Macchiarini performed the world’s first transplant of a regenerated trachea in 2008. The patient is still alive today, more than five years later. Green explained that all of the other heart and lung regeneration work at that time was being done on animals. He saw this as a very strong incentive to expand into the regeneration of all types of hollow organs using bioreactive technology.
While Morgan Advanced Materials has been developing feedthroughs since the mid-70s, the big push into ever smaller implantable devices really started to surge in recent years. Along with size reduction, Vaillancourt says that they are also seeing a lot of innovations and need for their products in the neuromodulation space.
One of the things Kutcher has been teaching for years is concussion as a network injury. When we talk of localizing things in the brain one of the first things we do is try to describe whether it is a focal process like a stroke, a multi-focal process like MS, or is it a diffused process; something that affects the neurons or blood vessels in the brain in a very general way.
The Canady Hybrid Plasma™ Scalpel (“CHPS”), the first smart multifunctional hybrid plasma device in the world, can control plasma for surgery; for killing tumors, for killing cancer. Swiftwick is a new take on the prosthetic leg that required developing a whole new technology, from the material in the liner sock to discovering manufacturing machinery adjustments that could produce the end product.
Williams and his team are currently developing structures that are “pre-vascularized” so the blood flows at the lowest vascular level to keep these cells alive. They have developed a way to use the 3D printing to print capillaries, the smallest blood vessels, so they are able to make very viable structures, particularly the ventricular walls of the heart, with the vascular supply built into it.
ConvaTec is a giant in the medical device industry, with hundreds of different products. With over 8,000 employees, 11 manufacturing sites, and business in more than 100 countries, they have annual sales upwards of $100 billion.
Harold Michels, advisor to the president of the Copper Development Association (CDA), discusses his goal to eliminate Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) by replacing much of the hospital, clinical and medical facilities hardware with copper-based alloys.
Imec started out in the semiconductor area and still works with all major players in the electronics field. The health care space is unique because solutions require more than a next best chip design. What imec provides to a medical system and device designer is to use its vast knowledge of things like circuit design, complex integration, and novel types of sensors, in combination with their other specialties such as fluidics and biocompatibility.
Avner Gal, CEO of Integrity Applications, LTD is a man of many talents. He and his company have developed a non-invasive glucose monitor for adult diabetics, but to know the man, you have to go back to the beginning.
Medical devices, implantables in particular, need components that are the best of the best. Companies that are well established in other industries are now adding their expertise to create innovative medical devices.
Argonne National Laboratory is a multilevel facility in Argonne, Ill., where “dream teams” of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia, and government laboratories to address vital national challenges. A portion of this is in medical technology. Dr. Chris J. Benmore, a physicist, is part of the X-Ray Science Division, Advanced Photon Source at Argonne.
Medical design innovations are moving into areas never before attempted. The following are just a few of a vast array of leading-edge technologies that address what the future of medical technology will bring.
Automation and robotics can be tools that greatly help end users such as clinicians, surgeons, and therapists. But on the production side, both technologies also are highly valuable in the manufacture and test of medical devices.