued use of touchscreen-based display systems into sharp focus during recent months. The cleanliness and hygiene of touch monitors used by the public or located in healthcare facilities has become significantly more important. Interactive touchscreen-based display systems are known hotspots for bacteria and germs. Review Display Systems anti-bacterial technology can help to eliminate 99.9% of microbial bacteria traditionally found on these high-contact touch surfaces. Without the film, bacteria can live on the touchscreen...

Semicondutor player establishes new centre in Dublin

Edwards, a supplier of vacuum and abatement services and solutions to the semiconductor industry, is establishing a new Service Technology Centre (STC) in Blanchardstown, Dublin to support the semiconductor manufacturing industry in Ireland. The new centre and associated field service operations are expected to employ up to 120 people across activities such as technology, engineering and support. The development represents an investment in the region of $7.5 million. Semiconductor manufacturing can support developments in the healthcare sector including in medical devices. Troy Metcalf, president, Edwards Semiconductor Service, said: “This is an exciting development for Edwards and for our customers. Our new Dublin site will become a flagship facility in our global network of STCs, utilisi...

Engineering studio launches AI in Histopathology innovation challenge

Whitespace, the innovation engineering studio, has launched of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Histopathology Tech Innovation Challenge. Whitespace, in partnership with IBM, is seeking a new generation of AI solutions from across EMEA to help Pfizer Healthcare Hub:London address the challenge of bringing histopathology innovations to healthcare services and accelerate digital pathology development.  Currently, much of the analysis and reporting in pathology laboratories is being performed manually. This can be an expensive, labour-intensive and time-consuming process for healthcare organisations. The development of an AI/Machine Learning (ML) Vision solution could be a potential approach in addressing such issues.  Dr Hamish Graham, Pfizer Healthcare Hub:London manager, said:...

A device to detect Barrett’s Oesophagus and prevent oesophageal cancer

Dr. Amitabh Chak, professor of medicine and oncology at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, explains his involvement in the development of a new device to treat Barrett’s Oesophagus and oesophageal cancer. Imagine you are diagnosed with a cancer that is known to be fatal within five years. This is a reality for many — oesophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses in the United States. Its incidence rate has increased four- to six-fold in the past 30 years. As a Gastroenterologist, this is what I am up against each day. Most patients don’t discover their oesophageal cancer until symptoms develop, at which point the cancer is advanced. But what if there was a precursor that was treatable if detected before the cancer formed? There is, it’s a little-known...

QMS software platform launches new tool for closed-loop traceability

Medical device quality management software platform Greenlight Guru, has launched Visualize, which aims to redefine the way medical device manufacturers approach closed-loop traceability. Today, medical device professionals need to rely on tribal knowledge and manual processes across disconnected, silo’d systems to understand the connective-tissue of traceability that holds their quality system together. Over time, as the complexity of the company’s quality system grows, this often leads to enormous personal stress for those managing the system, productivity loss, and can increase the likelihood of regulatory problems and recalls for the company. Greenlight Guru Visualize provides a platform for users to achieve closed-loop traceability through a fully connected quality ecosystem. The mach...

Diagnostics firm awarded ISO certification for quality management system

Diagnostics company, Glyconics has been awarded internationally recognised quality certification for the design and development of its medical device product range. Following a review by BSI Glyconics has been awarded ISO 13485:2016 and EN ISO 13485:2016 certification for its quality management system. The scope of the certification includes the “design and development of medical devices for the diagnosis and monitoring of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the screening of diabetes mellitus.” As part of the certification process, Glyconics participated in an independent audit and was able to demonstrate a robust and consistent quality management system to meet the regulatory requirements of the medical devices industry. The certification paves the way for CE certification i...

Patent granted for tech used in cuff-based blood pressure devices

CardieX Limited has announced that its subsidiary ATCOR was granted a new patent by the European Patent Office (EPO) for the company’s SphygmoCor technology used in cuff-based blood pressure devices.   EPO Patent Number EP2566387 further protects the company’s intellectual property in relation to the measurement of a central blood pressure (BP) waveform with cardiovascular features using a brachial cuff. Patent EP2566387 specifically covers non-invasively estimating the heart’s pressure and pressure waveform related to cardiac function and arterial properties using a conventional BP cuff inflated to low pressure. The patent provides a simple tool to clinically diagnose and estimate the risk of heart disease.  Examining officers from the EPO refe...

From Drive Thru to the OR: Headsets on the front-line

Ian Bolland spoke to Tom Downes, CEO of Quali Digital, about the use of wireless headsets his company manufactures can be used in a clinical setting. Downes began by explaining that the headsets were originally deployed in fast food restaurants. Anyone who had visited one of the many outlets will recognise the devices being used by staff behind the counter. This also managed to find its way into the retail sector before eventually being adopted by health services. Downes explains: “It’s simply to make their operation more efficient, because otherwise people would spend the whole time waiting for something to happen that they could’ve easily resolved immediately if they could have spoken to the right person.” The principle is the same in health as it is in hospitality and retail – though en...

Wales-based firm develops COVID-19 test companion app

A UK medtech firm has developed a companion app for a COVID-19 test that could help governments and health agencies manage and control the Coronavirus pandemic. Wales-based Bond Digital Health is part of a global consortium that is producing a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19. The antigen test, produced by Canadian company Sona Nanotech, uses a nasal swab to provide a result in 15 minutes without the use of either laboratory equipment or a reader system. The test can be used as a tool to rapidly identify patients infected with the virus. It is currently being assessed for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada for emergency use authorisation. Bond developed a complete end-to-end system with a mobile app for test users and a web dashboard providing geo-mapped...

The revolution powering medtech innovation

Innodisk considers what it calls a quiet, medical-grade revolution underway in the healthcare industry. Under the radar and away from buzzwords, new innovative solutions are upgrading medical equipment across the board. Pairing the latest computer hardware with cutting-edge software solutions medtech megatrends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) promise to bring a technological revolution to the medical sector. However, one of the main challenges is that medical equipment manufacturers cannot simply take top-of-the-line consumer-grade computer hardware, put it in a different form factor, combine it with medicine-oriented software, and call it a day. Not only do consumer-grade products not reach the reliability, stability, and longevity required by medical...