MAPLE PLAIN, MN—Protolabshasannounced that nūriohas been selected as the latest Cool Idea Award winner for innovation in consumer technology. Nūrio is the world’s smallest wearable consumer EEG device that slips over the ear and provides consumers with the ability to control any IoT-enabled device.
BOSTON—Nearly one in four exports from Massachusetts is a medical device, making the state No. 1 in the nation in share of exports of medical devices as a percentage of total exports, according to a report by the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council.
TORONTO—Assembling a microrobot used to require a pair of needle-nosed tweezers, a microscope, steady hands, and at least eight hours. But, now University of Toronto engineering researchers have developed a method that requires only a 3D printer and 20 minutes.
NORTHBROOK, IL—Last week, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. announced that it now offers open-access online views of its entire library of UL Safety Standards for any interested individual or organization.
BRONX, NY—The Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium has announced it is developing a set of recommended practices and profiles for securing medical systems based on the normative requirements in the widely used ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards for industrial automation and control systems cybersecurity.
MARLBOROUGH, MA—Boston Scientific Corp. has agreed to buy rival BTG Corp. for $4.2 billion to expand its offering of medical devices to treat cancer and other disorders. Boston Scientific makes stents that hold open damaged blood vessels. BTG makes medical technology for physicians, such as cryoablation products to freeze and destroy diseased cells, and radiotherapy that delivers radiation straight to tumors.
CAMILLUS, NY--Sonostics Inc., a Binghamton University spinoff, may bring the manufacturing of its HeartPartner foot-vibrating device from China to Central New York as sales grow over the next 3 years, according to Executive Vice President Kyle Washington. The move would bring up to 135 jobs to the area.
Designing a new medical device is a bit more complicated than designing a toaster or an automotive cooling system. Besides the issues common to any product—feasibility, usability, and design for manufacture and assembly—there are also issues of biocompatibility, sterilization and FDA regulations to deal with.