News in Numbers


The global market for smart medical devices is projected to reach a revised size of $30.7bn by 2027, according to a report from Research and Markets.


The approximate number of patients that Medtronic claims have received the company’s now discontinued Heartwear Ventricular Assist Device.

61 million 

The medical records of NHS England’s 61 million users are set to be gathered in a new centralised database, as part of a new scheme called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research.


Global Market Insights forecasts that the market value of wearable medical devices will pass $140bn by 2027.


The number of devices that the US Food and Drug Administration has recalled so far in 2021.

  Top Stories 

Imaging at the tip of a needle

A team of physicists, led by Dr David Phillips from the University of Exeter, have pioneered a new way to control light that has been scrambled by passage through a single hair-thin strand of optical fibre.

Source: Science Daily

"Game changing" antibody test can detect exposure to new variants

Antibody tests that can detect whether people have been exposed to new variants of Covid-19 have been developed by the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with biotechnology group Vertebrate Antibodies and NHS Grampian.

Source: Med Tech News

China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The police in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are still buying hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of American DNA equipment despite warnings from the US Government that the sale of such technologies could be used to enable human rights abuses in the region.

Source: New York Times

Artificial Skin Bruises Like The Real Thing

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed an artificial skin that can effectively indicate if damage has occurred, in the same way that human skin bruises naturally. The new skin is made using an ionic hydrogel and demonstrates changes in electrical signalling when it is deformed. It also produces a purple colour change, providing a visual indicator.

Source: Medgadget

Embracing Emerging Technologies 

Happyr Health

Happyr Health is a headache and migraine management app that has been designed in collaboration with psychologists and neurologists to help children and young people manage and track migraine symptoms.

Source: Happyr Health


ABLE is a Barcelona-based device startup that develops robotic exoskeletons to help improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Source: ABLE

Inspira Technologies

Inspira has developed an oxygenation augmented respiration technology solution that can provide first-line support for patients who suffer from deteriorating oxygen saturation levels.

Source: Inspira Technologies


US-based company Nines is a tele-radiology and artificial intelligence startup. Its product NinesAI is FDA-cleared to triage time-critical, life-threatening indications of mass effect and intracranial hemorrhage.

Source: Nines

Lucira Health

Biotechnology company Lucira Health offers disposable at-home test kits to detect infectious diseases, such as Covid-19.

Source: Lucira Health


US-based company Bloomlife is using technology, data science and medical expertise to address issues in maternal health.

Source: Bloomlife