Innovation in endoscopy - technological trends in visualisation
Thanks to new technologies, the world of classic endoscopy is seeing significant changes, opening the doors for related medical-device and system providers to step into the market. Dr Claas Müller reveals the latest technological trends in endoscopy and how related businesses can move into the lucrative market for visualisation.
Paul Jones, from the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratory CDRH, at FDA and David Hoadley, PhD, from The MathWorks, Inc., explore the applicability of model-based design quality metrics to medical device software.
Take your PEEK – the fall-out from the Invibio ruling
Earlier this year, the US Federal Trade Commission agreed to rulings brought in a case that Invibio had monopolised sales of high-performance polymer PEEK to the world’s largest medical-device makers. The settlement raised eyebrows and had manufacturers of PEEK rubbing their hands in glee as the market was thrown wide open. Medical Device Developments speaks to business development manager Kenneth Ross of Evonik about what this means for companies and how they can deliver a better product to manufacturers and their users.
How do you like them grapples? – advances in robotic grippers
A soft robotic gripper invented at the École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, is gentle enough to pick up an egg or a single piece of paper, yet strong enough to carry 80 times its own weight. It demonstrates a promising new approach to robotic manipulation that could help machines take on more dexterous tasks, not least in the device production line. Sarah Williams speaks to EPFL’s Jun Shintake and Herbert Shea about the mechanics of the technology and what it could mean for the medical industry, from efficiencies in automated manufacture to advances in prostheses.
Digital watch - micro and nanotechnology innovation
Digitalisation is changing how medical devices are developed and manufactured. Fresh business models are required, and new relationships between suppliers and customers must be established; how can micro and nanotechnology innovators best take advantage of a rapidly evolving market?