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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the medical device developments editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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Liquid flow
24 May, 2019
A number of disposable sensors are now available to monitor fl uid control...
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Many hands make light work 24 May, 2019 The global market for sustainable packaging is rapidly developing. However, medical device companies are still lagging behind their personal-care, food service and shipping...

Chains of command 24 May, 2019 Heavy regulation from design to delivery can make logistics highly challenging. Optimising the shipping process provides time and cost savings, as well as the ability to offer...

Cancer detector 24 May, 2019 Cancer DNA changes in response to its environment, favouring alterations that help it survive long term. These include large and small changes, and the latter can be almost...

Old spark, new ideas 23 May, 2019 Although the use of plasma treatments for medical device coatings has been around for some time, in recent years it is enjoying something of a renaissance. Andrew Tunnicliffe talks...

Glass healing 23 May, 2019 Bouncing, bending and bonding to bone, glass is looking more and more like a miracle material. The liquid-like solid is showing its worth in everything from healing wounds to...

The shape of things to come 22 May, 2019 While the world continues to come to terms with the potential of 3D printing, engineers have been working on introducing a whole new dimension to additive manufacturing processes....

Sweat the small stuff 22 May, 2019 An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has produced a new class of sustainable electronic materials, which may lead to a greener future...

The heart of the problem 21 May, 2019 The vast majority of semiconductors in medical devices are made from silicon, which, though the cheapest material available, is not the most efficient. Now, a team of engineers at...

The power to succeed 21 May, 2019 In vivo networking (IVN) is a novel approach to powering – and communicating with – implanted medical devices. Jim Banks talks to assistant professor Fadel Adib, one of the...

Next evolutionary step 21 May, 2019 Thanks to bioelectronics, devices are starting to replace drugs for a wide range of conditions. Bioelectronic medicine explores how targeted electrical signals can harness the...

Smash the ultrasound barrier 20 May, 2019 Scientists at the University of British Columbia, Canada, have developed a portable ultrasound device that can connect to a smartphone and costs only $100. The new transducer can be...

Connect the bots 17 May, 2019 Collaborative robots, or cobots, are a new class of robots that are bridging the gap between fully manual assemblies and fully automated manufacturing lines. Lightweight, flexible,...

Myopic medicine 17 May, 2019 In order to achieve sustainability in manufacturing operations, it needs to be incorporated in all stages of the supply chain. One key aspect is obtaining sustainable components...

Break the fourth wall 17 May, 2019 Since we entered the fourth age of the industrial revolution, known as industry 4.0, manufacturers have begun to explore a wide range of new technologies. Karen Taylor, director of...

Everything is illuminated 17 May, 2019 Traditional photonic devices have been fabricated from rigid materials on rigid substrates, limiting their applicability in the healthcare sector. Now, researchers at the...

Act together 16 May, 2019 There has been ongoing debate about the relative merits and disadvantages of insourcing versus outsourcing in manufacturing. However, recently, companies have become more interested...

The art of science 16 May, 2019 Developing a metal medical device requires balancing a budget, deadlines, design considerations and more. In light of rapid technological advances, deciding upon the best process...

Change on the horizon 16 May, 2019 With uncertainty around Brexit and what it means for the NHS, along with news about the government’s 10-year plan, it is easy to have missed some important signals that support...

Your own devices 15 May, 2019 The US FDA plans to develop a new regulatory framework for reviewing ‘software as a medical device’ and has also issued guidance regarding the FDA’s regulatory process for digital...


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