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11 December 2017
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Crack under pressure – mitigating environmental stress damage
Environmental stress cracking is a huge issue for medical device manufacturers. It can affect any device containing polymers, especially those that will be implanted in the body or need to be heavily disinfected. What are manufacturers doing to mitigate the problem, and what can other industry stakeholders do to help? Abi Millar speaks to Professor James Runt of Pennsylvania State University to find out how this issue can be resolved.

Complete unknown – the potential impact of Brexit
As Article 50 is triggered, Dr Gabriel Adusei discusses the challenges and benefits that the medical device industry in Europe, the US and, of course, the UK will face when Brexit comes to fruition. Will there be less or more regulatory burden on manufacturers, and what are the best ways to approach the forthcoming changes in the ways your company will trade?

Hit the mark – the process of laser marking
What benefits will the spread of laser marking bring to medical device manufacturers? Medical Device Developments looks into how the process can aid the industry in providing better traceability for its products, and the ways in which manufacturers can use the process to ensure safety and security are easily achieved. Andrew Putwain speaks to Professor Peter Ogrodnik from Keele University, who has written about laser marking’s effect on medical devices, how the process works and what manufacturers need to know.

Press ‘print’ – the 3D printing revolution
Additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – is one of those rare technologies that has transformed an entire industry. Using a digital template, the technique makes it possible to create an object of almost any shape by adding successive layers of material. Kim Thomas speaks to Lewis Mullen, manager in advanced technology at Stryker, about how the technology is changing as it becomes mainstream.

Hospital hackers – mitigating hospital cybersecurity risks
Patient safety is only the beginning of the cybersecurity hazards posed by medical internet-of-things devices. Steve Abrahamson, GE Healthcare’s senior director for product cybersecurity, talks to Eleanor Wilson about the risks of legacy products and the need for open collaboration.


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