Researchers at the University of Bordeaux in France have engineered human tissue to be woven into blood vessels and treat diseased or damaged blood vessels. Synthetic blood vessel grafts are typically made of woven synthetic polymer yarn and used to replace diseased arteries. However, the body's immune system sometimes recognizes the material as … [Read more...] about How to weave human tissue into new blood vessels
Amid the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and healthcare facilities are reporting shortages of vital equipment that not only keeps the patients safe, but the staffers, too. One important device for which demand has ramped up is ventilators for patients who need assistance with their breathing due to the respiratory … [Read more...] about Could these DIY ventilators stop coronavirus from killing people?
Digital manufacturer Protolabs (NYSE:PRLB) announced today that MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.) and Cleveland Clinic Innovations are joint winners of the company’s Cool Idea Award: Healthcare Grant. These grants provide in-kind manufacturing services to the support development of medical products to spur innovation in the field. MedStar Health’s … [Read more...] about Protolabs’ healthcare grant spurs 2 feeding tube inventions
Developing innovative catheters and minimally invasive surgical devices is hard. These strategies spur inventive solutions and unlock the path to success. Don Baumgarten, Product Creation Studio Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) offers compelling benefits compared to traditional open surgery, such as faster patient recovery, reduced risk of … [Read more...] about How to develop catheters and minimally invasive surgical devices
Freudenberg Medical said today it has added medical balloon development and balloon rapid-prototyping services to its product development center in Minnetonka, Minn. By establishing a "Balloon Development Center of Excellence," Freudenberg has centralized its balloon development activities to further decrease turnaround times for prototypes … [Read more...] about Freudenberg expands medical balloon development in Minnesota
The Weinheim, Germany–based Freudenberg Group has honored its Freudenberg Medical business as an internal innovation award finalist for its Composer catheter handle platform. Company officials have touted the Composer platform as a way to take the handle out of the equation for catheter system creators. It includes finished steerable catheters … [Read more...] about Freudenberg Medical’s catheter handle platform is a big deal for its parent company
Medical device contract manufacturer Micro said it has expanded to a third building in Somerset, N.J. The new facility is located between the company's existing properties. The company said it will use 35,000 of the building's 50,000 square feet of space for offices, freeing up more space for manufacturing in the other two buildings. Staff began … [Read more...] about Micro adds a building to expand manufacturing space
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office (ARO) recently awarded a New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering researcher a grant to advance protein-engineered, environmentally responsive hydrogels that could replicate biochemical processes currently found only in nature. These protein hydrogels could become fundamental … [Read more...] about U.S. Army Research Office backs NYU engineering team’s investigation of hydrogels that could heal wounds or stick like Spiderman