Controllable Functional Implants and Devices

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MedTech Week 2014

MedTech Week 2014 is the fourth of UCL’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) week-long annual events (18th-20th June) aimed at staff and students wanting to know more about the medical technology and biomedical engineering landscape at UCL. It includes the… Read more »

Poka-Yoke-Inspired Medical Device Packaging Can Help Prevent Errors


Medical device packaging designed with poka-yoke principles in mind can improve usability. In today’s crowded consumer products market, product packaging is an important tool that companies use to connect with customers. Besides protecting contents and informing users about a… Read more →


Google embeds camera in smart contact lens

Earlier this year, Wired.co.uk wrote about Google’s invention of a smart contact lens that could monitor blood glucose levels through tear fluid. Now, the tech giant has invented another pair of lenses with an in-built camera.The lenses were developed in… Read more →

Bionic ankle “emulates nature”

These days, Hugh Herr, an assoc. prof. of media arts and sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs.

Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses… Read more →

Silk could soon be used in medical implants instead of metal alloys

The metal alloys currently used to make plates and screws sometimes hinder the healing process, as they can corrode in a patient’s body, are sensitive to heat, and often need to be surgically removed.While clinicians have used silk in bandages… Read more →

A Way to Make Stretchable Medical Electronics Practical


Stretchable electronics have been in development for years. For example, prototype skin patches with coiled wiring and flexible sensors are fast advancing to do things like sense heartbeats, muscle tremors, and other physiological signals (see “Making Stretchable Electronics,” “Electronic… Read more →

MEMS and NEMS Make Headway in MedTech


While the MEMS and medical device worlds have very different engineering and design cultures, micromachining technologies are entering into medical device manufacturers’ calculations. On Thursday, May 8, Chris Folk, principal engineer, device strategy at Thousand Oaks, CA–based Amgen Corp.,… Read more →

The Great Debate 2014: Orthopaedic Surgery: Prof. Justin Cobb

As you may be aware, this year we are joining forces with the 15th EFORT Congress running the 4th – 6th June 2014 at London ExCEL. Embedded within the biggest orthopaedic conference in Europe, we are running two sessions within the main… Read more »

Pioneering implant revives legs of paralysed men

They can’t quite walk. Yet. But four wheelchair-bound men who until recently were completely paralysed below the waist can now move their legs and toes and even lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. Their spinal cords have been… Read more →

St. Jude’s New Upgradeable Protégé Spinal Cord Stimulator Stays Up to Date with New Software Updates

St. Jude Medical received FDA approval for the world’s first upgradeable neurostimulator for chronic pain management. Modern implants are designed to be used for years, while the technology within them, and especially the software that powers them, keeps improving. While… Read more →

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