China Plans Vast Medical Infrastructure in New City of Tongzhou

September 17, 2012 – 11:00 am

Following the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced plans to build a modernised city in the Tongzhou District in the southeast part of the capital. Construction is well underway on what has been called the new magnetic pole of Beijing. The establishment of an international medical centre is a key part of the development.

Plans for the Beijing International Medical Service Area were officially announced in Beijing on 17 September 2012. The project hopes to attract leading global clinical, research and educational institutions and investment agencies dedicated to the development of China’s healthcare industry. Part of the new city of Tongzhou, the centre will encompass a “medical and industrial chain” able to meet the diverse healthcare requirements of the surrounding population and beyond. Read more…

Medtech Week Recap: Inerventions Wins Medtech Investment Day Award

September 17, 2012 – 12:44 am

Inerventions, a company that developed a body suit that can help increase mobility for patients with neurological disorders, won the Medtech Investment Day Award. The Medtech Investment Day Nordic event took place last week in Stockholm. 25 emerging medtech companies competed for the award of SEK 25 000. Read more…

Low-Cost Device Could Bring Affordable Ultrasound to Developing Regions

September 14, 2012 – 4:57 pm

When sonar technology expert Jeff Neasham and his wife expected a child, they realised how privileged they were to have access to ultrasound technology. Over 250,000 women die annually from complications during pregnancy, but 99% of these deaths could be prevented, according to UN statistics. Access to ultrasound is key in reducing these numbers, but in developing countries, the high cost of these scanners (up to £100,000) limit access.

Neasham’s wife suggested that he used his knowledge in sonar research to develop an affordable ultrasound system, according to a Newcastle University press release. Neasham, an engineer at the university, took the advice and together with Research Associate Dave Graham he developed an ultrasound scanner that can be manufactured for only £30-40. This is significantly lower than the current low-cost scanners, which cost about £5,000, according to Newcastle University. Read more…

Brain Cancer Patient Hacks and Publishes His Medical Records in a Quest for a Cure

September 13, 2012 – 4:55 pm

When TED fellow and Italian university professor Salvatore Laconesi learned that he had brain cancer, releasing his medical records online seemed like the natural thing to do. Laconesi, a supporter of open source projects and founder of Art Is Open Source (a network of websites and organisations created to facilitate communication and spreading of knowledge), realised that the online community may have answers that could save his life. The only problem was that the files were difficult to open or distribute. For an engineer like Laconesi, the solution was easy: Laconesi hacked into his medical records to “convert them into open, more easily manageable format.” Read more…

Nephosity: A Case Study in Collaboration

September 13, 2012 – 4:23 pm

Clinical cloud computing firm Nephosity (San Francisco, CA, USA) is an example of a company founded around the partnership between an engineer and clinician—as well as the convergence of different disciplines. “We got started in 2010 when I was working at Dreamworks Animation and was looking to do something that was interesting with the cloud computing technologies that were coming out,” says Michael Pan, founder and CEO of the company. His brother John found out his brother’s interest in using the cloud to generate and deliver images and asked if it was possible to apply the technology to medical images. The two sat down and came up with a set of use cases—user stories of how the product would be used and translate into a product known as MobileCT. The two studied the clinical workflow of radiologists and other physicians working with them and identified pain points to address in their product. “For us to get into those hospitals, we’ve had to learn a lot about how the doctors use existing products, how they want to use a product like ours, and how can we bridge that gap,” Michael says. Read more...

China Accelerates Implementation of e-Health

September 13, 2012 – 8:27 am

“Information technology is an important element in the future development of healthcare reform in China,” said Chen Zhu, Minister of Health, during a speech at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012. “More than 60% of all people living in major cities and rural areas are covered by an e-health documentation system, and even country doctors are using computers in their daily work,” Zhu told attendees at the Summer Davos Forum, as the event is commonly known. It was held in Tianjin from 11 to 13 September. Read more…

Seminar: Grant Funding for Medical Product Development

September 13, 2012 – 6:06 am

TBAT Innovation Ltd will be holding a half day seminar examining the current grant market for developing new technologies and products in conjunction with Life Science Industry Association Medilink East Midlands on 2 October 2012 in Nottingham, UK. The seminar will include an interactive session to identify solutions and strategies to avoid common grant application pitfalls. “This seminar is a must attend for any company that is either considering or that is in the process of developing a new product,” says Matt Symonds, Director, TBAT Innovation. “The seminar will include an overview of the grants that are newly available to the medical device and technology product markets, how to assess whether a grant is suitable for your business needs and our essential tips for formulating a successful application.”

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New IEC 60601-1-11 Standard Addresses Home Healthcare Environment

September 12, 2012 – 10:30 am

IEC 60601-1-11, which became mandatory in the European Union on 1 June 2012, outlines new requirements for the design and verification of a range of home use and point-of-care medical devices, notes SGS Medical Devices Services. The new standard differs from the general IEC 60601-1 in relation to requirements for construction and testing of the device, adds the inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Read more…

European Researchers Develop Pectin-Based Coatings to Improve Biocompatibility of Implants

September 10, 2012 – 1:38 am

Medical devices that come in contact with human tissue must be carefully designed to avoid the rejection of implants, for instance. One way of enhancing biocompatibility is application of specialised coatings. European researchers have been working on developing biologically-based coatings that encourage cell activity and colonisation of implants at the same time to impart medical device surfaces with novel bioactive properties. Supported by EU funding of the ‘Nanobiotechnology for the coating of medical devices’ (Pecticoat) project, scientists focused on pectins, a subclass of polysaccharides. Read more…

Medtech Weep Recap: UK Government Organises Event to Highlight Medical Technology During London 2012 Paralympics

September 10, 2012 – 12:18 am

An business summit last Monday highlighted British medical technology and was organised to draw attention to the industry during the London 2012 Paralympics, which took place last week in London. British companies developed several of the prosthetic devices used during the paralympics. Read more…

MedTech Forum: Avenues of Opportunity in a Changing Medical Technology Landscape

September 8, 2012 – 10:52 am

Value-based innovation and smart regulation as a catalyst for growth are the tent-pole topics at this year’s European MedTech Forum, which returns to Brussels from 10 to 12 October 2012. The conversation will be especially compelling this year, thanks to some serendipitous timing: the European Commission’s proposal for the revision of the medical device directives will be published shortly before the Forum convenes. Read more…

Intertek Introduces Medical Device Polymer Testing Toolbox

September 6, 2012 – 4:09 pm

Testing and certification company Intertek has introduced the Medical Device Polymer Testing Toolbox for clients involved in the processing of raw materials and manufacturing of polymer components for medical devices and associated packaging. The idea behind the service is to clear away the clutter and provide materials scientists with the appropriate tools to achieve the results they need. Read more…

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