Analysis

  • Device Manufacture Gets Up to Speed

    The demand for complex and sophisticated medical devices is escalating. Manufacturers therefore need to find the best way to provide custom-made appliances and rapid tooling can help.

  • Tissue-Engineered Treatment

    The long-term treatment of anal fistulas is often unsuccessful, with patients left suffering from chronic conditions. But a new tissue-engineered product could be the solution to repair and recovery, as...

  • What Size Hole?

    Standards for sterility of medical packaging have lessened the chance of product recalls. However, there is still debate over microbial penetration and the extent of the flaws that allow this....

  • Remote Technology Aids Recovery

    From laptops to heart monitors, wireless technology is an essential healthcare tool. The market for wireless devices looks set to explode, says Frost & Sullivan's Hema Varshika.

  • 12 Steps to Success

    Karen Greene looks at how medical device packaging companies can cut down on their product delivery times. At the same time, they must minimise risks to patient safety and meet...

  • Metal With Memory: the Future of Nitinol

    The use of the flexible metal Nitinol in medical devices has benefited both manufacturers and patients. Scott Russell explores the material's current advantages and future uses.

  • Filters at the Forefront of Infection Control

    Manufacturers are emphasising the effectiveness of air filters in combating contamination and controlling infection. Many hospitals use air filters in some devices, but their full potential is yet to be...

  • Patently Restrictive

    Controversial changes may be on the way for the US patent system. Mark B Leahey, executive director of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, outlines the dangers.

  • A More Inventive Europe?

    Research drives invention, yet the European medical device market seems to have failed to notice this. Maurice Wagner of Eucomed demonstrates why the continent is struggling.

  • Sterile Matters

    The growth of medical device markets has prompted further review of sterilisation standards. Johnson & Johnson's Eamonn Hoxey explains to Nic Paton how they have changed.

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