The Medical Industry Briefin

The latest news, approvals and clinical trials you need to know about this month

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The number of novel medical devices approved by the US FDA in 2018


The number of prescriptions Dubai’s 'Smart Pharmacy' robot can prepare per minute


The predicted value the global precision medicine market will reach by 2028


The amount of funding Medisieve received from Innovate UK to develop sepsis treatment


The amount of capital behind Ekso Bionics’ exoskeleton products joint venture in China

 Top Stories 

 Wearables could help diagnose disorders in children earlier

A group of researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Vermont are pioneering a new method in diagnosing children earlier, using wearables. 

Source: Wired

 Heart’s kinetic energy could power implantable medical devices

In a study funded by the US National Institutes of Health, engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, have developed a dime-sized device that combines thin-film energy conversion materials with a minimally-invasive mechanical design to enable self-charging batteries.

Source: The Engineer

 NASA awards copper 3D grant for 3D printing antibacterial medical devices in space

Copper 3D, a US-based Chilean 3D printing materials company, has received another grant from NASA. The money has been awarded to test the properties of antibacterial 3D printing materials for medical devices on the International Space Station.

Source: 3D Printing Industry

 NHS Highland launches VR headsets to help patients prep for MRI scans

NHS Highland has launched a new project that uses virtual reality (VR) to help patients prepare for upcoming MRI scans in Scotland.

Source: Digital Health

Embracing Emerging Technologies 


Spray-on polyurethane foam offers a quick, one-step method to stabilise an injury. The polyurethane foam is sprayed directly onto the skin – no uncomfortable or unsanitary cotton wrapping needed. Therapeutic agents such as antibiotics, analgesics, or clotting compounds can be added to the foam.

The fracture can be immobilised without being manipulated thereby decreasing the potential for secondary tissue injuries, bleeding, and infection. Also unique to this novel process: wounded areas can be left exposed through masking before the foam is applied.

Tech Link Center


Genomtec ID is a diagnostic device based on the amplification and detection of specific DNA and RNA fragments. Diagnoses using Genomtec ID can be performed both in humans and animals, and can be used by hospitals, doctors, laboratories, as well as in the agriculture and food industries, and for environmental contamination control.


Munich-based medtech start-up Mecuris is providing orthopedic technicians with an easy-to-use online platform for customisable and 3D-printed orthotics and prosthetics, which the start-up is able to deliver within days.

 Atlantic Therapeutics 

Galway-based medtech company Atlantic Therapeutics has developed a new solution for incontinence, INNOVO – a garment-based pelvic floor muscle strengthening and nerve stimulation device to treat bladder leaks. The company has just closed a €28m Series B funding round, which will help it to further its international expansion.

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